Business Tips


How Do You Get Paid for an Article After the Editor Leaves? 2

You write an article for an editor – after agreeing on a fee – and the editor leaves the magazine. How do you get paid for that article? Here’s what one blogger says: “I was commissioned to write two articles by a publishing company for their new magazine, which is launching this month. After agreeing on a price, researching the […]


How to Manage an Unpredictable Cash Flow – Tips for Freelancers 14

The worst part of freelancing (or any self-employed home-based business) is managing an unpredictable cash flow. These tips for freelancers are from a financial expert (not me) and an experienced freelance writer (me!). First, here’s a cool quip from a writer: “Writing is turning one’s worst moments into money,” said Irish American author J. P. Donleavy. The more you can […]

Tips for Freelancers managing money

Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here 16

If you’re a writer who gets overwhelmed when you think of marketing and selling your writing, you’re not alone! Not wanting to promote my writing is why I hesitate to pursue a literary agent and get my books published. Here’s how a fellow writer describes it: “The thought of all the details I must be sure to cover in this […]


8 Freelance Writing Habits That Will Get You More Work 7

Want to get more work as a writer? Need clips and experience? Don’t miss these freelance writing habits – they work. The first two habits I describe are what got me the writing gig I’m starting today – a blogging job for which I’m charging “an arm and a leg” per word (when I’m too busy for more work, I […]


Best Online Banks for Writers – Ally, ING, First Internet Bank 2

Low or no ATM fees is a necessity for a bank to qualify as one of the “best online banks for writers”! These four banking options for freelance writers include the pros and cons of each bank. Before the tips, a quip: “Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to […]

online banking tips for writers

Nonprofit Writing – How to Write a Donation Letter to Raise Money 3

Nonprofit writing – such as writing a donation letter to raise money for a nonprofit organization – is different than writing business letters, newsletters, or reports. These tips for writing donation letters are from my experience fundraising for a hospital in Vancouver, BC. Before my tips, a quip: “When you catch an adjective, kill it,” wrote Mark Twain in a letter to […]


Should I Quit My Job to Work as a Writer for Hire? 11

The $1,000,000 question: “Should I quit my job to work as a writer for hire?” Here are a few tips to help you figure out if you’re ready to work as a freelancer full-time. For me, the biggest sign that I didn’t want to continue working as a freelancer was that I quickly wearied of pitching new article ideas to editors. I don’t regret […]