Freelance Success Blog

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The Proven Way Margaret Grew her Freelance Business in a Recession

How Margaret Johnson is thriving

When Margaret Johnson, PhD, started freelancing in 2019, she had strong experience in medical writing. The former professor and researcher in biochemistry and structural biology got two clients. But they didn’t pay…


How to Make 2021 a Success Despite the Recession

cIn 2020, most freelancers lost a little, some, or a lot of freelance work due to the COVID-19 pandemic—and the recession that followed it. At the same time, we all had to adjust to big changes…


How Gratitude Can Make You Healthier and More Successful

gratitude makes you healthierAs we enter the 2021 holiday season, the pandemic and ongoing economic uncertainty are still with us. Most of us (maybe all) are overwhelmed by the ongoing pandemic and all of the changes to…


How Ginny Vachon Created Freelance Work for Herself During the Pandemic

fearless freelancer Ginny Vachon

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the recession that followed, Ginny Vachon, PhD, has had enough freelance work. But the freelance medical writer’s work has changed a lot and with nearly every part of life…


The Easy Way to Get Bigger, Better Clients

the right specialty helps freelancersIf you have a bad leak and water is pouring onto your floor, you’re going to call a plumber, not a handyman. The plumber is an expert in solving your problem, because…


How to Make Marketing as Easy as Tying Your Shoes

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It’s easy to use freelance jobs sites or content mills like fiverr, Upwork, or Freelancer.com. But steady, high-paying clients  aren’t using these freelance jobs sites and content mills. And they’re not going to magically find…


Stand Out in a Sea of Freelancers: Your Brand

your freelance brand What do freelancers have in common with oranges, coal, and cattle? They’re all commodities—services (freelancers) and goods (oranges, coal, and cattle) that are largely interchangeable.

To many clients, one freelance writer or editor (or another…


What Happened When Kalpana Shankar Launched her Freelance Business During the Pandemic

Kalpana ShankarKalpana Shankar, PhD, never expected to be launching her freelance medical writing business during a pandemic. But that’s what happened after COVID-19 swept across the world in spring 2020.

By taking the right actions and believing in herself,…


How to Thrive Like Lisa Baker——Instead of Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Lisa Baker

How did Lisa Baker recover from losing a lot of work during the pandemic?

Being flexible and proactive enabled Lisa Baker to bring in new business. She expanded her services and the type of clients she works with…


How to Be a Fearless Freelancer—in Good Times and in Bad

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Even when times are good freelancing can be scary. Along with being a skilled writer or editor (or whatever your freelance field is), you need to run a business.  And most freelancers never had a chance…