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Can’t think of a blog title? Try these techniques…

Can’t think of a blog title? Try these techniques…

One of my favourite things about freelance writing is the opportunity to start someone's blog from scratch. Whether the blog belongs to an organisation or individual, there's something entirely fulfilling about being responsible for the birth of their online content. But thinking up blog titles when ... read more

My friends and family keep asking me for free work!

My friends and family keep asking me for free work!

Free. It's a term we're fond of hearing when we gain something for nothing. A free scone with a cup of tea. Free entry to a theme park. A free gift with any perfume purchase. It's a nice word and often an incentive to take action. But when you're a freelance writer, the word free can be enough to send ... read more

How to find writing work everywhere you go

How to find writing work everywhere you go

I didn’t think anything of it when I visited my optician for an annual contact lens review. I’ve been going to the same independent optician for years and my prescription is what they call ‘unstable’ so my visits are relatively frequent. This time was different though. As my optician scribbled down my ... read more

Breaking through the barriers of anxiety and depression as a freelance writer

Breaking through the barriers of anxiety and depression as a freelance writer

A guest post by Jennifer Jackson As a freelance writer, time management, having the confidence to send pitches to clients and meeting tight deadlines are crucial for success. I don’t know about you, but as a person who is a chronic worrier and has recurrent depressive and anxiety episodes, that sentence ... read more

I can’t afford to return to work after maternity leave!

I can’t afford to return to work after maternity leave!

If you're currently on maternity leave, you will probably have had a conversation with your spouse or family raising concerns about the cost and inconvenience of trying maintain a career around young children. Maternity leave itself can be a joy - you get x amount of your salary per month to basically ... read more

Starting out as a freelance writer: My experience

Starting out as a freelance writer: My experience

A guest post by Maxine Knight It has been 4 days since I decided that, “Yes! I’m gonna do this!” And make an attempt at starting out as a freelance writer. Over the years I have done bits and pieces, reviewing literature, press releases and most recently content for my start-up business website ... read more

How freelance content writers can work better with others

How freelance content writers can work better with others

Many people erroneously believe that freelance writers sit alone in dark rooms, churning out copy and speaking to nobody. But this simply isn't true. Teamwork plays a significant role in the success of a freelance writer, and isn't something that is exclusive to employees in salaried, 9-5 jobs. Yesterday read more

Goal Setting: What is a ‘realistic’ writing goal?

Goal Setting: What is a ‘realistic’ writing goal?

It is commonly accepted that planning is the key to meeting any goal, whether it be related to freelance writing, family, finances or anything else you can think of. Over the decades, experts across a whole spectrum of industries and specialities have used a variety of systems to help them set and meet ... read more

How to use incentives to win a long term, epic freelance writing client

How to use incentives to win a long term, epic freelance writing client

Did you know that the clever use of incentives can drastically increase the quality of the client you attract as well as your general freelance writing workloads? Not only that, incentives set you apart from the competition and can demonstrate to clients that you're business-savvy and suitably ... read more

Why aren’t my freelance writing pitches getting responses?

Why aren’t my freelance writing pitches getting responses?

So you've submitted a pitch for a freelance writing job you know you'll excel at. Great! But now there's a waiting game, and as each day passes with no response, there's an inevitable sinking feeling that the job has been handed to someone else. And you don't know why... This disheartening scenario isn't read more

Writing Briefs: 3 questions to ask your prospective client before commencing a writing job

Writing Briefs: 3 questions to ask your prospective client before commencing a writing job

When a client is interested in hiring you, they normally offer you a brief. This brief should be as detailed as possible, outlining the job's purpose, target audience, language preferences, key words and tone. But often clients provide extremely vague briefs that tell you little-to-nothing about what ... read more

“Blogging isn’t a real job”

“Blogging isn’t a real job”

The other day, I was asked what a blog is. At first, I thought it was a joke. But as I began to explain the basics and show examples from various client blogs I contribute to, it became evident that this person really had no idea how blogging works or what its purpose is. I can remember, as I'm sure many read more

Do your homework before writing a pitch!

Do your homework before writing a pitch!

Most of you reading this will have at some point in your lives attended a job interview. And during that dreaded, awkward, completely nerve-wracking interview, it is inevitable that you were asked, "So what do you know about the company?" This is a critical job interview question because it tests the ... read more

Too much writing work? Here’s the solution.

Too much writing work? Here’s the solution.

"What do you guys do when you have more work coming in than you feel you can cope with? I can only work a few hours per day but this week I seem to have jobs coming out of my ears!" This was the question asked by one of our superstar members this week, and frankly, I'm over the moon for her. While it can read more

Per-Word Pricing – Why This Pricing Model Can Be Ineffective in Freelance Writing

Per-Word Pricing – Why This Pricing Model Can Be Ineffective in Freelance Writing

So you've been asked by a client what your per-word rate is. How do you respond? What's fair to charge and is a per-word rate really the best way to go? Numerous pricing models exist in freelance writing, giving you a certain amount of flexibility when it comes to costing a job. While, traditionally, ... read more

The advantages of diversifying your writing

The advantages of diversifying your writing

Being comfortable with writing across a spectrum of niches is a trait many writers find an asset. After all, the more topics you are able to write about, the wider your prospective client options are. While there may potentially be one or two disadvantages to being too much of a generalist, there are ... read more

News Reporting

News Reporting

Today it was a privilege to take part in an exclusive Facebook Live interview with Pete Richardson, a seasoned news reporter with a LOT to say about writing excellent news copy. His insights, (which can be found in our exclusive members group) outlined the unique nature of what it means to create a piece read more

What is B2B writing?

