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Freelance Writing

Pedestals Are for Statues

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Edie Weinstein

Throughout my life, my wise father used to say that "They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do," so that I wouldn't be intimidated by anyone. Little did he know what he was preparing me for.

Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts

| Posted 01.07.2015 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: It happens to every writer sooner or later. You’re planning on submitting work to a literary journal, entering a contes...

What Does Working for Your Worth Look Like?

Sarah McCartan | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah McCartan

Since electing to do freelance creative work full-time this year, I've found several processes and practices to be incredibly valuable. If you find yourself in any realm of self-employment, perhaps these offer you some insights, or if nothing else, serve as positive affirmation.

Writer's Notebook: The Waiting Game

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

I started pub­lish­ing way before email and the Inter­net, and the thing I hated most was wait­ing. Like wait­ing to hear about a story or man­u­script I'd sub­mit­ted. I'd obses­sively check my cal­en­dar and count days, weeks, months.

Observations of a Freelancer

Jamie Silverman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Jamie Silverman

For almost a full year, I was in an amazing relationship -- with my career. We had tremendous respect for each other, the perfect amount of give and take. The near perfect year of my advertising career was the year I worked as a freelancer.

13 Lessons I've Learned From Turning My Blog Into a Business

Lisa Kerr | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Lisa Kerr

Since turning my blog into a business, I've been featured nationally on TV and radio, and I've worked with some very high-profile people and companies -- all of whom reached out to me.

Extra! Extra! Famous Travel Writers Spill Trade Secrets (And Dish Some Dirt)

Peter Mandel | Posted 10.27.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Here are capsule reviews of three fast-selling paperbacks by famous travel and guidebook writers: good, quick reads that pull the curtain back on a few of the travel industry's dirty little secrets and outright lies.

Entrepreneurship and a Writing Life for the Rest of Us

Dana Sitar | Posted 07.23.2014 | Small Business
Dana Sitar

I love anyone who encourages you to take control of your life, follow your dreams, buck convention, do what you love, etc. But is anyone else kinda tired of hearing that encouragement only from single 30-somethings who left their lucrative corporate life to run a lucrative digital business and trot the globe?

That Time I Thought I Could Make a Living Writing

Dana Sitar | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Dana Sitar

Your path as a writer is bound to wind to and fro. Don't be afraid to change your route when it doesn't feel right -- step off the path into something smoother for a while, stay put when you find a comfortable spot or turn around and start right back at the beginning.

WATCH: The Life-Changing Decision That Gave These People More Time And Freedom

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Leading a career of freelance work means foregoing the security of knowing where that next paycheck is coming from, but it's a choice that comes with...

Outsourcing? Don't Hire These 9 Freelancers!

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.02.2014 | Small Business
Allena Tapia

Selecting a professional freelancer, whether a writer, graphic designer, marketer or so on, doesn't have to be a harrowing experience nor a money pit.

New Writer? Don't Make These 3 Rookie Mistakes

Allena Tapia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Allena Tapia

One constant my Internet readers will hear from me is how engaging and fulfilling it is to be a freelance writer. But, that doesn't mean there are no bumps on the road to the paid writing life.

Freelance Writing: An Interview About Inspiration, Obstacles and Advice

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Patricia Leavy, PhD

As an author I am routinely interviewed by freelance writers while I promote my work. Over the years I have developed a curiosity into their world of writing.

Five Bad Habits of Freelance Writers

Greg Voakes | Posted 09.24.2013 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

Working under the stress of deadlines, from the comfort of your own home, as a struggling freelance writer might cause you to develop a lot of bad habits that are likely to hurt your freelance career. Here are five bad habits freelance writers often let themselves slip into.

News Agencies Need Freelancers More Than Ever - They Should Treat Them Like The Professionals They Are

Lily Hindy | Posted 08.10.2013 | Media
Lily Hindy

The recent news that the Chicago Sun-Times had laid off its entire photography staff was a major blow to professional photographers everywhere, but it...

Can You Visualize Your Life As a Writer and Make It Happen?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

To be a published writer, you must tell yourself each day, over and over again, that novels are written one page at a time, or even one sentence at a time. If you're writing even a few sentences a day, you are a writer, and you will reach your goal.

My Never-Say-Never Rules for Freelancers

David Hochman | Posted 10.25.2012 | Media
David Hochman

Yesterday, a writer in my online community for freelancers said you should never listen to success tips that begin with the word "never." That got me ...

How to Be the Happiest Freelancer on Your Block

David Hochman | Posted 12.04.2012 | Media
David Hochman

Call them success secrets or just common sense. Either way, certain principles have guided me for more than two decades as a professional freelancer. Here are my keys to surviving -- no, let's call it thriving -- without having to work for the man.

3 Clever Ways to Increase Your Worth as a Freelancer

Brazen Life | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
Brazen Life

With so many options available -- from setting an hourly rate, a fixed price, a one-time charge or a combination of all three -- it can be difficult and overwhelming. So how do you determine what you're worth as a freelancer?

The Best Way to Help People Understand What You Do for a Living

Brazen Life | Posted 09.25.2012 | Small Business
Brazen Life

Have you ever witnessed your parents trying to explain to friends and family members what you do for a living -- and watched them fumble and shrug their shoulders?

Some Free Advice on Being a Freelancer

Gary M. Krebs | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Gary M. Krebs

"A lot of freelancers have incredible skills but don't know how to market themselves and no one knows what they can do. A simple thing like creating an online portfolio on a web page can go a long way."

Writer for Hire

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.20.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

"Doesn't it bug you to write other people's books when you could be working on your own?" another writer asked me recently. Not a bit. In fact, I love telling other people's stories.

The Perks of Unemployment

Charles Lyons | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business
Charles Lyons

I am not looking for free coffees or, as the case may be, free carrot cake. But it's just one of those perks, you might call them, of being unemployed.

Five Ways To Be An Enterprising Freelancer

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

Especially in today's economy, freelancing is an inherently unstable endeavor. Publications come and go. Which means that in order to survive, you really need to be... well, enterprising.

Ten Surprising Ways to Thrive as a Freelance Writer

David Hochman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Hochman

It's possible to not only survive, but thrive in challenging times as a freelance writer. And it only took me eighteen years to think of some ways.