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.
In this week's Ask Sarah, I'm going to talk about your portfolio and resume: two integral pieces of being a freelance writer. In my opinion, one of the most crucial aspects of freelancing is promotion. What good is being an expert in your field and/or being a great writer if...Read More
Today is the first in a weekly series of Ask Sarah Anything About Freelancing. If I don't know the answer, I will find it. My goal with these is to help make you a better freelancer. And some of this is subjective, meaning freelancing is not an exact science. How...Read More
As many of you know, I own a content marketing agency. I have been in business since March 2010. I have been hiring freelancers since day one. I have learned a ton in these nine years. In that time I have hired hundreds of freelancers. The overwhelming majority of them...Read More
As long as I have been freelancing as a writer (since September 2009) I have encountered writers who feel it's important to offer unsolicited advice about rates. The problem is it rarely comes off as advice but more like judgment and disapproval. In the industry we call it rate shaming....Read More
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