The New Freelance Blog

The New Freelance Blog

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I warmly welcome you to The New Freelance blog. We're a digital publication, providing free articles on growing your freelance writing career. We also offer those who hire freelance writers a look at our world, in the hopes of improving the industry for us all. For more on the site's mission, read our About page.

The posts are categorized by skill (on the art and craft of writing), opportunity (how to find work), and mindset (becoming a stellar business owner). Find each of the categories below, and the latest posts in each category. Enjoy!

-Amanda Marie Layman

Skill: The Section on Writing

This is the art and practice of writing and self-editing. No matter where you are in your career, you can always improve your writing through focused effort. Discover posts on generating story ideas and angles, adopting new techniques, finding your voice and style, and branching out into unfamiliar types of writing. Learn which skills are in highest demand in today's freelance market, and how to obtain these skills through self-study and other means.

Recent Posts

  • Organizing Your Freelance Writing Business

    Organizing Your Freelance Writing Business

    You may only have one or two big clients in your burgeoning writing business. I get it: there doesn’t seem to be much to organize, so why bother? But the truth is, if you don’t set up a system now, in a year or so, . . .
  • Calling a Stranger is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career

    Calling a Stranger is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career

    In conversation I had with Mel Kleiman, HR expert and founder of Humetrics, he mentioned that the best employees are the type who do their entire job, even the parts they don’t like, without complaint. Their motivation to succeed, no matter the job, overrides the . . .
  • When Writing, Don’t Think of “Practice” of a Noun

    When Writing, Don’t Think of “Practice” of a Noun

    When it comes to writing, practice is a verb, not a noun. I used to have the notion that I would hone my writing skills the way a hunter hones in on their target, pull the trigger, and bam, done. Writerly prowess. I figured I . . .
  • Writer Speak: A List of Journalism Jargon and Terminology

    Writer Speak: A List of Journalism Jargon and Terminology

    “Pull your dek from the third graf, and could you get this to me by Wednesday EOD or Thursday at 4:00 EST? We also need a clickable call to action in the outro, and don’t forget to optimize for SEO. It’s slated to run Friday . . .
  • One Indispensable Skill Every Freelance Writer Must Have

    One Indispensable Skill Every Freelance Writer Must Have

    Like many other modern jobs, finding legitimate freelance writing opportunities online is less about knowing what to search, but empowering yourself to search well. There are many search engines and various ways of accessing information online, but as of 2016, Google still dominates the market. . . .

Mindset: The Section on Sanity

Writing for a living is courageous, and courage requires a particular mindset. This is the section on inspiration, work-life balance, cultivating your entrepreneurial side, and sometimes simply getting out of bed. While your own skills and the presence of opportunities will get you far, it's a mindset shift that will catapult your writing career into the rewarding and well-paying endeavor you want it to be.

Recent Posts

  • Why the Writing World Needs Editors Now More Than Ever

    Why the Writing World Needs Editors Now More Than Ever

    When I was a young freelance writer, I had the misguided notion that editors were one of two things — glorified spellcheckers, or people who just wanted to rewrite everything the way they wanted it, with no regard for my intent or personal style. Although . . .
  • Calling a Stranger is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career

    Calling a Stranger is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career

    In conversation I had with Mel Kleiman, HR expert and founder of Humetrics, he mentioned that the best employees are the type who do their entire job, even the parts they don’t like, without complaint. Their motivation to succeed, no matter the job, overrides the . . .
  • How the Hell to Finish a Writing Project

    How the Hell to Finish a Writing Project

    I have a terrible problem with completion. If you lived with me, you would see this play out in various ways — cabinet doors left ajar, closet lights on, shampoo bottle caps open. The diagnosis in video game terminology would be a “refusal to level . . .
  • Don’t Let Your Creativity Hold You Back from Writing for Money

    Don’t Let Your Creativity Hold You Back from Writing for Money

    My mind has held business and creativity in two separate compartments for as long as I can remember. My dad was a sales executive for a major pharmaceutical company. When I was seven or eight I accompanied him to work. I toted a neon pink briefcase, . . .

Opportunity: The Section on Getting Paid

Learn how and where to pitch, how to introduce yourself to clients, and where to find good writing jobs that pay fairly for your skill level. This section seeks to ease the pain of getting established early in your career, when it's the most difficult to prove your aptitude. You'll also find strategies for mid-level writers for growing your client base and expanding your offerings. Also, find information here on determining your pricing, filing taxes, legalese, and the tricky business of marketing your writing services.

Recent Posts

  • How Freelance Writing on Upwork Changed My Life

    How Freelance Writing on Upwork Changed My Life

    When I lost my job and my marriage around the same time in 2014, my life took a strange turn. I saw it optimistically: this was my opportunity to return to freelance writing full-time. I got back in touch with old clients and started earning . . .
  • Freelancer Stories: When to Turn Down a Job

    Freelancer Stories: When to Turn Down a Job

    Once, I got an email from a Christian author, asking if I could edit his manuscript. I had the availability, and his writing seemed to be in pretty good shape, so I started in on the first chapter. As I see it, his interpretation of . . .
  • B2B or B2C Copywriting: What’s the Difference?

    B2B or B2C Copywriting: What’s the Difference?

    Do you write B2B or B2C? Both? Or something else (W2N, maybe — writer to no one, because nobody’s reading it?) If you’re like many writers, you started out by dipping your toes in every kind of writing just to put food in the fridge. . . .
  • Writing Markets: Where Can I Sell My Work?

    Writing Markets: Where Can I Sell My Work?

    You will hear this all the time when you are a new writer: you have to market yourself. But what does this mean? The famous Writer’s Market publication is great for finding publications that pay, but how do you find businesses and individuals who need . . .
  • The Sport of Finding Writing Clients

    The Sport of Finding Writing Clients

    A freelancer without clients is a coffeehouse without patrons, or coffee. You’ll have time to learn about the state of the writing industry, the purpose of a 1099 or a Trello board, and how to supercharge your editorial skills later. But these things are easier to . . .
  • Freelancer Stories: When I Broke Into Print

    Freelancer Stories: When I Broke Into Print

    Like a lot of writers, when I first started thinking about publishing, I found a copy of Writer’s Market and began thumbing through the entries. I liked cats, but did I know enough about them to write for Cat Fancy? I enjoyed making up little . . .
  • Best Websites for Keeping Up with the Freelance Writing Industry in 2017

    Best Websites for Keeping Up with the Freelance Writing Industry in 2017

    With Google AI beginning to exceed human intelligence, it’s no wonder search has become more intuitive and helpful than ever — meaning even the average Googler can find really fantastic resources for writers online with a quick search. There are job sites, portals to online . . .

Working with Freelancers

Find everything you wanted to know about hiring the best freelance writer for your job. Learn how to analyze a writer or editor's skill before you hire, how to get the most out of your working relationship, and best practices for communication and administrative tasks. Know what to expect when working with writers at different stages in their careers, and getting the most out of a distance business partnership. Get a return on your investment and avoid pitfalls that send your project into mayday mode.

Recent Posts

  • Questions to Ask Your Next Freelance Writer (Before Hiring Them)

    Questions to Ask Your Next Freelance Writer (Before Hiring Them)

    Hiring a freelance writer isn’t like bringing on a new team member. Screening a new employee requires tedious calls to references, background checking, and maybe even several panel or stress interviews (you sadist, you!) before making it official, but picking up a freelancer can be . . .