How to deal with online trolls 31 comments
How to deal with online trolls without losing your cool. They say that you know you’ve hit the big time when you have haters. No matter how good you are or how eloquent you are, you’re going to have some hateful comments on your website or social media content. It happens. Some people have nothing better to do than to be negative. For example, I wrote an article for CNET about unusual things you can wash in the dishwasher. People got irate, to say the least. I was dumbfounded. It was an article about washing objects like kids toys in […]

What to Do When You Have Haters   Recently updated !


“Should I write for free?” I hear this question a lot from new freelance writers. The answer? Many freelance writers start off their career thinking that they should do a little free work to build up their clips so they can get paid gigs. The problem is, once you start down the free road, it’s hard to take an exit. People want to keep getting free stuff as long as they can and will baulk at paying your new rates. Well, I say tough. If they want quality work, then they need to pay. I encourage new writers not to […]

Free at Last From Being Free: How to Stop Writing for Free


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Finding high-paying gigs as a freelance writer is hard. Luckily, you have me! Forget Craigslist. Here are some of the best sites for finding high-paying gigs. FW: Be sure to sign up for FreelanceWriting.com’s Morning Coffee Newsletter Freelance Writing Jobs: This is one of my favorite places to look for high-paying gigs. Problogger: This is an amazing place to find blogging gigs that pay well. LinkedIn: If you’re serious about making big bucks, this is where you go. Make sure to type “freelance writer” in the search bar. Writers Weekly: Angela Hoy updates her jobs page regularly and you can find […]

The Best Job Sites for Freelance Writers   Recently updated !



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Okay, I make jokes on social media all the time about how half of my workday is spent looking at Facebook, but distractions are a real problem for most freelance writers. The folks over at Activia Training have come up with this great infographic that can help you stop procrastinating and maximize your workday. You can read more here.

Freelancers: Here’s How to Maximize Your Workday   Recently updated !


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More people than ever are able to quit their day job and set up their own business- a venture they are truly passionate about and can pour their heart and energy into. While this is fantastic, it’s certainly not all smooth sailing. As a new business you’re a small fish in a large pond and need to prove to customers that you’re worth your salt. In general, customers like to shop with sites and brands that they know and trust, as they are understandably wary of scams and bogus companies. So as a new, up and coming business you need […]

I’m a New Business- How Can I Prove I’m Legitimate and Trustworthy?


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If you’re thinking of becoming a freelancer or have already made that transition, you probably want to learn about the freelance life. Today, it’s time to look at the boring things that often get overlooked, or at least, not talked about very often. Many of these things are important, though. And forcing yourself to spend time on the boring stuff could be the difference between success and failure as a freelancer. Invoicing and Chasing Of course, you’re going to want to get paid when you’re doing freelance work. No one wants their hard work to be for nothing. However, invoicing […]

The Boring Side of Freelancing & Why It Matters



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Failure! It’s an ugly word, one that no small business owner wants to hear. Unfortunately, it’s one many small business owners hear a lot. In fact, 8 out of every 10 small business folds in the first year. So to prevent your freelance business from being a part of those statistics remember to always do the following to give it the best chance of long-term success. Put the customer first Does the customer always come first in business? Most of the time. After all, they are the one ultimately paying your wages. Yet still plenty of small business owners seem to […]

Your Small Business Will Fail Disastrously If You Forget The Following   Recently updated !


As a small business owner, you already have loads on your plate. From the work you do to the little jobs that come with it. Most people in your shoes have barely a second to spare. Some areas, though, are simply too important to slip under the carpet. At the top of this list is something all businesses should care about; what their customers think of them. To help you out with this area, this post will be exploring some of the different ways you can gather a sample of how people regard your business. Reviews/Feedback Forms Reviews are an […]

Field Sample: Getting The Scoop On Your Own Business


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In the lurch! That is where your freelance business will get left if you have a high turnover of staff. In fact, it can cause an enormous amount of disruption to your business, adding extra work to other employees and to you.  You’ll need to fill these spaces and train the new people up. That is why high staff turnovers need to be avoided wherever possible, making staff retention something that needs to be high on any business owners or managers priority list. With that in mind read on for some creative strategies that can help with this problem if […]

Pay Fair, Play Fair: Creative Strategies To Improve Staff Retention



SOLO NYC
I came across a pretty cool project about freelancers in New York, and I thought I’d share it with you. AND CO partnered with Soares to explore the freedom and entrepreneurialism that is frequently overlooked in the context of the so-called gig economy. The resulting piece, “SOLO NYC,” follows the triumphs and trials of four independent workers whose talents have led them to pursue their own career paths across a broad range of professional callings. In the alleyways, back kitchens and matchbox studios tucked away in countless of bustling, yet remarkably unglamorous, neighborhoods wedged within the most vibrant city in […]

