Are Freelancers Allowed to Get Sick?


As we all know, freelancers are absolutely invincible! Freelancers never get sick. It isn’t allowed! We aren’t hired to fall ill, we’re hired to work.

But, of course, there are a few of us in the freelancing business who are rebels… Sick, sick “rebels.”

Your Body Will Betray You

All right.As much as I would like it to be true, it’s a myth that “freelancers never get sick.”

No, really. Freelancers are people too! And people, from time to time, get sick.

However, how you handle your illness can mean the difference between keeping your clients (and the gigs they pay you to perform) and losing it all. Read more ›

Posted in Freelance Life

LittleZotz Writing’s 6 Year Anniversary


My name is Lauren Tharp. I started my freelance writing career as a teenager (over 15 years ago) and never stopped. On August 17th of 2010, I opened up LittleZotz Writing and I made freelance writing + editing my sole source of income.

Through LittleZotz Writing I’ve worked in the writing and marketing departments of a television mini-series, an online radio station, a designer headphone company, and countless small businesses around the world.

My blog for writers has won multiple awards and was named one of the best in the business by The Write Life, Positive Writer, and others.

I’m also the Managing Editor for Be A Freelance Blogger and the Editorial Assistant for Copyblogger — two of the largest blogs for content creators in the world!

As a freelance writer myself, I know the struggles that writers go through. As an Editor, I know what goes on behind-the-scenes in the blogging world and what it takes to get your pitches read — and your posts published.

My 5 Most Popular Posts (So Far!)

I ran the analytics on my site from August 2010 until today, and my all-time most popular posts are:

  1. What to Do When Writing Keeps You From Writing
  2. 16 Red Flags: Say “No” to That Potential Client!
  3. How NOT to Get Your Guest Post Published
  4. How NOT to Treat a Fellow Freelance Writer
  5. Why I’m a Hardass Pitching Editor

TransparentGhostMy 3 Most Popular Services

  1. Ghostblogging
  2. Editing
  3. One-on-One Mentoring

It’s been an incredible journey thus far! Thanks for sticking with me all these years! I have big plans for the future. 😀


Posted in Freelance Life, Uncategorized

[AUDIO] Tor Refsland on Using Blogger Outreach to Get More Clients


In this 19 minute episode, Tor Refsland, the owner of Time Management Chef, shares how to use blogger outreach to get more clients. You’ll learn:

  • What blogger outreach is.
  • How to better connect with top blogging influencers.
  • How Tor got his start, and how he got where he is today.
  • What your focus should be on when it comes to building your blog connections.

Tor even offered a FREE course to my listeners, which you can grab HERE.


Special thanks to Sikora for my theme music and Ramiro Roman for my album art.

Posted in Podcast Tagged with:

[AUDIO] The Five Non-Writing Elements Clients Expect from Freelance Writers


As freelance writers, we all know our clients expect us to write. However, in this 7-minute episode of LittleZotz Podcasting, you’ll learn the five non-writing things that are expected of you…

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

Posted in Podcast

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 ›

Posted in People I Know, Writer Tagged with: , ,

[AUDIO] Wayne Clingman on Networking via Podcasting


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!


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


not my job

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 ›

Posted in People I Know, Writer Tagged with: , , ,

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.


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
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