The only reason I have a well-paying gig is because of my freelance mentor.

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I first began freelance writing over four years ago as a college freshman and told no one. A part of me believed I could be successful, but a much larger part of me was terrified of getting laughed at when I told my friends, family, classmates, and professors that I was attempting to start my own freelance writing business. …


Freelance jobs for beginners aren’t as impossible to find as you might think.

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Beginning jobs for freelancers might feel few and far between when you first start out. I know when I made the decision to start freelance writing over four years ago, I was overwhelmed by how many other freelancers were already so much further along and more experienced than I was. How are you supposed to get hired when there are thousands of other freelancers out there, already well-versed in finding jobs and pitching their services?

I won’t tell you it’s easy, because it’s not. Like any business, starting out in the freelance world is difficult, and you’ll have to put…


Creating your own freelance website isn’t as difficult as you think.

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When you choose to start a freelance writing business, there’s a lot to think about. What services will you offer? How will you promote your freelance business? Do you need a freelance website?

While there’s no clear-cut right or wrong way to begin your freelance career, making a website for your freelance services is one of the best things you can do.


Here’s everything you and your partner need to know when you pay for your wedding with a credit card.

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How am I going to pay for my wedding? When you started your wedding planning, you probably got overwhelmed by this very thought. Considering the average American’s wedding costs more than $25,000 (that’s a down payment on a home!), it’s no surprise so many couples have to look for alternative ways to pay for their wedding, rather than out of pocket. The most popular choice, not surprisingly, ends up being via credit card charges.

Can you use a credit card to pay for your wedding? Of course! Unless your credit is so bad no one will approve you, there are…


If you’re stripping your wedding to the bare-bones to save money, maybe you’re not ready.

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My imagination has been known to get the best of me. I was the kid who always daydreamed in class, kept myself awake at night because I pictured demons under my bed, and had a propensity to talk to myself and all my imaginary friends. While I’m happy to report these aren’t problems for me now, my imagination sure has gotten the best of me when it comes to planning my wedding.

Why? Because my imagination doesn’t have a bank account to worry about. When…


Who knew finding a low-cost wedding venue could be this easy?

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The first thing I came to realize when attempting to plan my own budget-friendly wedding was that there really is no such thing as a low-cost wedding venue. In almost every other aspect of wedding planning, there are thousands of Pinterest boards showing you how to DIY your own budget-friendly decorations, food, invitations, bouquets, and more. It isn’t as easy to DIY an entire wedding venue, capable of hosting the biggest party you’ll ever throw.

Now, I’m not trashing wedding venues for their hefty fees. These venues put in…


Nothing says quarantine like a good book.

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It’s been days of quarantine and COVID-19 doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon. You thought your home town was boring? Even getting lost in a corn maze sounds more fun than being stuck inside for one more day.

But, because I really don’t want this to turn into a real-world zombie movie, and I also don’t particularly mind an excuse to read all day, let’s find a reason to stay inside!

While I can’t dazzle you with any talents to keep you entertained, I can provide a slightly-more-than-average book list…


Cold emailing can benefit even the most casual freelance writers.

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Anyone looking into becoming a freelance writer will quickly find that almost every single resource on how to make thousands in your first year is to master the art of cold emailing. Personally, I was terrified of the thought of reaching out to someone I didn’t know and trying to convince them to hire me as a writer.

Though the fears I had before never really went away, a few months ago I finally decided to give this cold email marketing tactic a shot. I had just graduated from college, had multiple writing experiences under my belt, and great references…


Wasn’t this supposed to be fun?

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I don’t know about you, but to me, being in my twenties feels like being suddenly ripped away from a (somewhat)comfortable, teenage life and cast out into the waters of adulthood. There’s no rope to reel me back to safety unless you consider moving back in with my parents as a last resort ‘safe,’ because I sure don’t. We’re all out here, treading water, over-analyzing and questioning every decision we make, hoping it won’t be the thing that finally takes us under.

Though most days certainly feel it, being in your 20’s doesn’t always…


Apparently, I’m not cut out for depression.

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I kept ignoring the Walgreens text messages, reminding me to pick up my medication. It wasn’t that I had been planning to stop taking my anti-depressants, I just kind of… forgot? Maybe it was because I was too lazy to make the drive across town to the pharmacy, or maybe it was because I didn’t feel like the pills really did anything. Maybe both.

Every day I planned to go to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription after work, but it just never happened. I would forget, or I would remember when I was already halfway home, and then…

Jordan Safranski

Neurodivergent Writer | Freelance Writing: Jsswrites.com

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