Note: My first job out of college was mobile technician at Apple’s Gran Central store. This post is not sponsored.
In this post I cover my experience on iPhone 12 Mini’s:
For context, my previous phone was an iPhone XR. Here’s the Mini by an XR.
Writers and creatives depend on productivity for income. We get paid when we complete a project. While some of us are lucky enough to have retainer or subscription clients, 77% of freelance creatives charge per-project or hourly rates.
This pandemic is tough on a creative’s earnings and creative productivity. Stress and negative feelings are the primary causes of procrastination. “Procrastination is an emotion regulation problem, not a time management problem,” says Dr. Tim Pychyl, Professor and member of the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Procrastination is an emotion regulation problem, not a time management problem.
Therefore, managing productivity is about managing negative moods — and the greatest way to cut negativity is a healthy dose of positivity. …
The demand for good writers is growing nearly as fast (or faster) than some engineering jobs. In the next ten years, content writing jobs will grow 11 percent and technical writing jobs will grow 8 percent.
To take advantage of this massive job growth and succeed as a creative, you must master your craft. To master your craft, you must invest in your craft. …
A 2019 survey shows most freelance writers earn $10 or less per hour. Many writers feel defeated by the “freelance trap.” We want to be our own boss, we save up and take the leap, only to discover it’s tough to cover basics like rent and food with abysmal, per-article rates.
My leap into being my own boss has been lucrative—mostly because I understand how to generate “passive” income from my writing.
Here’s the truth about passive income:
It isn’t really passive.
The only means of creating income that’s “hands-off” is investing—where you put money into something, and your money generates the return, not you. But even that requires research (i.e., …
Whether you’re an aspiring writer or entrepreneur looking to publish a book for the marketing benefits — if you want a traditional nonfiction book deal, you need an agent. A literary agent represents writers to publishers and negotiates publishing deals on behalf of the writer.
In this article we’ll cover:
Before you reach out to prospective agents, you need the following three things.
Platform is how many fans, followers, and blog views you have. Here’s how much “platform” you need, according to Chuck Sambucino (editor of Guide to Literary Agents, more on this book below). …
If you want to grow a serious writing business, you need to write proposals that showcase all that you can offer clients. The trick is —
selling results, not actions.
Sell views, clicks, downloads, conversions, and profit — not writing or editing.
More than a few times, after I send a proposal to a prospective client (or prospect), I get a response like the one in the title, or this:
It’s the best time ever to be a writer. We have near unlimited options for income — blogs, freelancing, self-publishing, social media.
Many of the best opportunities for writers come from businesses — namely, tech businesses. Marketing, customer support, and engineering teams rely heavily on writing. Companies need writers to create:
The demand for content is skyrocketing — one of the jobs in this article is growing nearly as fast as engineering jobs.
I’m not saying you should “sell your soul” or give up creative writing endeavors to write business blogs or product manuals. I’m saying — writers don’t have to be broke — and millions of writers love these jobs. …
I teach business workshops to many new and intermediate writers. Here’s the most common question writers ask—
How do I get people to pay me decent rates for my work?
There are a few caveats to negotiating better rates for your writing—whether you’re entering a new contract with a new client or asking for more money from a current client.
In this article, I use freelance article rates as my negotiation example. But, you can apply these skills to full-time salary negotiations and agent/publisher contracts.
Before we talk about negotiating, let’s be clear about skills. …
Whether you’re a freelancer on a mission to build your own writing business, a founder looking to publish a manifesto, or fiction author ready to submit a short story—
You must learn the business of writing.
In this article, I share best-selling books and a few, lesser-known gems that have benefited other writers and me greatly. The books are organized into these categories:
I have no affiliation with these authors or links.
Freelancers write for publications or businesses which pay them a fee for a piece of content—usually an article or ebook. …
Most writers I know feel that networking and meeting new people is awkward and uncomfortable.
You can’t build a business without a network, and authors and writers are no exception.
And, networking doesn’t mean hopping around and shaking as many hands as you can at as many events as you can stuff your calendar with. Instead, you should focus on becoming an integral part of a few, relevant communities.
Doing so means you won’t feel “awkward” — you’ll feel “part of something.” You’ll build lasting, mutually-beneficial relationships with likeminded folks. This makes networking enjoyable.
In this post, I share my own networking tips and how my network helped me achieve writing goals — plus tips from two…