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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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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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9 Essential Questions To Ask Yourself Before Launching Your Business

 
So there’s this dream, this vision you’ve had for launching your business, and no matter what you do, you can’t get it out of your head. You’ve taken other jobs and pursued other interests, but still, there’s something in the back of your mind pushing you towards that one goal.

Enough is enough! You have to stop ignoring that pounding in your chest and the excitement that’s literally bursting from you every time you think about your future career. But before you dive headfirst into the beginning of your dream, you have to lay out an initial business plan and foundation from where you’re starting.

It’s not enough to be passionate, you must also be prepared. Continue reading

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8 Ways To Ensure Your Brand Is As Unique As You Are

 
When it comes to creating a unique brand, there are a few factors to consider. First and foremost, you want to develop an identity (in person and online) that represents who you are or what your business represents in a clear and meaningful way. That means organizing things such as colors, designs, and other visual representations that have meaning. As appealing as it is to pull a variety of colors, or frequently changing your layouts, logo, etc. these things can distract from the validity of your brand.

Creating a unique brand is all about consistency. Regardless of the advertisement, the medium used to market yourself/your business, or where you’re sharing, everything needs to scream ‘you.’ You should consider the tone (professional, friendly, informative, etc.). You’ll also want to think about whether you’ll share personal anecdotes or keep the content career-focused, or whether you’ll feature testimonials and other content from your users/customers/clients.

That being said, your brand should be a celebration of you, too. You’ll want colors and fonts that match your personality, designs that showcase what you feel are the most important aspects of you, and, of course, a layout that feels right. Here are 8 tips to help you figure out what will make you stand out, regardless of your industry. Continue reading