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Why You Have to Think Like an Entrepreneur to Make Money as a Writer

By Susan Shain

You’re a writer. Whether it’s scenes, characters or blog posts, your passion is creating.

What your passion probably is not? Business. Budgets, marketing, networking — they make your head swirl.

But without a firm business foundation, you’ll never make money as a writer. Sure, you may find some success because you’re talented — but to truly grow your business and get paid what you’re worth, you have to start thinking like an entrepreneur.

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5 Mistakes Crippling Your Writer Website

I’ve gotten countless emails from readers who wanted me to review their writer website and offer feedback to help them better position their website to attract more clients. I’ve also coached dozens of writers to ensure their website is well set up to attract clients.

The more writer websites I review, the more I start to realize they have some things in common.

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Hate Marketing? Here are 3 Ways to Earn More as a Freelance Writer

Many exceptional writers suffer to pay the bills because they suck at marketing while lots of average writers are making a killing because of their marketing genius.

Some writers simply hate marketing; they find it boring, complicated and not fun in any way .

If you’re one of those writers, while I believe you definitely should learn to love marketing so you can build a writing business that thrives on the long run, the purpose of this article is to show you some smart ways to earn more without having to increase your marketing efforts.

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10 Resources for Finding Well-Paying Freelance Writing Gigs

Having an abundance of well-paying freelance writing gigs you can apply for at will is a sort of unique advantage, and it’s something that instantly makes your work much easier as a professional writer.

Of course, there are several lists of sites that pay writers, including the recent list of 110 websites that pay writers published by Writers in Charge, but having something more recent and regularly updated can be powerful.

There’s good news. After some research, I have come up with a list of resources that feature the most recent well-paying freelance writing gigs on a regular basis.

Most of the gigs posted on these sites are vetted before they appear on the sites, since majority of the sites are owned and run by other freelance writers.

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110 Websites that Pay You to Contribute an Article, Instantly

websites that pay you to write

It has been a while since I last published my list of websites that pay writers.

A lot has happened since publishing the last two lists; some of the sites are no longer active, some of the sites stopped accepting contributions from freelance writers, and there isn’t as much flexibility in the categories of the previous lists since most of the sites featured were either design or tech sites.

That has changed, though.

This new list is more comprehensive, includes more sites and is updated for 2015. In fact, I’m finalizing this list on the 12th of January, 2015.

So what’s included?

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