The Top 3 Qualities Every Great Piece of Content Has

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From the minute we wake up to the moment our heads hit the pillow at night, we’re constantly exposed to content. Whether in the form of a friend’s personal status updates on Facebook, the morning news, video ads, or even billboards, it’s virtually impossible to avoid the messaging that now makes up our world. While having so much content readily available to us at any given moment certainly has its perks, there are a few downsides as well. Most notable is the fact that we now have to pick and choose which messages get our attention and which we scroll on by. So when you have a message of your own that you want to get out to the masses, keep these three essential components of quality content writing in mind to make sure your audience is reading.

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When Are the Best Times to Post on Social Media?

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If you’re a small business owner, startup, or even an individual just trying to get the word out about your great product or service, chances are, you’ve already tried creating a Facebook page and sharing some posts. But if it seems like nobody is never seeing your post, much less engaging with it (i.e. liking, sharing, or commenting on), all of your extra effort could be going right down the drain. Luckily, there are some ways that you can organically increase the number of people who see and interactive with your social media posts, including getting the timing just right.

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A New Year’s Note

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I spent the last week of 2017 sick in bed with the flu. The up side to this is that I had plenty of time to reflect and think to myself–something that isn’t always easy to come by. What I came up with was that, despite my nearly constant worrying about my business, buying a home, and other aspects of my life, I was actually in a solid position to let myself take the week to rest, recover, and recharge and hit the ground running come January 1st.

In between feverish musings and sleepless nights, here’s what I came up with for the positives that came out of this last year.

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How Many Blog Posts Should I Post Per Week?

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One of the most common questions that business owners want to know about their blog is how many posts they should be uploading to their website each week. While there is a wealth of information out there about this subject, I’ve found that much of it is lengthy and pretty involved. For an easy-to-digest answer, here’s my take.

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4 Unexpected Places to Look for Freelance Writing Work

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I’ve been getting asked a lot lately where the best places to look for freelance writing work are. While larger platforms like Upwork and Fiverr can be good places to get your feet wet when you’re first starting out, they end up skimming a lot of your profits off the top. If you’re looking to expand your coverage and find freelancing gigs elsewhere, here are the four lesser-known places I recommend checking out.

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A Word on Adversity, Writing, and Your Career

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It’s an ordinary rainy Wednesday morning and I’m about to sit down at my desk out of the cold, wet weather and I start to think about the story my dad was just telling me about how hitchhiking used to be his primary mode of transportation. And how he’d hated it. Just hated it. Imagine that. And that’s just it. All I can do to relate to those stories is try to imagine what it must be like to be a 20-year-old college kid thumbing your way back to Pittsburgh in the snow, not knowing who’s going to pick you up or how far they’ll take you.

Back to me at my desk. Like most people in my generation, thanks to my hitchhiking parents, I’ve gotten through just about 30 years of life without ever having to stare real adversity in the face. Challenges? Discomfort? Sure. Adversity? No, at least not in the same way that my parents and their parents experienced it. My grandfather hugged his father goodbye one day and walked down the street to serve in the Navy in WWII. The next time he saw his dad was at his funeral. He’d had a heart attack, likely from the soot and dust he breathed in over years of working in the mill.

The point is that without adversity, without scratching and clawing just to make it home alive, we as a society are starting to miss something big.

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What’s a Content Mill and Why Don’t I Want to Use One?

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Whether you’re a business looking to hire a freelance writer or two or are a writer yourself and are looking for some paid gigs, chances are, you’ve come across your fair share of content mills in your search. So what, exactly, is a content mill in the first place, and why might this not be the best idea for either side? Read on to learn more.

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6 Tips for Decluttering Your Work Space and Getting More Done

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Clutter has been linked with heightened anxiety, stress, and low productivity levels. If you’re a freelancer trying to manage a business and a million-and-one different clients and projects, this can mean big problems for not only your financial success but also your sanity. Take a look at these six tips for decluttering your work space so that you can get more done more efficiently and with much less stress.

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5 Free Invoicing Platforms for Freelancers and Small Businesses

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The best part of freelancing is getting paid for your hard work. But if you’re using a clunky online system or an outdated spreadsheet, this process could be a major headache for you. The good news is that there are a few great invoicing platforms out there that won’t cost you a dime and, maybe even more importantly, won’t try to trick you into signing up for a free trial by putting your credit card on file. Here are my top five favorites. read more…

Is It Ever Okay to “Fire” a Client? (Hint: Absolutely)

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While freelancers are ultimately in the business of attracting and keeping clients, that doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice your dignity, self-respect, or flat-out happiness in the name of retaining a troublesome client. In case you missed the hint in the title of this post, it is absolutely okay (and sometimes quite necessary) to drop a client if you’re simply unable to maintain a healthy working relationship with that individual or company. That said, there is a right and a wrong way to do so. Read on for a few tips I’ve learned along the way.

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