I'm a freelance writer, copywriter, & blogger. Senior editor at The Billfold, contributor to The Write Life, The Freelancer, The Content Strategist, Popular Science, and more.
Tracking Freelance Earnings: May Income Report From Nicole Dieker
When you started freelancing, did you have a vision of where you wanted your career to go?
How to Plan for Freelance-Writing Success in 2017
When do you start planning for the next calendar year?
How to Save Money as a Freelance Writer: November Income Report from Nicole Dieker
A good freelance career will last a long time — which means we need to prepare for the lean years, as well as for our golden years.
Choosing SMART Goals: September Income Report from Nicole Dieker
How do you know if your goals are any good?
Tracking Freelance Earnings: June Income Report From Nicole Dieker
Do you always have to drop a client when you start working for a new one?
When Freelance Writing Feels Like a Job
July Income Report from Nicole Dieker
Can You Be a Successful Freelance Writer With a Pen Name?
So you want to be a freelancer… but you don’t want to write under your own name.
This month, I take a look at my progress and ask freelancer Jessie Kwak to share hers.
30 Resources for Turning Your Writing Business Into a Money-Making Machine
To be a successful freelancer, you have to understand money.
Tracking Freelance Earnings: April Income Report From Nicole Dieker
As my career has evolved to include more projects that take longer than a month to complete, the way I approach saving and budgeting has to change as well.
Pitch Fix: How to Sell a Story That Relies on a News Peg
How do you pitch a story based on a current event?
4 Ways to Manage Freelance Writing During the Holidays
Family members don’t always understand that just because you’re home for the holidays doesn’t mean you’re on vacation.
Why Your Personal Essay Pitch Needs Both Substance and Style
You need to explain your subject in a way that suggests you can write a good story. Otherwise your pitches won’t make it out of the ballpark.
Pitching Long-Form Journalism? Don’t Forget Your Goal
When you’re pitching a complicated story, it’s important to provide enough background information to help an editor understand why this story needs to be told.
Why These 6 Catchy Headlines Work -- And How to Re-Create Them
Every great article needs a great headline.