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U.S. Freelancers Are Headed Down the Crapper

The (U.S.) Freelancers Union has announced the topic for its September meeting: Living the 4-Hour Work Week. Yes, the New York City-based organization will share helpful hints on how to make enough dough to live in one of the country’s most expensive cities while working one-half day per week. Just what freelancers need. (That’s sarcasm.)

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Revisions are common in freelance writing so price accordingly

It’s not unusual for a freelance marcom writing client to request revisions. It doesn’t mean we have failed. It’s simply part of the job. Therefore, we should take this possibility into consideration in our contract.

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Yes, you can successfully freelance / consult regardless of your age!

This week a reader wrote me, asking if she even “stands a chance” at building a freelance business-writing career. She has a lifetime of experience in teaching writing, including technical and business writing, and she has also worked more recently

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How much do freelance writers charge? Here are the latest data

Don’t you wish you had more data on what U.S. freelancers currently charge?   When setting our freelance writing rates, we find it invaluable to access the going rate. However, current data are few and far between. So it’s important

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Freelancing and consulting: Creativity is way overrated

Creativity is fine if that is what the freelancing or consulting assignment calls for, but it is easy for a solopro to miss the mark on an assignment by being too creative.

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Common—but bad—advice to freelance writers

Bad advice for freelance writers: If you don’t want to take an assignment, quote a price that is so high that the prospect will surely reject the offer. And if by surprise he accepts it, you’ll earn a remarkable sum.

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Want to be a thought leader? Great thoughts and how to think them

An easy-to-implement idea for developing meaningful, thoughtful content

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How to land freelance and consulting clients right now

A recent survey of advertising and PR agencies finds there are substantial business opportunities for agencies because media fragmentation creates more niches for agencies to serve. Companies are more open to trying various agencies to serve narrow niches.

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2 things you DON’T have to know to be a freelance writer

Here’s what you don’t have to know to start freelance writing: You don’t have to be deeply knowledgeable about everything that is going on in your industry. And you don’t have to know how to best optimize clients’ copy for the search engines without asking them how they have decided to do it.

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Freelance writers: how to identify the best business-writing prospects really fast

Here is a sure-fire way to identify the best prospects for your freelance writing services: Look at their online presence and go after businesses that have posted the best and the most writing (relative to their size).

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