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25 Writing Tools I Use for Spectacular Freelance Remote Work

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

I’ve encountered not one situation in a decade where I felt I was passed over because I was too old.

If you’ve been held back by fears about ageism in freelancing, I have some tips for how you can overcome this and get great clients:

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Content Mill Announces Unusual Requirements to Help Writers

Unusual Requirements for Content Mill Work. Makealivingwriting.com.Need more freelance work? A leading content mill just stepped up to the plate to help freelancers in an unusual way.

If you’ve been thinking about chasing content mill work as a freelance writer, now might be the first time in content-mill history to consider it.

Why? For every day of the shelter-in-place orders around the world, the demand for high-quality, well-written, and engaging content keeps rising…something content mills haven’t always provided.

But that’s about to change.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve done a thorough assessment of our platforms,” says Content Mill Consortium spokesman Westley Roberts. “We need to do a better job at compensating freelance writers and helping our clients hire great talent. And that time is now.”

The plan, spearheaded by one of the top content mills in the industry, outlines changes to improve rates and connect freelance writers with quality clients, says Roberts. But there are also some unusual requirements the plan includes to help the best freelancers rise to the top.

Ready to move up and earn more? Here’s what you need to know.

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Content Writing Wins: Tell Us About Your Most Viral Blog Post

Content Writing Contest: What's Your Most Viral Blog Post?. Makealivingwriting.com.What’s your best, most shared, traffic-generating blog post? We want to hear about your content writing wins.

Turn off the news for a minute. Step away from the non-stop coronavirus updates. Take a chill pill (as in…coffee, chocolate, or some other delightful treat you stocked up on the last time you braved the grocery store).

And dig up the best-performing blog post you’ve published or written for a client.

We’re hosting a contest to show off your best work, share tips on content writing that get results, and (drum roll, please) give out some pretty sweet prizes.

What made your best blog post get more clicks, likes, shares, and site traffic?

If you don’t have metrics for your best content writing work, that’s OK, too. Anecdotal proof (like comments on a post, even if they’re from your mom) that show off your content writing superpowers works, too.

Maybe you’ve even written a blog post that went viral…you know like every blog post Jon Morrow writes. Now’s your chance to tell us about your top content writing win.

Here’s a few examples and details about the contest:

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LinkedIn Marketing: A Freelancer’s 17 Creative Tweaks to Get Leads

LinkedIn Marketing: Creative Tweaks to Get Leads. Makealivingwriting.com.Ever wonder how to leverage LinkedIn marketing to get freelance leads?

Yes. Businesses are still hiring. Companies still need content. And if you’re showing up on LinkedIn, you’re one step closer to connecting with prospects and landing assignments.

Not convinced this social media and business networking platform is worth your time?

Consider this…With more than 500 million members, LinkedIn is one of the best platforms for getting your name in front of professionals who need freelance writers, or can refer you to someone who does.

Got your attention?

When I got fed up with spaghetti-at-the-wall marketing tactics, and trying to figure out how to show up on a long list of social media platforms, I decided to simplify and focus my efforts on LinkedIn marketing.

With a few creative tweaks you can use LinkedIn to grow your freelance writing business. Here’s how:

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Quit Your Job to Freelance? A Teacher’s 5 Sink-or-Swim Moves

Quit Your Job to Freelance? Here's the Plan. Makealivingwriting.com.If you’ve been thinking about ways to quit your job and freelance full time, you’re not alone.

There’s a lot of unknowns right now. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little more control over your income, your schedule, and your life?

When you’re a freelancer, you’re not at the mercy of a global pandemic, a hard-to-work-with manager, or the day-to-day drudgery of work you hate.

You make the rules. You’re the boss. Your schedule, your workload, and your income depends on you.

If you’re thinking about this, chances are pretty good you’ve got questions:

Do you have what it takes? Can you get freelance writing clients? Will you be able to pay your bills and do meaningful work?

The answer: Yes, you can. I quit my job as a mid-career teacher to be a freelancer. But instead of taking the side-hustle-for-years route, I decided to go with the sink-or-swim approach.

Ready to quit your job to be a freelance writer? Here’s what you need to know:

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