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

[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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[Video] Should You Sign a Non-Compete?

A couple of years ago, a client of mine asked if I could stop writing about competitors of theirs. They didn't want me to mention them in lists (even if another client asked me to), and they were hoping that I wouldn't take jobs with clients that partnered with the competitor. In the end, I

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Professional Bloggers: Endorsements, Sponsored Posts and the FTC

Sponsored posts offer a way for professional bloggers to make a little extra money. But you need to be prepared to disclose your relationships. Professional bloggers have enjoyed an increase in influence in recent years. Major brands — and even not-so-major brands — are anxious to reach new audiences with the help of bloggers. If

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Pro Blogging

4 Ways to Trigger My Professional Blogger BS Detector

As a professional blogger, I'm constantly contacted by people who want something from me — for free. Here's what triggers my BS detector. In the last six weeks, I've had 10 — 10! — conversations with people who want me to do something for them. These are people who haven't built relationships with me, and

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[Video] When to Use Your Own Voice

Thanks to the Internet, nearly anyone can share thoughts and be heard. Even when I post something on my personal blog (that hardly anyone reads), I still see hundreds of visitors each month. My voice is heard by a small audience. As an online freelancer, though, you have the potential to reach a wider pool

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5 Reasons Online Freelancers Should Meet Others in Person

Because of the nature of their work, many online freelancers see no need to connect with others in the “real” world. Here's why you need those in-person interactions. When I first started as an online freelancer 10 years ago, I relished the thought of not having to deal with people in person. I struggle with

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Writing Tips

Who's Doing NaNoWriMo?

Are you interested in non-paying writing projects, like NaNoWriMo? Way back in 2007, I participated in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month provided me a way to finally write that novel that had been rolling around in my head. I finished it, and it sucked. There's a reason I write non-creative non-fiction. Now that November is

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Good News! I'm Writing at a Desk Again!

After suffering for months without a desk, I'm pleased to announce that I'm writing at a desk again. Not too long ago, I realized that I really, really need a desk. After weeks and weeks of waiting, I'm pleased to announce that I am now writing at a desk again. (Which makes the fact that

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The Blurring Line Between Journalism and Content Marketing

Journalism these days looks increasingly like content marketing, especially with major publishers including social media training. I've been digesting conversations I had at FinCon, as well as my later trip to H&R Block headquarters in Kansas City. The last month has given me a lot of food for thought, and one of the things I've

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Productivity

Good News! I'm Writing at a Desk Again!

After suffering for months without a desk, I'm pleased to announce that I'm writing at a desk again. Not too long ago, I realized that I really, really need a desk. After weeks and weeks of waiting, I'm pleased to announce that I am now writing at a desk again. (Which makes the fact that

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On Knowing Your Limitations as a Freelancer

Do you know your limitations as a freelancer? Sometimes, you need to take a step back and get realistic about what you can do. Every year since 2011, I've attended FinCon. I attend two or three conferences over the course of most years, since it is a good way to network and get to know

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I Miss Writing at a Desk

I didn't realize how much I like writing at a desk until I didn't have the option. Now I'm going a little crazy. A couple of years ago, I had a mild argument with my husband. It was time to get rid of the old desktop computer I used for my day-to-day writing, and move

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