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Freelancers Still Have Time to Apply for PPP Loans

As a self-employed writer whose business was severely impacted by the pandemic, I was shocked when my accountant broke the news: I was eligible for a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). What seemed too good to be true turned out to be a financial blessing. And thanks to the recent passage of the PPP Extension Act of 2021, freelancers...

With Tourism Down, These Countries Are Courting Digital Nomads

A freelance friend of mine used to summer in Berlin and winter on the island of Mauritius. He’d send photos of his laptop screen with clear, sparkling ocean water in the background, making us all indescribably jealous as we huddled indoors during the cold, dark months. He was a digital nomad before digital nomads had a name, but the rise of the gig...

Contently’s Clients are Looking for Hawaiian Finance Writers

Contently powers the content marketing programs of the world’s most valuable brands through its complete content marketing solution: expert content strategy, an industry-leading content marketing platform, and the highest-rated creative network on earth. As part of that mission, we connect our clients to skilled freelancers who can help them create...

How Freelancers Can Prioritize Their Mental Health

Like many self-employed people, I find the freedom of freelancing hard to beat. As someone with ADHD, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, the lifestyle allows me the flexibility to work around my bad days—the exact opposite scenario than what I experienced while working in full-time roles. But this past year, I’ve found a major downside to freelance life:...

3 Helpful Writing Tools That Won Over Reluctant Freelancers

Knowing when to use “your” vs. “you’re” is a core part of a freelance writer’s job description—and for some, even part of their identity. So it’s understandable when writers get miffed that a machine thinks it can do a better job. Reluctance to adopt automated writing tools is about more than just ego, though. There’s often a mental hurdle associated...

Everything Freelancers Need to Know About the PRO Act

This week, the House of Representatives passed the PRO Act, a landmark labor rights bill that could transform the way U.S. businesses classify workers, particularly independent contractors and freelancers. The bill slid under the public radar last month while the government focused on the vaccine rollout and the COVID-19 stimulus package, but it’s...

Is It Ethical to Write Resumes and Cover Letters for Other People?

A few weeks ago, I finished editing a client’s resume. The person was gunning for an executive position but had gotten tired of the application process, so I came on to help with copy. After approving my work, the client asked if I’d write their cover letter as well. Not just edit, but write the whole thing. I felt weird about the project. It seemed...

Contently’s Clients are Looking for Freelancers with Corporate Finance & Corporate Treasury Expertise

Contently powers the content marketing programs of the world’s most valuable brands through its complete content marketing solution: expert content strategy, an industry-leading content marketing platform, and the highest-rated creative network on earth. As part of that mission, we connect our clients to skilled freelancers who can help them create...

On Twitter, Editors Reveal Exactly What They Want From Freelance Pitches

Pitching story ideas to new publications can feel like a futile exercise, sending email after email into a seemingly endless void. A lot of work goes into crafting compelling ideas and researching contact information. But as painful as writing freelance pitches can be, it’s also a necessary part of getting work. Thankfully, editors have taken to Twitter...

How to Stake Your ‘Time Vampires’ and Stay Productive at Home

Every freelancer has a bad habit that calls to them when working from home, whether it’s scrolling through social media on four different screens or succumbing to ambient distractions. Couple that with the lack of supervision from a boss, and it’s a potent productivity-killing cocktail. “The majority of people need external accountability,” said Alexis...

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