How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

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You’ve felt it, haven’t you?

That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business.

You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems.

You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog.

What if you can’t deliver?

What if clients don’t love your work?

What if your past success has all been a fluke?

Just the thought of it makes your blood run cold, and you don’t know how to make yourself feel better.

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53 Freelancing Mistakes That Are Costing You Clients, Cash, and Credibility

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I don’t know about you, but when I started freelancing as a writer, I made a ton of mistakes.

And by “a ton,” I mean everything I did was pretty much a disaster.

Thankfully, you can fix mistakes. And contrary to popular belief, making mistakes is a good thing — provided you learn from them.

But if you’re thinking, “Great! As long as I learn from my mistakes, it’s all good,” I have to tell you something … and you won’t like it.

You may not even know you’re making a mistake.

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Are You Really a Writer … Or Just a Copyist?

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There is a terminology problem plaguing the content community.

It’s confusing marketers, it’s misleading clients, and it’s causing an identity crisis among content creators everywhere.

It seems that no one really knows what it means to be a writer.

And Merriam-Webster isn’t much help when it comes to defining this person. A “writer is someone whose work it is to write books, poems, stories, etc.” Or even more vague, a writer is “someone who has written something.”

And as Sonia Simone recently pointed out here at Copyblogger, there are even some people who think RealWriter is a software that uses algorithms to string together words. (You can’t blame Sonia when options like content generators and article spinning tools actually exist.)

This vague definition and the disparate views on what it takes to be a writer are allowing people to create their own idea of a writer and slap all kinds of connotations on it.

And this is really distorting the writing industry.

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2014: The Year of the Rainmaker

A year ago almost to the day, I wrote 2013: The Year of the Online Writer. The basic premise was that we had reached a tipping point. Companies of all sizes that wanted to succeed now knew that:

  • Content is what people want.
  • Content is what people share.
  • Content is what makes buying decisions happen.

Those realizations, in turn, require great content creators. Notably, great writers.

This coming year will continue the trend, with an added twist.

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Content is a Verb: A Challenge for Freelance Writers

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“Can you content my website?”

Here’s the thing you need to know when clients ask you to create content for their websites.

They don’t just need this asset called “content.” Because content marketing is more than a collection of text documents to be cut and pasted into WordPress or an email program.

It would be delightful if we could just write a whole bunch of words and call the job done. But (with the glorious exception of the email autoresponder) the real world doesn’t work that way.

Content is a noun — a set of files you send the client. But it’s also a verb — a collection of actions you deliver over time.

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How to Immediately Become a More Productive (and Better) Writer

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You want to become a better writer.

I know this because you’re reading Copyblogger.

I also know that you fear becoming a better writer.

This I know because you must change to become better, and to fear change is to be human.

But what if I told you that you only need to change one thing — one small thing — to achieve your goal of becoming a better writer?

Would you believe me?

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