SOLO NYC: A Film About Freelancers in New York


Everyone loves blogging. It’s a fantastic way to get on the internet to share your thoughts and ideas, but how exactly do you turn an innocent pastime like blogging into a fully-fledged business? It’s actually a lot easier and manageable than you might think. Develop your own niche The first hurdle to overcome is building a niche. If you talk or write about general subjects, then your niche will be difficult to find and you’ll most likely need to rely on your reputation or personality to build an audience. There are plenty of bloggers that talk just about their own […]

Making a Business Out of an Innocent Blogging Hobby


More often than not, people spend a few years working full-time with a company to build up all the skills and experience they will need to bring to their very own company once they do decide to go freelance. So, which skills are transferable from full-time work to your home office? Here are just a few of them. Time Management Just like when working in an office, you will still have plenty of deadlines to stick to when you are working on your own at home. You just get the added advantage that you can do your work whenever you […]

Bring These Office Skills To Your Home Business



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People hear freelancing and they think, sitting around at home all day doing barely any work and making good money out of it. They think that it’s easy and everybody that does it is doing great. If that were true, why isn’t everybody doing it? Because that isn’t true. There are so many myths about freelancing and people are drawn in by them, only to find that it really isn’t for them and they’re struggling a lot. If you’re thinking about going freelance, make sure it isn’t for one of these reasons. Freelancing Is Easy Money This is by far […]

Don’t Believe These Myths About Freelancing


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A huge question I get is, “Alina, how can I get writing gigs if I don’t have any clips? And how do I get clips if no one will hire me?” Ah, it’s a catch-22 that seems impossible to overcome, but there’s an easy way to build a professional writing portfolio from nothing. This project will guide you through creating your own clips portfolio that will display your writing skills, as well as act as a marketing device. You’ve Got Clips…You Just Don’t Know It Take screenshots or scan any copy you’ve written for previous employers’ website, brochures, newsletters, etc. […]

How to Get Started as a Writer Without Clips


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Let’s get real. There has always been the eternal divide when it comes to writing: art versus money. Either create something that is niche that you love, or go for the lowest common denominator and appeal to a mass audience. When it comes to creating online content, is it possible to create a blog post that captures the attention of the masses and takes off, but stays true to your personality and niche? Some would argue that it can’t be done, yet others will gladly regale you with their success story. A story that started out with a very simple […]

Art Vs Commerce: Creating Great Blogging Content That Carries



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We all have that dream of being able to stand up from our desks, tell our boss what we really think of them, and storm out, ready to start a new life. However, it’s hardly surprising most people don’t do that since they generally don’t have a plan for what comes after. Thanks to the internet, it’s never been easier to do just that. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a lot of challenges in your way. If you really want to start your own business, here are a few things that you need to be fully […]

Think You’re Ready To Start Your Own Business? Hold On!


You don’t always need money to make money. Many solo entrepreneurs have started with nothing. It’s all about being creative in the beginning and taking things slowly – the luxuries can come later. Here are seven tips for getting the ball rolling on a tight budget. 1. Work from home (if you can) You don’t need an office to begin with – the cost of rent isn’t worth it. Start off by working from home. If you need to get out of the house to do meetings with clients or simply have some social interaction, there are always coffee bars […]

7 Tips For Starting A Solo Business On A Tight Budget


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The online program and course industry is huge – and is still gathering plenty of momentum. According to reports last year it was worth $200 billion, and the chances are that figure is even higher as you read this. Put simply, if you have a particular set of skills and knowledge, there is a market for your expertise. All over the world, there are people clamoring to find out information on almost every subject under the sun, and, most importantly, they are willing to dip into their pockets to access it. If you are knowledgeable about direct sales, online marketing, […]

Handy Hints For Selling Online Courses



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Despite all the odds, freelancers are strangely optimistic about the future. We work in an uncertain field and have only ourselves to depend on, yet more than seventy percent says they feel either confident or balanced about their business performance over the next twelve months. Where the media is talking about a stressed out workforce and an uncertain future, freelancers are taking it easy – demonstrating that it is, in fact, possible to have our priorities straight when we manage it on our own. It’s not all rosy, though, as the same percentage said that they have problems with late […]

Eliminate Freelancer Fear With Proactive Payments


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So you want to be a blogger? Well, the first thing you’re going to need to do is kick the creativity  to the curb (okay, not totally) and think like an entrepreneur. Blogging as a hobby is all well and good, but if you want to make some real money, creativity alone just won’t cut it. Instead, you have to be big and bold and operate like a boss. To do that, you need to treat your blog like the business you want it to be. Board meetings and pencil skirts aside, you’re going to want to get serious with your blogging […]

