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Is Your Writing Client Having a Crisis? Here’s How to Stay Sane

Freelance client management is a challenge, especially if your client has a crisis.

If you’re a freelance writer, this is going to happen:

You get a freelance writing client, and you’re all excited. You think this is going to be great!

Then, the wheels come flying off. Everything changes.

Your client has a big problem — and they want you to drop everything and solve it. Next, if you’re not careful, you end up underpaid and overworked. Here’s how to resist the pressure, keep your head, and turn this situation to your advantage:

Imposter Syndrome: Fighting Self-Doubt as a Freelance Writer

Imposter Syndrome - fighting self-doubt as a freelance writerI was recently asked what the biggest obstacle is for talented writers who want to earn well as freelancers.

Well. First, let’s say what the big problem isn’t.

It’s not living in a small town without a lot of good prospective clients (it’s a global marketplace), and it’s not the ‘bad economy’ (which officially rebounded several years ago).

It’s not that you’re too old, or too young, or that you don’t have a degree in a related field. I have seen many committed freelance writers overcome every one of these issues.

The most massive problem is the one between your ears.

Fears that we don’t “have what it takes” haunt us.

Self-doubt gnaws at our guts.

Take this note from Adeline, for instance, a writer who commented recently in my Freelance Writers Den forums about her reaction to getting her writer website done. I’ve edited this down a bit:

7 Reasons You Have More Writing Clips Than You Think

More samples Here’s a common lament I hear from freelance writers:

“I don’t have any writing samples! What should I do to get clips for my portfolio?”

Well, wait just a minute there. Because often, when I ask more questions, I find out you’ve got clips.

You just don’t think you have any.

Watch Out for This Income-Killing Online Writing Scam

It's an exciting time, when you finally start to get some traction as a freelance writer. You land a client or two, and start writing. Maybe you score a gig with a popular blog, or you're writing for a big website. Having highly visible bylines often leads to emails...

How to Get Hired When You Apply for Online Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance writer job ads online

I can remember when it was tough to figure out how to get a freelance writing gig. You typed and physically mailed query letters to editors, mostly. Or went to a lot of Chamber of Commerce meetings, hoping to meet marketing managers.

Now, of course, if you have an Internet connection, job listings are hard to avoid. Online job ads are everywhere! But finding one that pays anything substantial — and getting hired — isn’t always easy.

I hear from tons of writers who’ve had job-hunting experiences like this Freelance Writers Den member recently did:

“What am I doing wrong? I’ve applied and applied for online writing jobs, but I don’t get any response, ever.”–Hannah

As it happens, there is an art to getting a response from an online writing job-ad poster. I know because when I started freelancing in 2005, I started reading those Craigslist ads, just like everybody else.

After a few years, I realized spending hours each week combing through mass job ads was not the best way to find good-paying clients. But along the way to that insight, I got my job-ad process down to an art form.

I started getting replies, and found several decent-paying clients via online job ads.

If you’d like to start getting positive responses to those applications you send in, here are my five tips:

How to Get Skeptical Clients to Hire a New Freelance Writer

When you're a newbie freelance writer, it can be hard to see how to take the first step. How will you talk that first client into hiring you? At first, many prospective clients you pitch will turn you down. Which can be discouraging. And yet, somewhere in the back of...

3 Big Reasons Your Freelance Writing Dreams Go Nowhere

Many people dream of becoming freelance writers. The problem is, that's all most of them do -- dream. Somehow, the idea of becoming a paid writer never gets off the ground. I find there are three major reasons why freelance writing dreams don't come true. You can spot...

5 Signs a Freelance Writer Should Become an Agency

If you've been watching a lot of Mad Men, you might start to dream of expanding your freelance writing business into an agency. That show certainly makes working at an ad agency seem glamorous, no? The agency model sounds alluring. You find clients, then sit back, let...

How to Boost Your Sagging Motivation for Writing

You're all fired up to be a freelance writer -- in theory, at least. But sometimes, we all get the blahs. You stare at the blank screen or page...and nothing. You're willing to do almost anything else -- if you just didn't have to sit down and actually write anything....

How One Freelance Writer Blew It and Went Broke

I try to keep this an upbeat blog full of helpful advice on how to earn more as a freelance writer. But it's not all sweetness and $1-a-word assignments out there. Sometimes, freelance writers get into big trouble. And then, they write me. Below is one recent letter I...

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