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Need a good laugh? Humor writing can serve up just the right dose of feel-good vibes to put a smile on your face.

If you’ve got a knack for telling funny stories, humor writing can also be a great way to make money as a freelancer.

Heard any good stories or had any crazy experiences that you could use to land a humor writing assignment? Or maybe you have a way of seeing the ordinary a little differently than others.

That’s usually where great story ideas in this niche begin.

Some consumer magazines still have a place carved out for humor writing, like the Reader’s Digest and The Saturday Evening Post.

A few markets like Cracked and The Funny Times, still exist that exclusively publish satirical and humor writing.

And there’s plenty of other markets that expect a mix of humor writing in every story to please their readers.

Have a funny story to tell? Or want to take a crack at humor writing?

Check out these 15 humor writing markets:

A healthy dose of humor writing

Can you write for a market that expects a sense of humor in a reported article?

How do you know if you’ve got what it takes to tackle a humor writing assignment?

Start by studying the market, past humor pieces, voice, style, the target audience, etc.

When I’m looking for a laugh or a little inspiration, I go back to some unforgettable humor pieces I’ve read over the years like:

  • Some poor guy’s vacation from hell that included falling boulders, crash-landing a plane in a river and other madness
  • The time a super-flush toilet sucked a wrap-around skirt right off a woman just before she was about to board a flight
  • And a long list of parenting blunder pieces  about things like the joys of poop-flinging toddlers and the similarities between an exorcism and combing the hair of a 5-year-old girl

Ready for some humor writing assignments? Check out these markets, study the guidelines, and start pitching:

1. Alaska Beyond

This in-flight magazine for Alaska Airlines doesn’t have a dedicated humor column, but that doesn’t mean editor Michele Andrus Dill isn’t interested in humor writing.

“We are interested in writers who can cover business with insight and style,” says Andrus Dill. “Local writers who can lend inside perspective to our destination and travel columns and journalists who write with a sense of humor.”

Check the editorial calendar for topics and themes in upcoming issues before pitching.

Rates: $150 to $700

2. Clubhouse

Clubhouse magazines is published by the Christian organization, Focus on the Family. It’s a children’s magazine aimed at 8- to 12-year-old kids, and publishes both fiction and non-fiction humor writing, says Editorial Director Jesse Florea. Examples include:

  • Short, humorous how-to articles (e.g., how to get good grades, how to be a good friend)
  • Fictional humorous stories with a point (around 500 words)

Rates: $150 to $200

3. Cracked

The print version of Cracked magazine died a slow and painful death in 2007, after a 50-year run as one of just a handful of markets dedicated to humor writing.

Fortunately, it lives on as Cracked.com, where Executive Editor Jason Pargin and his team work with writers to serve up laugh-out-loud satirical and humor writing in the form of articles, photo captions, list-posts and more.

Rates: $50 per assignment

4. Country

Do you live on a farm? Maybe you just live out of town in the country? Or maybe, you leave the city or the suburbs every chance you get for a taste of country life. If you’ve ever seen the city-boys-turned-ranch-hands movie City Slickers, you know some funny and crazy stuff is bound to happen.

And you can write about it for Country, a custom mag published by RDA Enthusiast Brands.

Have a funny story to tell, humorous essay about country life, or jokes about country living? Check the editorial calendar for topics and themes in upcoming issues, and pitch Copy Chief Deb Mulvey.

Rates: Up to $250 per assignment

5. enRoute

If you want to write for Air Canada’s magazine, enRoute, you won’t find a formal space dedicated to humor writing. Wait, that’s “humour” writing for Canadian pubs like enRoute. But humor still serves a purpose for educating and informing readers in this travel mag.

“We engage our audience through intelligent writing, insight, humour and spot-on service journalism,” says Editor-in-chief Jean-François Légaré. Study the guidelines and back issues before pitching a story idea to Senior Editor Caitlin Walsh Miller.

Rates: Pays $1/word CDN.

6. Funds for Writers

It’s no secret that being a freelance writer can have it’s ups and downs. Ever had one of those days where you just had to laugh it off, and move on? Making money writing isn’t always easy, but it’s possible when you learn the business and craft of freelancing and work hard.

Funds for Writers founder C. Hope Clark accepts guest posts for the site (although the guest post calendar is currently booked through June) about how to make money writing. Review the guidelines, and don’t overlook the last line for tips on what can help land you an assignment: “a dash of humor, if possible; a positive note and a happy ending.”

Rates: Pays $50 per assignment

7. The Funny Times

Self-described “publishers and troublemakers” Ray Lesser and Susan Wolpert laugh about this every day. They’ve been publishing The Funny Times for more than 30 years, and the magazine doesn’t include any advertising. Seriously, it’s not a joke.

“Our print publication pokes fun at politics, news, relationships, food, technology, pets, work, death, environmental issues, business, religion (yes, even religion) and the human condition in general,” says Lesser and Wolpert. “Not much is off limits, so do your best to make us laugh.”

Length for stories is typically 500 to 700 words.

Rates: Pays $60 per assignment.

8. Guide

In this Christian-focused magazine for tweens and teens (ages 10 to 14), a little humor can help teach a lesson and build confidence to manage those sometimes stormy years of adolescence.

“Stories in this category use a lighthearted story line that goes beyond one-liners to expose a character-building principle,” says Managing Editor Laura Samano.” The key is to write what’s funny to kids and keep it believable.”

Length for stories is typically 450 to 1,200 words.

Rates: Pays $0.07 to $0.10 per word.

9. The Imperfect Parent

If every kid came with a parenting manual, the world might be a different place. But that’s just not the case, according to The Imperfect Parent. Everybody knows “perfect parenting” is a funny business.

“The name Imperfect Parent came from the disgust of being constantly preached to on how to be the perfect parent, and what we were doing wrong,” says Editor Preston Carlson.

Instead of cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions to parenting, The Imperfect Parent publishes parenting articles to make you think and make you laugh about things like the euphoria of the school bus taking the kids away, managing an angry-cup-throwing toddler, strategic ways to embarrass your kids as a twisted form of discipline and control, and much more.

“Anything that deals with any aspect of the lighter side of parenting,” says Carlson. “Parody, humorous takes on parenting, satire, an ‘open letter.’ Take your pick. And if you are questioning if your humor crosses the line, then definitely send it in.”

