Have you been wondering how to keep your writing biz alive in the current craziness of COVID-19, isolation, and economic recession? This doesn’t have to take down your career — you can become a recession-proof freelancer.
It begins by killing the toxic, negative thoughts running around in your head. The fears that are keeping you paralyzed.
In large part, earning well in hard times is a mind game. Your attitude and how you respond to what’s happening will determine whether you thrive despite it all, or you fold your tent and give up.
I know it’s true, because this isn’t my first recession rodeo. Know when I first became a six-figure freelance writer? In the depths of the last recession, around 2008-’10.
(I unpack that whole story in my new, free e-book The Recession-Proof Freelancer – grab your copy here.)
So. You can earn well during bad economic times. I’m living proof.
But many will not. Their negative mindset will do them in. You’ll soon see them bagging groceries for minimum wage.
How can you acquire the winning attitude of a recession-proof freelancer, and earn well in the coming year? Here are five toxic thoughts, and the fixes that banish them:
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Getting ghosted by freelance writing prospects?
It happens. And it’s happening a lot more during the COVID-19 craziness.
Some businesses have closed or downsized. Editors and marketing directors are scrambling to adjust to a different publishing environment.
And even without a pandemic in process, there’s a million other reasons you might be getting ghosted by a prospect that sounded promising.
- What can you do if a hot prospect goes quiet?
- How do you follow up without sounding desperate or pushy?
The right answers to these questions can turn dead ends into paying gigs.
Ghosting happens to everyone, even to top-earning freelance writers. You might think you did something wrong, quoted too high, or said something offensive. But that’s almost never the case after a positive call with a prospect.
Want to know how to handle getting ghosted? Here’s the script to break the silence.
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Wondering where to find your next freelance writing jobs during COVID-19 craziness?
You’re not the only one. It’s a volatile time for almost everybody. But businesses, magazines, and digital publications still have freelance writing jobs they need to fill.
In many niches, the demand for well-written articles and writers who know how to dig up solid research, interview sources, and hit tight deadlines is even greater than pre-pandemic.
How do you get some of that work? There’s an old-school skill that works in any economic environment. Pitch great story ideas to editors.
And if you don’t get a response right away…keep going. Just about every editor is scrambling to fill their editorial calendars right now.
Show up in their inbox with a fresh idea, and you’re a lot more likely to land freelance writing jobs than if you sit back and do nothing until “things get better.” Make sense? Good.
To save you some time, we’ve compiled a list of 39 digital magazines you can pitch right now. Check out the list and get to work.
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Worried about content marketing work drying up and clients freezing budgets for freelancers?
If you’re scared, worried, anxious, or afraid, you’re not alone.
Your first instincts may be to grab onto anything you can to stay afloat and spam pitches scattershot-style
Maybe you’re thinking about going back to content mills even though you swore you never would. Or maybe you’re ready to give up on the dream of being a freelance writer.
Stop right there. When you act from a state of fear, you’re forgetting about the people who may be hurting even more than you are:
Your clients. They’re used to one job and a steady paycheck. And that does sound like a content marketing crisis. Chances are pretty good they’re not sure if it’s time to close the doors, cut back, or ramp up content marketing.
Want to know how you can help? It might seem counterintuitive, but now is the perfect time for some one-to-one contact, transmitting positive vibes, and spreading good karma to help your clients. Here’s how it’s done:
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