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    How do you pick a niche market when freelance writing?

    I’ve been freelance writing for nearly 7 years now. At first I started out trying to do –everything- and later learned that it’s better if I zone in on one or two niches. I currently do freelance blog articles and web content. I also write my own eBooks. Those are the two niches I stick to...
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    Do you work on weekends?

    That's very true. I definitely have had moments throughout my life where working weekends was required to pay my bills. I'm really blessed to be able to take weekends off now. Do you work less hours on weekends? Where/ when do you schedule in breaks throughout your week to keep from getting...
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    Where are you traveling this summer?

    I'm actually spending the summer in a little resort town in the Wichita Mountains. I have an absolutely gorgeous little cabin and I feel my creativity juices flowing already. I just moved in about a week ago and I'll be staying here for three months. I decided to come here to really buckle down...
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    Tips Getting Started Freelancing

    Here are a few tips I've learned along the way that really help kickstart any small online enterprise. -Start Out Pricing Your Service Undervalue Why in the world would you want to price your service LESS than what it’s worth? That’s a great question. Pricing your service slightly below all of...
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    What does your daily schedule look like?

    I thought it would be fun to see what other freelancers do throughout the day. If you have a schedule you stick to – post it here. It may help others create (or recreate) their own schedule! I’ll post mine first. 5:30 AM – wake up, stretch, eat breakfast, feed and walk my dogs 7:00 AM – begin...
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    Wedding gift money amount?

    A good alternative to money for an acquaintance is to simply just search the bride and groom's name on google followed by the words 'wedding registry'. This should heed some results on sites like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Target, Amazon, or Crate & Barrel. In America it's commonplace for to-be-wed...
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    How Much do you Make working Online?

    I definitely make enough to fully sustain myself online. Last year I grossed over $100,000 in freelance sales (both in writing freelance, publishing my own eBooks, and crafting). It's a lot of work and I think it really just involves buckling down and dedicating yourself to your craft- whatever...
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    How are you relaxing today?

    I separate myself from my work entirely. I put away my phone and computer so I can't even attempt to begin working - or get distracted by work. I make a list of the things I still need to accomplish so I'm not constantly reminding myself of them. Then I really just delve into something I enjoy...
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    What does your work space look like?

    Personally, my work space is mobile – it’s my laptop. I also make crafts and sell them online and I have an entire ‘craftroom’ dedicated to that practice. I was really curious what other freelance writer’s workspaces look like. In terms of an actual physical office space, I have my computer, a...
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    So… can we talk about coffee?

    Coffee might be the key to the freelance world. All of my freelancing friends swear by coffee to get them through the day. It’s hard to keep up energy when you have to be self motivated, so I think a lot of us reach for caffeine. I thought it’d be fun to share coffee recommendations. So give a...
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    Tips How to Overcome Writer’s Block

    That actually sounds like a really good idea, Chillfrost. I've heard of similar techniques before- a kind of 'get your mind back on track' exercise. The physical activity can also promote better circulatory movement, which has been scientifically proven to aid in concentration, so that makes a...
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    Payment Method

    I use Paypal most of the time, just for the mere convenience. Almost everyone has Paypal- which makes it a very convenient thing to request from buyers. I have begun offering Bitcoin as well- after doing a lot of research into it and seeing that slowly sites and even some stores around the world...
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    Does your family help you with your freelance work?

    I am a mom (a foster mom, to a sibling group actually). I love every moment of it, but for about two years I struggled with managing my personal time with my kiddos and my work. I always put my kids first, which in turn caused my business to always get behind. Later I began to learn that...
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    Tips How to Overcome Writer’s Block

    Thank you so much for this! I've always struggled with writer's block. In fact I had a small bout of it while I was getting started on my work this morning. I tried the WIRMI method and it definitely helped a bit. I used to do the 'proactive' method- but found that rather than actually getting...
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    Do you work on weekends?

    For a long time I worked 7 days a week on my freelance business. I noticed that my work began to get more and more efficient. Writers block, procrastination, and a complete lack of motivation really affected my work. About two months ago I began forcing myself to step away and take weekends off...
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