What is B2B writing?

If you're just starting out in your freelancing career and have joined a couple of freelance networking sites, you might have noticed adverts periodically emerging that mention B2B writing. But without much experience in this space, or with a limited business background, you might be unsure what B2B ... read more

Where do you find a freelance writing job?

Where do you find a freelance writing job?

It's all very well being able to write, and even better if you have motivation to set up your own writing business. But none of this means much if you don't know where to look for a freelance writing job! That's why, this week, we want to talk to you about finding an enjoyable and lucrative freelance ... read more

Guest Post – A Journalistic Journey

Guest Post – A Journalistic Journey

This week, our member John shares with us his journey into a sports journalism career and gives his top tips for writing about his favourite sport - football! John is now taking steps to make this career freelance.  By John Howard As a boy my dream was playing football. I ate, slept and drank the game! ... read more

What is your time worth?

What is your time worth?

When you're a freelance writer, it is your sole responsibility to organise your time. You set your eyes on a task, calculate the number of hours it might take you to complete it and then schedule your week to accommodate it. Simple, right? The problem is, many of us can become confused about how to do ... read more

Tips for a Healthy Home-Working Environment

Tips for a Healthy Home-Working Environment

A guest post by Nicola Hasted By becoming a freelancer we chase the dream of escaping the shackles of the typical 9-5 desk job only to discover the reality is that we have ended up with a non-typical 9-5 at a less than ideal desk. The freedom to work from wherever you want can quickly become having ... read more

Five Apps That Make Freelancing A Breeze

Five Apps That Make Freelancing A Breeze

In a world that increasingly revolves around smart technology, it has never been so easy for freelancers to manage all aspects of their business via a selection of handy apps. This week I want to share with you my top 5 apps for freelancers, many of which are either free or extremely cheap to buy. 1. ... read more

Securing repeat freelance writing work

Securing repeat freelance writing work

There's one anxiety-packed question frequently asked by freelancers: Will I have any work next month? While at the very beginning of our careers, scrambling for the odd job here and there can be the norm (unless you get lucky), there comes a time when every freelancer who's serious about his or her ... read more

Got the flu? Don’t let your freelancing career suffer.

Got the flu? Don’t let your freelancing career suffer.

  This time of year brings with it much excitement, but unfortunately, due to a drop in the temperature, it also delivers a nice wide range of bugs and viruses. Whether you have a little sniffle, a dodgy tummy or a whopping cough, you might not be feeling that creative, focused or driven. The ... read more

Beat Procrastination and Get Stuff Done!

Beat Procrastination and Get Stuff Done!

One of the biggest problems every freelancer experiences is procrastination: That irresistible temptation to do absolutely anything except work on the project or article that's been assigned. A job comes in and, suddenly, it becomes critical that we re-organise our outlook calendars or write out a ... read more

Who would suit a career in freelance writing?

Who would suit a career in freelance writing?

One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "Who would suit a career in freelance writing?" And today I was asked it by David Standing via a Facebook live video that you can watch here. As the 'gigging economy' is growing, and freelancing has become an exceptionally desirable way of working, it's ... read more

How to spot a phony freelance writing client

How to spot a phony freelance writing client

This week, one of our members at Learn Freelance Writing had a dilemma. She was actively pitching for work, (and doing rather well considering she landed an epic job with one of them) when she was approached by a prospect who wanted to send her some files to work from. It all looked a little bit ... read more

Dealing With Client Feedback Like A Pro

Dealing With Client Feedback Like A Pro

  Receiving feedback from a client, whether it be private or public, can be both a blessing and a curse. Great feedback is always welcome by any freelance writer. But it doesn't always go that way... When starting out with a brand new client, you might make a few mistakes. Your tone could be ... read more

Who Needs Freelance Writers at Christmas?

Who Needs Freelance Writers at Christmas?

Now that Christmas is almost here, I want to share with you the benefits of freelancing during the festive period and who might need freelance writers during this time. But before I go on, let me draw your attention to some facts about this time of year. The average Brit buys gifts for 11-20 people and ... read more

How do you know if you’re ready to leave your 9-5 job?

How do you know if you’re ready to leave your 9-5 job?

The decision to leave your regular day job and embark on a freelancing career shouldn’t be taken lightly. But if you’re not comfortable with your current employment, there may be some telling signs that it’s time to consider a career switch. Here’s what to look for: 1) Small ... read more

Avoid Pyramid Schemes At Christmas

Avoid Pyramid Schemes At Christmas

Now that it's November, the inevitable happens. Buy and Sell Facebook groups are inundated with the following posts: "Hey, I'm looking for three team members who are keen to make up to a thousand pounds between now and Christmas. PM me for details". "How do you fancy making up to £50 a week from your ... read more

Should I Join A Website Like Upwork or People Per Hour?

Should I Join A Website Like Upwork or People Per Hour?

Freelance Networking Sites,  Freelance Marketplaces, Content Mills - Whatever you choose to call these websites, there's much dispute about their effectiveness at helping you grow a writing business. But before we look at that - what exactly are they? Networking sites like Upwork or People Per Hour allow read more

What Do Clients Want?

What Do Clients Want?

You might be asking yourself - there are so many freelance writers out there, how do I stand out from my competition? Why didn't I get selected for a freelance writing job when I know I would have been perfect? How can I get noticed? The great thing about freelancing in general is that increasing numbers read more