Tips, tricks, and more for aspiring music bloggers

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Yes and no…

As a freelance writer, I write a lot of articles and for a ton of clients. Many of the projects go well, and the client approves the article the first time around.

But every so often, a client doesn’t like it. And out of those rejections, only a few times do I actually get specific feedback about my writing.

It got me thinking if clients owe more to writers.

And there are two sides to this argument.

Why Clients Should Be Specific

I’ve never hired someone to write for me, but I can imagine most clients have some idea of what they want. …

“I can’t decide what to write!”

My bio says “freelance blogger with an emphasis on music and online business.” While there is some overlap between the two, they’re very different.

I’ve tried to write about music where I usually blog about business and freelancing. And I’ve tried to write about business and freelancing on my music blog.

Neither strategy has worked out so well.

But both topics are incredibly important to me. I need to find a way to balance both so that I can build my online business as a (you guessed it) music blogger.

Are you in a similar position? Here are some things…

Numbers matter, but don’t obsess over them.

Whether you’re active on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or a blog, you probably have access to analytics. These numbers can tell you a lot about how your account and your content is doing.

But it can be all too easy to obsess over the numbers. You may constantly check your analytics to see when someone views your posts. Or you might never look at them, thinking that doing so is always toxic.

Neither extreme is good. Fortunately, you can find middle ground. Then, you can take advantage of looking at your analytics. …

Maximize your time and your reach

As a writer or blogger, the internet is your oyster. We have access to so many platforms and websites. A lot of those platforms can help you build a portfolio and even earn money.

Before you jump on a new platform, consider if it’s worth it for you. We all have different goals (and schedules). So the platforms that work for me may not work for you.

Still, you should at least think about using the following platforms. Then, you may be able to leverage them to grow your writing career.

Medium and/or Vocal

First up, we have two pretty popular blogging platforms…

Do you need the “YouTube” of blogging?

YouTube is the go-to for long-form videos. TikTok is great for short, snappy videos. Instagram is trying to do everything.

But what about platforms for those of us who like blogging? Not vlogging. I mean sitting down at a computer (or a phone) and writing.

It’s not uncommon for bloggers to start their own websites. They pay for hosting and set up WordPress and a nice theme. Sure, that can be great (I’ve done it).

However, when you start your own blog, you don’t get the benefits that come with blogging on a platform with readers and a distribution system…

The million dollar question for every busy freelancer

When client work makes up over 90% of your income, you don’t want to ignore it. But that doesn’t mean client work has to take up all of your time..

Aside from client work, I have multiple blogs and Instagram account. Fortunately, I’ve learned how to make the most of my time.

But still, it can be hard to decide if I should take on more clients. I’m at a pretty good place with client work, but there’s always the allure of making more money.

So, what makes the most sense for you?

Your Workload

First, you have to consider your current…

Become a millionaire…eventually?

Amazon Associates probably won’t make you rich. At least not immediately. However, it can be an easy way to start earning a few cents or dollars per month.

If you already create content, you don’t have to do much. And if you don’t already create content, that’s the bulk of what you’ll need to do to make Amazon Associates work for you.

Either way, you’re probably wondering how you can get started using affiliate links from Amazon. Here’s a handy guide for beginner and experienced creators.

Consider Your Niche

First, you need to think about your niche as a blogger, YouTuber, or social…

It’s like the chicken and the egg…

Freelancers have to juggle a lot of tasks, and so do business owners. But are the two exactly the same? If not, what are the differences?

How can you tell if you’re one or the other? And can one person be both?

There are a lot of questions to answer about freelancers vs. business owners. And unfortunately, the answers aren’t always so clear.

What’s a Freelancer?

A freelancer is someone who works for/with companies on a contract basis. Instead of being an employee of the company, they work on certain projects and only get paid for the work they do.

Meanwhile, employees will…

Read this before you start your next side hustle.

You’ve probably seen list after list of side hustles. Some of the ideas seem pretty great. I mean, who wouldn’t want to create low-content books and make millions publishing them on Amazon?

Unfortunately, not all side hustle ideas are good for all people. Sure, there’s the obvious: walking dogs isn’t a good idea for someone with a dog allergy.

However, there’s more to think about than your allergies. Before you start your first or next side hustle, consider if it’s right for YOU.

Evaluate Your Schedule

First, you need to consider if you have enough time to devote to your side hustle. Yes…

Hannah Haefele

Freelance blogger with an emphasis on music and online business | Hire me:

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