Freelance Writing


“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



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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


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


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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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 !



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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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?


I make around $200 an hour writing articles and blog posts for websites. Want to know my process? Here it is: I Google my topic and read! I make sure to go to only reputable sites for my facts, though. Sites run by the government, universities, zoos and hospitals and the like are a-okay. Next, I just write. Like, flat-out type. I get all of the facts out of my head and into a Word document. Once everything is down, I divide it up into sections and order the sections in a way that makes sense. I give each section […]

How I Write Articles for Big Companies



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Seeing your shiny new business website for the first time, you might feel a significant burst of pride. This is your very own online space where you can show your customers exactly what you’re all about – after all, despite the rise of social media, websites are still the number one place customers visit when they want to find out more about a company. You may have got website developers in to do the work for you, or perhaps you’ve put the time into learning about website building and have produced the whole thing by yourself. Whichever it is, you […]

3 Things You Need To Do If You Want More Website Traffic


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Becoming a successful freelance writer isn’t easy. A lot of people hope they can make a career out of doing it on a full-time basis, but a lot of people end up going back to the daily grind after a few months. This doesn’t have to happen to you. Here are some improvements you should make for your freelance writing career to get it off to a great start. Pexels Work at Making Your Proposal Perfect Proposals are just part of the biz, so you need to learn how to make glittering beacons that potential clients will respond to. A […]

Improvements You Should Make to Your Freelance Writing Career


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Multitasking fails us, big time. It decreases our productivity, lowers our IQs, and shrinks our brains, according to acclaimed researchers and neuroscientists around the world. The solution? A simple yet revolutionary concept: singletasking. Multitasking is Out We are a stressed-out culture of multitaskers. With too much to do in too little time, we fruitlessly attempt to accomplish more by doing several things at once. Here’s a good NPR story about how multitasking is doing us wrong. What would happen if we tried something different? The Alternative to Multitasking Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, Inc., has a book called, “Singletasking: […]

Forget Multitasking! Increase Productivity with These 5 Tips



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If you’ve read anything about content marketing lately, you’ve probably seen it: article after article proclaiming that the new SEO tactic is filling your site with content that your readers will love. They are 100% right, but what is high-quality content? You probably think you’ve been posting quality content all along. It may not be stellar, but you think that it does the job, right? The problem is you need to be more than adequate to secure a spot in search engine results. Even more important than SEO, you want people to share your articles and blog posts. You don’t […]

How Do You Create High-Quality Content?


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Although it’s indicative of an easy life for a lot of people, the freelancer lifestyle is not always what it seems. Now, being a freelancer is, for all intents and purposes, running a one-person business. You should treat yourself as a commodity. This is how you’ll make progress, but we’ve all hit those snags where we’re on the brink of giving up and getting a “proper” job. This is why you should never do that… Pexels The Freedom… It’s not just the waking up whenever you want, there’s a greater sense of control over your life. This is why so many […]

Putting The “Free” In “Freelancing”


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How we perceive ourselves is often how our clients end up perceiving us. If we’re slow to respond, too light hearted in our emails, and so on, then we’ll probably get tagged as ‘unprofessional,’ and once that happens, it’s hard to come back. If you’re serious about being taken seriously, then you need to carve out a home office that is serious and professional. No more winging it from wherever you happen to be: now’s the time to step up. Source: Pexels.com A Work Only Space The spare room that doubles up as your office/general storage unit for your family’s […]

If You’re a Professional, You Need a Professional Office



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Guest post Social media marketing is really effective if used the right way. Considering the number of people getting information online, it is easier for you to reach out to them by using social media. It is important to note that not everyone can be reached online. There are those who are willing to read your ads while others would simply ignore you. You should find a way to listen to them and gradually engage with them. Make them feel like you are interested in addressing their needs. Respond to their questions. Leave comments when they say something good about […]

9 Awesome Tips To Improve Social Marketing


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Image source Becoming an independent freelancer can be a pretty bold step to take, but transitioning from freelancer to business owner is a much bigger one. It creates a shift in your responsibilities, your needs and how you operate. The challenges change and become bigger, but they are so worth taking on because a being a freelance copywriter compared to being the managing director of an agency has huge rewards. The most complex part of the process is knowing how. That is why I have come up with a list of steps you can proactively take to make the shift from self-employed […]

Leap Of Faith: From Freelancer To Managing Director


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With the huge increase of users on social media, there is no surprise that so many more business and online ventures are turning to this as a form of marketing. As a freelance writer, it’s important that you build a successful online presence through some of the major players on social media, to help build your success.    You Get Better Coverage on Search Engine Results Social media plays a huge part in your SEO when it comes to your website and online presence. Search engine optimization is the best way to ensure that you have visibility in what can […]

Popular Benefits Of Social Media Marketing