Freelance Writing


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)


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 […]

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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


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Pic Something that freelance writers and other similar professionals know is that they need to think of themselves as a fully-fledged business in order to succeed. If you are a freelance writer, and you have not yet got to the point of thinking of yourself in this way, you might want to ask yourself what it is that’s stopping you. No matter what, you need to ensure that you are doing everything you can to take yourself seriously. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make sure that that is the case. Let’s have a look at how you […]

Taking Yourself Seriously As a One-Person Business


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20 years ago, around the time I started my freelance writing business, virtual businesses didn’t exist. Today they make up one of the fastest growing industries in the world. For freelancers, bloggers and entrepreneurs, virtual businesses make starting out easier and more affordable. They can also offer a stepping stone to launching a prosperous and profitable business. That being said, while some people only use virtual businesses as a stepping stone to launch their brick-and-mortar entrepreneurial careers, others are happy to keep their business virtual for the foreseeable future. Virtual businesses are much cheaper to run as there are few overhead […]

The Ins & Outs Of Launching A Virtual Content Creation Service



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Freelancing full time is an interesting gig, as this blog often proves. Not only are you a wordsmith responsible for relevant and interesting posts, but you also have room for flair, provided your piece fits within the requirements of your client. The life of a freelancer can’t be explained by spreadsheets or sales quotas. It’s very much a personal affair, and every freelancer is different. Your home office should follow suit and be functional, yet sport your own stamp of personality that best helps you work. There are many likely office additions that you’ve never considered before, that could make […]

Your Freelance Career Will Benefit From These Brilliant Office Additions


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When you run a small company, it’s essential to be aware of the risks of potential disasters that could put you out of business. It’s hard enough to make a new venture successful in a fiercely competitive marketplace without having to try and recover from setbacks. If you’re a small business owner (freelance writers, I’m looking at you!), here’s everything you need to stay on track. Keeping Your Business Premises Safe You’ve invested blood, sweat and tears and a whole heap of cash. The last thing you want is to lose everything to opportunistic thieves. Whether you run an office […]

Small Business Solutions: Everything You Need to Stay on Track


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  A job as a freelance writer sounds like the ultimate career. Freelancers, to some extent, are the boss and don’t have to listen to others. Plus, the role is flexible, which allows the average person a healthy work to life balance. Then, there is the fact that you get to work from home while in pajamas drinking a cup of coffee. Of course, there is no sick pay or job security, but that all seems insignificant in the moment. After all, you’re living the dream, right? As a freelancer, you know that everything isn’t always as it seems to […]

How To Get Writing Jobs To Come To You



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Working freelance is tough. Not only do you have to keep yourself organised and motivated, but you also have to make sure that you promote and market yourself. If you’ve decided to give up your 9 to 5 job and take up a more flexible freelance life, here are a few tips on how to promote yourself and get good work. Consider The Publications You’re Pitching For First of all, chances are you’re sending off all sorts of pitches to different editors and publications. Don’t do that. It’s important to make sure that you’re sending the right ideas to the right […]

How To Get More Work as a Freelance Writer


As a freelancer, you are no doubt be used to working for yourself, but as your workload starts to grow, you’ll soon have to make the decision to form a company and hire employees to help you out. Transitioning from a freelancer to an entrepreneur might seem like a scary prospect to some people. However, it proves that you have a good head for business and your customers buy from you because you know what you’re doing! If you’re a freelancer and are at the point where you need to become incorporated, you might be wondering how best to transition to […]

Transitioning From Freelancer To Entrepreneur


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There’s a lot to be said for entrepreneurship. A lot has been said, most of extolling the many admirable traits of those who dedicate their life to challenging themselves and pushing the world in any large or small way. Yet while there are many great reasons why going at it alone is worthwhile, there are a number of lesser talked about pitfalls than budding Richard Branson’s should be aware. Here are four of them and some guidance on how they can be overcome. Source: Pexels.com It’s Hard Work We’re hoping it won’t come as any great shock to you that being […]

4 Pitfalls of Being An Entrepreneur…and How to Overcome Them



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There is no doubt about it; being a freelancer is stressful. You have no job security and you have to constantly be on your toes just to make enough money to stay afloat. However, there are good things about being a freelance worker too. For example, when you work for yourself, you can run your own schedule and make your own decisions. You don’t have to be subservient to someone else. That can only be positive, but if the pressures and stress of freelance life are getting you down, here’s how to beat them and get back on track. Closely […]

Freelance Pressures Getting You Down? Here’s How to Change That


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Freelancing as a writer is a completely valid way of working and can make a fulfilling lifelong career, especially for those who don’t like the constraints of more traditional setups. However, there’s no doubt that freelancers face some resistance from clients who might otherwise jump at their services. The trick might be to frame yourself as a professional business, rather than a professional individual. Link Brand Like a Pro The first thing to do is to make sure that no part of your branding says anything about you besides “professional.” When you’re working on all your marketing content by yourself, […]

From Tiny Freelancer To Professional Outfit


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I frequent many writers’ forums. I like to lurk, absorbing the knowledge that my peers type about companies and publishers. Recently, though, I stumbled upon a thread full of angry writers. The writers all freelanced for a publication that I wrote for, as well. The publication had decided to essentially put all freelance projects on hold while they sorted out financial issues. I understood and was patiently waiting to hear if I would get to work with them again. The group of writers in this thread didn’t feel the same. Many threatened the company with a smear campaign. Others posted […]

Tip for New Writers: Successful Writers Don’t Burn Bridges



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


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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