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“You Can’t Handle the Truth!” – 5 Freelance Blogging Lessons from a Former Trial Attorney

“You Can’t Handle the Truth!” 5 Freelance Blogging Lessons from a Former Trial Attorney

Look, I know… attorneys are the worst.

But you have to admit, trial attorneys are the best of the worst. Who hasn’t fantasized about emulating the protagonists of A Few Good Men or My Cousin Vinny?

I was a criminal trial lawyer for four years and loved every second of it, but competing priorities led me to a freelance writing career. Still, sometimes when my only audience is my computer screen instead of a jury hanging on my every word, I do miss the courtroom.

I may never have had a transcendent moment like Tom Cruise did when he got Jack Nicholson to admit to homicide, but I did learn a few lessons in court that you can apply to freelance blogging.  Continue reading…

7 Practical Ways to Pre-Qualify Your Prospective Clients & Make More Money With Less Effort

7 Practical Ways to Pre-Qualify Your Prospective Clients | Be a Freelance Blogger

When you find a great potential client for your freelance blogging services, what happens next?

You grab their email address and shoot them your best pitch, right?

But how many times have you excitedly fired off a pitch, only to find out later that you were pitching the wrong prospect? Maybe they don’t have the money to hire you. Maybe they don’t need your services.

If that’s ever happened to you, you’re not alone. It happens a lot, not just to freelancers like you but to big corporations, too.

And the simple reason behind this? Failure to pre-qualify prospects before making an offer.

Unfortunately, not many freelance bloggers take the time to assess and pre-qualify prospective clients before pitching. But here’s the deal: if you do, you’ll get far better results.  Continue reading…

Win $100 for Your Guest Post in Our 5th Pitchfest

Enter the $100 Pitchfest | Be a Freelance Blogger

Welcome, dear reader, to the contest that gives you a chance to win $100 for your brilliant blog post idea. Pitchfest has become a highlight of our calendar here at Be a Freelance Blogger because it’s a ton of fun and we’re always excited to see what you come up with. But the real reason this contest […]

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When 100 Rockets Fell On This Freelance Writer, He Learned 5 Surprising Lessons About Fear

When 100 Rockets Fell On This Freelance Writer, He Learned 5 Surprising Lessons About Fear

Imagine the scene. You’re sitting quietly in front of your computer. The page is blank and beneath the table your legs shake with increasing tension. In a space of thirty minutes you’ve written and deleted just one measly sentence. And then everything changes. You find yourself running with the shriek of sirens sounding in your […]

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How Fiction Writing Experience Helps You Craft Killer Blog Posts

How to Use Your Fiction Writing Experience to Craft Killer Blog Posts

You might think writing fictional stories is just a hobby, a way for you to get creative. And freelance blogging is a serious, entirely non-fictional business. But the truth is, making up stories helps you craft better blog posts. They may be different in form, but fiction and blogging are the same in other ways. Fiction entertains, educates […]

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How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

How Nude Photos Convinced Clients to Hire a Blogger With a Shocking Past

Would you hire someone to represent your business if you knew they had a background as a nude model? Maybe you would. [Have I told you today how awesome you are?] And maybe you wouldn’t. It’s cool — I understand some people are put off by the idea. Not my clients, though. Some of them are amused […]

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How Anonymous Blogging Hinders Your Freelance Writing Career (And What You Can Do About It)

How Anonymous Blogging Hinders Your Freelance Writing Career (And What You Can Do About It)

Anonymous blogging is thrilling. If you’re a nervous, new blogger who’s terrified by the idea of putting your words out into the world for strangers to dissect, it’s much easier to find your courage under an assumed name. Even if you’re comfortable with having a spotlight on your writing, it can be immensely freeing to […]

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Blog Comments and Social Media: What Your Editors Expect After Publication

Blog Comments and Social Media: What Your Editors Expect After Publication

A freelance blogger is hired to write blog posts, right? The job title makes it sound that simple, but it’s rare that your client really just expects you to line up some words and stop there. Formatting text and finding photos is almost always part of the workload. It’s pretty common for a blogger’s work […]

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11 Ways to Boost Your Confidence on the Phone to Prospective Clients

11 Ways to Boost Your Confidence on the Phone to Prospective Clients

So you sent the perfect query letter to your ideal client — the one whose blog you practically dream about writing for (that doesn’t make you a loser, right? Right.) — and you’re so freakin’ excited because they want to hire you! But… not until they’ve spoken to you on the phone first. Ah, shit. Knowing […]

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Come Slay Your Freelance Blogging Dragons in the Kingdom of Paidalot

The Kingdom of Paidalot

Have you ever been at a point in your life where you’re absolutely lost? A time when your career is at a dead end and your entire being is burdened with despair and panic? In August of 2013 I entered the blogging world. I was a part-time employee for a crisis organization, with no chance […]

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