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5 Foolproof Writing Exercises To Get Those Words Flowing

Truman Capote might have been scoffing at Jack Kerouac’s writing style but to write well, one must first type. While I don’t believe in writer’s block, I do believe in using writing exercises to get the words flowing. Whenever I’m stuck or having trouble expressing myself through words, I turn to my favourite writing exercises. …

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5 Reasons Freelancers Accept Low – Paying Work And How To Break Free Of Them

Low-paying work is a reality for many freelancers—and probably is or has been for you too. It certainly was mine for a long time. Come to think of it, I don’t know any freelancer who started out at the top of the freelancing pay scale. I do know plenty who started at the bottom though! …

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Why ‘Write Like You Talk’ is the Worst Writing Advice You’ll Ever Get

For the longest time, I was scared to say that I thought writing like you talk was bad advice.  I was the new, unknown kid on the block. What did I know? Then Men With Pens published Why You Should Never Write Like You Talk and I thought: Yes, exactly! Secure in the knowledge that …

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How to Impress the Socks Off Your Client Before Writing a Single Word for Them

Much as we’d like to be judged by the quality of our work alone, that’s not the only thing clients look for in a freelancer. Clients love or hate a freelancer based on his or her ability to impress them. To that effect, there are three rules of freelancing. Produce your best work, submit the …

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4 Ways to Fire a Client without Burning Your Bridges

If freelancing were a religion, firing a client would be considered blasphemy. But there comes a time in every freelancer’s life, when for the sake of her freelancing business (and sanity!), she must do exactly that. Maybe it’s the client who’s difficult or maybe it’s you who finds the work soul crushingly boring and want …

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Four Warning Signs of Bad Prospective Clients

Regardless of your freelancing experience, you’re bound to run into your share of bad clients. Even if you don’t, I bet you’ve had people sending you request for quotes that scream trouble. Yet, against your better judgement you find yourself in talks with clients who you’re not sure about. You’re not alone. Most freelancers have …

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Talking Money With Clients: Dealing With Unpaid Invoices

This is the final post in the ‘Talking Money With Clients’ guest post series by Jennifer Mattern. Her previous guest posts taught us how to discuss pay rates with clients initially and how to raise your freelance writing rates. Today’s post deals with unpaid invoices Another frequently dreaded financial discussion for freelancers is contacting clients …

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