Rates: Pays $25 and up

10. Minnesota Monthly

What do you know about life and culture in the Twin Cities, the North Start state, and the Upper Midwest? If it’s anything close to Garrison Keillor’s Minnesota Bucket List, you’re bound to have some laugh-out-loud stories to write about for Minnesota Monthly.

Editor Rachel Hutton says the best way to break into this magazine is to pitch stories for a First Person or True North feature. And if you’re going for humor, submit a full manuscript, instead of a query letter.

Rate: Depends on assignment.

11. The New Yorker

Want to combine humor writing and fiction, but not ready to commit to crafting a full-length novel? Check out Shouts & Murmurs in The New Yorker magazine.

This isn’t essay writing. It’s pure fiction and satire like “Shakespeare, Off the Cuff,” “Trump I.Q Test,” “Family Vacation Breakdown,” and many others.

Study published Shouts & Murmurs articles, and start thinking like the editors by following Daily Shouts, before submitting.

Rates: Depends on assignment.

12. Parent.co

Parenting isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Unless of course, you’re the parent of that perfect little angel who is exquisitely well-behaved, well-mannered, and has never thrown a single temper tantrum…ever. LOL. If you can serve up parenting advise with a dose of humor, pitch a personal narrative or essay to Parent.co Community Manager Sara Goldstein (sara@parent.co). Like it or not, this pub prefers writers pitch via Submittable. Check back for an open call for submissions.

Rates: $50 and up per assignment.

13. Sasee

Sasee is a women’s lifestyle magazine that features stories and art about fashion, food, travel, and family life near Charlotte, South Carolina. “Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are our primary editorial focus,” says Editor Leslie Moore.

Rates: Depends on assignment.

14. Saturday Evening Post

Only a few magazines in the U.S. have been around longer than the Saturday Evening Post, which was first published in 1897. And it includes a regular humor feature, called The Lighter Side. Recent submissions include a man’s complicated relationship with his wood stove, the trouble with raising cows, and spring break traditions that are about as fun as a prostate exam.

Study the guidelines and past articles for The Lighter Side, and pitch an idea to Editor Steven Slon.

Rates: Pays $25 and up, per assignment.

15. Reader’s Digest

If you haven’t looked at a copy of Reader’s Digest recently, it’s not the same magazine it was when it launched way back in 1920. It’s still half the size of the typical magazine, but it’s been redesigned to keep up with competing pubs in the general interest and lifestyle niche. One regular feature includes jokes, gags, quotes and funny stories written by freelancers.

Rates: Pays $25 to $100 per assignment.

Get paid for humor writing

If you want to write for magazines, blogs, and markets that appreciate humor, satire, and good jokes, here what to do:

  • Read the guidelines. Every one of the sites listed here provide guidelines on humor writing, and the submission process. And the rules are slightly different for every market.
  • Study back issues and site content. It’s really the only way to get to know your market’s style and start thinking like the editor.
  • Write and proofread your pitch. You come up with a great idea and labor over writing a great pitch. But don’t fire it off before proofreading it. Take a break, and come back to read your work. Or ask a fellow writer to proofread your pitch before you send it out, to avoid less-than-funny mistakes.
  • Accept feedback. If you hear back from an editor with a rejection, don’t give up. Study up on the publication, find out how to improve, and give it another shot.
  • Keep going. Even pro writers get rejected or never hear back from an editor. Laugh it off, and keep going. It’s a numbers game. The more pitches you send out, the more likely you are to land an assignment.

Want to break into humor writing? Let’s discuss on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Evan Jensen is the blog editor for Make a Living Writing. When he’s not on a writing deadline, or catching up on emails, he’s training to run another 100-mile race.

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NOTE: Fear and overwhelm might be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to building your freelance career. But it doesn’t have to be. Read this to find out how to finally get the ball rolling. Enjoy! —Carol.

The Internet has made some things about building a freelance career as a writer a lot easier.

You can investigate what a magazine has recently written, for instance. Or find an editor on LinkedIn.

But in other ways, our Information Age has caused problems for writers.

I know because I keep hearing comments from new freelance writers like this:

“There’s so much to know and the world of freelance writing is rapidly changing. I feel so behind and don’t know how I’ll ever catch up. Can you help?”

Wondering if can really jump in and build a freelance career as a writer, even though you don’t know everything right now?

I do have a tip on that.

Admit it’s a bottomless pit

Stop imagining that if you study study study — you read enough blog posts, buy enough books about writing, and take enough courses — there will be a point where you will feel you know “enough” about freelance writing.

And then, boom! You will dive in and be writing up a storm.

This will never happen.

You will not look up one day and realize you now know everything you need to know about blogging or writing magazine articles or whatever your chosen niche is, and now you’re ready to do this writing thing. Because new blog posts and e-books come out every day, with new tips for freelancers and solopreneurs.

So how can you kick your freelance writing into high gear?

The reality is, you have to start writing and marketing, and learn as you go. Yes, you will feel nervous that you don’t know it all. But that’s the only way you will move this forward.

Here’s a simple, five-step plan for cutting the overwhelm and getting your freelance writing biz into gear:

1. Find an expert to help you build your freelance career

There are a million people who blog about freelance writing on the Internet. There are books, and videos, and e-books. Figure out the mode in which you like to learn, and then find one or two experts who deliver advice in that mode, and whose advice really resonates for you.

Check out their credentials. How long have they been freelance writers? How successful are they?

If they’re the real deal and you love what they have to say, then commit to reading (or viewing) them closely.

Next, look at what else you’re consuming, and start trimming it down. Yes, even if that means you’re going to unsubscribe from my blog.

You want to go from the spurting firehose of way-too-much information of various quality levels down to a small trickle of high-quality stuff.

2. Look for action items

As you read your chosen gurus, look for actionable advice. Something simple and practical you could do right now, or that you could put into practice soon.

Maybe it’s just one tip, or maybe it’s a whole article writing class that’s a perfect fit to give you the chops you need to quickly move up to better-paying markets.

Now that you’ve found your action item, stop reading.

Yes, let those emails you subscribe to pile up for a few days or even months. (I’ve been known to end up with more than 1,000 email newsletters piled up to read when I’m ready.)

