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


"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. 


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.


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

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

5 Biggest Lies Freelance Clients Could Be Telling You

Before you agree to a freelance job, you should know what you’re getting into. Here are some of the biggest lies freelance clients might tell you. All of my current clients are awesome. I have no complaints about the people I work with right now. I have a new crop coming in soon, so we’ll

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Start Freelancing: All You Need is a Laptop and Wi-Fi

 Ready to start freelancing? You can do it from anywhere, as long as you have a laptop and Wi-Fi. Right now, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Los Angeles. I’m hundreds of miles away from home, but I’m still getting some work done. I am working on a restricted schedule, but working nonetheless. And

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Pro Blogging

Freelance Ghostwriting: Who Wrote That?

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

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How to Find Paid Freelance Writing Work

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

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Writing Tips

The Writer’s Guide to Success

Looking for a little help when it comes to finding a writer’s guide to success? The folks over at put together this massive — useful — infographic to help you with your writing efforts. When it comes to writing, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you enjoy more success as

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[Video] How to Improve Your Writing

After a few months of craziness, and trying to figure out what to do with myself, I’m getting back to my online freelance writing videos. Since my last video, I’ve discovered Periscope. I’ll use Periscope for a weekly writing tip every Wednesday right around 12:45 pm Eastern. At least that’s the plan. My first tip

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Almost Any Freelance Writer Can Benefit from Composition 101

Almost every aspiring freelance writer I know asks me how to improve. One of the best things you can do is take a composition class. It’s true that one of the best things you can do as a freelance writer is to practice your writing. The more you write, the more you’ll improve over time.

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5 Tips for Communicating with Freelance Clients

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.

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How to Batch Your Writing — And Improve Your Productivity

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

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How to Maintain a Flexible Schedule as a Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, a flexible schedule can help you enjoy your life as well as make money. A freelance writer has to manage making money versus enjoying life. This can be especially true if you line up a number of regular gigs. Regular gigs are nice because you can usually count on the money

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