Lori Widmer* of Words on the Page & Anne Wayman* of About Freelance Writing, the 2 Ws of About Writing Squared, present an email class by Samar Owais of The Writing Base


Break Free From Content Mills – in Just 6 Weeks!


An email class

at a full 10% discount for About Writing Squared Members!

A special 6-week email class designed to free you from content mills from Samar Owais who has actually done it!

Everywhere you look, content mills are a hot topic of debate. All the top freelancers say the same thing – stop writing for them.

What a lot of them don’t seem to realize is that it’s easier said than done.

It might feel like all you have to do is stop writing for them but no one takes into account the fear and insecurity that follows. You started writing for content mills because you had no experience, in all your time writing for content mills, that hasn’t changed.

So how are you going to get actual writing work? Who will hire a content mill writer? Your own peers don’t respect content mill writers – let alone clients! They all think content mill writers produce inferior work. You might not be earning much – but at least it’s something!

I was in the same boat when I started freelancing. I got stuck writing for content mills and just couldn’t seem to break free! I tried everything - from applying to every freelance job I could find to reading every freelance blog I could get my hands on.

Everywhere I looked, I got the same message: Break free from content mills if you want to be a successful freelance writer.

But no one would tell me exactly how to do that. How do I work through the road blocks that were keeping me from walking away from content mills?

It took me a year and tons of mistakes before I finally cut the cord.

And now that I have, I’m on a mission to help other content mill writers to do just that.

The Break Free from Content Mills email course is designed especially for the content mill writer who is desperate to break free from them and start earning more.

It’s for you if you want to work with actual clients, earn more, get some real writing samples you can proudly show to prospective clients and be able to ask them for referrals and testimonials after a job well done.

Break Free from Content Mills is a 6 week course with new lessons arriving in your inbox every Sunday. It’ll have specific tasks for you to do during the week and include hand-outs.

On Wednesday, you’ll get a follow up email from me to see how you’re doing. I’ll be offering more tips to help you complete your tasks and answering any questions sent my way.

Here’s what we’ll be covering in the course:

Lesson 1: Establishing Your Freelance Writing Goals

Nothing gets achieved without setting some goals. The first lesson will give you

  • An introduction to the course so you’ll know what’s coming up in the following 6 weeks.
  • Three important questions that will help you establish your freelance writing goals – answering these will make breaking free from content mills a breeze.

Lesson 2: Preparing for the break

Cutting your ties with content mills without preparing beforehand makes no sense. In this lesson, you’ll receive

  • Tips on sprucing up your website & blog for more online visibility
  • Advice on gathering samples to showcase your writing
  • Web presence checklist


Lesson 3: Making tough decisions

You’ve already made the toughest decision – that of leaving content mills to find your own clients. But there are still a few decisions left to be made.

  • Deciding which freelance services to offer to attract clients
  • Figuring out your freelance writing rates
  • Setting the terms & conditions of your freelance writing business


Lesson 4: Searching for prospective clients

  • Identifying your ideal client
  • How to leverage your network to search for prospective clients

Lesson 5: Contacting prospective clients

All the previous lessons, handouts and activities have been helping you develop an exit strategy. Now it’s time to implement it.

  • How to apply for freelance writing jobs to increase your chances of getting work
  • Taking the stress out of contacting prospective clients


Lesson 6: Landing Your First Client

If you’ve done the tasks and followed the advice and tips provided till now, there’s a good chance of you finding your first actual client by this lesson. If you haven’t, it’s only a matter of time before you do. Once you’ve landed your first client,

  • Celebrate (Okay, that’s not exactly a lesson but landing your first client requires mandatory celebrations. We shall email all the course members, do crazy, happy dances together and tell you to get to work ;-)
  • Research your client’s business to find out where else your services are needed -Make them fall in love with you by doing a great job.

Throughout the duration of the course, you get access to me. I’ll be checking up on you personally to see how you’re doing and what else I can do to help you break free from content mills and land your first client.

You'll automatically get the 10% discount you're entitled to as an AboutWritingSquared member when you sign up.