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The Positive Bloggers

faces_moniqueHey, Everyone!

Today’s an exciting day for me! I just launched a new brand/business with my friend Monique called The Positive Bloggers. šŸ˜€

Monique and IĀ realized that there were plenty of places online to get ā€œhow toā€ advice when it came to the business side of blogging. But that there were almost no resources to support freelance bloggers emotionally ā€” to help them stay happy and healthy while building their careers. We decided it was time to fill that gap.

Both of us are successful freelance bloggers with over fifteen years of experience under our belts. And we both suffer from severe anxiety issues. We know first-hand the difference positivity can make for both your life and career.

Weā€™re avid dreamers, but weā€™re also big-timeĀ doers. We strive for happiness in all aspects of our lives, but we also know how to organize our time in a way that we consistently meet deadlines and get stuff done. We hope to help you do the same!

Head over to The Positive Bloggers or follow us on Twitter @PositiveBloggy for positive-minded freelance blogging advice!

–Lauren*

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FREE Writing/Business Goals Workbook!

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Hey, Everyone!

I’m having a rough week due to issues with my health, so I’m going to keep this week’s blog post short.

Every year, I make myself a little workbook to reflect on the year that’s passed and plan out my freelance writing/business goals for the future year.

This year, I’m sharing that workbook with all of you!

Personally, I like to print mine out and fill it in with glitter gel pens and add drawings and whatnot to the pages. However, you can probably fill it out digitally too if you prefer (or don’t own a printer).

Click the link below to get your FREE PDF and have fun filling it out! šŸ˜€

–Lauren*

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WORKBOOK!!!

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The Seven P’s of Perfect Freelancing

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Whenever my my mentoring clients ask me what makes a “perfect” freelancer, I always end up using a lot of “P” words to make my point.

It’s become such a common question in my sessions that I decided to make a blog post about it.

If you’ve ever wondered what elements make up a great freelancer, this is the post for you.

Here are my seven favorite “P” words to describe freelance writing success: Continue reading “The Seven P’s of Perfect Freelancing”

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It’s Time to Get on Gab!

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As of yesterday, I’m now on Gab at http://gab.ai/littlezotz – Follow me if you get on!

I had been using Gab for a few months as someone I ghostwrite for and I absolutely loved it. I believe in Gab as a social network and made some donations to the cause. Then, yesterday, I was invited to join as aĀ verified user (check out my blue checkmark! I feel like a big shot!). And I already have several followers.

I believe that Gab is going to beĀ the network for freelance writers. They already have a large community of writers — and people interested in good writing — and it’s growing every day. Continue reading “It’s Time to Get on Gab!”

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Why and How to Let Go of Your Worst Client

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One of my best friends in high school used to always tell me, “You can always find ways to make money, but you can’t always find ways to be happy.” And he was so right.

Money (and clients) will come and go, but your happiness is truly what affects your life as a whole.

I recently dropped my worst client, for three out of the four reasons I’m going to list below. If you’re dealing with any of the situations I’m about to list, I’d suggest you drop your worst client as well! Dare to make your happiness a priority in your freelance writing career. Continue reading “Why and How to Let Go of Your Worst Client”

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What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Motivation to Blog

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I’ve been very busy lately, but you probably wouldn’t have guessed that from viewing this blog. I haven’t updated here inĀ forever.

The truth is, I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to update here. The guy who draws the illustrations that go with my blog posts, Ramiro Roman, has been too busy with other work to work for me. Which is great for him — and I’m very happy for him — but something about losing his magic touch really zapped my motivation. Using stock photos just doesn’t excite me like his illustrations did.

But that’s just an excuse.

After all, a blog post could haveĀ no image and still captivate an audience through the power of words. And I’m a writer — words are kinda my thing.

I had no problem writing entries on my personal blog. Or writing for my clients. So why was it that updating my primary blog — my biz blog! — became such a daunting task?

Well, in addition to losing my illustrator, I just becameĀ bored with my business “self.” So I decided to regroup. But then I got discouraged when interactions with readers slowed down. Which, of course, makes sense in hindsight (what would they be interactingĀ with if I didn’t update?). But, at the time, it just solidified my opinion of myself as “boring” and made me even less motivated to continue.

I had to do some really hard thinking to get my motivation back.

If you’re struggling similarly, here are some tips that could help you get back on track: Continue reading “What to Do When You’ve Lost Your Motivation to Blog”

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Are Freelancers Allowed to Get Sick?

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As we all know, freelancers are absolutely invincible! Freelancers never get sick. It isnā€™t allowed! We arenā€™t hired to fall ill, weā€™re hired to work.

But, of course, there are a few of us in the freelancing business who are rebelsā€¦ Sick, sick ā€œrebels.ā€

Your Body Will Betray You

All right.As much as I would like it to be true, itā€™s a myth that ā€œfreelancers never get sick.ā€

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?”

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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 ofĀ 2010, I opened up LittleZotz Writing and I made freelance writing + editing myĀ sole source of income.

Through LittleZotz Writing Iā€™ve worked in theĀ writing and marketing departments of a television mini-series, an online radio station, a designer headphone company, andĀ 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.

Iā€™m also the ManagingĀ Editor for Be A Freelance Blogger and the Editorial AssistantĀ forĀ Copyblogger ā€” 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 ā€” 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 ā€œNoā€ to That Potential Client!
  3. How NOT to Get Your Guest Post Published
  4. How NOT to Treat a Fellow Freelance Writer
  5. Why Iā€™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. šŸ˜€

–Lauren*

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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 visitorsĀ asking if I could design their website, create a flyer in Photoshop, or ā€œwhip up someĀ background artā€ for their landing page.

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

But what doesā€¦? Continue reading “How to Define Your Job as a Freelance Writer”

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Handling Criticism and Naysayers as a Freelancer

“What’s something everyone loves to give but hates to receive?” My riddle book saysĀ the answer is “advice,” but I’d like to update that to say “criticism.”

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Illustration by Ramiro Roman

“Everything you are doing is bad. I want you to know this…”

A couple years ago,Ā an awkward conversation with a friend made me feel like I wasĀ conversing with Dr. Janosz Poha from Ghostbusters II (observe the quote in the header!).

I was berated for nearly an hour about how everything I was doing in my business wasĀ terrible: From my website looking like crap to not commanding higher prices to theĀ ridiculousness of my preferred gigs (writing articles).

Yikes!!

She said a lot of different things to me, but most of it boiled down to this: Sell out.

In order for me to live a “better” life, I would have to give up doing what I love and startĀ going after jobs that make the big bucksā€¦even if they would bore me to tears. Hmmm. Continue reading “Handling Criticism and Naysayers as a Freelancer”