I started freelance ghostwriting in September 2009. A little late by some standards, given my age at the time (42) but I was reinventing myself after serving a 20 to life sentence in corporate America. I didn’t have any professional writing experience when I started and I had to do a lot of on-the-job training. Every time I learned something, I made note of it and tried not to make the same mistake twice.
While I was registered with Elance (an online bidding platform that matched clients with freelancers that no longer exists) I was very active and visible. I was a member of their 10-person panel they tested new features on before they rolled them out site wide. I wrote a regular column for their blog designed to help freelancing newbies.
I established my content writing agency a year after I started freelancing and went from a freelance force of one to an agency owner.
None of this means I'm an expert. It just means I have many years' experience as a freelancer and I'm hoping some of my advice can be helpful to you.
If you're seriously considering owning a content agency, one of the first things you have to address is a conundrum. Should you find clients or hire freelancers first? It's a real concern to ponder. It's a chicken or egg thing and how I did things is not necessarily the way...Read More
Something I'm frequently asked about is how to become an agency owner. It seems a natural progression to go from a freelance force of one to managing a team of freelancers, doesn't it? Well, actually no. They're extremely different and not every freelancer is built to be an agency owner—and...Read More
With the new year fast approaching, you're no doubt considering how you can improve your life: personally and professionally. 2018 may have sucked for you, been the best year ever or just another year. Regardless how things were for you in 2018, you can always set goals so 2019 is...Read More
I was 13 years old when the movie Hair was released and the first time I heard the song "Easy to Be Hard." I was in high school and well on my way to becoming I am now. Raised by two socialists, I was political from my first breath. Some...Read More
When I started freelancing in 2009, I remember reading about all the predictions. Forbes shouted, "By the year 2020 more than half of U.S. workers will be freelancing!" Other predictions centered around the global gig economy, where the numbers were supposed to be around 35 percent. As it turns out,...Read More
Many people know me as the owner of Coquí Prose, but I am also a prolific client who frequently uses Upwork to hire freelancers. Although many of you may have hired a few other freelancers to fill the occasional needs of a client or to assist with specific projects, I...Read More
Published on the Work at Home Woman site. I was raised by parents who lived through the Great Depression. My father was born in 1923, before it began, and my mother was born in 1933, as it was well underway. In both instances only their mothers were able to hold...Read More
If you’re new to writing, you may wonder how to go from “the calling” to being paid for your words. You may also be wondering whether you should do content writing, pitch publications, break into broadcast journalism, try your hand at script writing or attempt the “Great American Novel.” First...Read More
I became a freelance writer in 2009. A year earlier my husband and I moved to Puerto Rico (from California) to buy an organic farm. We'd been working for Amgen (the world's largest biotech), had a house in the suburbs, two cars, two cats and two motorcycles. Despite all of...Read More