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What do you do when you’re starting out as a freelancer and have no connections? For most new freelancers, the go-to method for getting clients is cold emailing. You find some businesses that look like they could use your help […]

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The anonymous nature of the internet makes it easy for people to hide. While most of us are honest folks, unfortunately not everyone shares our values. Even the most discerning freelancer encounters clients who disappear when it comes time to […]

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A rock hit my car and left a crack a bit smaller than a dime in my windshield. A few weeks later I went to a carwash down the street—the one where they wash, vacuum and wax your car by […]

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Ah, Twitter. It’s a place for political rants, celebrity feuds, and… Winning freelance clients? You betcha. You can totally win freelance clients from Twitter. But don’t expect that your personal Twitter account will magically attract clients just because you’ve decided […]

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You get to choose who you work with. It’s true. One of the awesome things about freelancing is that you get to choose who you work with. You don’t have to and shouldn’t work with whoever walks in your virtual […]

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It happens the same way every time. Someone starts freelancing, and they’re excited to take any client they can get. But before long, they realize something: Not every freelance client is worth working with. Sounds kind of harsh, right? It’s […]

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Cold emailing. Done right, it can help you grow your freelance business like crazy. Done wrong, it’ll make you seem like a sleazy salesperson with no social skills and no hope of growing a business. Ouch. Let’s avoid the latter […]

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You are not right for most people. As I say in my book Work With Clients You Love, working with better paying clients starts with being selective and saying no to the ones who are a bad fit for working […]

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Three years ago, I realized that working at a mind-numbing 9-to-5 corporate job just wasn’t for me. I looked at my boss, and my boss’s boss and noticed that I wasn’t interested in their positions or what they did on […]

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Let’s rewind to mid-April 2015. I’d gone back to my home town to celebrate my mom’s birthday, and to visit my accountant to finally file my taxes. (I’m usually not one to wait until the deadline, but a hiccup with […]

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There are a lot of articles out there about why ConvertKit is better than MailChimp. And while healthy competition is awesome, those articles are way off the mark when it comes to their true portrayal of MailChimp. In the effort […]

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Your blog isn’t just for SEO. Get more clients through your blog and social media posts by using these 2 simple post types. (Also – I’m considering a part 2 where I show you how to promote your blog posts […]

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You’re a good writer. And you know it. You feel confident that you’ve got a strong portfolio full of writing samples that show off your chops. There’s just one problem: While your samples are well-written, they aren’t helping you sell […]

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FREE personal training session! FREE phone when you upgrade your plan! FREE 14-day trial of {X} software! 30 days of unlimited yoga for just $30! Even AOL used to mail out CDs with a FREE month of service. Every other […]

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Starting off as a freelancer is terrifying for all who choose this path. No matter the skillset or area of expertise, there’s always that small voice in your head that debates if this was the right decision. Just to give […]

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If you work in the creative field, there is a good chance that you will do some or all of your work as a freelancer. Meaning, you will work under short- or long-term contracts. Unlike the employer-employee model, a freelancer works […]

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“I’m always thinking about the client’s finances as though they were mine.” I got this message the other day and hear this all the time from other freelancers. The basic message here is freelancers telling themselves, “I wouldn’t buy the […]

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Not too long ago, I came across a website that had a scrolling marquee, animated text, and even used Comic Sans as the main font. What?! Seriously – it looked like it hadn’t been updated since 1997! And you know […]

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Look for information on how to land freelance writing clients, and you’ll come across a lot of different methods, like: Using SEO on your website to attract clients Using inbound marketing Writing guest blog posts that establish you as an industry expert While […]

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A key difference between freelancers charging low rates and freelancers charging premium rates for their services is how they portray themselves to potential clients. Freelancers charging higher rates see themselves as experts in their field and act more like consultants […]

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It doesn’t matter how successful you are or how expensive your image is, you’ll always get bargain requests as a freelancer: requests to do work for “sweat equity,” exposure, trades, etc. Case in point: those LinkedIn messages I’m sure you […]

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If you’re anything like me, you hate doing revisions on a project. You understand that they’re part of the territory, so you accept them. But in general, the fewer revisions a client requires of you, the better. And for my […]

