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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Top 10 Lists of Freelance Writing Jobs for Writers Wanting to Expand Beyond Content Sites

At some point, you may want to leave the nest. Working for content sites is relatively easy. The sites find the clients, filter out the flakes, and handle all the hassles that go along with billing and collecting.  The trade-off is that the pay rates are usually lower than what you could get on your own. Also, if you are ghostwriting through content sites, it's hard to build up a portfolio.

The first question that comes up if you are expanding out of content sites is how to find your own clients.

The easiest way is to skim the "writers wanted" lists. If you are working for a content site that uses casting calls or teams, this will feel familiar. If you get nervous applying for a private-client gig, just imagine you were applying for a team or casting call at your regular site.

The ultimate goal is to have such a great online presence that clients will seek you out. Until then, you'll need to put in a lot of applications and pitches.

Here are 10 good places to look for freelance writing assignments that will help you find opportunities beyond the content sites. Make it a habit to skim the lists and send applications whenever your workload is light. Be patient. Many people see these job listings, so competition will be stiff, but persistence should pay off.  This is, in part, a number's game, so don't procrastinate on sending out applications when you see any gigs that look good.

1. Problogger

2. Facebook 4 Freelancers

3. FreelanceWriting.com

4. Media Bistro -- Mostly brick-and-mortar jobs, but search on "freelance" in the keyword box

5. Write Jobs

6. All Indie Writers

7. FWJ

8. Writing Career

9. Absolute Write Water Cooler

10. Google "Write for Us" and "Writers Wanted" -- You might be surprised how many sites these searches will turn up.

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Image: Brigitte Werner

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's going to hurt whether you do the work or not -- so you might as well do the work

Here's another procrastination tip adapted from The Now Habit. If you're procrastinating on starting or finishing an assignment, you're probably afraid that working on the assignment will be painful.

But consider this.  Not working on the assignment is also painful. Procrastination hurts. While there is a pay-off in that you get to do something you'd rather do than the dreaded assignment, it still hurts. You can't really enjoy the other activity because you feel guilty that you are not working on the assignment. Meanwhile, as the minutes or hours tick away, your anxiety increases as you add the fear that you won't get the job done to whatever fears you had before.

The trick is to accept that there are no good alternatives.

Procrastinators often hope that if they wait long enough, a solution will magically arise that will enable them to complete the dreaded task without any pain or to avoid it forever without any consequences. Unfortunately, that rarely happens.

Once you accept that your choice is between two painful options -- the pain of continuing to procrastinate and the pain of starting or finishing the dreaded task -- then a real solution becomes available.  Simply pick the painful option that will have the most long-term benefits.  Almost always,, that will be the option of doing the work.

Accepting there are no good choices is oddly liberating.