Non-Fiction Goals for Year 3

This will be a big year for me, in that I will be pushing myself to contact publications on my own accord with proposals for articles/columns. I am nervous, but am remaining positive and on task. I am drafting a letter for one such venture now. I have a few Continue Reading

Year 2: The Wrap-Up Post

This post is meant as a wrap up for Year 2 of my freelance writing career. There will only be one more post for this year – – the financial wrap-up. It has been a year with many ups and downs. I had a medical condition that prevented me from Continue Reading

Freelancer’s: How Do You Celebrate Earth Day?

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day, and I am wondering just what all of you do to tread lightly on our beautiful Earth. I am doing (or learning to do) a number of things as far as my freelance business goes. Any or all of these may be Continue Reading

Relieving Stress

Building a freelance career can be stressful. You may be working long hours, especially during the first year. You might have clients that are difficult to please. Perhaps you are working a ‘day job’ as well as building your career, or you are having difficulty training your family to allow Continue Reading

10 Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress is a factor in burnout, and you don’t want that to happen when building and maintaining a career. It can cause health and other problems that a freelancer just does not want to have to deal with. Most stress can be avoided by simply being sure that you are Continue Reading

What do You Like to Write?

There are a great many venues that you can write for. You may prefer article writing online or off. Perhaps you like to blog. Whatever your preferences, you will be able to build a career around it. You will also want to ask yourself other questions. For instance, would you Continue Reading

Creating Good Habits

Some habits are good ones. They are productive, and aid you in progressing smoothly throughout your day. They give you a sense of accomplishment; a means of beginning or ending your day. They have many benefits indeed. In our work and personal lives, we should develop habits that will allow Continue Reading

Should Social Media be Kept Professional?

Which social networking sites do you use? Are they used only for business? Are they purely personal? I use Twitter, FaceBook and MySpace most often. I actually have two Twitter accounts, @ShannonLBuck and @BangorSingleMom. I try to keep both of these professional at all times, but sometimes something personal is Continue Reading

Get the Word out About You: Email Companies

There are numerous ways to get the word out about you and your business. From business cards to word-of-mouth, there are a plethora of options for marketing your talents. If you want to let businesses know about the services that you are able to provide them with, email them. Include Continue Reading

Get the Word Out About You: Tell Everyone

Telling people is a great way to market your talents. It is okay to do this. Expected, even. Tell everyone you know about your freelance business. Explain to them the services that you offer. As a bonus to your business efforts, ask those who you speak with to pass the Continue Reading