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11 ways you can (legally) steal click-worthy headlines

If you're anything like me, when you sit down to write a blog post a blank page is the kiss of death for creativity. It makes me seize up and…


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7 ways to fight work-related depression (an infographic)

Working from home where you have no time frames or strict rules is a kind of the dream! Although freelance work seems to be appealing to many people, it also…


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What's your chronotype? How to optimize your routine

Do you have trouble getting up in the morning? Or are you most energized in the earliest morning hours? Many freelancers like working for ourselves because we can make our…


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How travel can help you overcome writer's block

If you were anything like me after graduating college, you’ll remember the anxious feeling that comes along with all of the uncertainty ahead. And you’ll remember how deadly…


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5 tools that will make you a better writer

Writing is a fulfilling but lonely pastime, and sometimes you're not sure how to improve your skills. Thanks to the internet, though, there's plenty that can help you improve your…


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5 reasons to share your work-in-progress

It is easy to fall prey to the conviction that we can't share our work until it's polished and ready for a formal unveiling. We feel like we need to…


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3 business boosting exercises you can do at the beach, park, or lake

Hip, hip hooray, it’s the final stretch of summer! What are your plans? Wherever you fall on the spectrum of work and play, the last warm weather days of…


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Plagiarism can wreck a writing career: How to avoid it

We all know that plagiarism is wrong. It was drummed into our heads in every English class we ever took, and it’s a sure-fire way to sabotage a writing…


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How to turn mistakes into stepping stones to success

I have nothing personal against bees; I’ve heard that their lives can get quite busy and that’s fine by me. But this year, the bees in my yard…


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Define your freelance brand in one simple exercise

When we begin freelancing (or when we’re looking to more clearly categorize our work, or retool our careers), the thought of “defining your freelance brand” can be daunting. How…


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How to overcome loneliness as a freelancer

One of the often overlooked facts of freelance life is that it’s a solitary pursuit. Even if our work requires contact with many people, we're still solo acts at…


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Making time for relaxation (even when you're overworked)

Finding time for relaxation when you’re juggling multiple freelance projects or staring down the barrel of a deadline may seem like a fool’s errand (“A MOVIE? YOU THINK…


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Confessions of a former procrastinator: 10 tips for becoming a Time Management Master

Ever agonized over how successful people just seem to get more done in a day? How to they do it all!? Here's the secret: It’s not just about getting…


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Note to writers: Don't read the comments

I will admit that the first time that I was asked to blog for a national outlet, I was afraid. I wasn’t afraid because I doubted my writing skills…


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Apple introduces scheme to pay artists per play, pressuring streaming services to pay higher royalties

Last week, Apple submitted an initial proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, taking the first steps to simplify the way music streaming companies pay songwriters and publishers. This…


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5 tips for creating a slogan with distinction

As a freelancer, you are likely more than aware of the fact that it’s important to find a way to focus a lot of attention on your business and…


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5 ways to find and embrace your unique talent

Do you ‘get’ the concept of finding your passion and building a business around it, but are struggling to make it happen? I get it. Being told to find your…


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Scientists discover the antidote to writer's block

Ah, writer’s block. It befalls the best of us. Sometimes it can be as mild as fifteen minutes of banging your head against the desk, but it can also…


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Take an alterna-cation: Cheap, inspiring vacation ideas for creative freelancers

When you are living la vida freelance, summers can come and go without even a hint of a vacation. Taking intentional time off from your day-to-day affairs could be the…


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How to tell when a spark of inspiration is worth pursuing

When you have a creative spark, it’s easy to run with it and get carried away. Unfortunately, not all creative ideas are created equal. When you have a creative…