Why You Should Charge More for Your Writing

Several years ago, I had the privilege of chauffeuring a gentleman from Rwanda around Charlotte. He had come to the States to speak about conditions in his country, and to raise money for relief and to rebuild after the devastating civil wars that had ravaged that part of the world. Around lunchtime, we were down Read more about Why You Should Charge More for Your Writing[…]

Six Things Every New Freelance Writer Needs to Know

So. The urge to write professionally is burning in you. Maybe you need quick cash right now, or maybe you want to change your lifestyle long term. Whatever your reasons, your mind is swirling with questions: How do I do it? Can I do it? What is it like to be a professional copywriter? How Read more about Six Things Every New Freelance Writer Needs to Know[…]

How to Write a Contract That Won’t Drive You Crazy

Dear Heather, Do I really have to have a contract for every client? Sincerely, Every New Writer Ever   Dear New Writer, Yes. Sincerely, Me     This is one of those rare cases where there are literally no exceptions. Your contract is your not-so-secret weapon against clients driving you utterly bonkers and making you Read more about How to Write a Contract That Won’t Drive You Crazy[…]

6 Big Signs You Should Cut that Client Loose

When it comes to managing your writing career, you may think winning good clients is the most important thing you can do. And it is important. But almost as important is letting bad clients go. Bad clients are a drain on your precious time. And you ain’t got time for that. Of course, if you’re still Read more about 6 Big Signs You Should Cut that Client Loose[…]

This is How You Give Yourself a Raise

One of the joys of being self-employed is that you decide your hours, choose your clients, and give yourself a raise whenever you want, right? Ha. Ha. Ha. A friend of mine (whose company manufactures sorting systems) likes to say, “When you work for yourself, you only have to work half a day, and you get to decide Read more about This is How You Give Yourself a Raise[…]

How to Get More Work from Existing Clients

Other than selling your work for higher rates, nothing will increase your profit margins as a writer as much more work from existing clients. That’s why I was thrilled to get this question from Tom Mangan on LinkedIn: What is the key to getting repeat business from clients? This is an important question, because repeat business Read more about How to Get More Work from Existing Clients[…]

TGIM–How to Make Monday Your Favorite Day

Happy Monday, friends! Aren’t you excited to be back at work, productive and connected and satisfied after a long, boring weekend? What? You’re already looking forward to Friday? Oh, my friends. That is sad. Do you know you will spend more waking hours at work than at any other one focused activity? And are you Read more about TGIM–How to Make Monday Your Favorite Day[…]

The Quick-and-Dirty Pricing Guide for New Writers

Finally! You’ve got a live one. A marketer or other professional who wants you to write something for them, and now they want to know how much it’s going to cost. ACK. Is there anything anyone hates more than deciding what to charge? No, no there is not. If it’s any help at all, everyone Read more about The Quick-and-Dirty Pricing Guide for New Writers[…]

When You Need Cash RIGHT NOW

For today’s writer tip, I’m going to focus on what to do if you’re in a desperate spot and need income NOW. Trust me, I’ve been there. It sucks, but it’s life in these United States these past many years, so instead of wallowing in it, we’re going to buckle up and do something about Read more about When You Need Cash RIGHT NOW[…]