This is part 2 of my series on finding your freelance writing niche and audience. Read part 1
You are the sum of the people you spend most of your time with. It’s nice that we have the internet to find helpful, successful mentors.
It’s hard to grow in isolation but that is what finding quality mentors online is all about.
I spend a lot of time alone these days because I don’t want to hang out with people who are stuck in a rut. I don’t have constant in-person access to go-getters.
I try to flood my brain with positive ideas from people who are doing well and are encouraging.
I listen to podcasts, read blogs, watch videos, and get courses from people who are doing great things. These are the folks I would like to be like when I grow up=)
Here are some of my favorite Mentors
Abby Lawson is the Queen of organizing and printables. She has courses for beginners on how to start a blog, and on creating and marketing your first eBook. Her blog has an understated sweetness and purity that is genuine!
Ash Amberge is the queen of freelancing and services. She is the complete opposite of Abby Lawson! Ash is outrageous but just as effective. I signed up for her writing workshop.
Alex and Lauren of Create and Go are the Duke and Duchess of Affiliate marketing. They are inspiring and smart.
Their courses are affordable. They give you an excellent overview of how to make a niche-blogging business work. The courses are clear with video and lots of PDF downloads.
They are always updating their courses. They give so much information that I still have not done everything they suggest.
Alex and Lauren make tons of money. but they are humble and even take time to reply to YouTube and Facebook questions and comments.
Ed Gandia is the king of freelancing. He started out in sales but found out that he was good at writing. Ed has been at it for years, specializing in white papers and technical writing.
He has a blog rich in details about getting your freelance writing business started. His niche is freelance writing for B2B companies.
If you want to write and are not sure of how to pin down your niche and audience read his blog. He has a newsletter and a monthly membership on how to start to freelance.
Jon Morrow is the God Father of blogging. He has several great programs for freelance writers. I’m taking his Guest Blogging course at the moment. Read my review of his course, Serious Bloggers Only.
Jorden Makelle is the Queen of Cold Email Marketing. Her course was the first one I found when I decided to get serious about blogging and writing. I found her personal story, and it was what I needed to give me the push to get started.
She was an excellent example of someone who got started in one niche and then pivoted later.
Jorden began writing for tech blogs because she had been working for a tech company when she lost her job. It was a logical place for her to start. She already knew this market.
All she had to do was figure out how to get their attention and start pitching. Her cold email course walks you through a lot of the basics if you want to be a freelance writer.
After a year of success in one niche, she switched to freelance writers as her audience. Now she is pivoting again to enlarge her scope to all creatives who want to freelance. It has been fun to watch her develop over the last couple of years.
Elna Cain is the princess of making your first thousand dollars as a freelance writer. Be sure to sign up for her blog. She has an awesome course that helped me get more freelance writing clients fast. She keeps things simple so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Courtney Foster Donahue is the Queen of Facebook. Sign up for her newsletter to get news about her free workshops and paid courses. She is a good example of a creative person who also has business smarts.
Michelle Ward is the Fairy Godmother of helping multi-passionate people choose a topic. Check out her site If you’re thinking of starting a coaching business.
I have her creative live course and her book. I love her inspiring emails that remind me that I don’t have to be like everyone else.
Find Your uniquity with The Abundant artist blog by Corey Huff. He is the Prince of online marketing for artists. I have his book. and would love to get coaching someday.