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,

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 —

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

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

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

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

Red Flags in Freelance Writing Job 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 Can My Freelance Writing Business Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic? [Reader Question]

Today’s reader question comes from Christian Simmons, one of several writers to reach out to me as the current coronavirus pandemic hit their freelance writing businesses. A common theme is freelancers wondering if they should start specializing in pandemic-related content for the time being. Now, in Christian’s case, he’s a health writer who might have interview contacts that would make this feasible. But that’s not

Websites & Blogs that Pay Writers $500 or More

One of the more popular posts here at All Freelance Writing is my auto-updated list of websites and blogs that pay $100 or more per article. But $100 per post isn’t the great rate some newer freelancers think it is. That’s a low rate on the professional scale, though thankfully those gigs are advertised more often these days than even just a few years ago.

Freelance Writing Away From Home (& Mini Writing Retreats)

If you work from a home office most of the time, things can start to feel a bit dull before long. There might come a time when you want to work on freelance writing projects pretty much anywhere else just for a change of scenery. You could take the traditional routes of office-sharing, working in cafes, or writing from your local library (a great option

The Problem with Pay Based on Location in Freelance Writing

Every week I curate ads for the freelance writing job board here at All Freelance Writing. That means digging through a lot of garbage to find a few gems. And one type of ad I sometimes see deserves a bit of attention — those with pay based on location. What do I mean exactly? These are the ads that either outright say your pay as

Why You Should Publish Your Freelance Writing Rates

In my review of David Rodeck’s professional website, one of the things I suggested was to publish his freelance writing rates (or, at the very least, remove the Rates page that really only had payment terms). I’ve long advocated making your rates public. I’ve never had a newer writer I worked with tell me they regret adding rates to their site after I’ve prompted them

Freelance Writer Website Review – David Rodeck

Earlier this week, we went through my professional site to show you the kinds of plans you might make after conducting a content audit. Yesterday we took a look at Yolander Prinzel’s freelance writer website. And today I’d like to follow up with one more site review, for David Rodeck. David Rodeck is a business and financial writer similar to Yolander, so this is a

Freelance Writer Website Review – Yolander Prinzel

When we looked at 5 freelance writer websites done well, I critiqued some professional writer websites to give you ideas about how to improve your own. I also opened it up for review requests for others who wanted public site reviews here on the blog. Yolander Prinzel was the first writer to take me up on that. Yolander is a freelance financial writer, and back

Improving My Freelance Writer Website (& How You Can Improve Yours)

No freelance writer website is perfect. I pointed that out when we looked at five freelance writer websites done well. That includes my own site, ProBusinessWriter.com. And today I’d like to use it as an example to show you the kinds of things you might want to change by picking it apart a bit here on the blog. About a year ago I updated the

What to Include on Your Freelance Writer Website

In looking at freelance writer websites done well, you might have noticed some common themes and site elements to give you ideas about what to include in (or add to) your own. But what if you’re building a fresh freelance writer website from scratch? Where should you start? What pages should you include in your site? What features should a new freelance writing website have?

5 Freelance Writer Websites Done Well

Are you happy with your freelance writer website? Does your professional site do enough as a marketing tool to attract prospects and help you convert them into clients? Do you even have a website yet? As strange as it sounds, this post has been a few years in the making. For quite some time I’ve wanted to do a round-up to showcase quality freelance writer websites to

Reader Question: Learning New Freelance Writing Projects Quickly

This post contains an affiliate link to Peter Bowerman’s Well-Fed Craft course. For new freelance writers, one of the most common challenges I hear about is the fear that sets in when a client asks them to take on a freelance writing project they’ve never done before. For example, perhaps they usually write web copy, and a client asks them to write a case study.

Bullshit Freelance Writing Advice (Why Writers Believe It & What You Really Need to Know)

Especially after this past year, I am left with precisely zero bullshit tolerance. That goes double when you spew nonsense advice in the direction of new freelance writers. They hear so much garbage, half-assed advice it’s a small miracle some of them survive even a year in business. So bring your BS my way, and I’ll leave you shoveling shit while I set you straight. What if

Reader Question: How Can Freelance Writers Sell Poetry & Fiction?

The type of freelance writing most often discussed here is business writing — anything from copywriting to freelance blogging. But there are paying markets for just about any type of writing you can think of — including creative writing like poetry and fiction. That’s what Daniel Cowick wanted to talk about when he submitted this question on freelance writing markets: I write poetry, prose, lyrics,

Reader Question: Will Being a Weekend Warrior Turn Off Freelance Writing Clients?

If you’re still toying with the idea of starting a freelance writing career, but you can’t work normal business hours, this one’s for you. Christian Simmons wanted to start freelancing, but with only weekends free for freelance writing work, they had concerns. Here’s Christian’s situation: How can I have a freelance writing business when the weekends are all I’ve got to write and see clients?

Reader Question: How to Estimate Project Time When Quoting Freelance Writing Jobs

A lot of time has been spent on this blog talking about the basics of setting your freelance writing rates — figuring out how much you need to earn, figuring out how much that means you need to charge per hour, converting those hourly rate goals into project rates, etc. But what happens if you’re still new to freelancing and you have no idea how

Review of Peter Bowerman’s Well-Fed Craft

You may be familiar with Peter Bowerman from his Well-Fed Writer book or blog. For years his book has been my top recommended reading material for new freelance writers. So I was thrilled to hear he was launching a new course on freelance commercial writing called Well-Fed Craft. When Peter asked me to review Well-Fed Craft, of course I said “yes.” Is Well-Fed Craft your ticket to a profitable