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New Year Goals vs Focus – All Freelance Writing in 2024

In the more than 17 years All Freelance Writing has been around, I’ve often shared my New Year’s resolutions, goals, and plans with you. Some years are successes. Some years go far off-track. And most are a mixed bag. But this year, I’m doing something a little bit different: exploring goals vs focus areas. This is something I’ll talk more about over on my broader

Not Ready to Launch a Professional Website? Consider a Writer’s Residence Portfolio

Your online presence is important as a freelance writer. Clients want to see samples. They want to know what you can do. And when they search for a freelancer, they expect to find you in those search results. If you can’t be found, you’re missing out on opportunities. Maybe you’re thinking about freelance writing but you aren’t sure where to start. Perhaps the idea of

80 AI Use Cases for Freelance Writers

We’ve talked about how AI could impact the freelance writing industry, how AI can lead to plagiarism problems, and even the best way freelance writers can make money with AI. Now it’s time to explore the many different AI uses cases that could impact your freelance writing business. We’ll look at how you can use AI tools for ideation, outlining, writing, editing, marketing, and much

The Best Way to Use AI to Make Money as a Freelance Writer

We’ve looked at the impact AI content could have on the freelance writing industry, ethical AI issues you need to be aware of, and specific AI writing tools you can try. Now it’s time to move on to the fun stuff. What better place to start than the absolute best way to use AI to make money as a freelance writer? If you search blogs

4 AI Writing Tools for Freelance Writers

We’ve talked about whether or not AI writing tools are coming for your job as a freelance writer. We’ve explored some of the legal and ethical AI concerns you and your clients should be aware of. Now let’s look at some examples of generative AI tools you can test right now for your freelance writing business. But first… What is Generative AI? Generative AI is

Ethical AI: Legal & Ethical Considerations for Writers & Publishers

Will they, or won’t they? That’s the question many writers and publishers face right now—whether or not they’re willing to publish AI content or use AI tools in their businesses. They have legal and ethical AI concerns. And that’s fair. Are there ways to engage in ethical AI use in your freelance writing business? Absolutely. But to do that, you first have to be aware

AI Content and the Future of Freelance Writing

If you’ve followed developments around freelance writing, blogging, SEO, or technology in general in recent months, you’re aware of “generative AI.” In particular, you’ve heard about—and might have tried—an AI content tool called ChatGPT. And if you’re like many of our fellow freelance writers, you might have some concerns. Namely, is ChatGPT a threat to your freelance writing business? We’ll get to that. But first,

Websites That Pay Writers $100 Per Article and More in 2024

How would you like to earn $100 per blog post? You can earn that and more writing online if you know where to look. While it’s true the best gigs are rarely advertised on job boards, you can often find gems when you seek out ongoing writers’ markets instead. That includes a wide variety of blogs and other websites that pay writers $100 and more.

Freelance Writing Pros on What They Wish They Knew as Beginners

New freelance writers are full of questions. “How do I get started?” “Where are the high paying freelance writing jobs?” “Should I sign up for freelance marketplaces or find my own clients?” I hear questions like these all the time. But are they the kinds of things beginner freelance writers really need to know? To find out, I caught up with some more experienced freelancers —

2023 Freelance Writing Resolutions

Happy new year fellow writers. It’s been quite some time since we’ve talked about new year’s resolutions and goal-planning here at All Freelance Writing. Now feels like a great time. I’m a big fan of resolutions, both on the personal and professional fronts. So today I’m going to share some of my 2023 freelance writing resolutions and goals related to freelance-adjacent areas of my business.

15 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

One of the most common questions I get from new freelance writers is “Where can I find freelance writing jobs?” And a common place for freelancers to start is to seek advertised gigs on job boards and related sites. Not sure where to start a search of your own? Let’s explore 15 places where you can find freelance writing jobs, and then let’s talk about

Why Your Hourly Freelance Writing Rate Matters

We’ve talked about freelance writing fees quite a bit here over the years, but today we’re going to focus on something that doesn’t always get enough love in the freelance writing community: hourly freelance writing rates. Don’t get me wrong. Hourly rates aren’t an ideal billing strategy, and we’ll talk about why. I can’t think of a single case where I’d recommend them for a

Paying Essay Markets for Freelance Writers

How would you like to get paid for your thoughts or stories about your lived experiences? From personal essays to issue-based ones, freelance essay markets might be a good fit for you. Below you’ll find a collection of paying writers’ markets that accept essay pitches or submissions from freelance writers. Paying Essay Markets More About These Markets Like all market lists on the All Freelance

Paying Markets Seeking Submissions from Under-Represented Writers

Competition for publication is not equal. Some of us have it easier than others. And some writers face challenges and prejudices others of us don’t. If you are a member of a group of under-represented writers (based on race, gender, disability, etc.), this market list is for you. Below you’ll find a collection of publications, both print and online, specifically seeking pitches or submissions from

10 Ways to Land Your First Freelance Writing Job

Your first freelance writing job can be the most difficult to land. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Potential clients are all around you, and you might be closer to your first than you realize. Or maybe they’re halfway across the world and you just haven’t figured out how to find them yet. Let’s look at some ways you can land your first

