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Below are additional freelance writing resources that I personally recommend to help you grow and scale your freelance writing.
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.
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
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
Does freelance ghostwriting make sense for your business? Before you move forward, make sure you know the basics. For years, I’ve been one of the most prolific writers in the personal finance space. But the truth is much worse than you think. Not only do I write posts with my byline, but I also provide freelance
Looking to find paid freelance writing work? Here’s a primer to get you started, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran. When it comes to finding the next gig, you need to be prepared to visit job boards, join a website, or even ask in your network. As a freelancer, it can take a
I make a solid living now, but if I don’t change my freelance business model, the good times may not last. Several years ago, I had a rather disappointing moment of self-realization. I was rejected out of hand for an opportunity because I don’t drive enough monthly pageviews to any given site. My first response was
Reduce the number of revisions you are asked for, and improve your overall experience, by communicating effectively with your freelance clients. As a freelance writer, I work in the communications industry. I know first-hand the importance of communication when I work with freelance clients. True — communication is important no matter who you work with.
If you’re looking in the wrong places, you’ll have a hard time finding high paying freelance gigs. One of the most common questions I receive has to do with finding high paying freelance gigs. When I presented on the subject of getting and keeping high paying freelance gigs at FinCon15, one of my slides dealt
We all want to land a high paying freelance gig or two (or three). But how do you know if that gig is truly worth your time and effort? At FinCon15, I offered a short presentation on how to get paid more for freelance writing. Many writers are interested in this topic because many of
Setting your writing rate is one of the toughest parts of freelancing. Do you really want to accept a lower fee? Freelance professionals are regularly told to stick to their guns and get paid what they’re worth. It’s also common for freelance writers to look for high-paying gigs. Once you’ve worked so hard to charge
Need to keep track of sources, stories and due dates? Here’s how I organize articles for clients. Over the course of the last two years, I’ve shifted into writing that bears a resemblance to traditional journalism. Many of my clients want an authoritative voice, and they expect me to incorporate expert sources into the content
Can you really live as a writer? Is there really a way to make writing pay the bills? My good friend Luke Landes shared an interesting piece from Salon by Ann Bauer on his Facebook wall the other day. The piece takes a look at how many writers are “sponsored” in some way. The author of the
I’m constantly asked about how I manage my productivity. By learning how to batch your writing, it’s possible to take your freelance business to a new level. Over the years, I’ve tried just about every productivity trick in the book. I mean, I’ve been freelancing since 2005 — it’s my 15th anniversary of working online
At some point you’ll miss a deadline. Here’s how to handle the situation. Recently, I’ve become the world’s flakiest freelancer. I’ve had a lot going on in my life the last two years. From two cross-country moves to a divorce to becoming more involved in my community to the fact that my son is a
Staying on task can be hard for many freelancers. Here are some strategies that can help you improve your writing focus. I love working from home as a freelancer, but sometimes the fact that you’re home — and have plenty of other things vying for your time — can be a drawback. It’s easy to