Find Freelance Blogging Clients That Will Pay You What You’re Worth [Introducing PtB Jobs]

Twenty dollar notes

The beauty about freelance blogging is that you don’t need any qualifications or prior experience to get started.

But this beauty also creates a problem.

Since the barriers to entry are low, there are a lot of writers competing for entry level work. Furthermore, a plethora of cheap writers in the market has led many to undervalue quality writing.

The apparent lack of quality job offerings can be thoroughly disheartening.

But here’s the truth: there are clients that are willing to pay you what you are worth.

I found my first two writing clients via online job boards, and I still work with one of them today on a contract worth in excess of $20,000 per year.

You can do it too; you just need to know where to look and what to look for.

That’s exactly why I have created Paid to Blog Jobs – a unique resource designed to help freelance bloggers identify and secure viable freelance blogging jobs. If you want to find more work, earn what you’re truly worth and even get paid to bolster your blogging portfolio, Paid to Blog Jobs is the solution.

If you’d like to know more, just enter your email address below and click the “Sign Up” button. You’ll get exclusive early access to the beta version of Paid to Blog Jobs before it gets released across the blogosphere.

I’m seriously excited about this resource and I can’t wait to tell you more and ultimately help you succeed as a freelance blogger, so submit your email address above and I’ll be in touch!

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How I Became the Leaving Work Behind Community Manager


When I quit my job last year I had business ideas, but no firm plans (like I should have), of what I would do professionally to help contribute to the household and no entrepreneurial experience.

Five months later, with little more than a willingness to interact and get involved, I was being introduced to you as the Leaving Work Behind Community Manager. The benefits associated with this position are numerous, but some of the prominent ones are: the opportunity to work with and learn from a top influencer, increased exposure to other top influencers, more subscribers/followers/clients and a larger network of friends and contacts to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with (talk about extreme value!).

The benefits I have seen so far only excite me more for the future. Starting with some exciting improvements to the community forum, new features in discussion for Tom’s Paid To Blog course, and venturing into social media and blog management & strategy reports, I am presented with higher profile opportunities much sooner than I could have ever dreamed.

I feel like the possibilities for my business growth are endless, and I am definitely reaching for the stars to provide as much value as possible. Completing some products, higher profile collaborations, and larger, more intense research & analysis projects — which I love by the way — are things I especially see happening in the future.

In this post, I want to share with you the steps that took me to this opportunity so that you can accelerate your own success, all from actively interacting and connecting in communities.

Freelance to Passive: How I Scaled My Writing Business


One of the biggest criticisms of freelancing (and more specifically, freelance blogging) is that it is not scalable. By this, people typically mean that you must always be intrinsically involved in your freelancing business. If you’re not present, you don’t make money. It’s a pure hours-for-pay deal.

While freelancing is (by definition) an hours-for-pay business model, assuming that’s all a freelancing business can ever be is naive. I’m proof of that fact.

While freelancing is what enabled me to quit my job, it was never the business model that I had in mind for the long term. Several months ago I put the wheels in motion on a process that would transform my business forever and prove to anyone who cared to notice that freelancing is scalable. It can even achieve that Holy Grail status of “passive.”

In this post I am going to share the story of how I transitioned from freelance blogger to business owner and explain how the change has benefited me enormously.

Everything You Need to Make a Living as a Writer (In One Package)

The Writer's Bundle Contributors

In my experience, the majority of the Leaving Work Behind crowd are writers in one way or another. Many of you are bloggers and/or freelance writers, and we’ve even got some authors amongst us.

That is why I am so excited to introduce you to The Writer’s Bundle a collection of nine of the most valuable e-books and courses for writers available right now (in my humble opinion).

The bundle comes courtesy of The Write Life, a blog founded by Alexis Grant — genuinely one of my best online friends. When she asked me if I would be interested in taking part, I said yes immediately. I’m happy to put my name to any project of hers.

You’ll recognize many (or perhaps) all of the names involved:

  • Chris Guillebeau
  • Danny Iny
  • Alexis Grant
  • Jenny Blake
  • Jeff Goins
  • Sophie Lizard
  • Ali Luke
  • Kristi Hines

And let’s not forget yours truly! My Paid to Blog course is included in the bundle. Here’s what else you get:

  • Chris Guillebeau’s Unconventional Guide to Publishing (e-book and audio, retails for $129)
  • Jeff Goins’ How to Start Publishing for Kindle (e-book and audio, retails for $47)
  • Kristi Hines’ The Ultimate Blog Post Promotion Course (course, retails for $197)
  • Jenny Blake’s Build Your Business (course, retails for $75)
  • Sophie Lizard’s The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Masterclass (course, retails for $98)
  • Alexis Grant’s Social Media for Writers (course, retails for $99)
  • Danny Iny’s Interview on Building an Engaged Community (audio + transcript, exclusive)
  • Ali Luke’s The Blogger’s Guide to Irresistible Ebooks, plus Publishing an Ebook Audio Seminar (e-book and audio, retails for $29 + $19.99)

The combined retail value of all these products is well over $700, but it is available to you right now for just $79.

There’s just one catch: the bundle is available for three days only. This offer expires Wednesday, March 19th at midnight (EST). So if you’re interested, you need to act now!

If you’re a longtime Leaving Work Behind reader you’ll know that I promote other people’s products like this once in a blue moon. In fact, I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve done it since 2012. So why promote The Writer’s Bundle? Simple: it’s an offer that offers value above and beyond just about anything else I’ve seen over the past two years.

Click here to grab your copy of The Writer’s Bundle before it’s too late!

How I Overcame Indecision and Quit My “Perfect” Job

Charlotte Kingston

Tom: Today’s guest post is courtesy of Charlotte Kingston — once of the BBC, now an adventurer winging her way to India. You can follow her exotic wanderings and wonderings at Charlotte’s story is utterly compelling and I am sure it will strike home with many of you, which is why I was so keen to publish it here on Leaving Work Behind. Enjoy!

Last week, I left my job at the most venerable of institutions: the British Broadcasting Corporation. In some ways the hardest thing about leaving was the perception of othersI’d love to work there, why would you want to leave?

When working for a large organisation with such a haloed reputation, it can be great to revel in the connection people have to the brand. Contributing to making something that people love can be kudos-tastic and tough to take an objective view on.

I had a brilliant job in theory, but the day-to-day feeling of working there didn’t reflect the dream. Working on live events and broadcasting was extraordinarily stressful — the never-ending hamster wheel of production kept turning, with me powerlessly scrabbling within it, trying to keep up.

I wasn’t getting anywhere fast and felt frazzled all the time. Something had to give, but indecision held me back. In this article I will describe how I eventually overcame my decision and gained the courage to take the leap into the unknown.