3. Stop worrying

The thing that keeps many writers frozen is that they’re worried the action item they’ve chosen isn’t the best one. You might feel like you’re flailing around and wasting time.

But this will never be the case. When you take action, you are learning — even if it’s learning that plug-in doesn’t work for you. That still moves you forward.

And if that action item spoke to you and made you want to stop reading and go “Oh man, I’ve got to try that!” it’s probably something you need. Trust your gut on that.

4. Take action

When you’ve found one writing prompt that speaks to you, a great social-media marketing tip, or that perfect class, stop reading.

Now, go and execute on that.

Put everything you’ve got into that class. Or go download that plug-in you want to try. Implement that one new design trick on your blog.

5. Repeat

Now you’re ready to come back to your experts and read some more. You’ll be surprised how much more efficient this is if you do it in batches instead of reading a bit every day.

Taking breaks when you’re not in ‘learning’ mode will also help you come at the advice with fresh eyes. You’ll be able to spot that next great action item more easily.

Keep at this, and you have the perfect recipe for a thriving freelance writing business. You’re taking concrete action to grow your freelance business and improve your craft, and you’re continuing to learn how to do it better.

How do you avoid overwhelm and move forward with your writing? Let’s discuss your approach on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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You scan through all the low-paying work in the content mills, and it makes you feel sick.

Ever done that?

Spend much time in the content mills, and you’ll soon feel the need to wash your hands, lather up with hand sanitizer, and spray your computer with Lysol, or you’ll spew disgust all over the place.

It’s not a healthy place to find clients or make a living writing.

Maybe you’ve already sold your soul and several hours of your life to write a blog post for five bucks. No doubt, the kind of mind-wasting gigs content mills are infested with.

When one writer I talked to told me he did this 399 times, I threw up in my mouth a little.

If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you can’t hang around the content mills. It’s a toxic environment that will siphon creativity, confidence, your bank account…and make you feel like blowing chunks.

Sick of content mills? Take these four healthy writing income remedies:

The fight against content mills disease

In 2010, Steve Maurer needed some extra cash. So, he wrote his first article for a content mill. It paid $5 and took him six hours to write. And he was stricken with content mills disease.

He then slaved to sell 399 more articles and scraped in $2,000. The next year he did the same.

But in 2012, something amazing happened. A cure for content mills disease?

Steve escaped the content mills, wrote fewer articles and doubled his writing income. And it just keeps doubling.

He brought home an extra $40,000. And—here’s the kicker—he only wrote 50 projects to do it.

Did you catch that?

He completed 350 fewer jobs than when he wrote for content mills yet made 20 times as much money. He still writes part-time, and he still writes from home.

So, what did he do after kicking the mills to make such a huge difference?

Well, a few things, actually. And he isn’t the only successful freelance writer doing them.

I interviewed three other writers and asked them how they make mega moolah without using content mills or job boards. Not surprisingly, their answers shared a few common threads.

If you’re sick of content mills, dose up on these healthy writing income remedies:

1. Move to a better neighborhood

If a talented lawyer sets up shop on the poor side of town, then he can’t expect that he’s going to do very well,” says Peter Bowerman, copywriter and creator of The Well-Fed Craft.

The same goes for writers. Only, you don’t need to change your physical address to get better pay. You need to move away from low paying clients.

  • For example: “The local dentist will pay $10 for a blog post about what should go in a teenager’s room, but a large credit card company will pay $300 for that post,” says Bethany Johnson, B2C content marketing writer.

So, why not go after the better clients?

That’s what B2B copywriter and writing coach Andrea Emerson recommends.

“Pursue quality prospects,” she says. “You want to find clients who crave content and already have a budget for it, as opposed to those who must be educated on the benefits of your service.”

2. Choose lucrative projects

“If you’re looking to maximize your income,” says Bowerman, “Consider expanding your skills to include commercial copywriting projects.”

  • What are commercial copywriting projects? They’re marketing materials such as case studies, white papers, and e-mail sequences.
  • Why do these projects pay better? Because they have a stellar track record for bringing in leads and customers.
  • What do they pay? It varies. But, case studies—basically long form testimonials written like reported articles—are worth about $1,500 for 800 words.

Learn to write just one of these copywriting projects, and you’ll give yourself a hefty raise. But here’s a word of caution from Steve:

Learning new skills should be a spare time activity. Don’t stop earning while you’re learning.

3. Price according to your value

“It doesn’t often make sense to charge per hour or per word,” says Emerson. “Those are poor measures of your effort, expertise and the value you deliver.”

  • For example: As you gain experience you’ll write faster, so charging per hour actually punishes you for getting better at your craft. Charge per project instead. And anchor your fees to the value the project will bring your client.

If you’re still a little fuzzy on how to do that, maybe this will help: Steve Maurer wrote two product descriptions, a total of 250 words, to help a company sell $4,000 industrial-grade fire alarms. He charged a $700 flat fee. The company happily paid that, because if those descriptions sell just one alarm they will more than recoup their investment. 

4. Market yourself

Imagine being so booked that you were turning down work, like Bethany Johnson: “I just told a client—who’s paying $800 per post—I don’t want to take on any more work.”

  • How did she become so in demand that she can turn down such a great paying gig? Simple. She put herself out there.

That’s all marketing is—making sure the right people know who you are and how you can help them.

Some writers pitch, some writers frequent LinkedIn, others network. Most use a combination of tactics.

And guess what? Some lucky freelancer who’s been marketing their business has already snagged the work Bethany turned down.

Healthy marketing habits for freelance writers

When you get out of the toxic environment of content mills and focus on healthy marketing habits, you’ll feel a lot better, work on more interesting projects, and make more money.

Need help getting out of the content mills? Let’s discuss on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Holly Hughes-Barnes creates the magnetic stories marketers crave to power their content marketing strategy—when they don’t have the time or bandwidth to do it in-house

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When I first started out as a freelance content writer, I almost didn’t make it. My lack of freelance marketing focus was largely to blame.

But there were other reasons I nearly starved, too.

I quit my day job before I had steady clients. My portfolio was slim. And my savings? Ahem, what savings?

I also had bad habits. I squandered way too much of my time on freelance marketing strategies that didn’t work. If you’re nodding your head, I totally understand.

