Tools of the Freelance Writer

keyboard-2BUSINESS STATIONERY. Take the time to come up with professional stationery.  This doesn’t have to be expensive, although there are plenty of online companies like vistaprint.com that print business cards, address labels, stationery and more for low prices.  As an alternative to using a company, design and print these yourself.

BUSINESS CARDS. Always carry your business cards with you and hand them out to everyone you meet, not just prospective clients. How many times has someone asked you, “Do you know someone who sells….?”.  Again, it is all about getting your name – and the name of your business – into as many people’s hands as you can.Karenzo Card

DESKTOP VS. LAPTOP. Personally, I recommend that you have both. For long stints at the desk, you should have a nice large screen. For road trips, you should have a laptop with backup flash drives, memory, battery power, and wireless capability.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE. You need to purchase as close to state-of-the-art programs for your niche as you possibly can. For basic writing and design you MUST purchase a minimum of the latest version of Microsoft Word and the latest version of Adobe software.

FILIING CABINET AND FILE FOLDERS

OFFICE SUPPLIES. Pens, pencils, scissors, 3-hole punch, stapler, paper clips, erasers, notebooks, paper, copy paper, rubber bands….these are just a few of the supplies I use on a daily basis.

DICTIONARY AND THESAURUS

GUIDE TO GRAMMAR

YELLOW PAGES

A COMFORTABLE CHAIR!

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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One Response to Tools of the Freelance Writer

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