4 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Working as a Freelance Writer

Working for family for free is just one of them! Find out what other three mistakes you could make that could derail your business. August 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing  Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound One of the easiest ways to grow your business is to avoid making preventable mistakes. You can speed up your path to success by avoiding the following mistakes. 1. Working for friends and family Many people in your immediate circle might be excited to help you start or grow your business. You might be interested in the prospect of helping them with a project they don’t want to do or don’t have time to do. This is a best-case scenario when working for […]

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An Expert Reveals Smart Rate-Setting Tips for Your Freelance Writing Business

Making sure you get paid what your worth is essential to business success. These tips can help you set your rates so you hit the sweet spot with customers — not too high and not too low. August 15, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing  Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound One of the easiest ways to determine your rates for freelance writing projects is to do research and see what’s already out there in the market. Be aware, however, that you’ll find a dramatic price range. You’ll find people who charge the bottom end of the spectrum and are comfortable making that amount of money, all the way up to the people who have a smaller client pool because of […]

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The Fine Art of Client Pitching

The only way to connect with prospective freelance writing clients is through pitching. Learn how to do it right. August 1, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing  Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound Your pitch to prospective clients is everything in your freelance business. Simply put, you can’t get off the ground without it. And while there’s no standard pitch that will work for all freelance writers, great pitches do include several common elements: An explanation of who you are and your background as a writer An overview of why you’re the right person to help them with their content Further details about your work, such as links to your portfolio and writing samples First, start with a great opener. You’ll […]

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The 4 Steps You Need to Take to Set up Your New Freelance Writing Business

Successfully launch your new business with these four steps. July 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound When it comes to launching a freelance writ­ing business, gaining some confidence and knowing the appropriate steps you need to take can give you the encouragement you need to start your free­lance writing career today. You can launch your business with a few key steps: Researching your marketplace, creating your samples, discovering your unique value proposition and creating your pitch and marketing plan for building your business. Researching the marketplace You can’t launch a freelance writing business without knowing whether there’s a demand for your services. You might have all the passion in the world for writing about a […]

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The One Thing You Must Do If You Want to Be a Successful Freelance Writer

Why you’ll need to create a schedule and stay focused — or quickly find yourself out of work July 18, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound The freedom of freelancing makes it easy to think that you can work whenever you want to, right? Although this is true, it’s going to require a lot of self-discipline, especially as you move out of a traditional work environment and into a freelance one. Many well-meaning freelance writers struggle to get their business off the ground after they leave a traditional job and don’t have a plan in place for that transition. If you’re like me, one of the biggest reasons you’re looking to grow a part- or […]

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The 9 Skills It Takes to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

Not everyone is cut out to be a freelance writer, but if you have the following nine skills, you’ve got a better shot at succeeding at it. July 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Laura Pennington Briggs’ book Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound Owning your own freelance writing business requires a specific skill set centered around strong work habits and good communication skills. Before you jump in feet first, take some time to figure out if you have the following skills: Strong writing skills While you don’t need to be an expert on everything to succeed in this field, the most basic tool you must have is great writing ability. You can learn the other skills to succeed with selling your freelance work, […]

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