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

6 Things to Include in Your Freelance Writer Bio

Your freelance writer bio is the elevator pitch at the end of any article you write. Make sure it encourages others to hire you. One of the challenges that I faced when I first began writing online was creating a bio. A freelance writer bio is your chance to hook other potential clients. Other than

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Freelance Resource Review: Freelance Writers Den

Looking for tips on higher paying gigs and access to a freelance resource toolbox? The Freelance Writers Den can be a solid choice. One of the realities of going out and getting higher-paying gigs is that you need to hustle for it. There is a great deal of work involved. Freelance resources like the now-defunct

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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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Pro Blogging

[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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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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Writing Tips

Moving Away From My Mercenary Mindset

It’s hard for me to get beyond my mercenary mindset and accept that it’s ok for me to write for something other than money. I’ve long had a mercenary mindset when it comes to writing. Because I started out desperately trying to pay the rent while my husband worked on his Ph.D. and I stayed

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Five Famous Doses of Reality for the Aspiring Writer

Whether you plan to write fiction or non-fiction, as an aspiring writer you need a solid dose of reality. You really can make money as a writer. You can even do it as a professional blogger. My story is simple and straightforward. It’s not glamorous, and following my tips probably won’t lead to insane amounts

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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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How I Organize My Articles, Sources, and Due Dates

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

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Why I Check My Email First Thing in the Morning

Productivity experts say you shouldn’t check your email first thing in the morning. However, I do check my email first thing in the morning. Here’s how I do it and remain productive. Not too long ago, I read that it’s a waste to spend the first part of your day checking email. After all, email

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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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