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Escaping the 9 to 5 Grind

Escaping the 9 to 5 GrindTell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

I graduated from Penn State last year with degrees in Marketing & PR. Two weeks after graduation, I started my career. It was a pretty traditional job with a marketing company, which was great – but wasn’t making me happy. I wasn’t being challenged and didn’t see myself growing as a professional, and I went looking for something that could fix that.

The whole search for career happiness thing is what inspired me to start Punched Clocks. From there, I started freelancing and have loved every bit of it since!

Outside of being a huge PSU fan, a marketer, and a writer, I’m also:

  1. ENGAGED, and planning a wedding to my wonderful fiancé! (Can you tell I’m still super excited?!)
  2. A proud mama to two beautiful dogs. One boxer, Bella, who actually helped us announce our engagement! And more recently, we adopted a boston terrier named Ruby.
  3. Part of a huge, close-knit family from which I’ve gained infinite wit and wisdom, hand-me-downs, and an extremely loud voice.
  4. A lover of all things health, DIY, wedding, style, and marketing related.
  5. A busy, busy woman with a short attention span and a need to be moving at all times.

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How to Make $4,000 a Month as a Freelance Writer

How to Make $4,000 a Month as a Freelance WriterTell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

My husband and I were just like any other couple working full-time in Corporate America two years ago. We started our family, realized that’s not how we wanted our life to be and started making changes.

We had already been paying down debt, which helped. We then cut out everything we could in our budget, so my husband could quit his job and start staying home with our kids (currently ages two and three).

After a decade-long career as a financial advisor, I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do “for the rest of my life” and I started looking into freelance writing last April. I was able to build up my business from $0 to $4k/m in six months, which gave me the opportunity to make a big career change at the end of last year by quitting my own job and becoming a full-time freelancer.

Do you have any special training?

Not as a writer. My degree is in Psychology and of course I had the proper investment/insurance licensing in place in order to operate as an advisor.

I’ve always loved to write and have written a couple of first drafts of chick lit fiction novels in the past. It wasn’t until last year that I realized what a market there was for non-fiction writing on the web. (more…)

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Something More Important Than How Much You Are Paid . . . and Seven Ways to Improve it

Something More Important Than How Much You Are Paid . . . and Seven Ways to Improve itBy Diana Schneidman

What is more important than how much you are paid for your freelance, work-at-home assignments?

Many people would say “nothing.” After all, for a person trying to make a living, what you are paid is darned important.

Some would give a more spiritual answer. Perhaps self-fulfillment is more important. Doing work you love. Making the world a better place to live in.

I can’t argue against those values. Work is about more than money. But for the purpose of this article, I’m going back to the financial side of it.

So here is my answer as to what is more important than how much you are paid. It’s how quickly you are paid.

Sadly, the waiting time for corporate payment to self-employed, work-at-home freelancers is often much longer than it used to be. Payment far too often stretches out for interminable periods . . . or at least what seems far too long if we need the money for food, rent, and other necessities of life. Sometimes payment never shows up. As time extends and the funds never appear, we suspect we will never get paid. (more…)

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full Time

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full TimeBy Sarah Ratliff

I was raised by parents who lived through the Great Depression. My father was born in 1923, before it began, and my mother was born in 1933, as it was well underway. In both instances only their mothers were able to hold on to their jobs. My paternal grandmother was a schoolteacher and my maternal grandmother worked as a domestic (today we’d call this a combination chef and housekeeper) to a wealthy family.

Both had job security.

Having lived through such extreme economic uncertainty, my parents, along with many others from that era, believed the only way to all but guarantee financial security was to get an advanced education, followed by a job in a financially stable company—ideally a Fortune 500 one. (more…)

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5 Signs it’s Time to Raise Your Service Rates

5 Signs You're Not Selling Your Services At A High Enough PriceBy Saskia Gregory

I remember the moment I realized I was seriously undercharging for my services. The moment when, after years of quietly slogging away, I realized that if I really sat down and calculated how much I was being paid vs how much time I spent working (including time spent on unpaid yet essential business tasks) that my hourly rate was working out below the minimum wage here in the UK. Ouch.

Yes, I was getting the perks of flexibility and freedom that many minimum wage workers can only dream of, but for the level of hard-work, expertise, time-management, and drive that’s required to keep going as a self-employed writer – things were certainly not adding up.

When I look back now, I realize there were warning signals that I ignored for too long – fortunately for you, I’m here to share them so you can be on the lookout for any signs you need to re-package and reprice what you do:

1. Your clients are not completely invested.

One of my biggest frustrations while undervaluing myself was the lack of clients that were completely committed to their investment in me. It’s easy to feel that the ‘customer is always right’ and continue a working relationship despite difficulties in communication and prompt payment, but remember that also: ‘the customer is not always right for you’. (more…)

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