Monthly Archives: April 2017


Photo Credit There is no doubt that setting up a business is an extremely challenging prospect for anyone. That’s why it’s so important that you keep it protected from any potential disasters that may occur. The last thing that you want to happen is that you invest a great deal of time and money into developing your business, only for it to suddenly go up in smoke. When it comes to protecting your company from disaster, there are a few things that you can do to make sure you are in the best position possible. Put a Disaster Plan in […]

Warning…Make Sure Your Business is Disaster-Proof


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When you’re a freelancer, it’s likely you will make a room in your home your working quarters. After all, you are likely to be a lot more productive with a home office. You can shut off the outside world and get on with your work. When people are creating their home office, they can often make mistakes which can affect your working life. In fact, here are some home office errors that freelancers need to avoid. Pexels Picking a room which has little light A lot of people choose a particular room because it has the most privacy. After all, you need […]

Freelancers Need To Avoid These Home Office Errors


Most of the fear in life comes from a fear of the unknown. People who don’t drive, for instance, may be scared to venture onto the open roads as they don’t understand how they work. We are scared of the dark because we don’t know what is going on, as we can’t see – we can’t get that visual information as our eyes won’t work that well in the dark, they send nothing to our brain, so our brain can conjure up all sorts of things. We don’t like what we don’t know, and that can make us afraid. We […]

Data – The Foundation For Your Future In Business



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Many modern businesses depend on online marketing methods to drive sales and get the cash registers ringing. Whether you’re launching a startup, you’re branching into e-commerce, or you’re keen to generate more interest online, it pays to come up with an online marketing strategy that works. So, what do you need to be successful? Here are some handy hints that may help you answer this question. Branding Branding isn’t just about catching somebody’s eye when they walk into a shop. It’s also about giving them more information about the product, making them think about who you are and what you […]

Brand New: How to Start Online Marketing Your Business


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18 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs


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Freelance writers, particularly when they’re just starting out, will often take any paying clients that happen to come along. This means that occasionally you’ll need to write for a business that occupies an extremely narrow niche, that you have very little experience with. Obviously, this makes writing consistently high-quality content a little harder than it would be with more conventional clients. Here’s some of the best advice for writing for these niche clients… Educate Yourself Source: Pixabay If you want your work for a niche client to be as fitting and effective as possible, you need to strive to make […]

Be a Niche Spy: How to Write Authoritative Copy For Niche Clients



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Photo: Pixabay It is estimated that there are 1.18 billion websites online right now. 152 million of those sites are blogs and over four million posts are written each day for them. The problem is, there are only so many internet users (it is thought that as of 2015, there were 3.2 billion people using the internet). Getting your site noticed when it is literally one in a billion is quite difficult. Making money from your site is even tougher. One of the important things if you want a successful, profitable site is to take advantage of online marketing. Things like […]

15 Ways to Get Visitors to Stay on Your Site Longer


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If you’ve spent time constructing, researching, and writing a blog post that you think is worthy of people’s attention, it can be a bit dispiriting when you review the stats of how many people engaged with it only to discover hardly anyone visited your site in the first place. Don’t take it to heart – it has nothing (OK, a little) to do with the quality of your writing or how interesting your subject was. By making a few simple changes to how you handle your blog, you can get the readers you crave. Source: Pexels.com A Blog is About […]

4 Steps to Make Sure Your Blog Is Read


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Picture Source Being a successful freelancer is about far more than finding clients or even offering a consistent service while operating on a solo basis or as part of a small team. Being a successful freelancer depends on the money involved with your solo business, at the end of the day. Given that you’re the glue which holds everything together and keeps the money pouring in or pouring out, it’s up to you to maintain control of all financial elements involved with your freelance business and ensure that you remain in the green. Rather than solely focusing on profits and […]

Clever Financing Whilst You’re Freelancing



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One of the great things about the modern world of business is that many entrepreneurs are able to start their companies from home. Operating from a residential address offers many benefits. Not least due to the reduced overheads and pressure for fast results. However, most successful startups will eventually reach a point where they’ve outgrown the home office. It’s time to leave home. Transporting your venture from the home to a commercial property is a big step to take that brings several risks. Therefore, it’s imperative that you do so in the most appropriate fashion. Follow these five simple tricks […]

Leaving Home: Taking Your Small Business to a Commercial Venue


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  credit It can be tricky to reach a point as a freelancer where you are actually bringing in more money than you need to survive. But once you get there, a whole world of opportunity opens up for you. And where you put your money can make a huge difference to your lifestyle now and long into the future. Let’s take a look at some of the investments savvy freelancers make – and why you should consider them, too. Invest in Hired Help Here’s the biggest problem with freelancing – you have to do everything yourself. There’s marketing, accounting, […]

What Are The Best Ways To Invest Your Freelance Profits?