Treat Your Blog Like A Business And It Will Boom


As a freelance writer, for me, the work is easy. It’s dealing with the clients that’s hard. So, over the past few years I have developed a strategy for dealing with clients, and ensuring I get paid every time! How to Spot a Scam There are a lot of scammers out there that would just love for you to write something great, then disappear without paying. You can spot the tricksters with these tips: They don’t want to tell you their budget in the ad. Their ad is full of typos. It doesn’t seem like the person who wrote the […]

The Freelancer’s Guide to Dealing with Clients



For everyone who wants to embrace the freelance writing career, there are plenty of helpful materials online to teach you exactly what you should be doing, and how, and preferably when and where too. But I am of the opinion that the best lessons are the ones that show you clearly what you shouldn’t do. Here’s an ode to the worst mistakes of copywriting. #1. You don’t stick to basic SEO rules The first and most basic lesson is that online writing can turn into a successful business if you’re being viewed and noticed. In other words, not obeying the […]

The 7 Sins of the Unready Writer (Blogging for Noobs)   Recently updated !


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When it comes to effective business practices, compassion isn’t the first thing to spring to people’s minds. If anything, when we think of successful business people, we think of ruthless individuals who are harsh, stern, get their own way and often profit at the expense of others. But while this may prove true in some cases, the opposite actually rings true when it comes to operating a small business. Small businesses rely a lot more heavily on a content and loyal staff base than multinational firms. When businesses are just starting out, highly competent and friendly staff can make or […]

Kindness Isn’t Weakness: How Compassion Can Benefit Your Business


I just received this great information, and thought it would be helpful for you freelancers out there, especially since it’s World Entrepreneur Day: The most recent annual report from Upwork and the Freelancers Union found that more people than ever are choosing to freelance, up to 55 million this year, or 35% of the total U.S. workforce. Many factors are contributing to a surge in the gig economy like the growing costs of opening a business (office space, utilities, payroll, etc.) to employees seeking flexibility, but one thing remains the same: contract workers do not receive access to the same benefits […]

Tools to Help Freelancers to Celebrate World Entrepreneur Day



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The Slash Workers report by AND CO has found that freelancing isn’t just the future of business, it’s the now and freelancers are loving their life (as if you didn’t already know!) They interviewed 300 independent workers in February and March 2017 and basically found out how they feel about every aspect of the freelancing game. “We launched this study because we wanted to quantify the evolving makeup and motivations of today’s independent workforce. The data revealed a host of unique insights into this new worker class, but most significant was the multifaceted nature of these ‘Slash Workers,’” said Leif Abraham, […]

What 2017 Freelancers are Saying About Their Business


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I struggled to get paid what I was worth for a long time as a freelance writer. You know why? Because I was a generalist. I would write about anything. When someone asked me what my specialty was I would say, “I can write anything!” *Insert the sound of a deflating balloon here* Yah, potential clients don’t want to hear that you write about all kinds of things. They want to know you specialize in their category. They want to know they’ve hired a writer that knows industry terms and sounds like they genuinely know what they’re talking about. Why […]

Yes, You Need a Niche, Freelance Writers


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You’ve probably seen job ads looking for writers that know SEO. If you don’t know what those three letters mean, don’t worry. I’m here to help! SEO is an abbreviation for search engine optimization, which, in a nutshell, means anything that helps a search engine find an article and rank it on the first page of search results. Go to Google and search for your favorite topic. See the first result? That article has excellent SEO. So, how do you get these magical results? Well, only so much of it is in the hands of the writer. A lot of […]

What is SEO: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writers



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Is your blog content the nerdy kids sitting by itself at the lunch table? Do you want it to be the head cheerleader front-and-center at the pep rally? Everyone wants their site to have amazing content, but actually creating popular content isn’t easy. I should know! I’ve been producing site content for clients for more than 16 years. Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tricks that can make your content sharable and search engine friendly. Up until now I’ve been using all of these tricks for just for clients. Today, I’m going to share them with you. 1. […]

Five Ways to Make Blog Posts More Popular


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For those who run home businesses, (like a freelance writing business!) there are a number of unique challenges you’re likely to face. For example, you end up with a huge spike in sales in a short space of time. It might sound funny, but when that happens it can be something of a nightmare. Suddenly, having lots of sales to deal with is a drain on resources. If you’re just starting out, you might be wondering what you need to do to keep on top of it all. Here’s what you need to know. Tell The Taxman First, let’s think […]

Is There Such A Thing As Too Many Sales?


Do I need a copywriter or a content writer? Is there a difference? I’ve been asked this so many times. In fact, I just saw someone ask this question in a copywriting forum on Facebook. Some writers don’t even know the difference! I’ve written articles about it for other websites, but I thought I should probably lay down the knowledge here, too. Let’s get started. The Difference Between Copywriting and Content Writing…In a Nutshell There’s probably going to be arguments about this. Some people feel that content and copywriting are the same thing, but it really isn’t in my opinion. […]

What’s the Difference Between Copy and Content?