People I Know: Joy Collado

Joy Collado is an absolutely adorable Filipina freelance writer. Just like her name implies, her writing will bring you joy.

Joy Collado

Joy Collado

How I Know Joy

I met Joy Collado a few years ago through my role as Associate Editor of Be A Freelance Blogger. She had major presence in the free community and we quickly became friends behind-the-scenes as well. She was even one of the first people to read my YA novel when it was published in 2013!

Joy was also there for me — both then and now — during my struggles with depression. Whenever I posted a note on my personal blog or on Twitter about my not feeling well mentally, Joy was one of the first to wish me well and offer helpful advice. Heart emojis all around!

But in addition to being a sweetie-pie, Joy is also a talented freelance writer and virtual assistant. I think you’ll love my e-mail interview with her. Read on! Read more ›

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[AUDIO] Wayne Clingman on Networking via Podcasting

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In this 28 minute episode of LittleZotz Podcasting, Wayne Clingman of Indy Film Wisconsin Talk Radio shares:

  • How podcasting can be used to enhance your freelancing career.
  • How to use podcasting to network.
  • How to use social media to get more podcast guests.

As a bonus, Wayne AKA Dr. Fortune shares some of his knowledge of folk magic to help you create a better relationship with your freelancing clients!

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Special thanks to SIKORA for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art!

Posted in Podcast

How to Define Your Job as a Freelance Writer

 

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Illustration by Ramiro Roman

When I first launched LittleZotz Writing, I would frequently get e-mails from visitors asking if I could design their website, create a flyer in Photoshop, or “whip up some background art” for their landing page.

While I was flattered that those people thought I was so artistic, none of the tasks I just mentioned have anything to do with my job.

But what does…? Read more ›

Posted in Freelance Life

How to Juggle Multiple Clients Without Dropping Them

This post was originally for my column, “Freelance by Lauren,” on the now defunct DIY Writing: A Writer’s Bucket List.

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

As freelancers, and presumably people who have had at least one nagging (caring) parent, we’ve all heard the warning about putting all our eggs in one basket. It’s too risky! Especially when it comes to clients.

But having multiple clients has its own set of risks!

Think about the last time you had a good friend over to visit. You both had a great time, right? Good conversations, plenty of food to go around…? Now think about the last time you had, oh, three friends visit. It was a little harder to keep everyone entertained, right? Perhaps one, or more, of your buddies was left out of the conversation?

That same imbalance of focus can occur when trying to “entertain” your freelance writing clients. That’s why “master juggler” is one of the many hats you’ll need to don to truly be successful.

But don’t worry: It’s easier than it sounds. Read more ›

Posted in Freelance by Lauren

People I Know: Anthony Dejolde

Anthony Dejolde is becoming one of the most in-demand Filipino writers for hire! Check out how he got his start and what’s next for this genuinely nice guy.

Anthony Dejolde

Anthony Dejolde

How I Know Anthony

Anthony Dejolde is one of my success stories! A former mentee, Anthony has become an in-demand freelance writer for hire — and I couldn’t be more proud.

On a more personal note, Anthony and I met on Be A Freelance Blogger, and got to know each other in the community. A proud Filipino man, Anthony was very intrigued by the fact that I have several Filipino friends and two Filipina great aunts (by marriage). And he got a BIG laugh when I told him about the time I confused the Tagalog words for “vomit” and “vinegar” at a friend’s debut (the pinay version of a quinceanera) dinner.

Anthony is always eager-to-please and a genuinely nice guy. I think you’ll like this e-mail interview with a writer I now consider my friend. Read more ›

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4 Reasons Cheap Freelance Clients Aren’t Worth Your Time (Even if You’re Desperate for Cash!)

This post was originally for my column, “Freelance by Lauren,” on the now defunct DIY Writing: A Writer’s Bucket List.

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Last month, I made a horrible mistake.

Freelance writing has been my sole source of income for several years now. Not to mention I was raised by freelancers! I really, really should have known better.

But, I panicked.