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As a freelancer, your biggest concern is finding clients. If you don’t have any clients, then you won’t make any money. The thing is, how do you go about impressing potential clients and getting them to believe in you? Well, you have to use these three simple tricks, that’s how! (pixabay: http://bit.ly/2o2CUNW) Create A Portfolio Of Your Work If any of you have acquired freelance work before, then you should know the one thing that every potential client wants to know before they hire you; how good is your work? After all, why would someone hire you if they have […]

Use These 3 Simple Tricks To Impress Potential Freelance Clients



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Life as a freelance writer is, for the most part, a pretty stellar existence. You can have your own schedule, work wherever (and wearing whatever) you want, and never have to miss out on a fun experience just because you have to be in the office. However, a freelance writer (and freelance anything, come to think of it) is exposed to greater risks than traditional workers. Below, I’ve outlined four of the threats that could derail your writing career and offer some advice as to how you can overcome them/limit the damage they do. Source: Pexels.com Illness Employees rights at work have […]

4 Threats To Your Writing Career (And How to Prevent Them)


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The freelance life isn’t as easy as people who work in offices would have you believe. Sure, the commute is excellent – from your bed to your desk via the shower and the kitchen if you have time for coffee – but it can be a difficult life. You don’t get benefits or vacation days, and you might feel too guilty to ever totally switch off. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make the freelance life a little easier on yourself, long term. I know I’ve preached on several of these before, but they need repeating. […]

Five Tips To Keep Your Freelance Business Going


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One of the age-old tips for publicizing a blog is forum linking. You’ve probably even seen me give that advice on this blog. For those of you that don’t know what forum linking’s all about, here is what bloggers usually say on the subject: Go to forums that are about your blog’s topic and answer questions that you find there. If one of your blog posts can answer someone’s question, link to it in your reply. This not only brings you traffic, it also makes you an expert on the topic. I haven’t done this type of marketing in a long while, so I […]

Will Posting Links in Forums Get You Traffic?



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Throughout the 18 years that I have created content for businesses, I have heard the same requests from clients over and over: Put these three keywords in the text at least five times. Or These keywords MUST be used twice in the opening paragraph, once in the middle and once at the end of the article. Or This list of 30 keywords must appear at least once in the article. If you’ve been guilty of saying this to a content creator or have committed these travesties to your own content you need to hang your head in shame. Once upon […]

You’re Thinking Too Much About Keywords


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When growing your blog into a fully-fledged business, the last thing on your mind is probably hiring employees. Blogging, after all, is mainly focused on the content itself, i.e. your posts. However, there are many other components that are required in order for you to grow your blog into a business. Whether you’re a new blogger that has gained a lot of attention in a short period of time or a slow-growing blog with plans to take the next step, here are a couple of outsourced services that you will need in order to continue growing your blog. Image Credit […]

Essential Outsourced Services That Every Growing Blog Needs


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Guest post by Jamie from Start Blogging Online Your blog is a platform to voice out your opinions and thoughts. It is also a vehicle to raise money. There are advertisers willing to pay popular bloggers to place their ads on the site. It is a win-win situation. Relying on your blog alone to be popular is a big blogging mistake. Before you reach a point where you become an authority in a particular niche you have to build your name first. Try writing for other blogs as a guest blogger to build your name. This will increase your online visibility. Be sure to […]

8 Beginning Blogger Mistakes to Avoid



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From Pixabay Everyone, absolutely everyone, makes mistakes when writing copy every now and then. Even David Ogilvy, the father of modern advertising copy, once admitted: “I’m a lousy copywriter, but I am a good editor.” Perfection never happens the first time around, and even the best copywriters in the world are constantly re-drafting and making little tweaks. While some mistakes are unavoidable, some are more common than others. Here are a few of the most common copywriting blunders you need to watch out for… Bad Headlines You may have some of the best content on the web, but if your […]

