Leo Babauta
Leo Babauta has been a reporter, editor, speech writer and freelance writer for the last 17 years. Leo writes for numerous blogs notably including LifeHack.org and his own blog about simple productivity, Zen Habits.net.
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    How to Become a Freelance Blog WriterHow become freelance blog writer
    For years now, I've done freelance writing for newspapers and magazines as a way to make side income, supplementing my full-time job. But this year, I've made the conscious move to freelancing for blogs instead of print publications, to the point where I now make about $2,000 a month as a blog writer (not including my own blog's income or my full-time salary). Becoming a freelance blog writer isn't always easy in the beginning, but I've found that it's vastly more fun and rewarding. It's worth the effort. First, let's talk about what it's like to be a freelance blog writer. To write a good post, you've got to do some research first, and add to that the writing time, and it can take between 90 minutes to 3 hours to write your best stuff. I can generally research and write a good post in 90 minutes if I've given it a little thought first (I do my thinking while exercising, driving, showering, etc.). So if you plan to do some freelancing, be sure you've got the extra time. I write between 6-7 free-lance posts a week (in addition to the 7-10 I do for my own blog), so that's about 9-10 hours of work on top of your regular job. But the cool thing about freelance blog writing is that you can do it from any place, any time of day. So you can write late at night, during your lunch hour, or in the early morning hours. You can do it while traveling, or while sitting through a boring conference. There's a freedom to it that's very appealing. So how do you go about becoming a freelance blog writer? Here are some of my best tips:Read More…
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    14 Essential Tips for Meeting a DeadlineSandclock
    Your reputation as a freelancer is pretty much the only thing you have to go on -- your bread and butter. And your reputation is generally based on two things: the quality of your work, and how well you meet deadlines. Today, we'll focus on meeting deadlines, as that's the area that many freelancers have problems with. Sure, you can do great work, but if you don't turn your projects in on time, you won't get many repeat customers. 1. Care about deadlines. This is the first step, as many people are very lax about deadlines. You have to be very serious about meeting them, and make them a priority. And make breaking a deadline a cardinal sin in your freelance book. Once you've done this step, the rest is just logistics. 2. Keep a list of projects & deadlines. If you care about deadlines, you'll write them down, and have one place that you check often to make sure you know what's due and when. I use a simple online list, but you could use paper. Which tool you use doesn't matter, as long as you use it.Read More…
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    10 Ways to Eliminate DistractionsEliminatedistractions
    One of the fundamental principles of productivity is that in order to get things done, you gotta focus. And that necessary focus requires that you eliminate as many distractions as possible -- not always an easy task with the Internet, coworkers and busy phones calling to you from every direction. Here's how to block out the Siren's call of distractions, in 10 steps. First, let me say that there should be room in your life for distractions. Work should be fun, and without a few distractions, things can get boring. That being said, when it's time to do a task, there's no reason to do it while handling a million other things. You'll never get things done that way. When you're ready to work on a task, block out all else, and really focus on it. Do your best on that task, and get it done as quickly as possible. Then reward yourself with distractions. That's all easier said than done, I know. So here are 10 of the best ways I've found to eliminate distractions and really focus on a task.Read More…
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    How To Create Multiple Income StreamsHow to create multiple income streams
    What do you do if you have one main client and for some reason the work from that client dries up? Perhaps the client goes out of business or goes in a different direction or just has a lull in business? Your main source of income is then gone. Which is why it's crucial for anyone who relies on their freelance revenues to have multiple streams of income. That's easier said than done, of course, as many freelancers have two or three main clients and are happy to focus on those alone. But as many experienced freelancers will tell you, that's a mistake. Today we'll look at a few different ways to set up multiple streams of income to make your freelancing business more stable and ensure that you're living the freelancing good life for years to come. Please note that the following are just different options you can choose -- I'm not recommending you do all of them.Read More…
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    Essential Steps to Submitting an Article to a MagazineMagazine pitch
    If you're looking to be a freelance writer, your bread and butter will likely be submitting articles to magazines. And while the big names in the business usually have no problems in selling their articles, the less experienced writers have to work harder at it.Read More…
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    10 Easy Ways to Get the Most Out of Your DayMostoutofday
    Ever have a day go by, or week go by, and wonder what you got done? And how the day went by so quickly without any real achievements? We all have days like that, of course, but not every day has to be that way. Learn to make your days great, and get the most out of them, by applying a few simple tips.Read More…
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    The Sexy Art of Writing Headlines that KillSexyheadlines
    If you've written for a print publication, you've had the bittersweet experience of submitting a story and having your headline written for you. It's great, because another human being has to go through the agonizing experience of writing the perfect headline for your story. It's also horrible, because this little baby that you've nursed and cradled and nurtured to perfection is now turned over to a perfect stranger, who for all you know will mangle it with a clunky humdrummer.Read More…
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    Create a Morning Writing RitualMonster moleskine
    If you're like most writers, you procrastinate. You have a hard time getting started writing, unless you're seized by a burst of inspiration. Instead, you might do some "research" online, fiddle with your to-do list, or work on a number of other tasks instead of doing the writing you need to do.Read More…