Content and Copywriting

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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: 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: 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

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!)

There are plenty of good reasons for moving . Your family may have outgrown your current accommodations. Maybe you want to be closer to relatives. Perhaps you have to move to a new city to start an exciting new job. Before you sign on the dotted line for your next property, have a think about the long term future. Are you perhaps ready to start pursuing your own freelance business opportunities? Even if you’re moving as part of a career advancement with an employer, you should consider where you hope to be in five years or even ten years time. […]

When A House Move Becomes A Career Move

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Maxpixel Hopefully, everything is going well and your freelance business is booming? Still, even if this is the case, you will still want to increase sales.  It’s human nature to want more from your company. However, you don’t want to waste time and energy because they are precious resources. What you need are tips that are as quick to implement as they are effective. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place.  Mobile Market Get an app and go mobile. The days of the desktop computer and laptop are over. In 2017, it’s all about mobile technology. […]

Quick Tips for a New Freelancing Business

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Image  When people start working for themselves, they rarely think of the impact that it might have on other aspects of their lives. Of course, working from home will always limit the amount of exercise that you get. And, this will also impact your diet. Maintaining health when your lifestyle involves spending so much time indoors can be a challenge. You have to work extra hard. To help you out, this post will go through some easy ways to get and stay healthy. Fitting in Exercise When you work at home, it’s easy to spend nearly all of your time in a […]

Maintaining Health While Working From Home

Do you travel a lot? You can still run a successful business. Here are some tips from Karen Evans at Start Blogging Online. Everyone wants to go on a vacation. The only problem is they don’t have enough time to get out of work just to travel. This is even worse for those who own a business. For them, there is not a single day where they can just rest and not do business at all. If you are running this kind of business and you are tired of always canceling your travel plans because you are extremely busy with work, […]

How to Run a Successful Business, Even While Traveling

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I make around $100 to $200 per hour. I work at home and I make my own hours. Not bad, eh? A lot of freelance writers I know don’t think this is possible. They grab $3 articles from auction sites like oDesk and Upwork, then work their fingers to the bone to bang out enough of these little stinkers to keep their power on. Now, I admit, I’m lazy. Belting out article after article, eight hours per day, seven days a week just seems like too much work. I like to work smarter, not harder, so I end up writing […]

How to Make $100 to $200, Be Lazy and Never Leave Home

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The worst part of running a writing business is when you run out of ideas. It’s that oh s**t moment. No matter what sort of writer you are, you’ll get blocked sometimes. Freelance writers are sometimes stuck for ideas, novelists get blocked halfway through – even JK Rowling suffered terrible writer’s block when she was trying to write Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Luckily there are a few things you can do to get yourself through writer’s block and back into the artistic frame of mind… Image source Get Away from the Desk If your writer’s block is […]

Writer’s Block? How To Find Inspiration Fast

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Professional blogging is a massive industry, and keeps on growing all the time. Whether it’s a burning desire to make money from your passion or the promise of being able to work from your bedroom, there are all manner of reasons why people decide to get into blogging. If you’re a newbie blogger, there’s a fair chance you’re making some common rookie mistakes. Don’t worry, help is at hand! Here are some of the most common mistakes, and how to fix them. Using the Wrong Platform Pixabay A lot of newbie bloggers start on Google’s platform, Blogger. Since it’s fairly […]

Rookie Blogging Mistakes, And How To Fix Them

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Freelance writing gives you the freedom to work as you see fit. You can write whatever you like, work with whoever you want, and take on projects that you enjoy instead of being forced to write for subjects you don’t care much about. This makes freelance writing a fantastic career choice. Sadly, being too selective with your assignments makes it a bad business choice and, before you know it, you might be getting fewer requests and jobs because you’ve fallen behind on recent trends. If you’re currently enjoying some success with your blog or freelancing career, then you might be […]

Upgrading Your Blog to a Business

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Image Source If you are a freelance writer, and you dream of turning your everyday career into a fully-fledged business, then there is no better time than the present. Fortunately, it is probably easier than you think to make this work, and it is likely that there is less to do than you might think. Still, you need to know exactly what is involved. In this article, we are going to look at some of the essential steps that you need to take in order to turn your freelance writing into a big business today. Get Serious The first vital […]

Turn Your Freelance Writing Into A Business Today

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Get more website visitors with these simple fixes. Trust me. When it comes to a business’s online presence, there’s nothing as important as the website. Think of it as your front door. You don’t want people to walk away before they get the skinny on your business. If people are leaving before they get a chance to get themselves properly informed, it might be because of a few of the issues mentioned below. Pic Link Looking Amateur It’s the first mistake that a lot of businesses newly online will make. They will take the design of the site into their own […]

Stop Showing Visitors The Door

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It’s perfectly normal to have days when your small business stresses you out, or you don’t seem to have enough hours to get through your to-do list. Minor stress is part and parcel of life, let alone running your own business, but what happens when you hit a sizable bump in the road, and you can’t see a way forward? If you can’t escape stress, hopefully, this guide will prove useful. Image Pinning Down a Cause There are so many things that can cause stress, and we all respond differently to different situations. What stresses one person out may be water off […]

How To Cope When You Can’t Escape Stress

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Wikimedia Facebook seems like the most ideal way to get your business on the internet, right? To many startups, it seems like there’s not really any need to build your own website anymore. Worryingly, there are a few articles out there that seem to be promoting this kind of mindset. You can see why people may think this way. After all, it’s free to set up a business page on Facebook. And, with Facebook being the most popular website on the internet by quite some margin, there are millions of people out there who could stumble upon your business. There […]

Don’t Just Rely on Facebook – Build a Website!

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According to Lou Gerstner, a former CEO of the tech giant IBM, nobody should ever own your schedule. What he meant by that was you should make your own rules and not let other people decide where you are at any given time. Pixabay When you first start out running a small business, you’ll spend a lot of time faffing about, running around like a headless chicken from one appointment to the next. After a while, you’ll learn how to organize your time better and plan your week. After all, you are the boss. Here is some advice that you might […]

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