Category: goal-setting

Process Goals for Freelancers: What Are You Doing to Win?

Process Goals for Freelancers: What Are You Doing to Win?

What Process Goals Help You Win At Freelancing? Makealivingwriting.com

You’ve got BIG goals as a freelance writer…Big, dreamy goals to make a lot of money and live the freelance life. But what about process goals?

Process goals? Ya, I didn’t really understand the concept either.

A lifetime ago, I was sitting in my newspaper office when the old high school basketball coach walked in.

He was a charismatic guy. Still fit and sharp at 60-plus, and sometimes filled in at practice.

His coaching strategies were legendary…even a little unorthodox.

We chatted for a few minutes, and then he said something that made me uncomfortable:

“You’re not gonna work here forever, are you? What’s your goal? Everybody should have a goal and a plan to get there.”

I didn’t really have an answer. I fumbled around, made something up…and he was on his way.

There’s nothing wrong with BIG freelance writing goals like:

  • Match your day-job income with freelance work
  • Make $100K a year
  • Land your dream clients

But if you don’t readily achieve these goals (win contracts, score new clients, make piles of money), it doesn’t take long to feel like a FAILURE…even if you’re working hard.

So how do you measure freelance success?

Process goals. If you’ve already got a game plan to move up and earn more, tell us about it in the comments.👇👇

If it’s a foreign concept, here’s what you need to know about PROCESS GOALS to win at freelancing…

Writing Goals: 7 Proven Ways to Move Up & Earn More in 2021

Writing Goals: 7 Proven Ways to Move Up & Earn More in 2021

How to Crush Your Writing Goals in 2021. Makealivingwriting.com

What are your freelance writing goals for 2021?

Wait, what? You’re supposed to have freelance writing goals.

Yes. Yes, you are. It’s the best way to get from where you are to where you want to be.

If you don’t have any freelance writing goals, you just kind drift in the wind…blowing here and there without any real destination in mind.

So what’s on your freelance-writing-goals bucket list for this year? Maybe something like:

  • Land your first client
  • Drop your low-payers and find better clients
  • Say goodbye to content mills once and for all
  • Break into a new niche or get a clip for a new type of writing
  • Make your first $10K, $25K, $50K, $100K+

If you want to CRUSH your freelance writing goals this year, you need a game plan to help you make it happen.

No wishy-washy thinking, curling up into a ball when it gets hard, or an endless supply of excuses. Make sense?

Get clear on a couple of freelance writing goals you want to accomplish this year. Map out a plan to make it happen. Then get to work.

And how about a little help? Here’s a few tips, resources, and motivation to help you CRUSH your freelance writing goals this year.

Writing Inspiration: Get Creative With These 7 Video Tips

Writing Inspiration: Get Creative With These 7 Video Tips

Video: 7 Writing Inspiration Tips. Makealivingwriting.com

Looking for some writing inspiration to get through the holiday hump and back on track?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed…blah…frustrated…during the holidays. Maybe you’re trying to hustle freelance work, entertain family and friends, or even take time off.

Or maybe you’ve felt the gut-punch of COVID-19 more than others.

You’re trying to stay afloat by seeking out writing inspiration to help you keep moving forward. But every day seems like a struggle.

Sound familiar?

It’s been a crazy year. But now isn’t the time to sit back and do nothing if you want to be a freelance writer.

It’s an opportunity to reset, chart your course and tap into some writing inspiration to help you move up and earn more.

So what’s it gonna take to get from where you are to where you want to be in 2021?

Here are 7 tips to help you get over the holiday hump, and start the new year on the path to freelance success.

Contest: Share Your Brilliant Productivity Hack for Freelance Writers

Contest: Share Your Brilliant Productivity Hack for Freelance Writers

Brilliant Productivity Hacks for Freelance Writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how some freelance writers crank out content, market like crazy, meet client deadlines, and break into new niches?

You look at their success from the outside, and try to figure out what they’re doing that you’re not.

And it usually leads to a pity-party of thoughts like “those freelance writers get all the breaks, or just got lucky.”

But you know what? That’s usually not the case.

Successful freelance writers usually develop their skills one query letter, one LinkedIn connection, or one letter of introduction at a time.

And it’s not a throw-spaghetti-at-the-wall approach to see what sticks. It’s a calculated approach. It’s work. It’s consistent effort.

If you want to move up, earn more, and make a living writing, you’ve got to set goals and develop ways of doing things to maximize productivity.

But what does that look like? Every freelance writer has their own way of doing things.

What’s your most brilliant productivity hack for freelance writers? Share your best tip for a chance to win.

Online Writing: Productivity Habits to Speed Up the Process

Online Writing: Productivity Habits to Speed Up the Process

Online Writing Tips to Speed Up the Process. Makealivingwriting.com

You’ve got an online writing assignment, but you’re feeling stuck.

So you procrastinate. You make excuses. You roll around on the floor. And you keep listening to that voice inside your head that fills you with doubt and fear.

Sound familiar?

That’s exactly what Kristina Adams’ online writing career looked like for years when she first started out. Full-on writer’s block, lots of mistakes, lots of wasted time.

And then one of those life-changing epiphanies happened that changed everything. It made her rethink her approach and take a hard look at her productivity habits. The result: she went from writing next to nothing, to publishing her first book.

If you’re wondering how to get more online writing done, move up and earn more, you’ve got a choice to make.

Spend your days wasting time, doing nothing. Or do everything in your power to achieve your online writing and freelance goals. What’s it going to be?

