This is SUCH a tough question. When you own your own business or you’re a freelancer, it can be challenging to assess when you’ve taken on too much work, and when you can still add more to your workload. How do you know when to say "no" to more work? This article explores the questions you NEED to think about BEFORE turning down work. Every freelancer, small business owner, and blogger should consider these questions when weighing whether turning down more work is the right choice for them. ~ freelancing tips ~ freelancer tips ~ business tips ~

Here are some questions you should ask yourself if you’re hesitant about whether or not you should turn down a project:

  • What’s your financial situation like? Can you afford to say “no” at this point? What if another client backs out at the last minute? In your first six months to a year of freelancing,

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With my new book on The Business of Writing & Editing coming out in just a few weeks (squee!), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the business of freelancing. Find out the 18 traits you need to be a freelancer in this article! Assess whether or not freelancing is right for YOU by considering these key things. * freelancer tips * freelancing tips * freelancer traits * freelancing traits * freelance business * freelancer writer *

I adore freelancing and it was one of the best choices I ever made. Of course, freelancing isn’t for everyone! But it might be for you. If you’re thinking about becoming a freelancer, these are some things to take into account before you make the leap: the 18 traits you need to be a freelancer.

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Last week I was at a potluck where some of the people I was enjoying dinner with, upon learning that one of the things I do as a freelance writer / editor is to manage social media for clients, began asking me how I go about marketing a business on Twitter.

People should know better than to ask me these kinds of questions and expect it to be left at that 😉 Naturally, I needed to write a blog post addressing this question! Find out how to use Twitter for business in this interesting & practical Q & A session about Twitter! If you are new to Twitter or want to find out how you can most effectively use Twitter to market your business, this article features a few of the key questions and answers from a social media manager that will be helpful for you when creating your Twitter strategy.

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I’ve been working on a special project for many months now and I am SO delighted to finally announce it: I am launching a new freelance business book!


The Business of Writing & Editing: Practical Tips & Templates for New Freelancers is a step-by-step guide for planning, launching, and succeeding with your freelancing business. Business book for freelancers --- The Business of Writing & Editing: Practical Tips & Templates for New Freelancers. This book is a MUST-READ if you are thinking about becoming a freelancer! ::: freelance tips ::: freelancing tips ::: beginner freelancer

It covers all the things I’ve learned for what to do (and what NOT to do) to be a successful small business owner, plus plenty of templates and ideas that you can start implementing right away so you can build your own successful freelancing business!

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I absolutely love being a small business owner. It is the perfect thing for me!Is starting a small business right for YOU? Read this article to find out the top 4 questions you MUST ask yourself before launching your own business! ~ small business tips ~ being a small business owner ~

But that’s not to say that owning a business is right for everyone—and it’s not something you should just jump right into. It requires some careful thinking and assessment of your character.

Wondering if you should start your own business? Here are 4 questions you NEED to ask yourself before you make the leap:
1) How much do you enjoy the field that you will be working in?
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I love blogging. I’ve loved blogging right from when I first started blogging, nearly eight years ago. But I didn’t think it was something I could do for a living until I started the Elite Blog Academy last December.Do YOU have what it takes to be a professional blogger? Find out the top 5 things you need to have to be a professional blogger in this article! ~ blogging ~ blogger ~ blog tips ~ be a blogger ~ professional blogging ~

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Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it takes to be a professional blogger—besides a love for it, of course.

If you want to become a professional blogger, here are the top five things you need to have (besides the obvious passion for the work!):
1) Dedication and time.
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I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again: I am not the kind of person who can just walk up to someone and say, “hi, I’m Sagan and I’m a freelance editor / writer.”Click on the link to find out 5 tips to introduce yourself at a networking event! ~ business tips ~ networking tips~

It just feels so contrived! When it comes to networking effectively at events, unless someone asks you point-blank who you are and what you do, it can feel a little sales-y to introduce yourself that way.

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With that in mind,
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Last week we discussed the importance of how to prepare for creating a business plan. This week I’ve got a business plan template that you can use to plug in your ideas once you have them! This is the business plan template every freelancer needs! All sorts of small business owners and freelancers will benefit from this business plan template - a template you can use to create a base strategy for your business to provide you with the direction you need to make your business idea a reality.

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{Business Name} Business Plan
{Industry or Field}

{Your Name}

{Today’s Date}

{Mission statement}

Business Goals:

  • {Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goal #1}
  • {Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goal #2}
  • {Specific, measurable,

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Putting together a business plan may seem to be a dry task—but it doesn’t have to be!

I know that when I say that I find it fun to look to the future and set our vision and goals on paper, and have something to work with when we begin to implement our strategies, I’m not the norm… so that’s why we’re going to look at the basics for how to create a business plan today, if it’s something you struggle with.

Whether you are a small business owner, a freelancer, or a professional blogger,

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Becoming a professional editor is a little different from becoming a professional writer. For one thing, if you have a natural talent for writing, you can become a professional writer with little formal training.

Editing isn’t the same.

Aspiring editors commonly say things like, “I’m good at catching typos” or “Everyone comes to me to check their grammar!”—and therefore think they can easily be a professional editor.

But it isn’t as simple as that.

Every professional editor should go through at least some formal training before starting their career as an editor.

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