Fortunately, I realized that if I was going to survive, I needed a better freelance marketing menu of strategies to find clients that were already hungry and ready to hire me.

Worried about how you’re going to find great clients? I know I was.

To turn my freelance marketing famine around, I had to figure out better ways to reach out and make connections. These four tactics will help you find clients eager to throw you some work:

1. Find low-hanging fruit

Carol’s advice for newbies is the best I’ve seen. She says to try for “low-hanging fruit.”

Note, this does not mean writing for shady content mills.

It means taking an honest look at yourself, and asking: “What level of experience do I have?”, “What expertise can I offer?”, “What I am I interested in?”

These questions will point you toward companies that are ready for you.

And, once you distill your answers into a succinct paragraph— you suddenly have a compelling pitch for your services.

Here’s how my pitch went:

I come from a medical sales background. Spent a lot of time roving hospital floors and scrubbing in for surgeries. These days I help hospitals, nonprofits, and manufacturers talk to their patients, donors, and customers.

It doesn’t look like much, does it? Just a few sentences.

But when you point those sentences at the right person, the results can be magical.

I used that passage, verbatim, to land two clients through LinkedIn. One of them awarded me a contract worth $20,000.

All thanks to the low-hanging fruit strategy!

2. Look in your own  backyard

When I was first trying to raise clients, I cast my net too wide. From my little nook in Omaha, I was cold-calling clients as far afield as LA, Boston, and even Hong Kong.

The reaction was muted, at best.

But a little tweak to my approach changed everything. Instead of long-distance, I started calling LOCAL clients, and letting them know I was in the neighborhood. As in:

“I’m a LOCAL freelance content writer, and I was just wondering…

Suddenly, prospects were inviting me out to coffee. One local PR consultant gave me a $500 project, less than 24 hours after I called her.

People have a primal reaction to the word ‘LOCAL’. It makes clients feel you’re more reliable, or at least more accountable. It’s a nice way to build a little bit of trust.

So if your cold calls are too cold, try making them a little closer to home!

3. Develop a nose for chaos

The hungriest clients are usually — but not always — just a little desperate. They need to push out a lot of content in a hurry. That’s where you come in.

But how can you identify these needy companies?

The signs are there, if you know where to look.

Identify prospect websites that need help

Your ideal customer should have a polished web-presence with strong branding — but it should look a little thin. Maybe they have a blog that hasn’t been updated since 2014.  Or maybe their ‘Resources’ section has just two articles on it.

Show clients like this that you can beef up their content operations. You can flesh out their blogs, polish their thought-pieces, or even produce new types of content, like white-papers. That will get them excited!

Check out who’s hiring, and look for companies in distress

Obviously, if they have an ad out for a full-time writer, that’s a good sign. But there are subtler signals, too.

If a company’s looking for a “Marketing Manager”, for example, that’s an invitation for you to shoot them a line. Why? Because if they’re looking for a ‘Manager’, it means they’re struggling to delegate work. Their operations are in disarray. And you can pitch in.

LinkedIn is perfect for this. Using their ‘Jobs’ search engine, I found a local company looking for a ‘Content Manager.’ I found their VP of marketing, and shot her an InMail:

Saw you’re looking for a Content Manager. Well… I’m not that.

But the fact that you’re looking tells me there’s work to be done.

A little about me…

And then I launched into the spiel I mentioned above.

The results from that message? The best client I’ve ever had. To date, I’ve earned more than $60,000 of work from them — not bad for a one-off LinkedIn message.

4. Capitalize on moments of ambition

On the opposite side of the spectrum, ambitious companies need you, too.

These are your up-and-comers, your firms on the verge of the big-time. They can take a little detective work to spot.

My favorite resource: Crunchbase.

It lets you sort companies by when they last received a funding round.

A recent cash-injection is a great sign for you. Observe this screen-shot:

Look at that list. Pick a company that matches your answers from step one.

And then imagine the impact when you introduce yourself with something like:

Hey I saw you guys got funded last week — congratulations!

That kind of ‘Hello’ shows that you’re savvy and that you’re paying attention to them. A great first impression. It’s gotten me hired more than once.

Freelance marketing to find hungry clients

If you want to avoid the famine I was in, be proactive and make the most of the time you spend on freelance marketing. Finding hungry clients is the best way to avoid going hungry yourself. Put yourself out there, and you’ll make connections, start landing more contracts, and feast on success.

Matt Seidholz is a freelance healthcare content writer from Omaha, Nebraska.

What freelance marketing strategies work for you? Let’s discuss on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Did the recent U.S. stock-market dip make you worried about the future of your freelance work? If so, you’re not alone.

I’ve been getting anxious emails from freelance writers ever since stocks suddenly ended their long upward climb earlier this month, and took a big dip.

Good news: Freelancers can thrive during recessions.

I know this because I steadily built my own freelance writing business up during the last recession, hitting six figures in the final year of the downturn, 2011. You can recession-proof your freelance business now, so that you thrive even when the economy falters.

Let me walk you through what’s happening now, and give you concrete steps to take right now to help you sail through a recession with a solid freelance income.

Economics 101 for freelancers

Why do freelance writers need to worry about what the stock market is doing right now?

Short version: The stock market’s overall value recently plunged. Experts think it will probably continue to sink. And that means companies will be worth less, start hoarding cash, be able to borrow less, sales will decline…and some will spend less on hiring writers for freelance work.

Details: After rising steadily from under 11,000 in 2011 to a record-high 26,600, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped under 24,000 in early February before stabilizing lower, as you can see here.

Many economists believe this big dip signals the onset of a coming major recession. Just check out this market sentiment gauge from CNN Money, to take the pulse of investors:

Global instability and terrorism is on the rise. President Trump is looking to tear up longstanding international trade contracts.

It all adds up to uncertainty. People don’t buy when they’re scared. That goes for everything from stocks to designer purses.

Once big stock investors start selling, others panic and also sell. Stock prices spiral down. Retail sales start to shrink, too. Companies start doing big layoffs. Unemployment goes up.

Add it all up, and it means the go-go days for freelance work come to a sudden end.

Our shrinking safety net

Final important thing to know, American writers: Trump is gutting the safety net for unemployed workers.

