PTM 018 – Taking Your Freelance Writing Business to the Next Level with Miranda Marquit

Miranda MarquitIn this episode of the Part Time Money podcast I sit down with one of my own freelance writers, Miranda Marquit. Miranda’s work can be found all across the personal finance blog-o-sphere. She’s been able to take her writing business and expand it into a full time money maker that helps support her family and allows her to spend more time at home with her child.

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Miranda is not new to this business. She’s been at it for at least 6 years and has really mastered what it takes to do this at an optimal level. We talk about how she got started, what makes her most successful, how she spends her time during the day, how she generates content ideas, and what mistakes to look out for. Miranda has written a book, Community 101: How to Grow an Online Community that I think any online business owner would enjoy. Be sure to check that out and visit Miranda’s website at www.MirandaMarquit.com if you’re in need of freelance writing services, or if you want to talk to her more about how she manages her business.

Links mentioned:

mediabistro.com
problogger job board
freelancewritinggigs.com
guru.com
Elance.com
associatedcontent.com

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  1. I also sent my daughters to pre-school, even though I worked out of home. It was so important for them to get socialization, and there is no way I would be able to give them attention while working. In the afternoon, there would be naps (only for them, unfortunately).

  2. Awesome interview!
    Even though I was shocked to hear how fast Miranda writes an article… I can easily say that the articles she produces are top notch quality.

  3. Wow! I’m also impressed with her writing speed and the range of income per article. Time to keep practicing and honing my skills.

  4. I really enjoyed this interview. I especially like the idea about sending your child(ren) to daycare or day camp. It makes your work more productive and gives the child good social interaction.

    I am going to try and organize my thoughts, to stop and think about my subject before writing like Miranda suggested. That’s another good piece of advice.

    As always, thanks for doing the podcast PT.

  5. Freelance blog writer here–and Miranda helped me get there! While she was busy writing 5-10 posts a day, she took some time to provide advice and valuable connections that helped me on my way. She’s a certified leader in the blog writing universe!

    I think your comment “go for it” is really the key to the whole effort, you just have to commit and go. Like any new venture it’ll take time to build, but fortunately writing–on blogs at least–is very doable.

    I don’t have a degree in journalism (or anything close to it), so speed is harder to come by. But I’ve found that regimentation can be a big help. If you can block out time to write two or three posts in one sitting it tends to go faster. You get into a rythym and the writing starts to flow. Writing posts one at a time may seem simpler, but it really will take more time trying to do it that way, especially if you’re new to writing.

    I think that a lot of people could easily do this on a part time basis, and if you find that you really like it, you can gradually build it into full time. It’s easily the most enjoyable income earning venture I’ve ever worked on, and you can’t say that about most endeavors that involve work!

  6. 20 and Engaged says:

    Miranda is definitely my inspiration for freelance writing. I have her book on my Amazon wish list and will be reading it soon!

  7. Thanks, everyone, for the kind words! I think Kevin’s right; sitting down and banging a few out at a time can be quite helpful, rather than doing it piecemeal. Another thing that I do, that I didn’t mention, is keep an “ideas list.” I have an electronic version on my computer, as well as one that I carry in a notebook in my purse. If I get stuck, I can turn to those ideas for something to write about.

  8. Dana @ Budget Dietitian says:

    This was great! Loved the detail and hearing about the day-to-day schedule of Miranda.

  9. Miranda Marquit says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, PT!

  10. Peter Anderson says:

    Go Miranda!

  11. You are welcome, Miranda. I waited too long to have you on the show.