How to Build a Freelance Writing Business From (Almost) Nothing

Whether you’re a new freelance writer or you’re still deciding whether or not to launch a freelance writing business, the costs are something you’ll need to consider. Fortunately, becoming a freelance writer doesn’t have to be expensive. You can do it for under $100 up front. And you can certainly launch with even less than that. Let’s look at some of the costs involved in

Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Writer 3rd Edition – One of the Best Freelance Writing Resources is Now Even Better

‘Tis the season to launch new business ventures, evaluate your freelance career, and make plans to do even better in the New Year. So why not treat yourself to one of the long-time best, and recently updated, books that can help you do just that? I’m talking about Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Writer. Earlier this year, Peter released the third edition of this essential inclusion

Why You Should Diversify Your Writing Income (& 5 Ways to do It)

One of the biggest perks of freelance writing is the stability. Unlike working full-time for a single employer, losing a gig (by choice or otherwise) doesn’t mean you lose all your income at once. That’s because you diversify your writing income when you freelance, splitting your working hours between different projects for different clients. But there are other ways to diversify your income beyond simply

How the PRO Act Could Hurt Freelance Writers (& What You Can do About It)

  March 10, 2021 – UPDATE: The PRO Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will make its way to the Senate. The act previously failed in the Senate, and this is the most likely time we could see amendments to remove the freelance-career-killing ABC test. Remember, this is the first step in codifying the ABC test in federal law. The Biden administration has

Revenue Sharing 2.0 (& Why it Still Sucks for Writers)

I can’t believe the issue of revenue sharing models is still relevant today in the writing community, but here we are. In this past week alone, companies exploiting these models have come up twice right in my Twitter feed. So, clearly, it’s time for a fresh look. Summary: Revenue share models are never about helping you as a writer, but they’re almost always marketed this

Print Markets Paying Writers $500+

In the latest featured collection of freelance writing markets, today we’ll look at print markets paying writers $500 or more per piece. Please note, some of these print markets have both print and online versions so project types and payment might vary between them. Also note that while these markets advertise rates of $500 or more for at least one project type, they may also

Bullet Journals for Writers

NOTE: This post on bullet journals for writers is a significantly updated version of my 2018 post on how I use various types of journaling to manage nearly everything in my business and my life. In this 2021 update, the focus is much more centered on bullet journals in particular. Here you’ll find my updated list of bullet journal spreads and even more bullet journal

The Issue of “Ethics Creep” in the Writing Community

I recently caught up with fellow freelance writer and author of The Well-Fed Writer, Peter Bowerman. One topic that came up in our conversation was professional ethics and some of the problematic behavior we’ve seen in the writing community in recent years. Or, as Peter put it, we discussed the issue of “ethics creep.” What I’d like to do today is explain what this means.

Common Flaws with Freelance Industry Surveys

It’s that time of year again. No doubt, if you haven’t already, you’ll start to see freelance industry surveys. They might summarize 2020, or they might offer trend predictions for 2021. Industry surveys can be fun to review, but be careful about using them to make serious business decisions. Let’s look at why industry surveys can be interesting. Then we’ll go into some common flaws

30 Paying Markets for Short Fiction

Most freelance writing gigs are of a nonfiction nature, but if you’re looking to flex your creative muscles, freelance writers’ markets also exist for short fiction. It’s important to note that fiction often pays less, and sometimes much less, than more traditional freelance writing jobs. But if you want to try your hand at it, below you’ll find some markets to consider submitting your work to. What

WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks & Essential Plugins

Disclosure: This post on WordPress for Writers contains affiliate links. That means if you purchase after clicking on my links, I might receive a commission on the sale. To learn more, read my “No-BS Affiliate Promotion Policy.” In this post on WordPress for writers, we’ll explore everything from your basic setup to tips and tricks to help you further customize your site and keep it more

Red Flags in Freelance Writing Jobs Ads (& What They Really Mean)

If you’ve ever searched freelance writing job ads, chances are good you’ve seen something that made you think “Huh?” Maybe something felt “off” in the job description. Perhaps the pay details looked sketchy. While I haven’t sought leads through freelance writing job ads for my own work in years, I do browse them regularly to curate some of the better listings here. And boy oh

How to Write Faster (for Freelance Writers & Bloggers)

You’ve probably heard this line before: “Fast. Cheap. Good. You can only have two.” That’s true in freelance writing as in most things. Clients have to prioritize. As a freelance writer, you don’t want your clients prioritizing “cheap” work when they hire you. That means you’ll need to provide those other two benefits: being good and being fast. In this case, “being good” means being

How to Use Skeleton Outlines to Write Faster

A fellow writer mentioned client projects sometimes took longer than they hoped, so they wanted to learn to write faster in order to avoid this. While there are plenty of ways you can increase your writing speed, one tip I gave them was to use “skeleton outlines.” I worked through the beginning stages of of a skeleton outline while they watched to show how quick

30 Blog Posts in 30 Days Blogging Challenge

If you’re looking for a way to take your blogging to the next level, either on your niche blog or your freelance writer blog on your professional site, publishing more often is a good place to start. That doesn’t mean slacking off on quality of course, but more regular blog posts equal more chances to have your site found. That can lead to more freelance