Where President Obama extended unemployment to a record 99 weeks during the previous downturn, expect few benefits to help you over the hump this time. We’ve got an administration that believes federal aid makes you unmotivated and weak, so it’s all being cut.

In other words, there’s little advantage to staying in a day-job now. There’s never been a better time to get serious about your freelance work, and build a recession-proof business of your own.

Having seen writers end up living in their cars around 2010, I think it’s critical that freelancers understand how to prosper during hard times.

Here are seven steps to take now:

1. Spread your risk

If you’re a freelancer who only has one client, or only works in a single industry, you’re at high risk in a recession.

Companies have a way of suddenly shutting their doors in downturns — and that includes mass online job platforms (remember oDesk?). You want a fairly large, varied client base to spread your risk when the economy gets wobbly.

Imagine being a real-estate writer in 2010, for instance. Poof! Overnight, there was no work.

Branch out now and build your client list. Your top job is to be cranking a lot of marketing out the door, every week.

My story: In the last downturn, I lost every single one of my clients, one at a time, over a period of two years. Publications closed. Content marketing suddenly ceased. Rates were slashed, and I dropped clients.

But it was all OK. Because I was constantly marketing, I was able to quickly replace them all — in some cases, with better-paying gigs.

2. Ask for more

If you have ongoing clients and haven’t asked for a raise in the past 6 months – 1 year, ask now. Make your case about what you’ve learned about the company, the results you’ve seen, and how your value has grown.

Don’t put off raise requests! The stock crash seems to have stabilized as I write this, and raises are still doable. A month or three from now, who knows if they’ll still be viable.

My story: I asked for a raise and got $10 an hour more from a large, ongoing business-consultancy client. Within 60 days, the economy was tanking, and I wouldn’t have had the guts to ask.

The difference added up to thousands of dollars over the next couple of years.

3. Make your pitch

If you’ve been wanting to up-sell a client to do a more sophisticated type of writing, that’s another pitch to make right now.

Get locked in for better projects that improve your samples and command better rates, especially if you’re doing cheap web content or low-paid blog posts right now.

My story: I was doing a lot of business blogging back in 2009. Just before the crash, I pitched one of them a new free product for their subscribers — a special report that paid $2,000. That provided a nice chunk of change, at a time when other clients were scaling back.

4. Improve your looks

Know what really gets you hired? Testimonials. If you’ve slacked off on collecting them, send out those requests now.

If your clients are busy, offer to compose something they can sign off on. Seriously, they won’t mind!

My story: I sprinkled every page of my writer website with testimonials, and kept snagging quality clients in bad times.

5. Get networked

We live in a magical age for networking. Used to be, if your favorite editor or marketing manager suddenly got sacked, you lost touch. Your only contact info for them was at the company they’d just left!

Now, we have LinkedIn. Hop on there now and make sure you’re connected to all your client contacts. That way, if they end up moving on when times get hard, you’ll be able to see where they pop up next. Don’t forget to build relationships with as many people as you can at your existing client companies — that’ll help you preserve this relationship as staffing changes.

My story: When my editors got laid off, I sent them job leads. I don’t know that any of them panned out, but it showed I cared. The result is that I have editors I’ve worked with at three different magazines, over the years.

6. Follow the money

Who pays even better and markets harder during downturns? Profitable, successful companies in highly competitive spaces. These are your target markets, headed into a recession.

  • If your clients are solopreneurs with no employees, they’re not succeeding at marketing. That means they won’t see the value and will cut back on sales copy if they get nervous.
  • By contrast fast-growing or market-leading companies tend to double down on marketing when things get tough, to make sure they keep growing. They know a downturn is an opportunity to steal business from weaker competitors who scale back. These are your prime targets as the economy weakens.
  • The other reason to target great clients that pay pro rates? As more aspiring writers are laid off, they’ll flood into the bottom of the marketplace. Competition for those $25 blog post gigs will get stiffer, while those who’ve targeted better clients won’t see those problems. You can’t acquire the seasoning to deal with top-drawer clients overnight, so the newbies don’t tend to be a problem if you’re writing $5,000 case studies and the like.

My story: I worked for Fortune 500 companies and global private firms during the downturn. One space that paid off well for me is high-priced business consulting. While other writers were scrambling for cheap gigs, I was writing a $13,000 project of two annual reports.

7. Write on target

To keep earning in a downturn, you have to write the things your clients need most. Less essential topics or types of writing may get cut from their schedule.

  • For business clients, that means learning to write persuasive copy. Sales pages will never go out of style, but companies might stop doing tons of, say, soft-sell content marketing — where the payoff in sales growth may be slower and less directly obvious.
  • If you’re writing for publications, figure out what the bread-and-butter stories are that magazine has to deliver. Focus on those, as more tangential topics may get trimmed if pages shrink. Develop hot exclusives the pub simply must publish.

My story: In publications, I focused on having a ton of story ideas and being the go-to writer who made editors’ lives easy. While other writers were scrabbling for their next assignment, I was writing regular weekly columns for Entrepreneur.com, straight through the downturn, and also scored sponsored content assignments at $600 apiece — because I had the article ideas.

Keep calm and find freelance work

I get it — if you’ve launched your freelancing career in the past 6 years or so, you may never have dealt with a recession as a business owner before. And the first time you see the economy hit the skids, it can feel scary.

If you’re freaking out that the economy may crash, I’d say my big message is: Relax. Economies wax and wane in fairly predictable cycles. Sooner or later, what goes up comes down.

Now that you know what to do, you can take action immediately. Lay the groundwork now to make sure you don’t starve if a recession arrives.

What will you do to keep your freelance work growing? Let’s discuss on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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Ever wonder what the Olympic Games would look like for freelancers? If it’s anything like the Super-G in skiing, it comes down to one thing…write faster.

I started freelancing at 17 years old. Young, right?

In case you didn’t know, that’s how old Lindsey Vonn was when she competed in her first Olympic Games. And she was fast.

By 17, I could throw a blazing fast softball. And if I could learn how to do that, I knew I could learn the business and craft of freelance writing.

I was fired up. I hustled. I sent out tons of pitches. I made mistakes. It’s the same kind of learning process every Olympic athlete goes through to get better, and carry the torch to the cauldron.

At first it was hard. Boosting productivity was a big concern. And I needed to learn how to write faster, yet still write well.

