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How To Conduct Your Freelance Writing Business Like A Police Officer

What’s freelance writing business got to do with being a police officer? Well, they’ve got a lot in common it seems. If you take a look at a police’s duty, you’ll see that they’re transferable. They can easily be adapted to your business to help you develop or maintain productivity.

When I was asked for my contributor post for April, I couldn’t think of anything to write. That was until an image of a police offer popped into my head. At first I couldn’t make the connection between that image and coming up with an idea for writing.

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The Freelance Journey

Guest post by Heather

At what point does one assume the freelance writer title? Does the designation require payment for written words? The transition between someone who writes for pleasure verses someone who gets paid to write isn’t necessarily fluid.

The Apprentice

For years, I worked as a cartographer. At the request of my employer, I often set aside mapping projects to edit documents, eventually read by thousands of people. If a friend was in the midst of writing a resume, I’d offer to take a look. Even editing a doctoral dissertation was admittedly enjoyable.

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6 Essential Tax Tips for Freelancers

The bill will soon come due to Uncle Sam. Have you paid your taxes yet? If not, it should be a priority. If the government is serious about anything, it is collecting money from you in a timely manner. Failure to do so can result in stiff penalties, including jail time.

Amanda DiSilvestro already noted that you still have to pay your taxes if you make money online. That much is obvious. But there is a reality of this situation: taxes are much more complicated for the self-employed, including freelancers. Here are some essential tips for getting through tax season with as little stress as possible.

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Reality Check: Do You Really Want to be a Professional Writer?

I used to love writing. People told me to follow my interests so I majored in journalism and after graduation was hired as a copy writer. Like most wide-eyed grads, I was thrilled to land my first real big-boy job and get paid to do what I enjoyed. But that feeling didn’t last long.

After 3 long weeks on the job, I realized that writing for a living wasn’t anything like I expected it to be. After 3 soul-crushing months passed, I was desperate to find a way out of my “dream job” as fast as possible. Based on my own experience, copy writing was demanding, unfulfilling, and didn’t pay well either. It was incredible how after only a few months, my passion for writing turned into a nightmare I couldn’t wait to escape from.


How To Write A Powerful Title

Do you know how to write a powerful title? One of the hardest things for new writers to write is a great title. Sometimes writing an article can be easier than writing the title which will sell it. I remember when I first started writing, I came up with what I thought were imaginative titles – titles which made web users want to read the article because it kept them guessing.

I told myself that if (in the title) I didn’t explain to the potential reader what the article was all about he/she would want to read it to find out. Big mistake! And don’t worry, I’ve learned my lesson.