If you want to speed things up and be a more productive writer, here are some things you can do:

Freelance Writing Game Plan: 5 Plays to Boost Productivity + Income

Freelance Writing Game Plan: 5 Plays to Boost Productivity + Income

Follow This Freelance Writing Game Plan. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s your freelance writing game plan?

If it’s “keep your butt in the chair,” that might not be enough to help you win at freelance writing.

That advice translates to: Stay focused and avoid distractions. It works. But only if you’re completing work that deserves to be done in the first place.

I’m talking about work or tasks that further your writing career, such as posts for your blog, podcast interviews, letters of introduction to prospects, and of course client work you’re getting paid for.

But spending hours researching a 200-word article or shopping online for office supplies? I don’t think so.

If you want to get more out of the time you spend writing, researching, and marketing your freelance writing skills, you need a game plan.

Want to see my playbook for earning a six-figure income as a freelance writer?

Here’s how it’s done:

Success Habits: Crush Your Freelance Writing Goals in 2019

Success Habits: Crush Your Freelance Writing Goals in 2019

Success Habits to Crush Your Freelance Goals. Makealivingwriting.com

What success habits should you adopt to level up your freelance writing game in 2019?

If you’re thinking about that, you’re already on your way.

But if you’re not sure where to focus your efforts, it’s easy to get distracted by Shiny Object Syndrome.

You second-guess yourself about targeting a new niche. You avoid going after bigger clients. You keep getting sucked into searching job boards hoping to find a dream client. Or maybe you’re paralyzed with fear, feel stuck, and don’t know what to do to make this year better than last.

Sound familiar? It happens. Almost every freelance writer knows what it’s like to flounder at some point in time.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. One freelance writer went from a literal unknown to a New York Times best-selling author by adopting a specific set of habits to move up and earn more. A little bit of moxie, old-fashioned hard work and the right success habits can go a long ways.

Ready to crush your freelance writing goals in 2019?

Worried About Competitors? Here’s the Key to Freelance Success

Worried About Competitors? Here’s the Key to Freelance Success

The only competition to worry about for freelance success. Makealivingwriting.com

How do you achieve freelance success with so many other writers out there? It’s a question that’s come up a lot lately, as well as four years ago, when I first published this post. The answer might surprise you. Enjoy!–Carol.

Ever worry about competing with other writers in your niche for freelance success?

After all, a lot of writers with more experience than you are hustling every day. Can you really make this work, or do you feel like it’s hopeless to even put yourself out there?

Spend a lot of time worrying about other writers, and it might seem like those established pros already have the market for writing all sewn up.

I had one budding freelance writer tell me:

“I know the healthcare industry from my job, but when I saw how many members the healthcare writers association had, I just gave up! It seems like it’s too competitive.”

Or if you’ve been around a while, maybe you’re up nights worrying about all the hot young, social-media-savvy writers who’re coming to eat your lunch.

If you’re going to think this way — always worrying about how many other writers are trying to do the same thing you are — freelance success is just going to be a pipe dream.

To win the freelance writing game, you have to put your focus in a different place.

How to Overcome Abuse and Become a Full-Time Writer

How to Overcome Abuse and Become a Full-Time Writer. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you ever let your personal “issues” hold you back when it comes to your writing career?

I have – after going through some very toxic relationships – and it nearly ruined both my career and my life. But I managed to come out on top – and I was able to become the well-paid writer I was meant to be. So, how’d I manage to overcome a legacy of toxic abuse and build a thriving writing career?

Would you be shocked if I told you that my “issues”  literally became my content niche? They did – these days, I’m also a certified life coach who specializes in narcissistic abuse recovery.

So why am I writing about abuse? Why do I keep talking about it? Because I am a survivor myself – and because, quite honestly, the universe planted this particular niche in my front yard for a reason. These days, I make a pretty healthy living from my work – and yes, I’m writing every single day now. Here’s how it happened…

Create Your Ultimate 2016 Freelance Success Plan (For Newbies and Pros)

Create Your Ultimate 2016 Freelance Success Plan (For Newbies and Pros)

Your Ultimate Freelance Marketing Plan 2016 - Makealivingwriting.com

Are you ready to earn a heck of a lot more from your writing in 2016? Good!

You might think it would be impossible for me to write a single post that tells every freelance writer out there how to do the most effective possible marketing in the coming year…but that’s exactly what I’ve got for you.

How can I do that, when some writers are brand new and others have been at this game for years? When some write for magazines and others for businesses? Well, I can do it because there are basically only three types of freelancers:

  1. Wannabe freelancers who want to quit day jobs, but haven’t taken the plunge yet.
  2. Freelancers who don’t have any good clients yet — they’re writing for $5 a blog post or $20 an article…that sort of travesty.
  3. Freelancers who have some good clients, but need/want more or better-paying clients.

There is an approach to marketing that will work optimally for each of these types, because ultimately, creating the ideal marketing plan isn’t that hard (though many writers whine constantly about how difficult marketing is to figure out, in lieu of actually *doing* marketing). Let’s solve this today!

Here we go:

How Writers Can Fulfill Their Mission — Today

As a writer, how do you know if you've really made it? Here's an idea: You can say you've done it if you have fulfilled your mission. This thought was put in front of me by literary agent  Donald Maass, one of the presenters at Surrey International Writers Conference,...

Getting it Done: A Guide to Productive Goal-Setting for Freelancers

Are you setting goals for your freelance writing business? I strongly recommend you do. But more than that, you need to set good goals. What makes a good goal for a freelance writer? This question recently came up when I got this posting in late July, in the Share...

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