So I did what any Olympic writer would do. I took apart my writing process turn by turn, made it better, and learned to write faster. Here’s how:

Write faster, earn more money

If you can learn to write faster, and still write well, you can make more money. It’s that simple.

As a home-school graduate in my first year of college, I went from earning zero dollars to making $1,000 a month freelancing part time. Maybe that’s not a lot of money to some people, but at my age it’s nothing to sneeze at. And I’m just getting started.

How did I do it? These four tips help me write faster:

1. Take breaks to write faster

Here’s how Ernest Hemingway puts it: “When the words are flowing, walk away.”

This may seem counterintuitive, but it actually makes a lot of sense (that is, unless your deadline is tonight). Only stop writing when you know what you’re going to say next.

  • Think about the client project you’re working on. What do you need to add or include to finish the article, white paper, case study, web copy, etc.? Take a break. Then come back and write, and you’ll get the assignment done faster.

After five years of starting many novels but never finishing them—and five years of walking away when I was stuck—the light finally dawned. Maybe I should try this. Big surprise: it worked.

My debut historical fiction novel, Hope Is The Thing With Feathers, was selected out of thousands of entries in the Story Shares contest and published as a paperback in July 2017. Last month, it won the Story Shares Bestseller Contest and came out as a hardback.

2. Research and outline

When I landed a gig to write health and fitness articles about CrossFit, I didn’t know a lot about the sport or CrossFit culture. If you land a gig to write articles in a niche you don’t know a lot about, here’s what I would do to write faster:

  • Do your homework to learn more about the niche
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Write an article outline
  • Get the content, research, and interviews you need
  • Resist the urge to start writing until these things are complete

That’s how I approached writing for my CrossFit client. Once I had several articles planned out and all the information I needed, sitting down to write was easy. Separating research and writing into different tasks helped me write faster.

3. Track your progress

Lindsey Vonn didn’t win any medals at her first Olympic Games. But it served as a starting point that allowed her to track her progress, improve her training, and dominate ski racing.

  • If you want to write faster, track your progress. Pick a metric that’s meaningful to you like words per hour or pages per day. Then aim to improve each time you write.

I recently landed a client that hired me to write an ebook on yoga. I wasn’t sure I could meet the deadline. But instead of panicking, I did something else. I set a timer to go off every hour, then averaged how many words I wrote in an hour. Once I had that baseline number, the deadline didn’t seem as scary. I was able to write faster, and actually finished the project ahead of time.

4. Keep it simple

When I started writing for a devotional website about a year ago, I made the newbie mistake of using fancy language to talk to readers. Guess what? People are more likely to click away if your words are over their heads, too academic, overwritten, too salesy…you get the idea.

Know your audience and the voice of your client. And keep it simple. Using simple language will save you time, help you write faster, and be more effective at engaging readers and making clients happy.

Fired-up for freelance success

As a young, fired-up freelancer, I’ve learned a lot from trial and error over the past year. And I’ve still got a lot to learn. But if I could go back and give my 17-year-old self a piece of advice, it’s this: Learn to write faster, and you can earn more money.

What strategies do you recommend to write faster? Let’s discuss on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Hailey Hudson is an 18-year-old author, blogger, and freelance writer from the mountains of north Georgia. She loves Jesus, Harry Potter, and her beagle puppy named Sophie.

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Before you write a single word or start a project for a client, you’ve got a freelance contract in place. Right?

If you’re thinking, “Wait, what freelance contract?” you’re making a rookie mistake.

I used to operate this way. Land an assignment. Do the work. Submit the piece. And then find out how much the client pays…Or if the client is going to pay at all.

If you really want to make a living writing, you can’t run a business this way.

Other service professionals like lawyers, plumbers, and accountants require contracts that spell out the details of an agreement. And so should you.

Can you take on projects without a freelance contract? Sure. But you run the risk of never getting paid, getting paid less than pro rates, spending hours chasing unpaid invoices, and sucking up creative energy that could be earning you more money.

You’re smarter than that. If you want to get paid to write, here’s what you need to nail down in every freelance contract:

My freelance contract wake-up call

How much time do you spend trying to find clients? A lot, especially when you’re starting out. At first, I would pick up any freelance work that came my way.

But if you do that, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up in a never-ending battle of writing for second-rate clients, instead of establishing long-term relationships with clients that pay well.

That’s the game I was playing. My wake-up call came when I realized my cleaning lady’s hourly rate was higher than my hourly rate as a freelance writer.

If I wanted to find better clients, I realized I had to to nail down the details of every assignment with a freelance contract. When I finally took this approach, it helped:

  • Clients recognize I’m a pro writer who commands pro rates
  • Weed out clients that were contract-shy, low-payers or both
  • Improve my monthly income with recurring freelance contract work
The nuts and bolts of a freelance contract

So what exactly should a freelance contract include?

If you’ve ever landed an assignment with a major magazine, you’ve probably signed a multi-page contract with a lot of legalese. That’s one way of setting up a freelance contract.

But it doesn’t have to be that complicated, and you typically don’t need to hire an attorney. But you do need to make sure your freelance contract includes specific details, such as:

  • Assignment details. This includes things like what you’re writing (article, blog, case study, website copy, etc.), word count, target audience, required sources, links, or expert interviews. Get it in writing. Then if the scope of work changes, you can renegotiate your rate of pay.
  • Contract length. For something like a magazine assignment, you might have a contract for a single article. But if you’re going to write a series of monthly blogs, or social media posts for a client, spell it out (per assignment, per 90 days, etc.)
  • Rate of pay. Be specific. For example: $200 per blog post. $1,000 per completed case study. $100/hour for writing, consulting, and meeting times. You want to negotiate and agree on this before you start working for a client.
  • Delivery method. You might think email is all you really need to deliver an assignment. But your client may want you to submit your finished piece some other way like Slack, an FTP site, DropBox, or their backend content management system.
  • Deadline. For most writers, a deadline can help you get stuff done. And it helps clients manage marketing and editorial calendars. But if a client wants you to drop everything and turn an assignment around overnight, that should be reflected in your hourly rate.
  • Payment method and timeline. How will you get paid? PayPal, direct deposit, a check in the mail, Bitcoin? And when will you get paid? Upon acceptance, upon publication, in 30 days, 90 days?
  • 50% up front. Last but not least on my list of essential details for a freelance contract, get 50% up front. It might seem scary, if you haven’t done this before. But ask yourself this: If a client refuses to pay your upfront fee, what are the chances you’ll get paid at all when you complete the assignment? Skip over this, and you may end up expending an enormous amount of time and energy trying to track down a client to get paid.
  • And these aren’t the only things that can be included in a freelance contract. Thanks, Carol.
Find better clients with freelance contracts

Working for a client is a two-way street. Creating a partnership with a freelance contract might seem like a formality, but in the long-run it helps build that relationship. And I can tell you from experience, that as soon as you make it a habit to engage prospects with a freelance contract, the sooner you’ll attract better quality clients.

