start & scale your freelancing career

tips, guides, and resources to grow

As a six-figure freelancer who was able to escape the corporate grind, I’m asked all the time for information about my favorite freelancing resources.
 
First, if you’re interested in freelancing, check out my course and membership resource — the Freelance Writer Academy. I created this resource with two other six-figure freelancers. We offer three different courses designed to meet you where you’re at in your freelance career. In addition to helping you on your freelance writing journey, we offer additional resources and webinars, including coaching and regular co-working time. Check it out, sign up, and take advantage of this resource to start or grow your freelance writing career.

What you'll
learn in the academy

Testimonials

"After joining the Freelance Writer Academy in September of 2020, my confidence has skyrocketed and I've earned over $2,000 in December of 2020. That's the most I've ever earned, and I just landed a new high-paying client a few days ago!"
Jerry B.
Intermediate Course
"The Freelance Writer Academy is a fantastic program for people interested in freelance writing. I was amazed at the depth of knowledge shared and the clarity of the presentations. Their concrete steps will help put you on the path to a job, and the continued support and outreach they provide help make an accessible program even more valuable. I would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone wanting to break into the field."
Sharon E.
Beginner Course
"I joined the Freelance Writer Academy as a way to boost my income and learn a new skill during the Covid-19 lockdown. FWA is very helpful in getting started as a freelance writer — especially in establishing the business side of working for yourself. The videos are detailed and hit on the major stumbling blocks that Kat, Miranda, and Ben encountered on their journey so I can (hopefully!) avoid the same mistakes. I've been able to establish myself as a writer in just a few months, and I look forward to continuing with the Freelance Writer Academy."
Kate D.
Beginner Course

You can become a better writer

Below are additional freelance writing resources that I personally recommend to help you grow and scale your freelance writing. 

Grammarly

write better

One of my absolute favorite tools is Grammarly. I have it as a Chrome plugin, and it helps me stay on top of my writing. It’s like having an editor available for me all the time. Grammarly works well with WordPress, as well as in Google Docs and other sites. It will catch common usage errors, spelling and grammar issues and even make smart suggestions to improve your writing.

Hemingway

pithy, active writing

Get rid of passive voice and overburdened sentences. If you want to write actively and get straight to the point in a powerful way, the Hemingway App is the way to go. It’s available as an online tool, but you can also get the desktop app. I’ve thought seriously about just using it for my writing in general, mainly because of how awesome it is at forcing you to think about your sentences — and use every word to advantage

Asana

project management made easy

If you want to keep track of projects and deadlines, Asana is a great choice. I use it regularly. The fact that you can switch between list and calendar, and even track invoicing, is great. You can also use Asan to collaborate on projects and work with your virtual assistants (if you have them).

Are you a blogger looking to create the best content?

Two course recommendations for you

Enhance Your content

I love this course from my friend Ashley Barnett. This course takes you through the ins and outs of helping you create better content for your blog.

How to turn your blog into a business

My friend Larry Ludwig built a successful blog and sold it for seven figures. While you might not end up with a seven-figure blog, you can still make money with it.

The Freelance Blog

a collection of guest posts, guides, and helpful freelancing tips

If you want to achieve the freedom and flexibility that come with freelancing, check out years’ worth of knowledge from the trenches of freelancing. Get the real story — including the hard lessons — and learn how you can get more out of your life through freelancing.

Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing and Journalism: Using the 5 Ws (and How)

Freelance writing and journalism have a lot of similarities, even if it’s not a perfect correlation. One way you can enhance your writing is to use the 5 Ws (and how). Because I graduated from journalism school, much of my technique focuses on what I learned while working on my MA at Syracuse. From the

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Asking for More Money: Or, How I Became a Freelancing Diva

If you’re being asked to do more work, it makes sense to start asking for more money. In the wonderful world of freelancing, you are sometimes asked to make revisions. Normally, this doesn’t bother me. You make some adjustments to the work, and you move on. On two occasions, I even did complete rewrites. Mainly

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General Topics vs. Niche When Freelance Writing

You must decide whether to write about general topics vs. niche-focused writing as a freelance writer. I am asked quite frequently whether it makes more sense as a freelancer to write about a niche or whether you should try to broaden your appeal so that you can write more general articles. While I prefer niche

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Pro Blogging

Asking for More Money: Or, How I Became a Freelancing Diva

If you’re being asked to do more work, it makes sense to start asking for more money. In the wonderful world of freelancing, you are sometimes asked to make revisions. Normally, this doesn’t bother me. You make some adjustments to the work, and you move on. On two occasions, I even did complete rewrites. Mainly

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General Topics vs. Niche When Freelance Writing

You must decide whether to write about general topics vs. niche-focused writing as a freelance writer. I am asked quite frequently whether it makes more sense as a freelancer to write about a niche or whether you should try to broaden your appeal so that you can write more general articles. While I prefer niche

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Writing Tips

Setting Freelance Rates: Hourly or Per-Project?

One of the most difficult aspects of freelancing is trying to put a dollar amount on what you’re worth. Here are some thoughts on setting freelance rates. Note: This was one of my earliest posts on this site. I’ve had a few people recently ask questions, so I’ve decided to dust it off, update it,

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Freelance Professional: Build a Better Profile

Your online profile is key to better success as a freelance professional. When you work as an online freelance professional, it’s important that you have a home on the web. A web site isn’t enough, though. You also need to make sure that your entire online profile showcases your expertise. Build a better profile, and

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Productivity

Learning to Say No as a Freelancer

After years of scraping by on anything, it’s hard to learn to say no as a freelancer. Occasionally, when I feel overwhelmed and stressed about my work or life, I remind myself that sometimes I need to say no. I think that there are a lot of reasons that we say yes in life and

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5 Ways to Battle Burnout in Your Freelancing Career

In order to stay on top of your freelancing game, you need to battle burnout. I love what I do. I feel extremely lucky and blessed to be able to freelance write from home, earning a living for my family. However, even though I love to write, and I write about topics of interest to

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Professional Freelancer Schedule — What I Do In a Day

So, what’s a professional freelancer schedule like? I answer your questions about what I do in a day. Even when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic, I periodically get questions about what my schedule is like as a professional freelancer. However, since this whole COVID-19 thing has changed so many lives, I’ve

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