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Breaking Down the Freelance Economy

The American workforce is now 34% freelancer, according to a new study commissioned by the Freelancers Union and the recently-merged Elance-oDesk. Well, sort of: 14.3 million of the 53 million freelancers counted in the survey are “moonlighters” (people with full-time jobs doing independent work in their spare time). 438 more words


Harvard Business Review reblogged this on Informed Ideas and commented:

The world is catching up with writers. Maybe. While this is a fascinating look into the the growing segment of freelancers, there are still some gaps , including the sample size. The fact that the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk are the forces behind this may or may not make it more applicable to writers. Either way, it's important to note that the choice to be a freelance writer has moved from a quirky decision indulged by doting parents and friends to a valid career choice among talented and creative professionals and that is definitely a very good thing!

Writing For The European Market

In all the newsletters and websites advertising writing markets, Europe seems to be all but ignored. But with the right approach on your part, you can easily get your work published in Europe and expand your international portfolio. 688 more words


Why I Don't Transcribe Interviews and You Don't Have to Either

I’ve never claimed to have access to any mind-blowing secrets that are going to make you rich as a freelance writer. In fact, I have a tendency to put my guard up when I hear anyone make such a claim; even if they’ve turned their job writing from home into a multimillion dollar gig. 1,171 more words

The Diamond Method: A Simple Approach to Structuring a Great Article

Writers are strategists. A well-written story looks deceptively simple but actually requires a great deal of planning.

One of my favorite ways to approach the structure of an article is the Diamond Method. 947 more words


Fun With Idioms


The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.  When there is  a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting ink.  602 more words

The Online Writer Sweatshops

Being a streetwise “done that and bought the T-shirt” kind of guy, I thought I had seen and heard it all. I figured long ago that there was nothing that could shock me anymore. 513 more words


The Simplest Thing Most Writers Are Too Scared To Do

A lot of freelance writers have asked me how I get assignments. The answer is simple, but it’s admittedly scary: Just ask.

As a writer, we fall in love with our words. 415 more words