Five Smart Ways to Drive Traffic (and Clients) to Your Online Portfolio
Want to take your online portfolio for freelance writing from pristine to universally seen? Here’s how in five easy steps.
For the Love of Your Freelancing Peers: 5 Cloying Clichés to Avoid in Career Advice
While the freelance lifestyle can bring independence, it also can bring ever-changing demands. Although you might be well-meaning, if you care about helping your freelancing peers, please stop using these cloying clichés when offering career advice.
In the Case of an Unhappy Client, What’s a Freelancer to Do?
In efforts to help freelancers understand how to keep things running smoothly after getting hired by a client, we’ve invited a brand director, a former agency VP, two creative directors, and an account manager to share cautionary tales for freelancers.
Australian Writer Lindy Alexander on Being a Self-Employed Creative in Oz
Curious about freelancing in Oz? We asked Australian, self-employed creative Lindy Alexander to share her perspective from Down Under for peers in the U.S.
The Niche Freelancer: Designing Ebook Covers (and Lightning Strikes) for Self-Publishers
Words can’t do everything. Picture your story with Brandi Doane McCann, a designer who specializes in ebook and print book covers that sell romance, fantasy and suspense to consumers.
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The Niche Content Creator: Writing for IT and Services
Tech writers are in huge demand. But tech is so broad in our hyper-connected world, how do you find your niche? For perspective, we chat with Karen Bannan, an expert who found her tech niche at a young age and now covers everything from software development best practices to the potential uses of blockchain technology.
5 Smart Things Freelancers Can Do to Keep Clients Coming Back for More
The secret to any business success story is to work with clients time and again. So here are five client-friendly tactics to help your freelance business survive – and thrive – over the long haul.
The Life of Independent Creatives: Strangers Say the Darndest Things to Freelancers
Although at ClearVoice we believe in treating freelancers as business professionals, not everyone has caught up yet. Lena Katz , who has freelanced full-time for 16 years, rounds up some of the most aggravating and inaccurate things people say to independent creatives — and what the reality is.
How to Prepare for Your First Writers’ Conference
Writers’ conferences are a great way to learn and network and maybe even make some lifelong friends. But they also take a lot of energy, especially for the introverts among us, so here are tips to make the most of them without missing opportunities.
An Etiquette Guide on Freelance Referrals: How to Win Clients and More Income
Navigating referrals can be tricky — but ultimately, the more connections you make, explore and support, the further net you cast. Several freelancers share their tips on playing the referral game without being a spoiled sport, or a bully.
Positioning Your Freelance Portfolio for Success: 9 Tips From ‘The Career Guy’
Freelancing isn’t just a series of gigs: It’s a business. We interviewed author and career coach Darrell Gurney on practical reminders to position your freelance business for success.
How to Approach Your Graphic Design Portfolio: Academia, Industry Share Insights
Unlike writers, freelance designers have to contextualize their skills in a myriad of design tools to potential clients. Ben Beck interviews graphic design program head Carol Sogard and design manager Adam Black on how designers should best approach creating their portfolios.
Invisible, Yet Influential: Six Lucrative Ghostwriting Genres
What ghostwriters don’t earn in attention or glory, they make up for in pay. They’re the wizards “behind the curtain,” with all the words. If bylines don’t mean much to you, here are the best ghostwriting gigs you can strive for.
Keep Your Brain Sharp: 5 Apps for Word Nerds and Smarty Pants
Whether you prefer challenging bots or friends, take a break with one of our favorite word game apps for word nerds.
8 Ways Digital Nomad Journalists Stay Productive
Freelancing on the road again? While a digital nomadic lifestyle is definitely alluring, it also presents plenty of roadblocks, delays and interruptions. We asked a squad of writers how they keep focused, on point, and on deadline while using the world as their office.
A Guide to Making More in Digital Content Writing (Well, Is There Any Other Kind?)
For better or worse, the digital age has made us all writers. But if your dream is to see more of your byline in screen-generated light (and more of the income it brings you), here’s a digital content writing guide to help your search (and not become yesterday’s meme).