If you’re anything like I used to be, you don’t know how to establish boundaries with potential clients. You take a million phone calls, answer emails at all hours of the night, and let them tell you how things will go down. All of that is about to change. No more will you waste hours […]
I have a secret blog post approach that you should know about. Okay, so it’s not really secret, but it seems to be coveted enough that most bloggers aren’t taking advantage of it. It’s called a Round-Up Post, and it’s changing the way traffic is moving to your site. Basically, a round-up is an article […]
We ask for samples at the ice cream store. Sometimes we ask for samples at the deli counter. And sometimes, we nab samples of carpet or tile flooring to bring home so we can decide if we’ve made the right choice. I get it. Samples help you make a more informed decision. But asking a […]
Or you ARE a freelance writer, but you're writing for content mills making crap money.
Been there. Blah.
For the record, lots of beginning freelance writers start out on content mills, so that's not a dig. It IS, however, a *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* to get you off of content sites and on the path to clients who will pay you what you're worth.
Having said that, let's look at the stages of the growing freelance writer and what it takes to move on to the next - and BEST - stage.
If you're a freelance writer, I'm willing to bet that you've been told you have to find a niche to be successful. If you've heard this and you're struggling with fitting yourself in a box, I'm here to tell you to relax - the niche isn't necessary.
It's true. I recently came across a post in a Facebook group that said: Do you really need a niche as a freelance Writer? I find myself struggling to figure out what that niche is. Help! This poor young writer was freaking out because she didn't have a niche and didn't know where to start.
I know, I know, you don't believe in blogging for business. It's a waste of time.
...You don't know where to begin or what to write. But my friends, without a blog THAT DRIVES TRAFFIC, you're going to be stuck with a website that few people visit with posts that no one reads.
I see this all the time.
When I sit down to research some of the biggest marketers, coaches, and speakers out there, I am shocked at how dormant their blog is. Sure, it's got really valuable advice, but it lacks SEO, relevant keywords, and a true marketing strategy.
All the good stuff it needs to really be seen.
If you WANT TO BE SEEN, you need to shake the notion that a blog isn't necessary and listen up. Here are 7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Have a Blog:
As long as I've been conducting consultations, I still make the mistake of giving away too much information during the initial call. And what happens? Those I give it to don't engage with me. Instead, they take what I've said and move on, either attempting to do the work themselves, or giving my ideas to the next writer that is willing to write their book on the cheap.
I could stab myself. Don't let this be you.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind as you conduct your consultations so that you don't give up your intellectual property, your integrity, or your need to stab yourself in the eye.
You started your book months ago. Maybe even years ago. Now it sits there, incomplete.
Or maybe you haven't started it, but you keep meaning to.
Oooor...maybe you have no idea how to begin.
Whatever the reason, your incomplete book remains, well, incomplete. I bet you've said one or more of the following things:
"I don't have the time."
"It sucks anyway."
"I'll get to it."
"I don't have a story to tell."
There are lots of reasons you haven't written your book yet. Here are the top four I hear as a ghostwriter, and what you can do to make your book happen.
Are you a bitch? Or a business owner? If you're a woman, you've probably been labeled a "bitch" because you stood up for your worth and your values.
I bet you're not really a bitch. (Are you?)
I have been “dissed,” if you will, three times this month by people I made a priority. As a business owner, that’s how I roll. And I get that being dissed (or as I call it, disrespected) happens to the best of us. But my response to these people has me asking myself, “Am I being a bitch? Or a business owner?”