Copywriting Mistakes You Could Be Making


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When starting out, a lot of freelancers make the mistake of trying to handle too many of the little tasks by themselves. Some of these jobs require very specialised skillsets and others are simply too large to tackle on your own. Attempting to do them yourself  wastes time and can become expensive. So, for some jobs, it’s best to go to a professional. To help you out, this post will go through some of the easy ways to get help in three areas. Now, all you have to do is get to work! (Image Credit) Business Consultant A lot of freelancers […]

Freelancing Doesn’t Mean Going It Alone: Three Areas Where You Need Help


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Credit  You might be thinking about working as a freelancer, but you don’t want to quit your current job straight away. That’s perfectly understandable because there’s always the fear that freelancing won’t work out and you’ll be left unemployed. But is it possible to work as a freelancer while completing a full-time job? Well, it might be easier than you think. To do this, you need to think about how you’re going to freelance. The first thing you’ll need to do is set up a profile. Establish Yourself Source Set up a profile on Linkedin, first and foremost. By setting up a […]

Freelancing In Your Spare Time? It’s Easy!



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As great as freelancing is, like any job,  it also has its downsides. By its very nature, it can sometimes be rather lonely. As much as people complain about how difficult it is to go into to work and talk to their colleagues every day about the weather, freelancers don’t have that opportunity. Whether you are a freelance writer or graphic designer or any number of other professions, you will likely be at your home office every day doing what work you have at the time. Your only chance to communicate with someone is likely to be in the form […]

Three Tips for Becoming A Better Freelancer


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It’s difficult to write irresistible headlines. It’s a fact, even for old pros like myself. For freelance writers, crafting great headlines that capture readers’ attention increases the chance of getting a click and eventual customer conversions. How can you ensure that you have the perfect headline? Here are some ideas from Dave McDonald and myself: Make your headline inviting by giving them an answer to what they are looking for. Example: “This (blank) Trick Makes Your Life Easier in Just 10 Minutes.” But don’t reveal everything. For example, “This Trick will Lower Your Electric Bill by 25%” tells the readers that […]

10 Tips for Creating Headlines and Titles that Get Clicks


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Image source For a lot of people, blogging seemed to be the logical step. It was a way to get involved in something they love while maintaining their hopes of earning a little bit of extra cash from it, perhaps one day even earning a living. But how do you go about making money from your blog? Well, luckily for you, there are a few options out there, some of which may be used on their own and some that may work together to maximise your revenue. Just remember that, whatever route you decide to go down, it should be […]

Take Your Blog From A Hobby To A Job



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Pexels Working as a freelancer can be psychologically odd. When you have a nine to five job, you get up in the morning, get washed and dressed and commute to work. When you arrive at the office, you are subconsciously aware that you should now be working. Your brain will start perceiving things differently, concentrating and responding in different ways. If you’re good at your job, this change will be advantageous and will allow you to prosper. With freelancers, they get up, get washed and dressed (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise) and then go into the room where they […]

Four Essential Pieces Of Tech For Your Home Office


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If you’re of an entrepreneurial spirit and you like the idea of working from your own home office, there are plenty of ways to do it. Ecommerce is fast becoming one of the most successful modern selling platforms. But it’s not as simple as selling products online. You need the right selling tactic to go along with the products. Source Keep Constant Focus on the User Convenience is priority number one when it comes to any ecommerce business. Your focus always has to be on creating a user experience that’s as painless as possible. Take your time thinking of features that […]

The Seeds Of Success In Ecommerce


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When you work from home, it’s likely you have your own office where you complete the work. After all, you need somewhere serene to ensure you’re able to get on with the job at hand. However, a lot of us have dull offices which don’t put a spring in our step and it can affect our concentration levels if we don’t love the location where we work. So, here are some easy ways to make your home office somewhere you love. Image Source Add Some Light to the Room You might not have thought twice about the lighting in your […]

Easy Ways To Make Your Home Office Somewhere You Love To Work



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A lot of people feel trapped by the everyday humdrum of nine to five work. They feel as though they have no freedom over what they do, their time no longer belongs to them, and that they’re not really getting anything out of the work that they’re doing. For people in this kind of position, there’s one type of work that’s more tempting than just about any other: freelancing. Working freelance often seems like the solution and, for the most part, it is! However, it’s important to know that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Freelance work is still working. […]

How To Be A Freelancer (Without Losing Your Mind!)