top markets for

Some industries make more money than others. These are the industries that writers need to target, because they often pay more for content, copy-writing and other freelance writing services. If you’re looking for an industry to specialize in, you may want to consider if these are ideal for you. Forbes recently published an article on…

Why Writers Don't Charge Enough

Do you ever feel like you’re working for peanuts, but you’re not sure how to make the big bucks with your writing? When I started out, I made very little . . . I’m embarrassed to say that I actually took $1 articles. 500 words for a buck? Crazy. Stupid, even. Yet I thought that’s…

freelance writing jobs to turn down

“How do you know which job listings are real and which are fake?” “Is there some way to figure out if a gig is going to pan out before I apply?” These are a couple of the questions I’ve received recently and the simple answer is no. There’s no guaranteed way to determine if a…

freelance writing deadlines

If you’re anything like me, you likely grew up being told to clean your room repeatedly. Most people just aren’t naturally organized and if you’re one of them, er, us, then it could end up costing you money. I once landed a great job. It involved blogging on a topic I loved, two or three…

Google quality update

You may not have heard about Google’s latest update, which was nicknamed the Phantom Update because it was so silent. However, it’s becoming obvious now that this newest change has to do with content and quality. Sites without high quality content are being penalized left, right and center. That’s a great thing for freelance writers!…

upwork

UpWork is the new version of Odesk, a company that allows freelancers to bid on jobs. While Odesk was best known for dirt cheap labor, UpWork seems to be attempting to change that image, at least a little. I thought I’d test the new site out to see if it was an improvement over Odesk (which…

expat freelancer

While in an ideal world, you would have work whenever you want it, that doesn’t actually happen all the time. If you’re new to freelance writing, you’ll probably find yourself without work at somewhat frequently, but even those who are old pros will sometimes still end up with lulls. What do you do with these…

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Living abroad can  make it a little more difficult to connect with clients. If you’re working with larger corporations and companies, you’ll find that they rarely do business without at least one phone call or Skype interview. They need to feel that you are a real person and often prefer to quickly get their point…

Tablet with Wi-Fi connection on a wooden desk,vintage setting

Depending on where you live, Internet access may be somewhat limited. This can cause issues if you have  tight deadlines or need to be online for chunks of time. Over the years, I’ve worked through a wide range of weird Internet situations. First, I would go to the Internet cafe for one hour a day. During…

expat freelancing

As a Canadian expat living in Guatemala, I’m frequently asked how I make a living. The answer is, online. I’m a freelance writer by trade and this pays for my family’s living expenses. While I’m not rich by any means, I have a very flexible lifestyle. I’m a homeschool mom and I work from home. This…