Some unexpected expenses came up that my current client roster wouldn’t be able to cover. And I’d already tapped out my “emergency” funds. So, when a former client came around with some “easy” work, I accepted…for less than a quarter of my cheapest rate.

To drive that last point home: I’m the cheapest writer I know. I was working for below content mill prices. But I figured, “Hey. It’s easy work for quick cash! It’ll be fine.”

It was so not fine. Here’s why: Read more ›

Posted in Freelance by Lauren

[AUDIO] Valerie Bordeau on the Importance of Writing Communities

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In this 35 minute episode, Valerie Bordeau of the Freelance Writers Academy and I discuss:

  • Why fellow writers are not “the competition.”
  • Why joining a writing community could be good for your health.
  • The power of being transparent.

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Special thanks to SIKORA for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art!

Posted in Podcast

How NOT to Die of Boredom on a Dull Freelancing Gig

This post was originally for my column, “Freelance by Lauren,” on the now defunct DIY Writing: A Writer’s Bucket List.

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

“…being bored is like being slowly boiled alive. It seems tolerable at first, but every day it gets more and more painful.” – Sonia Simone, Copyblogger

When I first read these words in 2011, I wrapped them around me, comforted in the fact that there was someone out there – someone I respected and admired – who felt the same way I do. Boredom is the worst. It isn’t simply a minor annoyance. It’s downright painful.

An acquaintance once told me that “only boring people get bored.” But she can stuff it. You can be the most interesting person on the planet and still get bored. In fact, if you’re interesting – someone with a mind full of thoughts – you’re more likely to get bored!

What this acquaintance didn’t understand was that boredom isn’t something you actively choose. No one wants to be bored and seeks it out; it just happens. Often, it will be completely out of your control to avoid it – like when it’s been thrust upon you by your career. I mean, really; what are you going to do? Not do the work you’ve been assigned?

As freelance writers, we have a lot of control over the projects we take on. However, every once in a while, we’ll slip up. We’ll take on the wrong client, with the wrong project. And we’ll be bored to tears.

 Seeing as you can’t give up on a project when you’re already under contract, you’ll have to push through the boredom and get your work done anyway. Here’s how:

Read more ›

Posted in Freelance by Lauren

People I Know: Tor Refsland

Tor Refsland helps online entrepreneurs network with influencers and position their brand so they can attract the right clients fast. Want to skyrocket your blog? Get his free course How To Blog Outreach Like A Boss . But he only has 100 spots (seriously). Click here to reserve your spot now, so you can receive some of Tor`s BEST tips (that no one else uses).

Tor Refsland

Tor Refsland

How I Know Tor

Tor Refsland showed up in my inbox a couple years ago asking me for an interview. I obliged, of course (and yes, if you ask me a question or want to interview me for a post, I’d be happy to help you as well!); but we continued to talk well after the interview was over. And it turns out Tor is a pretty cool guy!

Tor is not only an incredibly charming individual — he’s a great example to fellow freelancers on networking done right. Seriously. This dude is big into blogger outreach, and he does it with finesse.

Check out my e-mail interview with Tor below to find out how this fascinating freelancer got his start, what’s next for his career, and how you can follow in his footsteps. Read more ›

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Nurture Relationships for the Best Client Referrals

This post was originally for my column, “Freelance by Lauren,” on the now defunct DIY Writing: A Writer’s Bucket List.

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Illustration by Ramiro Roman

Client/freelancer relationships, like most relationships, are complicated. They’re never as cut-and-dry as our contracts make them out to be, because they’re more than just a signed piece of paper. They’re organic, and they change constantly.

The bad relationships are always the ones that stand out, but you’ve probably had several client/freelancer relationships that went quite well! They treated you with respect, they paid you on time, and you didn’t hate working for them.

So…what are they doing now? Are you stuck wondering what could have been with these dream clients?

Keeping in touch with former clients is one of the best ways to get new freelance clients. And, who knows, you might just scrounge up some repeat business from an old favorite while you’re at it! Read more ›

Posted in Freelance by Lauren
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