Announcing the Winners of Our Blogging Contest

September 29, 2014

A few months ago, I wrote about my struggle to find top-notch freelance writers to contribute to the various blogs my company manages. To discover high-quality contributors, we launched a contest, asking writers to submit posts on specific topics. While each winner’s post would earn them $75, that wasn’t the only perk: any writer whose […]

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Writing Contest for Bloggers and Reporters: Three $75 Prizes

June 15, 2014

I am constantly in search of top-notch writers who can blog. You’d think it would be easy to find good freelancers, especially considering we want to PAY them, but the truth is, it can be a difficult task. It’s not difficult to find writers, mind you; it’s difficult to find good writers. Why do I […]

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How to Find Your First Social Media Client

July 1, 2013

You know social media like nobody's business. You're a Twitter power user, you've unlocked all of LinkedIn's secrets, you see Pinterest as a work of art, and you know Facebook inside out. Yet while carefully curating tumblrs is fun, eventually you're going to want to get paid. So how do you find your first client? […]

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When Is It Time to Scale Your Business?

January 15, 2013

I started my business — helping other small businesses with content strategy like blogging, email marketing and social media — with one big goal in mind: supporting my lifestyle. My business allows me to put my writing skills to use and still have plenty of time to focus on my own brand, namely my guides […]

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6 Tips for Overcoming the Scary Financial Uncertainty of Working for Yourself

October 24, 2012

Working for yourself can be scary. The biggest reason why? You don’t always know how much money you’ll make each month. In fact, this can be SO scary that it keeps a lot of people who would love to work for themselves chained to their employer’s cubicle. When you work for a company, you can […]

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Freelancers: Quit Agonizing Over Your Fees and Do This Instead

October 2, 2012

Last week I wrote a post that was a LONG time coming, about how much to charge for social media services. Yet while freelancers and consultants tend to agonize over our fees, that’s really not the most important piece of making a living on your own terms. The most important piece isn’t whether you charge […]

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Are Freelancers Happier Than Full-Time Employees?

September 25, 2012

Self-employment — or freelancing or solopreneurship or consulting or whatever you want to call it — isn’t for everyone. But a new survey from Elance makes it look pretty darn appealing. The average freelancer expects to earn 43 percent MORE next year than they did this year, the survey shows. That’s huge compared to traditional […]

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One Major Disadvantage of Working for Yourself

August 15, 2012

When I decided to leave my day job and work on my business full time, one of the first things my dad-slash-financial-advisor helped me with was figuring out how much money I needed to earn — both to maintain my standard of living and to meet my life and financial goals. Because while there are […]

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