39 episodes

The Writers’ Co-op is an audio business handbook for freelance writers. Co-hosts Jenni Gritters and Wudan Yan leverage their freelance writing experiences and others' to provide a transparent look at what it takes to run a resilient freelance business. From negotiating higher rates, to protecting your business and intellectual property, to taking time off and organizing your workflow, to doing the mindset work needed to achieve your goals, you'll walk away from this podcast with actionable tips to implement right away.

The Writers’ Co-op Jenni Gritters, Wudan Yan

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 55 Ratings

The Writers’ Co-op is an audio business handbook for freelance writers. Co-hosts Jenni Gritters and Wudan Yan leverage their freelance writing experiences and others' to provide a transparent look at what it takes to run a resilient freelance business. From negotiating higher rates, to protecting your business and intellectual property, to taking time off and organizing your workflow, to doing the mindset work needed to achieve your goals, you'll walk away from this podcast with actionable tips to implement right away.

    Q&A: Ask Us Anything

    Q&A: Ask Us Anything

    Welcome to the new year! We’re back from our holiday break and getting ready to dive into all that 2022 has to offer. Today we are focusing on answering audience questions! We do a Q&A episode each season, and the questions get better each time.

    This episode, we’re digging into:


    Why agencies can be helpful for jumpstarting your career as a new freelancer, and some red flags you might encounter related to agency work
    How to incorporate your values and standards into your website and social media presence, so the clients who reach out to you are more likely to be aligned with your boundaries
    How to talk about freelancing with people who might not take it seriously, or who think freelancing is scary/ unstable
    Dealing with sexism and other barriers in freelancing due to your race, sexual orientation or identity
    The amount of time to wait after pitching an idea to an editor
    Advice we used to give but no longer buy into

    If you haven’t yet checked out our Patreon program, consider giving it a look this January. We’re offering small-group coaching (Pod Squads) and drop-in office hours with Wudan. Plus, our All-Access membership includes event and resource discounts, access to the TWC Slack channel, and more.

    We’re also excited to launch a bunch of events in 2022, and welcome your feedback on topics we haven’t yet addressed! Our first event of the year will focus on finding new clients; we promise you’ll walk away with dozens of ideas from seasoned pros Jen A. Miller and Matt Villano. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-year-new-clients-tickets-220341556527

    If you’re feeling those back-to-school vibes, check out our resource store and grab webinars and worksheets on business planning, retirement planning, passive revenue, working in content marketing, and so much more.

    Today's episode is sponsored by Meteor, a podcast for science journalists who want to impact the world in a positive way. Listen wherever you podcast!

    • 30 min
    Creating a Sustainable Business Structure

    Creating a Sustainable Business Structure

    In this episode, we address a topic that freelancers don’t talk about enough: getting to a place of neutrality and sustainability in your business. Many of you who follow the podcast may remember Wudan talking (a lot!) about burnout earlier this year. Suddenly, she felt like there wasn’t much more space for her to grow as a freelancer. She was already writing for the publishers who could get her stories to a broader audience. She was already earning six figures. Publishers believed in the big stories she wanted to pursue. She panicked: there wasn’t an obvious next, so where should she even go?

    Wudan's therapist challenged her to stay in this space. And honestly, she's been here since summer - and her business has felt much more sane since. She's still working on projects she cares about, and with good people. She's still more or less hitting her financial goals. She's here, feeling the space, and getting in tune and enjoying what she's created for herself.

    Freelancers rarely talk about sustainability, maybe because it can feel like the antithesis of growth. At the same time, we can grow into a place of sustainability which means we get both sides of the coin. That’s what this episode is about. How do you think about sustainability in your freelance business? What boundaries have you set to make it sustainable? Email or tweet at us, we’d love to hear from you.

    Check out our business planning course here: https://the-writers-co-op-academy.teachable.com/p/business-basics-for-freelance-writers

    Today’s episode is sponsored by OutVoice, which has a mission we can get behind. Too often, freelancers have to spend months tracking down overdue, unpaid invoices. OutVoice fixes that. It’s the only freelance management system built for publishing, by freelancers. If you’re interested in joining them on their mission to fix these industry-wide payment problems for good, follow them on Twitter at @OutVoicePay.

    • 35 min
    The Six-Figure Freelance Obsession

    The Six-Figure Freelance Obsession

    You asked and we're giving it to you: Today, we're finally digging into the obsession with being a six-figure freelancer. The bottom line for us is that the only people who truly care about our finances are the families we’re supporting... and our accountants! But when someone talks about 5-figure months or 6-figure years on Twitter, everything seems to light on fire. There are obsessors, doubters, and everything in between. Why the heavy emotions? And more importantly: What is the context behind those numbers? Making 6 figures can be incredible, but it's also only one version of success.

    In this episode, we talk about why it’s worth letting go of beliefs of how much you *should* be making (as Jenni likes to say, should is ‘could’ with shame attached to it) and defining your own metrics of success instead. And if you do decide that success for you looks like earning more, we’ve got some ideas within the episode to help you to achieve that, too. 

    If you haven't already, check out our business planning course: https://the-writers-co-op-academy.teachable.com/p/business-basics-for-freelance-writers

    Today’s episode is sponsored by OutVoice, which has a mission we can get behind. Too often, freelancers have to spend months tracking down overdue, unpaid invoices. OutVoice fixes that. It’s the only freelance management system built for publishing, by freelancers. If you’re interested in joining them on their mission to fix these industry-wide payment problems for good, follow them on Twitter at @OutVoicePay.

