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Lauren C. Elkins
Professional writer in a range of genres and subjects including finance, technology, social media content, blogs, poetry, book reviews, and as a book illustrator. I am a doodler and a soccer-playing mom. I cherish when my kids take naps; in those moments, I can sip Dr. Pepper, eat chocolate, and write. I also blog for my own personal enjoyment and hope to one day finish my memoir, but nap times are not long enough!

Financial Literacy Month: keeping track of payments by client

April is Financial Literacy Month so I wanted to share some things I’ve learned after working as a freelance writer for a few years . Running your own business requires managing your accounts and keeping track of it all for taxes, too! Income…

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Financial Literacy Month for freelance writers: tracking business expenses

April is Financial Literacy Month and even though I’m a writer, this is an area where I am passionate. I’ve even taught a class on some areas of tracking finances (more on that in a post scheduled in two weeks). As a freelance…

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My system for getting things done (GTD): a physical board, Google Drive, Trello boards, and my notebook

Getting things done (GTD) makes an impact for me as a freelance writer, but also, as a human. Clutter hurts. It’s hard to admit that because I’m often sitting at a desk with piles to my right and left. I clear enough space…

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How Airtable rocked my world with a payroll database, magazine editorial calendar, and easy, secured forms!

I am a new convert to the gospel of Airtable. Amen. It’s true. It makes me happy. Also, I am reminded that I miss the challenge of working with a database. I’m serious. I used to work with databases every day as a…

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More sweet Christmas gifts for the writer in your life!

Last Christmas, it was fun to put together a list of Christmas gifts for writers. Let’s do it again! Stop back to the last gift list because those are still excellent ideas. Then, take these ideas and add them to your Santa list.…

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How writing makes me happy (and why that matters for my success)

“Do what you love, and put your whole heart into it, and then just have fun,” Tim Cook once told a reporter. He was answering a question seeking advice on achieving personal success. His words were similar to Warren Buffett: “In the world…

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Unique Trello boards for writers — how to organize your craft

Looking for the powerpoint or printable from my #Trello4Writers class? You found them! Click here for the powerpoint and here for the handout. Trello is an excellent tool for project tracking, whether individually or with a team, but the beauty of it is…

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Project management for writers and entrepreneurs

Keeping track of projects is a skill. It’s a taught and learned skill. Project managers, who have trained and tested and certified in this, are paid big bucks. Keeping track of it all and doing it well matters. As an entrepreneur and freelance…

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25 hashtags for writers on social media

I drew a resource for myself in my sketch book: good hashtags to use, as a writer, on social media. I realized that I kept repeating the same search online, looking up hashtags to use for posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I…

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Content creation: building posts off of previous posts

Often, the hardest part about blogging is coming up with good, original content. Here’s one idea that I’ve seen on plenty of sites and use myself: build new posts off of previous posts. How is that original? Two reasons: You make sure you’re…

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