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The Ultimate 9 Step Guide To Becoming A Freelance Writer

Taking the jump into freelance writing is exciting! If you’re like me, and parting ways with a full-time position in order to have the independence and flexibility of a freelance schedule, this can be both scary and thrilling. Or, if you’re just looking to add a bit more side work to your daily life, this can be a perfect solution.

Becoming a freelance writer, in particular, is amazing in the fact that you can write for multiple companies through individual contracts. You’re not locked down to a certain topic, position, or even entity! You also have the freedom of creating your own schedule, and sometimes even setting your own deadlines. These are definite perks, but finding consistent work and making enough money to sustain your lifestyle are concerns that can’t be ignored, either.

When you step into freelance writing, you have to be realistic about your finances, expenses, and how hard you’re willing to work. You’ll also need to create a foundation to grow from, which includes things like developing your brand, building up your social media, getting your name out there, and landing your first client, among other important beginning steps.

Whether you’re just dipping your toes into the water of freelancing, or looking to take the leap from corporate to independent, this is a guide that will help you both begin and strengthen your career. Continue reading

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Episode 18 — For Anyone Who Feels Like Giving Up (ft. Abraham Lopez)

This latest episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast is for anyone who feels like giving up, for anyone facing deep grief, or for anyone at the end of their rope and struggling to hold on. Marisa and Abraham share their personal experiences, anecdotes, and thoughts on ways to move forward, even if it’s only one baby step at a time.

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6 Best Practices For Building And Maintaining Client Relationships

Whether you’re a freelancer or full time employee, part-time worker or business owner, building and maintaining client relationships is essential for growth and success. Fostering strong relationships with your clients not only opens the door for business ventures with that client in the future, but it welcomes other opportunities through their recommendations and connections as well. Continue reading

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9 Things You Learn When You Start Working For Yourself

I started my professional career writing for a larger magazine—Thought Catalog, to be specific—and I loved it. I loved the fast-pace, the creative challenge of writing multiple pieces per day, the connections with other writers and contributors, and the ability to have such a wide variety of jobs and roles. However, working for myself was always the goal. As much as I loved the environment of full-time job, I craved even more independence and ownership of my career.

March 2018 was when I became completely independent: a full-time freelance writer and business owner of Be A Light LLC, my remote-based writing coaching/editing services business. Continue reading

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Episode 17 — How To Know If You Should Stay Or Leave (Ft. Abraham Lopez)

There is a difference between toxic and abusive relationships, and oftentimes that line is clearly drawn. However, when it comes to healthy vs. toxic, noticing and navigating these types of connections is often difficult, as they are more challenging to recognize. In this week’s podcast, Marisa and Abraham dive into difficult relationships, specifically tackling the topic of ‘should you stay or leave.’ Continue reading