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Four Ways to Sustain a Freelance Writing Career

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With thanks once again to the National Freelancers Union, here’s a great article about starting and sustaining a freelance writing career. Kudos to author Tyra Seldon!

Here’s the article:

Every week, I come across publications, outlets and individuals who are seeking freelance or contract writers. Some want people with extensive portfolios, while others are not concerned about experience or pedigree. As I have perused these various calls for writers (and as I have experienced in my own writing career), there are certain things that freelance writers can do to position themselves for sustainable writing careers.

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Working for Free as a Newbie: Is it Ever Worth it?

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A lot of new businesses end up providing their products or services free of charge, as a way of gaining name recognition and potential paying business down the road. But, is this opportunity or exploitation? As Naya of the National Freelancers Union points out, “you can’t pay your bills with exposure and experience.”

Is there a way to take the upper hand in such a situation, and negotiate from a position of strength rather than weakness? Take a look at Naya’s article, which has some interesting and useful suggestions for getting more than “exposure” out of a free gig.

 

Working for Free as a Newbie: Is it Ever Worth it?
by Naya the Creative of the National Freelancers Union

You’ve been designing/painting/consulting/writing code/underwater basket weaving for years. Maybe you’re self-taught or maybe you’ve taken some classes. Either way, you have skills. And, if you do say so yourself, you’ve gotten pretty damn good at what you’re doing. But, since you’ve never charged actual money, and you have no idea how to get clients for a new business, you’re feeling a little insecure.

You don’t have a portfolio, or case studies, or past clients to show for your skillset. And even though all of your friends keep telling you, like, every day, to go out on your own and start a business, none of them have any experience in how to get clients. And yeah, while you’re glad that they’re so supportive of you, you don’t actually know what to do now. #Pressure

Because, even though you’re really talented, you don’t know how to get clients for a new business when you’ve never had clients.

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Three Ways to Freedom

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From the National Freelancers Union by member Justine Clay. Give this article a read. It’s full of tactical information for anyone who wants to improve their business and give their mental health a break in the bargain!

 

3 ways to bring more freedom to your freelance business (without sacrificing income)

Do you want the freedom to:

• Work with whom you want?

• Work when you want?

• Work the hours you want?

• Work where you want?

• Charge how much you want?

• Grow as much as you want?

Did you say “yes” any (or all) of the above, yet your reality tells quite a different story?

Perhaps you’re making great money, but you work ALL the time. Or maybe you work all the time, and still don’t make the money you desire.

If either of these rings true, it’s possible you’ve got caught in that oh-so-easy-trap of working IN your business, rather than ON it.

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On the Move: Tips for Freelancers Without a Permanent Workspace

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Here’s an article from the National Freelancers Union about managing your work life if you don’t have a permanent workplace. Freelancers Union member Jerrian Ireland offers some advice for maximum productivity as well as maximum freedom and independence.

By the way – don’t forget the public library if you’re currently without a permanent work “home.” Here in Arlington you can check out a computer and take advantage of the library’s business books, magazines and databases. Even better, there’s a dedicated staff of reference librarians whose sole job is to help you!

Here’s the article, with thanks to the Freelancers Union!

On the Move: Tips for Freelancers Without a Permanent Workspace

by Jerrian Ireland

One of the many reasons that people choose to freelance is to have flexibility of workspace. This can mean a lot of different things, from the ability to work from home, to being able to travel while working, and many nuances between.

For some, a permanent workspace is part of this equation, while others work wherever their jobs and lives take them. Below are some tips for freelancers without a permanent workspace.

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Freelancing is a Force – and We Need to Reckon With it

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An excellent article from Scott Tillitt of the National Freelancers Union

Within 10 years, at its current growth rate, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers. Think about that for a second (or a minute): It has major ramifications for our economy, politics, culture.

This startling stat comes from “Freelancing in America: 2017” (FIA), a comprehensive study from freelancing website Upwork and our own Freelancers Union.

FIA estimates that already more than one-third of the US workforce are currently freelancing (57 million Americans) and contribute approximately $1.4 trillion annually to the economy — a nearly 30% jump since last year.

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