Author: Lauren Spear

Lauren Spear (née Tharp) is the owner and creator of the multiple award-winning LittleZotz Writing. She's written hundreds of bylined posts helping freelance writers to become BETTER freelance writers. Thousands if you count all the articles she's ghostwritten (but she's not allowed to talk about most of those).

Are Freelancers Allowed to Get Sick?

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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. Continue reading “Are Freelancers Allowed to Get Sick?”

LittleZotz Writing’s 6 Year Anniversary

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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. 😀

–Lauren*

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

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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.

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…? Continue reading “How to Define Your Job as a Freelance Writer”

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. Continue reading “How to Juggle Multiple Clients Without Dropping Them”

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.

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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. Continue reading “People I Know: Anthony Dejolde”