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

Freelance Income Goals — Why They're Not for Me

We hear a lot about setting freelance income goals and other income goals. They aren't my thing. Here's why. Working in the world of online financial content often comes with its own FOMO. After all, everyone has freelance income goals, and it's all about making more. More. MORE. There's nothing wrong with that. Having income

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Journalism Ethics: Should You Accept a Free Trip?

More freelancers and bloggers want to be seen as trusted resources. For many writers, that means trying to adhere to journalism ethics. But what does that mean when you're offered a free trip? In the last few weeks, several fellow writers have approached me with some variation of the following: I've been offered a free

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Using Dictation Software for Freelance Writing

When you're a writer, it can be difficult to deal with an injury that affects your hand, arm, or wrist. If you're in a tough spot you can use dictation software for freelance writing. A couple weeks ago, while fencing with my son, my ankle rolled as I moved back into on the guard position.

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Pro Blogging

How to Get Periscope Videos onto YouTube

Several readers have asked about how to get Periscope videos onto YouTube. Here's the process I followed during my short-lived Persiscope experiment. For a few months earlier this year, I answered reader questions via video. I'd like to continue the series, but I'm still kind of putting my life back together. As part of my

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Do You Know Why You Write? A Purpose for Every Post

Before you say yes to another writing gig, or agree to another pro bono post, stop and think about why you write. I've started thinking more about why I do things and prioritizing what matters to me. I have a chance at a new start in life, and I'm using this change to focus on things that I

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My 4 Favorite Freelancer Personal Branding Tips

Personal branding is essential for a freelancer. If you want to succeed, these freelancer personal branding tips can help. Last month, I moderated a panel devoted to freelancer personal branding. The venue was the FinCon Expo, where I've presented before. The panel was aimed more at what editors are looking for in freelancers, and I

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Writing Tips

10 Words You Don't Need to Use in Your Writing

Want to give your writing a boost? Try getting rid of these unnecessary words. I constantly try to improve my writing. I struggle sometimes, just like everyone else. When I read a post on Mashable about the words you don't need in your writing, it struck a chord. I began looking to my own habits

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5 Strategies to Help You Improve Your Writing Focus

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

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Life Getting Away from You? Choosing What to Let Slide

Is life getting away from you? If so, you might need to start figuring out what your true priorities are. It's been an interesting four months. My life has been getting away from me, and I finally feel as though things are settling down and becoming manageable. During these last four months, I've had to

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How to Set Up Your Ideal Work Area

Does your work area encourage you to do your best work? As someone who works from home, it’s important for me to have a work area that helps me focus my attention so that my efforts are more effective. However, what is ideal for me might not be ideal for you. As you prepare to

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