The Secret Trait of Successful Freelancers

The Secret Trait of Successful Freelancers

I just finished reading a freelance writer’s heart-felt insight on his day-to-day work life. He’s miserable. He dreads getting out of bed in the morning and pretty much lives for breaks away from work.

I wonder if he’s always felt that way? Or, did something happen? What created his angst and hatred for his career? If there’s one thing that was evident after reading his diary-like blog post, it’s that he needs to make a change.

You simply can’t continue doing a job that you have no passion for anymore, especially when you’re self-employed. You have to crack your own whip and get things done. But if your boss and your staff (that’s all you in the beginning!) don’t give a darn, you’ll never advance in your career.

Enthusiasm. It’s what you need to be successful as a freelancer.

You need to be excited to tackle new projects. You need to enjoy the process. You must want to learn more in your space.

I’m not saying every day needs to be rainbows and unicorns, but the burning desire you once had to start you business must always flicker inside.

Each week I have budding writers reach out and ask me how to get started, more forward and get the better paying writing jobs. Enthusiasm. Every single day work toward your professional goals and never let up. Share your excitement and ideas. Tell your friends. Post about your progress on social media. Send out pitches. Do things that scare you!

Being self-employed isn’t a 9-to-5 job. It’s a lifestyle. If you don’t have enthusiasm for what you’re doing, the daily grind will become monotonous and unrewarding.

It’s OK if you no longer have passion for what you initially set out to do. Bury that idea and move on. What hobby, topics, skills or ideas make you smile? Maybe you can turn them into a career? Once you find that enthusiasm, you’ll have the energy to move forward once again.

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Blog Ideas For Your Writer’s Website

Blog Ideas For Your Writer's Website

You’re a writer. You have a website advertising your services. And, you know your site should have a blog to keep the site filled with fresh, indexable content.

But, what should a writer blog about?

Many of us blog about, well, writing. (Guilty!) It’s what we do, and it’s a topic we’re passionate about. But if you’re new to this gig or simply want to pen posts on a different topic, here are a few ideas to consider:

News and Tips on Your Niche

What do you write about? Do you write sports articles for magazines? Are you a doctor who makes extra money penning health columns? Think about what topics you write about often, and write about those on your website’s blog. This will show potential clients that you know the topic inside and out, love writing about it on your own site and the posts act as current writing samples.

Commentary on News Topics

Do you write about multiple topics for clients? Why not create an opinion blog where you pick a news topic, trend or controversial headline and give your take on the topic. This is a great way to show off your voice and style along with your thought processes.

Updates on Your Writing Projects

Do you write long-format online novels or do research projects? Use your blog to give potential readers updates on your progress and processes. For example, a behind-the-scenes look at how you developed a character or what it was like to interview a key source is incredibly interesting to your fans.

A Topic You Want to Write About

Are you trying to break into a new niche or style of writing? Show off your insight and skills by writing about it on your blog. For example, if you’re seeking clients for your travel stories, write about travel. If you want to land an article in a food magazine, share your best original recipes and commentary behind why the dishes are special.

Are you a writer with a blog on your website? What do you blog about? I’m curious! Comment below and feel free to include a link to your blog.

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What is a Guest Post?

What is a Guest Post?

As your freelance writing career grows, so does your audience. Eventually, an avid reader may ask if you’d like to write a guest post for their blog.

But, what is a guest post?

In a simple sense, a guest post is a blog post written in the tone and style of the blog you’re contributing to. The host blog may dictate the topic, or a general idea, so that your contribution mixes with the flow and ideas presented on the blog.

Guest posts are generally not paid writing opportunities, however, they can be a great way to get your name and a back link to your blog or website in front of a new audience.

You have to decide if the self promotion is worth your time and effort.

Personally, I think writing a guest blog post a great idea if you’re working to grow your audience, break into a new niche or launch a service or product. It’s also a way to network with other bloggers, and build your online resources.

I feel guest blog posts should (usually) be original content, but some blogs will allow re-prints of previously published texts by the author.

I’ve hosted a few guest blog posts here on Web Writing Advice in the past. They’ve had a positive response, so I’m considering adding more guest bloggers to the site. What do you think? Have you offered guest post opportunities on your blog? How did it go?

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