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Hey everyone! Today, we’re talking tools to help make life easier. As many of you know, I make my bread and butter as a freelance copywriter, and if I can ever share tips on what makes me a better writer, I will. Plus, I know a lot of my readers are fellow bloggers (or would-be bloggers!), and a girl’s gotta help her community out.
Since I started blogging, so many people have asked me how I started freelancing, how I make a living from it, and how to get started. I’ve already put together a total guide packed with the information I would have loved to know – but today, I’m sharing an app that has totally changed the game for me. Both in freelancing and in blogging.
You may have heard of Grammarly.
Well, last week I installed Grammarly into my Chrome browser and guys, it’s amazing.
Grammarly has gone above and beyond any other spell-checker I’ve ever used, so much so that I’m dedicated a whole blog post to it on my money blog. Why do a Grammarly review? The way I can relate these two topics is that Grammarly will make you a better writer and a better blogger, which instantly boosts your chances of successfully increasing your income. Voila.
Grammarly Review: Why Grammarly Changes the Game for me:
As the name suggests, Grammarly doesn’t just check your spelling; it identifies grammatical mistakes too. I never thought of myself as an over-enthusiastic comma user until I installed Grammarly, but boy was I wrong.
My last blog post is so much better written because of Grammarly identifying common grammatical errors and highlighting what I needed to change. The odd comma here or there isn’t going to hurt anyone, but putting out copy that is grammatically correct makes it easier to read, more enjoyable, and looks far better in your portfolio when looking for writing work.
I’m a touch typist with a WPM of 72. That’s pretty high. (if you want to compare – test your WPM here and tell me what you got in the comments!
However, typing so fast ultimately leads to a few typos along the way. Grammarly underlines any spelling errors or typos and suggests changes.
I know what you’re thinking. Every spell checker does that. The thing that really makes Grammarly stand out to me is…
It Works Everywhere!*
Grammarly can be installed directly into your Chrome browser, which means it’s constantly working no matter where I’m writing from. As part of my job, I write and edit articles, as well as posting social media content and creating images on Canva to be shared on Pinterest and Instagram.
While Google Drive or Word may check my spelling and grammar, Facebook and Twitter certainly don’t. Grammarly’s versatility to highlight spelling and grammatical mistakes on virtually any website is what really makes it stand out to me.
No more silly mistakes like typing a 7 instead of an & symbol, or not noticing when I’ve misspelled a word before sharing it to my 1,000+ followers on Twitter.
*The two exceptions I’ve found so far are Hootsuite and Google Drive. However, this can be overcome by using the Grammarly Editor, or by copying and pasting the text into a new document on the app itself.
If you’re a freelance writer, blogger, or just thinking about putting a portfolio together for picking up some writing jobs on the side, I can’t recommend Grammarly enough.
Grammarly has both a free service and a premium plan for $29.95/month, or if you pay quarterly it’s $19.98 a month.
The premium plan offers:
- Twice as many corrections
- A plagiarism feature
- Customised checks for different document types
- A 7-day money-back guarantee
Is it Worth the Money?
I couldn’t fairly say. For now, I’ve downloaded the free version and I’m loving what it’s doing for me. I’ve read other reviews that report a huge improvement, with mistakes and grammatical errors being picked up far more than the free version, which makes sense, but for that price, I would expect near-perfection.
$29.95 a month does seem like a lot for a grammar checker, so I can imagine it only really pays off if you are a full-time writer or a student with a lot of essays and assignments that need perfecting.
I may consider upgrading and will report back on my findings!
If you’re interested in trying Grammarly out for yourself, you can sign up for free here.
If you do decide to upgrade to the premium plan, I would love to know your thoughts on how it compares with the free version, so drop me an email.
What tools do you use that have taken your job to the next level? Let me know your tips in the comments below!