    • 28 min
    Leveling Up in Your Freelance Business

    Leveling Up in Your Freelance Business

    As the holiday season approaches, you might be anticipating a bit of a lull in your freelance business. Perhaps you're planning to take time off, or perhaps you're excited to work on your own stuff while your inbox quiets down. Whatever your approach, we're using the next few episodes of season 4 to talk about ways to shift and grow your business in 2022. Today's episode is about leveling up, taking your business to the next level, and refining strategies that may no longer work for you.

    First, we want to say that leveling up is not a requirement. Capitalism may make it seem like a requirement, but sometimes what serves you best is staying the course and maintaining your current pace. So if that’s where you’re at, tuck this episode away for a moment when you’re craving growth. But if you’re itching for more, this episode will hopefully inspire you to challenge yourself. We'll dig into level-up strategies like growing new skills, making more money, changing the pace of your business, hiring help, and so much more.

    If you haven't already, check out our season 3 episode on inflection points, which is a great accompaniment to this episode.

    How have you leveled up in your business so far? Where could you level up in 2022? We’d love to hear your ideas -- hit us up on Twitter or email. You can join our Patreon membership program at any time at patreon.com/twcpod.

    • 28 min
    Limiting Beliefs: Removing Mindset Barriers

    Limiting Beliefs: Removing Mindset Barriers

    We're back, this time digging into limiting beliefs. These are beliefs that get in the way of you achieving what you want to achieve; usually, they come from people other than ourselves. They can be stereotype-based ("starving artists don't make money!"), fear-based ("there's not enough work out there for all of us") and can come from our upbringing or culture (ie: freelancing isn't a "real" job). 

    We all live with dozens of limiting beliefs, but when they start to get in the way of our goals it can be frustrating. This episode is focused on practical tools and questions you can ask to get yourself out of a limiting belief's grasp. How? By looking for evidence to support and challenge the belief, just like how we, as curious writers, address much of our work. You can challenge yourself in this way while journaling, in conversation with a friend, or in a coaching relationship. It’s a powerful process, and we’ll walk you through it in today’s episode.

    Patreon listeners get access to episodes two weeks early this season, plus they'll get a list of questions to ask when you encounter limiting beliefs. Join now: https://www.patreon.com/twcpod

    Our online courses on business planning can be a great place to start this mindset work. Dig into your values, consider your ideal vision for your business, and walk away with practical tools to implement. Register here: https://the-writers-co-op-academy.teachable.com/

    • 25 min
    Value: A New Pricing Consideration for Freelancers

    Value: A New Pricing Consideration for Freelancers

    Welcome to the 4th season of TWC, where Jenni and Wudan will dig into persistent themes and issues that we haven't had time to cover in seasons past. During this season, anything goes!

    We’re kicking off this string of episodes with a conversation about value. Writers and creatives often grow up in a world where their work isn’t valued. See: the journalism industry, where we’re persistently told by publishers that it’s somehow okay to spend weeks on a story and get paid a few hundred bucks for your reporting, research, writing, and other labor. So the big question is: How do we break out of that mindset and see ourselves as valuable? And how do we use the value we provide for our clients in a practical context when it comes to negotiating prices?

    During this season, our Patreon members get access to every episode 2 weeks early. Join here: https://www.patreon.com/twcpod

    You can also check out our pricing webinar with Melanie Padgett Powers and Jennifer Duann Fultz here: https://www.thewriterscooppod.com/resources/p/webinar-how-to-price-freelance-writing-projects

    Want access to a checklist of questions to go through as you negotiate pricing? Join our Patreon All Access membership and you'll get that + more (Slack! Event discounts!).

    For questions or comments: @TWC_pod or thewriterscooppod2@gmail.com

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Vianna805 ,

I love this podcast so much!

TWC has taught me so many freelancing basics. Even the “boring” material/advice ends up being incredibly inspiring. Wudan and Jenny are skilled hosts, and I love that they’re sharing all this info!

Emily Shinde ,

HIGHLY recommend this content for anyone going freelance, regardless of your industry

I’ve never taken the time to sit down and write a review for a podcast, I definitely should do this more! But I note this because TWC is SO good it has compelled a non-reviewer to finally post something :)

There’s a lot of inspirational jargon out there for freelancers or women trying to start their own businesses and it’s easy to get wrapped up in those. When I first started my freelance career, I would spend a lot of time listening to “soft” “motivational” content that never really drove home the details. I’ll even go so far to say there’s probably an industry that takes advantage of women trying to break out of the corporate world and establish their own work.

But Wudan and Jenni give out so much thoughtful, vulnerable information out of the belief that they want everyone to succeed. I’m SO grateful I stumbled upon this podcast when I did, it has helped shape my beliefs about money, time, and the type of freelance work I do. I have yet to find another podcast that is so frank, direct, and encouraging. Thank you both!

writehike ,

Clear, frank, ambitious

It’s really wonderful to have a podcast about the business of freelancing, especially one run by two women. They not only make it work, but make a fair living through freelancing. S2 they talk to freelancers of many backgrounds and experience levels about how they do it. Plus: real talk about money!

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