Writing and Personal Development Blog | Sarah Aboulhosn

A Freelancers Guide To Getting Inbound Leads

How clients find me and not the other way around. Every month, I get about ten messages through my website. About 5 of those ten messages are people who have seen my work and want to work with me. Three out of those five messages are people who want me to write content for them […]

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September 9, 2019

Red Flags to Look For on Freelance Job Boards

Last week, in an attempt to re-engage old leads I’d given up on, I took an inventory of all of the freelance opportunities I’ve persued over the last two years. I was pretty surprised to see that I’ve applied/pitched/reached out to over 200 different people and organizations. I mean, desperate times called for extreme measures. […]

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September 3, 2019

How To Write Cold Emails That Win Projects

There are tons of articles out there promising results from cold emailing. There are companies selling packs of plug-and-play templates, and $1000 courses that promise results if you follow their specific cold email formula. A lot of them are great resources that do actually get results. This article isn’t going to be like that. I’m […]

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July 25, 2019

How To Compete With Freelancers With Lower Rates

I think it’s an incredible thing how people from all walks to life now have the same opportunities because of the internet. Anyone can sell their services online and help make people’s lives a bit easier. But it also means the global talent pool is much bigger, and you’re always going to find people who […]

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July 23, 2019

9 Unconventional Ways to Land Freelance Writing Clients

I’ll preface this article by saying that there aren’t any unusual ways to find clients these days. Agencies and marketers sell themselves in the most creative ways I’ve ever seen. The things that I consider unconventional were probably standard ways of client acquisition for a lot of people before I started doing them. But nonetheless, […]

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July 17, 2019

Freelancing Across Time Zones: How I Make It Work

I’m living in the future. I’m 12-hours ahead of all of my clients, and it works. As I’m writing this, it’s my Monday morning. But for most of my clients, it’s still Sunday night. In theory, that buys me 12 hours of time to meet deadlines with a nice little buffer in case something goes […]

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July 16, 2019

Why I Failed at Freelancing For So Long

My road to full-time freelancing was paved with desperation, inconsistency and negative bank accounts. Self-employment was never something I thought I could achieve. Ever since a freelance marketer visited one of my introduction to journalism classes and said that the most important part of freelancing was making connections and getting used to rejection, I wrote […]

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July 7, 2019

Hiring a Freelance Writer: What To Know Before Hiring

I’ve been on both sides of the table when it comes to hiring freelance writers. Before I transitioned into writing full time, I worked on marketing teams who hired freelance writers and even managed a staff of writers and editors. As a manager hiring a freelance writer, I made a lot of mistakes. I expected […]

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June 11, 2019

Why I Stopped Letting Clients Walk All Over Me

When I started freelancing, I was desperate. I was six-months into unemployment, had sent out hundreds of pitches and applications, and hadn’t landed a single client. I was living in a constant state of scarcity. Desperate for any opportunity or anyone willing to give me a buck in exchange for just about anything. Even when […]

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May 28, 2019

How I’m Curating My Own Instagram Experience

I keep trying (and failing) to quit Instagram. Now I’m taking back control of my experience on the app. I’m hopelessly addicted to Instagram. Every time I try to quit, I relapse. hard. This article was originally going to be titled. “How I finally quit instagram” I’ve started writing it several times. Usually a few days […]

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May 20, 2019
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