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Seven avoidable pitfalls all freelancers need to know

Want to start freelancing? Here are all the mistakes to avoid when you're just starting out.

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I’ve been a freelance writer for over two decades now, and I’ll just come out and admit it: I’ve made nearly every mistake possible. I might have a Ph.D. in English from Florida State, but I’ve got another well-earned Ph.D. from the University of Hard Knocks, too. And I’d like to share some of that hard-won wisdom with you – along with some tips from a pair of writing pals – so you can find success without hitting every pothole in the road of freelance writing like I did.

Pitfall 1: Know your rate

A Fortune 500 CEO got my number from Lord-knows-who and called me up. I was 25 and dead-broke and counting my lucky stars that this happened. “Yes,” I told him as dollar signs flashed in my head. “I’ll help you write those white papers and a proposal for your memoir. You betcha!”

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