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5 Urgent Mindset Fixes for the Recession-Proof Freelancer

Free E-Book for Writers: Recession-Proof Freelancer: A 12-Point Plan for Thriving in Hard Times. Makealivingwriting.com

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.

How?

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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25 Writing Tools I Use for Spectacular Freelance Remote Work

Best Writing Tools for Freelance Remote Work. Makealivingwriting.com.

Whether you’ve been a freelance writer working from home forever, or you’ve been ordered to stay home in the past month, productivity is important. You want writing tools that help you earn well — tools that impress and build strong bonds with clients.

Over the years, the list of tools and shortcuts I use in my own freelance writing biz has grown. Given that remote work is what nearly everyone is doing as we seek to slow the spread of Covid-19, I thought it’d be a good time to create a fresh list for you.

Many of these tools or sites are free, some cost a bit. All have made it a heck of a lot easier to connect with clients, quickly do my work, send invoices, and more. Most of all, knowing some of the popular tech tools out there helps you impress clients that you’re ready to go.

Note: Because this is a list of writing tools I use and can personally recommend (except for three I mention in the P.S.), some paid tools carry my affiliate link.

If you’re the type of freelancer who loves finding tech help that makes your life easier, dig in and enjoy. I’ve divided them into categories, so you can quickly scan to the type of tools you want most.

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Ageism in Freelancing: 5 Wise Ways to Get More Writing Jobs

Wise Ways to Beat Ageism in Freelancing. Makealivingwriting.com.

Are you worried about ageism in freelancing? It’s a concern I hear from a lot of writers.

It’s not uncommon for writers to finally embark on their dream career after retiring or being laid off from a longtime job, or after several different corporate jobs. I also hear from journalists who’ve taken 10-20 years off to raise kids, and now they want to start getting assignments again.

But you worry that you’re “too old.” It’s too late for you. You’re obsolete. No one’s going to hire you.

If ageism in freelancing is your worry, I want to tell you it’s all lies.

I’ve been freelancing since late 2005, have owned an AARP card for several years now, and I’ve never been offered more lucrative projects than I’m seeing right now.

Want to know how to beat ageism in freelancing?

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Prevent Coronavirus From Killing Your Freelance Income: 10 Ideas

Prevent Coronavirus From Killing Your Freelance Income. Makealivingwriting.com

Greetings from Seattle, the American Ground Zero of the coronavirus pandemic! Yes, both my teens’ schools are closed for 6 weeks. If you’ve been frantically reading up on how to avoid catching coronavirus, remember one important aspect of that process: You also need to prevent coronavirus (and fears about it) from destroying your freelance-writing income.

Right? Let’s go!

First off, let’s all breathe for a minute here and just sit quietly. BIG breath in through the nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Good.

We’re going to get through this. I promise.

Yes, I know the stock markets are crashing, too. But it’s still going to be OK.

How do I know? Because I’ve freelanced through previous economic recessions, most recently in 2009. In fact, I built my freelance-writing biz up to earning six figures during that downturn.

The tunnel has a light — and there’s lots of opportunity for us in bad times, too.

Best way to get through this is to focus your energy on what is within your sphere of control. What you can take action on.

Because there’s no point worrying about the rest. Like Erma Bombeck once said, “Worry is like rocking in a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but never gets you anywhere.”

What can you do, proactively, to prevent coronavirus from putting a hole in your writing income? Here are my tips:

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Writer Beware: How to Fight Back When Your Content is Stolen

Writer Beware: Is Your Content Being Stolen? Makealivingwriting.com. Makealivingwriting.com

Writing and publishing your thoughts online can be exciting and fun. But once you publish online, it’s writer beware — because plagiarism of our content is common.

Fighting scams and ripoffs of freelance writers is one of my super-passions. So when I recently discovered two instances where my blog posts were ripped off and republished in their entirety, without payment or permission… you know I was steamed.

Agggghhhhh!

At first there was a lot of shock and awe. Is this really happening? But when that wore off, I realized I needed to figure out an action plan to claim what’s rightfully mine.

Fortunately, there are actions you can take when you discover plagiarism. Here’s the story of what recently happened to me, and what steps you can take if you discover you’ve been ripped off.

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Content Marketing or Just Blogging? 10 Big Ways They’re Different

Content Marketing VS Blogging: 10 Big Differences. Makealivingwriting.com

Content marketing is such a buzzphrase these days. And I meet a lot of bloggers who say, “Yeah, I’m doing content marketing.”

But often, when I look at their blog, I can tell right away that they’re not.

There’s a reason bloggers get asked to write posts for $20, while content marketing agencies pull down contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars. It’s because there’s a lot more that goes into effective content marketing than simply writing a blog post.

Wondering what makes the difference? Here are 10 things content marketers do that most bloggers don’t bother with:

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