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Exciting News for You, Me and Freelance Writers on YouTube

I have some exciting news. For me, I mean. No – wait! Don’t move the little white arrow up to the little red cross just yet. I have some exciting news for you too. (And in particular, freelance writers on YouTube.) Phew. After my video interview with Brent Jones about how I achieved true freelancing…

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How to Get Your Blog Noticed to Attract Writing Clients

Once you’ve built yourself a healthy portfolio of work, it’s time to wean yourself off the low-paid writing work and instead attract some bona fide, well-paying clients. One way to do this is to write a regular blog on your website and figure out how to get your blog noticed so that it attracts clients…

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How to Build a Writing Portfolio and Get Clients

(When You’ve Done Nothing and Know Nobody) If you’ve decided you want to become a freelance writer, sooner or later you’re going to have to work out how to build a writing portfolio and get clients. To get clients you need to be able to prove you can produce good work, and to do that…

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Why You Should Quit Your Job and Become a Freelance Writer Instead

I’ve never regretted the decision to quit my job and become a freelance writer. Not even when the initial euphoria and smugness of not having to get up early and drag myself into the office wore off. Not even when it suddenly dawned on me that my working day, my income, my tax bill, my…

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Top 10 Writing Tips (Ever)

This is it. The ultimate list of the top 10 writing tips collected from around the web and beyond is here. (Click here for the two writing tips I totally made up.) 1. Write every day That’s right – I’m starting with the Queen Of All Writing Tips. To be a good writer you must write! Preferably…

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2 Odd but Useful Writing Tips (You Won’t Find Anywhere Else)

Becoming a freelance writer full-time means reading a lot of writing tips. When I first started out, I read everything, from blogs to books to the tiniest of tidbits on Twitter. In the end, I figured that all the writing tips in the world won’t help if you can’t find your own unique voice among all that online chatter. Even…

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What My Driving Instructor Taught Me About Being a Freelance Writer

A thought occurred to me the other day and then almost immediately I came across a blog post exploring the very analogy I had stumbled across in my own mind. (This happens a lot.) I like to think Why Freelancing is Like Learning to Drive Stick Shift is kind of like the US equivalent to…

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How to be the Best Damn Press Release Writer in the Business

When you think about freelance writing online, you often think about writing blog posts. Perhaps writing web pages too. While that makes up a lot of freelance writers’ work in the online world, press release writing is something that has personally been a nice little earner for me. Creating an effective press release for a client’s new…

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The Glamorous World of Travel Writing

Travel writing is a dream job for many, and contrary to popular belief it’s a niche that has a lot more scope for freelance writers online than you might think. There’s this whole preconception that travel writing work is extremely hard to come by, when actually there are opportunities everywhere. Thousands of travel websites are screaming…

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3 Blog Posts That Will Help You Get More Done (Mainly By Doing Less)

How often do you wish you could get more done in any one day? How often do you race against the clock to meet a deadline, or simply feel overwhelmed by your day-to-day tasks? First off, read this. Suitably chilled out about the whole thing and ready to get to work? Great. So how do…

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