Category: blogging

How to End A Blog Post: 6 Easy Options

How to End A Blog Post: 6 Easy Options

If you're wondering how to end a blog post, there are a few things you should keep in mind. What should you say? Should you do a call to action? Should you write a conclusion? Should you pitch a product? All of these answers might be correct, depending on what your...

The Ultimate Side Hustle: 11 Best Ways to Earn Money Writing

Being able to make money as a writer might seem like some far-off dream, but it might be more realistic than you imagined. However, there are a lot of options so this article will deep-dive the best ways to earn money writing. Compared to other careers out there,...

How to Start a Blog: 5 Simple Steps for Freelance Writers

How to Start a Blog: 5 Simple Steps for Freelance Writers

Proofreading Tools: 5 Grammar-Friendly Resources for Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Want to learn how to start a blog? Although blogs have been around for years, it’s never too late to start one and to begin publishing your writing online.

The fun part…when you learn how to start a blog, you can truly used for anything.

Whether you want to start a business, document a travel journey, practice your writing chops, or anything in between, a blog can give you a platform to do it all.

If you’re looking to learn how to start a blog, you’re going to want to read through this post.

We’re going to give you the first steps to decide what to write about and then get your blog up and running.

How to Make $5,000 a Month With Freelance Blog Writing

How to Make $5,000 a Month With Freelance Blog Writing

How to make $5000 a month with freelance blog writing. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you looking to find some great-paying blogging clients? Join the club! Business blogging is one of the best entry-level types of writing to get you started as a freelancer. When I got back into freelancing in late 2005, paid blog writing caught my eye right away.

As someone coming off 12 years as a staff-writing journalist, I was fascinated by the breezy, casual, short blog-post format. So I dove in.

Soon I was earning quite a lot blogging for clients. I documented what I was doing, and the post How I Make $5,000 a Month as a Paid Blogger became one of the all-time most popular posts here at Make a Living Writing.

Recently, I got to wondering what I’d do if I wanted that level of monthly income from blog writing clients now.

My approach would be completely different, because the world of blogging has changed so much. Also, the way I did it a decade ago was a recipe for burnout. I had to churn out nearly 60 blog posts per month to make that money! That’s not sustainable.

Here are the strategies I recommend now, for becoming a well-paid freelance blogger:

Make a Living Writing Has a New Partner: Here’s Why You Benefit

Make a Living Writing Has a New Partner: Here’s Why You Benefit

If you've sensed the winds of change blowing here at Make a Living Writing, you've got good instincts. Maybe our blog's new footer clued you in. After more than a dozen years building this blog and my Freelance Writers Den community on my own, I've taken on a great...

How I Get Freelance Writing Clients at Conferences — on the Cheap

How I Get Freelance Writing Clients at Conferences — on the Cheap

It never fails. Whenever I speak with friends who aspire to be successfully self-employed, one of the first questions is, “How do you find your clients?” Sometimes the answer is, “accidentally.” But more often, it’s "persistence," "planning," and "organization." One...

Blogger Burnout? 8 Expert Strategies Help You to Stay Fired Up

Blogger Burnout? 8 Expert Strategies Help You to Stay Fired Up

8 Strategies to Avoid Freelance Blogger Burnout. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you suffering from blogger burnout?

Although blogging for clients can help you make a living writing, it can also be time-consuming and sometimes tedious work.

This is true whether you blog for yourself or you write blog posts for freelance clients.

The process of blogging also comes with a few hazards. Some are easy to get over, such as the occasional writer’s block.

But others, like blogger burnout, can be enough to kill your blog or your writing career.

  • Ever felt like quitting your blog?
  • Or maybe you’ve stumbled across an abandoned blog that hasn’t been updated in months or years?

Chances are pretty good blogger burnout is to blame.

This is certainly not surprising when you consider that over 75% of people have gone through burnout at work.

You know…where you hate your job, roll around on the floor all day, and feel like you can’t muster a single brain cell to write another word.

Sound familiar? That’s blogger burnout.

