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Eight Ways to Boost Your Income as a Freelance Writer

Eight Ways to Boost Your Income as a Freelance Writer

One common problem for freelancers is not making enough money. Maybe you’ve landed a bunch of gigs – but they’re all low-paying ones, and although you’re working long hours, you’re not making nearly as much money as you want. Or maybe you’ve got some gigs that pay...

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Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career

Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career

This post was first published in July 2014 and updated in May 2022. Have you ever thought about – or daydreamed about – turning your writing into a career? Perhaps you’ve already made some progress or perhaps you're feeling stuck, not sure where to begin. The good...

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Freelance Content Writing: How to Find Paid Blogging Jobs

Freelance Content Writing: How to Find Paid Blogging Jobs

Perhaps you want to be a freelance writer … but you’re just not sure where to begin. There are lots of different types of freelance writing out there: writing articles for magazines, technical writing, copywriting (advertisements), and lots more. But one great market...

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Academic Writing: Should You Ever Write for an Essay Mill?

Academic Writing: Should You Ever Write for an Essay Mill?

If you’ve been freelancing for any length of time, you’ve probably come across sites that sell essays to university students. These are “essay mills”. Briefly, in about 2008, I ran a blog about student life, and I was constantly approached by this type of site, wanting to advertise…

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How to Get Writing Experience (Without Wasting Your Time)

How to Get Writing Experience (Without Wasting Your Time)

One question that I see from a lot of writers is how to get writing experience. It’s a particular issue for freelance writers, but it applies to pretty much all types of writing – in the recent Aliventures survey, one reader asked for a post on: “How to get ‘writing experience’ so publishers will take you seriously without…

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Get Paid to Write: How to Become a Freelance Writer

Get Paid to Write: How to Become a Freelance Writer

There are several different ways to get paid for your writing … but one of the most straightforward is to become a freelance writer. I’ve written quite a bit about freelancing before, but today, I wanted to cover the basics of how to actually get started with freelancing. And if you’re not sure…

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Nine Different Ways Writers Can Make Money by Writing

Nine Different Ways Writers Can Make Money by Writing

Do you sometimes feel like you’ll never make any money (or enough money) from your writing? Perhaps the money isn’t your main goal – like most writers, you probably write because you love it. However, you might also want the opportunity to do what you love for a living. In my early years as a writer, as a teenager and…

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Twelve Useful Tools for Freelance Writers

Twelve Useful Tools for Freelance Writers

This is the fourth post in our series on freelancing, following on from our posts on reasons to give freelancing a try, mistakes to avoid when starting out and where to find freelance writing jobs. As a freelance writer, you’re going to need some tools – and having...

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Where to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (and Where NOT to Look)

Where to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (and Where NOT to Look)

This is the third post in our series on freelancing, following on from our posts on reasons to give freelancing a try and mistakes to avoid when starting out. Whether you’re just starting out with freelancing or whether you’re in a position where you want to take on...

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Eight Mistakes to Avoid as a New Freelance Writer

Eight Mistakes to Avoid as a New Freelance Writer

When you start freelancing, it’s very easy to make mistakes that end up costing you time or money. This isn’t a reason to put off starting until you’re sure you’ll get everything 100% right first time round. There will always be some things that you don’t do...

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Can You Freelance Just on the Weekends?

Can You Freelance Just on the Weekends?

I had a great question in from a reader last week. He explained that he was in a full-time job and asked if it was possible to freelance just on the weekends. I’ll give you the good news first: Yes, it absolutely is. Many freelancers start out working...

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Freelance Writing: Ten Steps, Tons of Resources

Freelance Writing: Ten Steps, Tons of Resources

This post was first published in 2010, and rewritten/updated in 2016. This is the guide which I wish I’d had when I was getting interested in freelance writing. It's a step by step walk-through for the adventure that lies ahead of you. You'll find tips for each stage...

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Beyond Freelancing: The Shift to Entrepreneur

Beyond Freelancing: The Shift to Entrepreneur

This post is a semi-sequel to Freelance Writing: Ten Steps, Tons of Resources. As ever, I'd be delighted if you'd share it on Twitter. It's pretty long (over 5000 words) so you may want to bookmark or print it, too.I get bored quickly. While I love writing, I've...

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