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Ugh. That dreaded “tell me about yourself’ question. I’ll be honest: I always struggle to explain what I do for a living. The short answer is that I’m a freelance writer. No, that doesn’t mean I’m home in my sweatpants writing the next great romance novel (alright, you caught me—I’m probably in my sweatpants). Instead, I focus mainly on crafting online content related to careers, productivity, entrepreneurship, and self-development. Whew! I guess that wasn’t so hard.
Writing for my clients is what pays my bills (and I’m also one of the fortunate ones who actually loves my day job). Are you ready for the not-so-humble brag?
You may have seen my byline a variety of places, including Forbes, Fast Company, TIME, Inc., Business Insider, The Muse, Trello, Mashable, and more.
When I’m not doing that? Here’s what really sets me off into a rather obnoxious happy dance: Using my own insights and experiences to create different resources that help other creative freelancers start and grow their own bomb-diggity businesses. Through my blog, newsletter, digital downloads, Facebook community, and more, I love helping freelancers take that leap and build lives and careers they adore. Alright, that’s enough—I’m gettin’ all misty-eyed over here.
I sat fidgeting in an uncomfortable chair that was placed adjacent to my boss’ expansive desk, feeling the sweat already start to tickle my forehead. I kept picking at a piece of torn upholstery toward the bottom of the seat, despite my best attempts to look cool, calm, and collected. But, no matter how many articles I crank out about successfully putting in your two weeks notice, I’ll admit it’s pretty tough to look confident and composed when you’re quitting your job.
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Can I be totally honest with you? Even typing the phrase “six-figure freelancer” in this headline made me want to vomit all over the Starbucks I’m currently writing in. Why? Well, for starters, it’s not a phrase I ever (I mean, ever) thought I’d use to describe myself. During my first full year as a freelancer, I was absolutely thrilled to earn just upwards of $30,000...
Oh, the freelance pitch. Love it or hate it, it’s an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to growing your business as a freelance writer. You absolutely need to know how to pitch effectively. I get it—feeling like you’re trying to sell yourself to strangers can be awkward at best, particularly if you haven’t done much of it before....
You’ve formed your LLC. Your freelance website is up and running. You have a few published samples under your belt that you’re eager to share with prospective clients. You’re excited to finally sit down at your brand new workspace and get rolling on some projects and freelance writing jobs. But, there’s only one problem: Uhhh… you don’t actually have anything to work on....
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