Copy Chatter for Freelance Writers with Ashley Gainer

Copy Chatter for Freelance Writers with Ashley Gainer

Learn the ins and outs of being a freelance writer so you can bring in some extra $$$ from home, on YOUR schedule.

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July 12, 2021 14 min

Nobody wants to miss deadlines, but what do you do if you're facing that particular reality? I don't have a ton of experience, but I did miss a deadline or two over the past 12 years... and I've had a lot of deadlines missed on me, as well. With all those experiences in mind, I'm giving you 7 things to do when you realize that you, too, will not make that deadline. Make sure you stay for #7, because it's the mos...

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Nobody wants to be in crisis mode, but sooner or later we all find ourselves there anyway. Today's episode goes into my best 5 tips for weathering a crisis, no matter where you are in the timeline. 

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June 28, 2021 14 min

Should you get that course? It's kinda expensive. I dunno... maybe? Ooorrrrrr... maybe not. This episode gives you some things to think about when you're considering a niche skills training, and what some of the alternatives are. 

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There's no love lost between Upwork and me, and one of my goals is to get every struggling writer off those bidding sites. Today's episode should help you begin to get your head around the whole "why would anyone work with me when there's a bunch of platforms where they can hire someone for pennies?" situation. This one's a little bit on the shorter side, but I think it'll help you no matter where you ar...

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Client calls don't have to be so scary! As long as you keep these 5 things in mind, you can go in confidently and end the call confidently as well. One of the perks of this gig is getting to meet interesting people doing interesting things inside interesting businesses and organizations, and the client call is one of the most enjoyable ways to do that (when it goes well)! 

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June 7, 2021 21 min

Do you need a CRM? Do you even know what a CRM is? Is it worth paying for? I'm spilling all my personal CRM beans so you can make the right decision for you.

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Once you enter the world of freelance service providers, it's easy to get swept away in all the different types of offers out there. Group coaching programs and masterminds are two of the biggies that are supposed to help you grow your business... but do you really need to join one? And if so, which one? How do you know when it's time?

I've been around the block a few times, and I have stories to tell. This episode goe...

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May 10, 2021 27 min

Once you get up and running, looking for marketing strategies for your freelance writing business, it's easy to fall down the rabbit hole of email lists. Do you need one? How frequently should you write? What do you even say? I remember getting caught in the vortex a few different times as I considered and reconsidered my email list situation. 

Today's episode is all about the email list, the "lead magnet funnel," ...

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Do you need a website to be a freelance writer? Short answer, no. Longer answer: no, but you need something. You can't just have nothing. This episode goes into some alternatives to the website, most of which are ideal for the non-techies and struggling perfectionists among us. 

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April 26, 2021 19 min

Lots of people talk about the benefits of offering your own course. This is something I get a lot of super-secret questions about... it seems like many of us are afraid to say it out loud. Today I'm giving my one woman's hot take on whether or not you're ready to put out your own course. I'm mentioning a lot of the things I wasn't thinking about when I put my own course out, as well as some of the things that ha...

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Whether you're trotting the globe or plotting a staycation, a break from work is on the docket for you (I hope!). But how does the whole vacation thing work when you're a service provider and not a salaried employee with paid time off and all that? I've had travel on the brain (but sadly, not on the calendar) for a while now, so I thought I'd share some of my tried-and-true pointers for working out a vacation for yo...

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April 13, 2021 24 min

The biggest obstacle to your freelance writing success is that wrinkly grey blob between your ears. Today I'm busting 4 myths we writers tell ourselves, so next time you hear one of these ricochet around your head you'll know how to deflect it. Plus, that link I promised somewhere in the middle: ashleygainer.com/stop

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April 6, 2021 12 min

Everyone's favorite mystery: SEO! Sometimes it can be awkward to work with SEO keywords. This episode goes over 3 of my best tips for making it work. 

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Internal, external, no-follow, do-follow... we're talking all about links today. What you need to know, what you need to avoid, and what you need to consider when it comes to the where, when, and why of links in your copy.

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How do you know when it's time to start offering that new writing service you've been thinking about? Or what do you do when a client or prospect asks you if you can do this other thing you've never done before? This episode lays out a step-by-step process for figuring out if now is the right time. Join us for more writing tips in the Ink Well Guild! Just head to theinkwellguild.com. 

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March 22, 2021 21 min

If the idea of interviewing sources makes you quake in your boots, today's show is for you. I'm giving you my best journalist tips for interviewing so you can get great quotes and information from your sources. A good interview can add a lot of shine to your piece, so you want it to be good! Don't forget to join the Ink Well Guild Facebook group at theinkwellguild.com. 

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March 9, 2021 25 min

This one's a listener request! How do you do the research you need when it's time to sit down and write? I'm laying out my process, drawn from 9th grade English class (thank you, Mrs. Hagler), and giving specific examples of how to conduct and note your own research. THIS is how you avoid rehashing the same ol' stuff everyone else is rehashing. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Don't forget to jo...

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If you've bought a lot of courses and other training, you might be familiar with the woes of forgetting what you have. This episode goes through my simple setup for making sure I actually use all that stuff I buy. Let me know if you unearth any gems while you get yourself organized! Don't forget to join us over at theinkwellguild.com. 

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February 22, 2021 19 min

If you're gonna be in business, you gotta keep tabs on your income. I'm going over my (ridiculously basic) system in this episode, plus giving you suggestions for working out your own method. Bonus pep talk at the end, too. Don't forget to hang out with me at theinkwellguild.com! 

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You've identified a place to pitch, but how do you know where to send this? I'm sharing 7 things I did consistently, for years, when I was pitching for new clients. These aren't the only things you can do, but this list of tactics never failed me. Don't forget to join the Ink Well Guild on FB or at theinkwellguild.com!

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