Need advice about freelance writing contracts? Let’s discuss on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Natalie Rebecca Hechtman is a journalist, blogger, copywriter, and screen writer. She blogs at  If I Knew and runs the site My Content Marketer.

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NOTE: Want to know the secret to boosting your freelance writing income? I learned this a long time ago, and it’s still true. Change this one thing, and you’re on your way. Enjoy! —Carol.

Would you like to create a drastic shift in your freelance writing income?

There’s really only one way.

The good news is, this is something you can do no matter where you live, or how the economy is doing.

I was reminded of this when I ran into a mom I know casually — she’s the mother of one of my son’s longtime friends.

I hadn’t seen her in a while, and I about fell over when I ran into her at a local bike race I did with my family recently.

She has lost probably 80 pounds or more, and looks 15 years younger!

Between slimming down and growing her formerly very short hair out to ponytail length, she looked almost like a teenager. Even the shape of her face had changed.

And you know what? Her approach to losing weight was so smart, it can even help you boost your writing income. Here’s how:

Curious minds want to know

Like me, I knew Jenny has a pretty sedentary line of work, so I was fascinated.

I came over to chat and told her she looked amazing.

What had happened to create this transformation? She was like a new person.

The change

It wasn’t a coincidence that I ran into her at a bike race, it turns out. Jenny had always liked bicycling, and finally decided to get serious about it.

She started biking a lot instead of a little. Gradually, she built up her muscles and her stamina, and tackled longer rides.

Instead of watching TV, she’d bike. Instead of sleeping in, she’d get up early and bike before work.

Even in the rain…which we get a lot of around here.

Until today, she bikes roughly 500 miles a month.

She changed her habit of being sedentary and replaced it with a habit of long-distance bike riding.

Simple as that.

She created one new, positive habit that was the catalyst for changing her whole life.

Getting over the hump

You can imagine how grueling this was in the beginning. It probably didn’t look very graceful at first, being a 200+ pound woman atop a bicycle, huffing up a big hill.

Or — oh the shame! — sometimes having to get off and walk the bike up to the top.

I’ve no doubt she had to deal with a lot of snickering.

But that negative feedback didn’t affect her. She had decided to change a habit, and to become a competitive bicyclist. She stayed focused on what she wanted to achieve.

As she got into cycling, she found she wanted to change how she ate to nourish her body better for bicycling.

She cut the junk food. She ate smaller portions.

More and more weight came off, until today she is a svelte woman glowing with health.

Changing one habit started a cycle of change that moved into other parts of her life.

The payoffs were many — more energy and stamina, greater self-confidence, a better health outlook, and the satisfaction of a goal accomplished.

Change one habit to boost writing income

As writers, one habit can change everything for our careers, too.

  • What is that one habit? It’s the habit of changing what you do until you get the results you want.

When we keep doing the same thing, we tend to get the same result, right?

So to get a new result — to earn more — requires us to change a habit.

The way we spend our time in our writing business needs rethinking.

There are many factors in the writing world we can’t control, but there’s one we can: ourselves.

There are two main ways writers can change:

1. Marketing

Not marketing your business? Here are some ways to change that:

  • Resolve to make 500 cold calls, and see what happens.
  • Send out 300 letters of introduction.
  • Go to a networking event five nights a week.
  • Commit yourself to big marketing numbers, and you know you are going to get clients.

Maybe it’s a bit harder in a tough economy. But work is out there, and if you market, you will find it.

It might be a slog.

You will deal with rejection.

You won’t always do it all perfectly and gracefully — you’ll make mistakes.

But if you are willing to change your habit of not marketing, your writing career will move forward in new directions.

I spoke to one Freelance Writers Den member recently who took her income from zero to $6,000 a month in a year, just by implementing a few new strategies for marketing her business that she picked up in the Den. I was blown away.

We’re talking big differences in writing income that are possible when you resolve to change your habits.

2. Skills

If you feel your writing skills aren’t up to snuff, you can identify where you feel you need to improve. Then, you can:

  • Read a book on freelance writing, marketing, productivity, etc.
  • Take a class from the Freelance Writers Den, or another experienced writer, to acquire new writing skills.
  • Or just commit to doing more writing, on your own. You can learn a lot by doing.

Yes, it’s not always easy admitting you feel ignorant about how to do something.

But if that insecurity is holding you back, the only way forward is to get more knowledge.

You might have to tighten your belt to pay for the training you need. Or it might come free.

Either way, you won’t have to stand out in the rain.

The cumulative effect of habit change for writers

A few months from now, you could be a whole new writer, in terms of writing income. Changing one habit will get the ball rolling, encourage you to cultivate other positive habits, and ultimately bring you new clients and higher earnings.

All from a small beginning. Just changing one habit.

What writing habit would you most like to change? Let’s discuss on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Have you lost your motivation for writing, marketing, and freelancing? Tell me why and win a coaching session.

That’s how we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day around here.

I hear from a lot of capable writers who are scraping by, too often writing for content mills and low-paying clients. It doesn’t take long for those kinds of gigs to become exhausting, stifle creativity, and leave you feeling drained and unmotivated.

Been there? Done that? Maybe it’s your reality right now.

Writer’s block. Lack of motivation. Feeling stuck. Those issues come up a lot in coaching sessions I do with writers, in the Freelance Writers Den forums, and countless emails I get from people who are trying to figure out how to make a living writing.

And it’s not just newbies. Even veteran writers can hit a dry spell, lose focus and motivation, or have anchor clients disappear overnight and wonder if it’s time to go back to a J-O-B.