Whether you write for your own blog, or blog for clients, here are 8 ways to avoid and overcome blogger burnout.

Online Writing Jobs: The Inside Scoop on 17 Freelance Writing Job Boards

Online Writing Jobs: The Inside Scoop on 17 Freelance Writing Job Boards

The Inside Scoop on 17 Writer Job Boards. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you regularly scan job boards looking for online writing jobs, but only find low-paying gigs? If so, you might need to get a little choosier about where you look.

If your typical rates are above what the listings offer, it may be time to stop checking the job boards altogether. In general, you’ll do better with proactive prospecting to find your own clients, rather than applying to mass-online-job ads where you compete with hundreds of writers.

But if checking online job ads is still a part of your regular marketing routine, at least be an educated freelancer and target boards that are the best fit for you. We interviewed site owners and researched listings to bring you this inside look at what’s available on 17 top boards:

The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Freelance Writer: How To Get Started Without Credentials

The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Freelance Writer: How To Get Started Without Credentials

The Ultimate Guide to How to Become a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

Have you wondered how to become a freelance writer? This is the time of year when many writers who dream of earning their living doing what they love most finally stand up and shout, “I’m doing this!”

At the start of the year, my email inbox fills up with questions about how to get started in freelance writing. Rather than try to answer them one at a time, I’ve created an ultimate guide below, that walks you through all the common questions and gives you everything you need to know to get out there and start getting paid as a freelance writer.

Ready? This guide takes it step by step, with sections for each topic. It’s got a breezy, Q&A format, to make it easy to read through and quickly move forward with your freelancing goals.

If you’d like a copy of the whole answer sheet to keep, get a downloadable PDF by clicking here.

Ready? Let’s get you started in freelance writing:

Why You Should Stop Writing Blog Posts (Do This Instead)

Why You Should Stop Writing Blog Posts (Do This Instead)

Blogging concept

You may think this is a funny piece of advice for me to write on my blog.

But if you care about earning more as a freelance writer, then you might want to stop writing blog posts.

Why do I say this?

There are four big reasons I want to steer you away from blogging:

The Credentials You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

The Credentials You Need to Be a Freelance Writer

Freelance writer credentials that matter most. Makealivingwriting.com

Note: Think you’re missing the credentials or qualifications to be a successful freelance writer? I wrote this post five years ago, and I still see a lot of writers struggle with this. The credentials that really matter have nothing to do with writing, and everything to do with mindset. Enjoy!  –Carol.

If I’ve learned one thing mentoring freelance writers, it’s this: Writers are hung up on qualifications.

I wish I had a dime for every time a freelance writer told me:

“I’ve always wanted to pursue a career as a freelance writer, but given that I lack a journalism degree, I felt unqualified.”

To which I can only say: Hey. Me too. Both on the no-degree front (I’m a college dropout with a degree in nothing), and the feeling inadequate thing, too.

Except I just plunged in and started writing anyway.

Do you think lack of qualifications or credentials are holding your back from being a successful freelance writer? Are you thinking about going back to school, taking another course, or talking yourself out of pitching higher-paying clients because you don’t have an impressive resume?

Everyone should be a life-long learner. But you don’t need a degree or credentials to be a successful freelance writer. Here’s what you really need:

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Our online community, Freelance Writers Den, was founded in 2011. Since then, we’ve helped 14,000+ writers connect with peers, improve their skills, and grow their freelance writing income.

Our lively community is stuffed with useful tools and career-building resources. Use our 24/7 forums to get your questions answered by pros. Tap our 300+ hours of self-study trainings to learn new skills.

The Den has live events and multi-week bootcamps where you can tap experts’ knowledge, an exclusive job board, accountability buddies, live chats, and more. Also, if you want feedback on your writer website, LinkedIn profile, or article draft, we’ve got you.

Visit the Freelance Writers Den site to see if we’re open for new members right now. Sign up on the waiting list if we’re not, and you’ll be first to join when we reopen (plus, you’ll get useful free resources in the meanwhile).