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Why Specializing Works and How to Start in Your Business

Why Specializing Works and How to Start in Your Business

This guest post is brought to you by WePay – the easiest way to accept credit cards online. You don’t want to limit yourself as a business owner. You got into the freelance world because you like to play by your own rules and don’t want to conform to anyone else’s standards. It’s part of your passion to make your own way. This fire is commendable but it can...

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Dude, Where is My Money?

Dude, Where is My Money?

About two months ago, I was opening the mail when I realized I got a check from a client. The client is a trade magazine I’ve written for about once a month for almost two years. It’s not unusual to receive a check from them. What was unusual was that they didn’t owe me any money at time. I remember staring at the check like it was a trick before deciding that...

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The Wimp’s Guide to Protecting Your Office Hours

The Wimp’s Guide to Protecting Your Office Hours

Sometimes all this advice about what you should do as a freelancer is just too much. It’s “You should put your foot down” and “You should just say no.” Even if you know that’s what you’re supposed to do, it can be hard to stand up for your business. Sometimes you have to do it like a wimp would. In this month’s edition of The Taking Your Meds Newsletter, we get into...

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Changes Around Here

Changes Around Here

So, you’ve noticed some changes starting to happen around Diary of a Mad Freelancer. You’re all smart, observant self-made people, so I know you’re paying attention. It started with a new theme. I changed to Deviant from Elegant Themes because I fell in love with it and it had the back end functionality I needed. I was using Scruffy before but it was a free theme...

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Want to Get Noticed on Google? Stop Being Like Everyone Else

If you want to bring in a steady stream of new freelance writing prospects, one good tool is your professional website. After all, many of the best writing gigs are never publicly advertised, and one way buyers find writers is by searching the Internet. If those buyers can’t find your website ranked high in search results, they’ll never know about you....

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5 Things Your Computer Would Tell You If It Could

5 Things Your Computer Would Tell You If It Could

As a freelancer, you probably spend more time with your computer than any butcher, baker or candle stick maker. In many ways, your computer is your coworker, helping you fight the good fight and take care of business. For most of us, it’s the center of our career and we’d be lost with out it. It’s not unusual for a freelancer to name or even talk...

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