Want to win a coaching session to get back on track? Here’s what you need to do:

Contest rules: Enter to win a coaching session

Shake off that lack-of-motivation-to-write feeling long enough to enter this contest for a coaching session, so I can help you out. Here are the contest rules:

Leave a comment at the end of this post, on Facebook, or LinkedIn (yes, we’re turning comments back on just for this, through Feb. 17.).  Tell me what’s going on and why you think you’ve lost motivation to write.

Once the comment period closes, my team and I will sift through the responses and choose three winners for the following:

  • 1 – 40-minute coaching session
  • 2 – 20-minute coaching sessions

Winners will be announced at the end of Sunday’s blog post (Feb. 18). Then I’ll book the coaching sessions with each of the winners at a time that works for each of us.

When a writer needs help…

One of the worst things you can do when you’re feeling stuck and unmotivated is sit there all by your lonesome and fixate on all the things that are going wrong with your freelance writing.

Don’t do that. OK?

Reach out. Ask for help. Share your concerns with an accountability partner or writing community.

One writer shared the following in the Freelance Writers Den when she needed help with productivity and motivation:

And you know what? A group of writers came to the rescue with advice, tips, encouragement and motivation to help her keep moving forward.

Lost motivation for writing? Tell me why in the comments section, Facebook, or LinkedIn, for a chance to win a coaching session.

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“You don’t know what you don’t know.” Not exactly the most mind-blowing piece of advice when you’re trying to go from broke to well-paid professional writer.

This quote frustrates me every time I hear it—of course you don’t know what you don’t know.

As a newbie writer, I spent way too much time making mistakes, working for low rates, and racking my brain trying to figure out how to find well-paying clients. I didn’t know.

Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot from the school of hard knocks and other professional writers. And I thought it was about time to give that tired quote a makeover for up-and-coming freelancers:

“Here’s what you don’t know, that I do. Learn from me, and you’ll be ahead of the game.”

Ready for some mind-blowing epiphanies about being a professional writer? Here are 11 things you need to know:

1. You need to know your hourly rate

Why? $25 an hour as a freelancer isn’t the same as a day job that pays $25 an hour. “If you aren’t going to make a lot of money, just get a job.” That’s council from my self-employed dad.

Here’s why that’s great advice:

  • Uncle Sam takes around 33 percent of every sale you make for taxes.
  • On top of that, you won’t be paid for the time you spend marketing yourself and communicating with would-be clients.
  • Plus, you’re responsible for providing your own benefits. So, if you’re going to do this freelance writing thing, then charge professional rates.
2. Your work IS valuable

If you’re used to writing for text brokers or unscrupulous marketing agencies, then your pricing confidence is probably in the toilet.

Don’t feel bad charging clients 10x those mill rates. Your writing services will boost clients’ sales and save them money. How? By lessening their need for more expensive forms of advertising.

Here’s an example: River Pools, a swimming pool company in Virginia, sunk $25,000 into creating a new blog. But they saved $225,000 because that blog replaced costly radio and TV ads.

3. A writing community will help you improve

The more you interact with other professional writers who charge pro rates, the more you’ll learn to do the same. And most are more than willing to cheer you on and give encouragement when you hit a wall.

It’s one of the reasons Carol Tice created the Freelance Writers Den.

4. Job boards should be springboards, not crutches

There’s a right way and a wrong way to use job boards. The wrong way is to use them forever. FYI – the best writing gigs won’t be listed in a public post available to hundreds or thousands of writers.

  • Find your first client or two from a site like problogger.com, or the Junk Free Job Board inside the Freelance Writers Den, then move away from job ads and market yourself.
5. The best gigs come from proactive marketing

The Well-Fed Writer Peter Bowerman put it to me like this:

“If you’re committed to sitting on your rear and bidding on projects, then, income-wise, writing will never be more than a hobby. If you want to make money, you have to proactively reach out to clients.”

  • It’s a simple formula. The more you put yourself out there and market your services, the more leads and well-paid assignments you’re going to get.
6. Query letters and LOIs are your bread and butter

If you want to be a well-paid professional writer, these two things are the bread and butter of landing assignments:

  • Query letters. Learning to write a query and pitch a story idea is the foundation for landing the kind of magazine assignments that pay $1/word.
  • LOIs (letters of introduction). Reach out to prospects and introduce yourself and your writing services with a letter of introduction. It’s one of the best ways to get a conversation started with a prospect about their writing and content needs, and book some work.
7. Don’t take silence personally

Whether you’re pitching ideas to editors or sending LOI’s to companies, you won’t always get an immediate response.

Why? Editors, CEO’s and small business owners are busy. Their silence isn’t a sign you should call it quits. Some will get back to you, some won’t.

  • The key is to pitch an idea or introduce a service then move on. Rinse, repeat.
8. You can’t always hide behind your computer

Gathering interviews and building client relationships requires real conversations with real people. So, get good at phone calls and video chats. People need to hear your voice and see your face.

9. Mistakes won’t kill your career unless you let them

Everyone makes mistakes. You’ll learn more from one mistake than a thousand successes. So, don’t let your mistakes defeat you.

For example, Freelance Writers Den member Jennifer Theuriet recently sent out a well-written LOI (with a typo) to a rising company in bootcamp-style fitness classes. And that typo didn’t even matter. She got a quick response and set up an interview.

10. Be a writer, not a waiter

It’s advice Carol Tice frequently dishes out about taking action instead of waiting around hoping for rainbows, unicorns, and well-paid writing assignments.

But I know what it’s like when you’re starting out. It’s easy to get caught in the trap of studying the art and ignoring the work.

Here’s a piece of advice: Study less, write more.

11. You’re ready to be a professional writer now

The only way you’re going to know what it’s like to be a professional writer is to be one. So, go. Put yourself out there. And get started.

From broke newbie to professional writer

If you want to go from broke newbie to professional writer like I did, save yourself some time and headaches. These mind-blowing epiphanies changed the way I think about being a professional writer to help me move up and earn more.

What have you learned about being a professional writer? Let’s discuss on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Holly Hughes-Barnes help businesses and publications speak to other women like her. She specializes in writing articles, blog posts, and case studies that build authority and rapport. 

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