Monday, August 17, 2015

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from August 10-14

5. "5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career" on Levo.com (Elana Gross)

Link: http://bit.ly/1P6imaP

Are there reasons to look for a part-time job or a few extra hours on a freelance basis beyond needing more income? According to this thought-provoking post, the answer is yes, with cited rationals from increased creativity to an even broader network than you might normally engage. Why else would a side hustle be good for you, professionally?

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4. "The State of Freelance Writing: Data on Pay, Bylines, & Quality Content [Infographic]" on Hubspot Blogs (Lindsay Kolowich)

Link: http://bit.ly/1J14CPz

How much do you know about freelancing as a career? What's the average take-home pay for a freelancer? How many freelancers work more than one job? What are the statistics to note about freelancers and Google Authorship? How many freelancers have a blog, and how often do they post? Check out this insightful infographic for all of that information and more, and see how you compare.

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3. "How to Monetize Your Blog and Why Most Fail?" on Blog Tips 'n' Tricks (Chandeep J)

Link: http://bit.ly/1fiBeXo

What does it take to bring in an income with your blog? What methods are the easiest and most useful for accruing an appreciable income? And why are there so few successful monetized blogs? Find out all these answers, and more, in this post, packed with helpful tips and guidance.

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2. "How Much Should Freelance Writers Charge - 6 Tips" on Nikki Woods Media

Link: http://bit.ly/1hgn2jq

Ask around among your freelancing colleagues and friends, and you'll hear dozens of different numbers and methods for what and how to charge for freelancing services. All of those answers, though, may not provide enough direction for you to make your own decisions. This article is a detailed survey of steps you can take, starting immediately, to figure out what to charge your cilents.

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1. "5 Steps to Starting a New Freelance Writing Business" on Horkey Handbook (Gina Horkey)

Link: http://bit.ly/1PtmguL

Finally, an expert weighs in on what precise steps you can take to start a freelance business in the writing industry. Here, you'll find insightful wisdom, links to other excellent resources, and the kind of kindred-spirit encouragement that so many in the freelancing professions seem to naturally exude. 

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BONUS: "Stop Looking at Your Fucking Phone" on terribleminds.com (Chuck Wendig)

Link: http://bit.ly/1fiBWnj

Once more, Chuck Wendig outdoes himself with a post that is half irreverent tirade (true to form) and half hardcore treatise on the dangers of letting our phones, or any other technology, run our lives. How many hours spent staring at a phone could be better spent writing, imagining, creating, or otherwise furthering your career and work? (And check out my further thoughts on Wendig's post here.)

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Freelancing is a more up-and-coming topic of conversation all the time. What about freelancing do you enjoy? If you don't freelance, have you ever considered it? What about freelancing is a challenge? What resources can you share that you've found particularly helpful?

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