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“How do I handle a client who repeatedly pays late?” I get this question from a lot of the freelancers I work with. Chasing after payment is a huge time and energy suck that almost all freelancers experience at one […]

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Confession: I don’t think I’ll ever stop having “fellow freelancer” envy. I’ll never stop comparing my website’s design with someone else’s. I’ll never stop comparing prices and calculating comparable incomes. I know it’s not healthy, but I do it anyway. […]

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I didn’t think the New Year would affect me at all. Most holidays don’t. Most “events” don’t. But when December 31 rolled over into January 1, I felt something. Maybe it was the collective excitement of the world. I don’t […]

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You read about them, hear about them, but never really meet them. You probably have had a few great experiences with your clients. But those fantastic human beings, who will instantly fall in love with your work and cannot wait to hire you […]

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You’ve got a great website, a clear niche, and you’re ready to start working as a full-time freelance writer. There’s just one problem: You can’t seem to find any clients – no matter what you do. Does that situation sound […]

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Who here doesn’t want to double their income? I’m not talking about doubling the time you spend working. I think none of us want to do that. But who can honestly say no to more money? Let alone, double the […]

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A friend and fellow copywriter recently asked me for productivity advice. This guy has worked for years as a full-time, in-house writer for a large corporation, and now he’s ready to make the jump to freelancing. Brave guy. That move […]

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Selling your work as an introvert can be a tough task. Everything to do with pricing tends to bring up fear: Fear the client will walk away if you price too high, fear of being seen as a fraud, etc. […]

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When I started freelancing full time, many of my friends and colleagues believed I completely ditched a boss to work for myself. Hold on a minute while I stifle back some not-so-discreet chuckles. Seriously? Sure, freelancing comes with some pretty […]

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You are doing a great job. Your working hours seem countless. You certainly deserve more money and respect. This is what most of the blog posts you read are telling you, right? Only, they haven’t seen your work. And they don’t have […]

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It is ridiculously easy to become a freelance writer. This is not one of those blog posts that tells you it is easy and then shows you how not easy it is. All you have to do is sign up […]

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what it takes to be a working copywriter, I could stop being one. (I wouldn’t though, because I love the work.) The good news: Assuming you’re a good writer, […]

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If you find you have a lot of free time… but not enough clients… this is for you. UPDATE: You can now download this script + 14 more proven templates for getting new clients, following up, and building your business—all for just […]

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The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. But creating lasting client relationships can be difficult, especially as a freelancer. The single most important aspect of growing your business is creating happy clients. #FreelanceLife Click […]

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My son, August, is just under two and is showing all the normal signs of two-year-old behavior: throwing hard objects at my head, refusing to put his diaper on, and protesting even when I give him exactly what he wants. […]

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I hear it all of the time: “I’m going to set up my portfolio so I can start landing freelance clients!”  And at a glance, you might not think there’s anything wrong with that statement. But you’d be wrong. So […]

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As a freelancer, you need to be concerned about the security of your website, especially if you use WordPress. I’ve met some designers for whom the word ‘security’ is met with either disdain or a long, painful cringe. The idea, […]

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Let me ask you a simple question: what are you doing here? Yes, I mean you. You’ve been combing the internet for months. Maybe even years. You’ve read up on more articles about freelancing than you ever thought could possibly […]

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Automation. It’s such a sexy word. I mean, who doesn’t want the most time-consuming, annoying pieces of their business to run on auto-pilot? A few years ago, when I first read Tim Ferris’ landmark business book The Four Hour Workweek, […]

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When we first started Reliable PSD, our web development firm, 3 years ago, we faced many new challenges we’d never experienced before. How do you run a company with employees (we’d never had employees before)? How do you keep your […]

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As agency owners, my partner and I have received quite a few pitches over the years from freelancers. Most of them get deleted pretty fast. But occasionally – one pierces our jaded, overly-pitched hearts and inspires us to at least check out […]

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The biggest hurdle I’ve overcome is my own mind. From things I’ve read, heard, & seen related to business, I now have ideas and stories floating between my two ears. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what they’re talking about. Which means […]

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