Copy Chatter for Freelance Writers with Ashley Gainer
The importance of downtime

The importance of downtime

September 6, 2021

Knitting, baking, walking around my woodsy neighborhood. What do these three things have in common? They keep me from burning out. 

When you're running a freelance writing business, especially if it's a significant source of your family's income, it can be easy to slip into "I should be working" mode around the clock. But let me tell you from personal experience... this doesn't work long-term. 

You will burn yourself out until you're basically fried crispy. 

This episode of Copy Chatter delves into why it's so important to give yourself downtime, as well as some of my favorite things to think about when it comes to taking downtime and what to do. This is one of those heart-to-heart episodes that's more about advice than about business tips, and I hope you benefit from the mistakes I share. 

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3 things you can do to make your business official

3 things you can do to make your business official

August 23, 2021

Whether you're just getting started or you've been at it for a little while and you want to feel more legit... these are 3 things I recommend you do ASAP to set your business up and make it feel official and happy. 

The IRS form mentioned in the episode can be found at https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-online (or search the web for "apply for EIN"). 

As always, let me know what you think of this episode! 

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The importance of making time to read

The importance of making time to read

August 9, 2021

As a writer, one of the most important things you can do to sharpen and refine your writing skills... is read. Read good books. Read good samples. Prioritize it. Make time for it. Reading is fuel for your writing engine. Don't limp along, running on fumes. BONUS RANT included. 

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Freelancer terminology and what to call stuff

Freelancer terminology and what to call stuff

August 2, 2021

So what exactly are you? What am I? Who are they? What are we even doing here? This short episode clarifies some of the most frequently used (and commonly misunderstood) terms referring to what our roles are. 

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What to do when you miss a deadline

What to do when you miss a deadline

July 12, 2021

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 most important one! 

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5 things to do when a crisis hits

5 things to do when a crisis hits

July 5, 2021

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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Let’s talk about niche skill course

Let’s talk about niche skill course

June 28, 2021

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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How to compete with sites like Upwork and Fiverr

How to compete with sites like Upwork and Fiverr

June 21, 2021

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 are in business. 

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5 Things to keep in mind when on a client call

5 Things to keep in mind when on a client call

June 14, 2021

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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Do you need a CRM

Do you need a CRM

June 7, 2021

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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