Freelance Writing


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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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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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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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Guest Post by Jessalynne Madden Are you considering a career as a freelance writer?  Have you heard about Elance?Elance is a social media platform specifically designed to connect freelance professionals with short-term work as well as long –term projects and consistent clients.Does this sound good to you?  There’s more!Elance provides an area for serious writers to develop their abilities as freelance professionals.  Sharpening your techniques on Elance will equip you to be a successful freelance writer long into the future. Are you already familiar with Elance? If you have taken the time to set up a profile on Elance and […]

Freelance Writing Tips from Professional Elance Contractors



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In my last post I wrote about a content site that pays $3 per article. I got this comment soon after: Alina, I write for writers domain and I think it’s a decent way to learn the ropes of freelance writing and get a little extra cash too. I’ve also done Textbroker in the past. Neither are the $50/hr jobs that you’re looking for, but you’re probably a much higher-caliber writer; I’m just getting started. While I definitely would like to get paid more, I also don’t want to spend my time weeding through work and not getting paid. Looking […]

Why Writing for $3 Per Article Isn’t Going to Help Your Freelance Career


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Freelance writers are supposed to be their own boss, right? I mean, the government considers you your own boss. Your mom considers you boss-free. Your best-friend envies your “free” status. But if you write for clients or residual income sites are you really boss free? Consider this: Clients tell you when projects are due. Residual income sites tell you what you can and can’t post. Clients control the subjects you write about. Residual income sites take a cut of your profits. Clients can cancel projects. Residual sites can go out of business. Both attempt to take as much rights to […]

Think You’re Your Own Boss? Think Again.


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Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt Making money online with freelance writing is a the new dream of many stay-at-home-moms and people who want to work at home. Some go into the whole thing with way too much gusto, or not enough. There are five major tips for making it work. Don’t Drive Your Friends Crazy It is a great idea to use social networking sites to make contacts with people in your target market. Don’t use these sites to send an endless stream of ads to friends and family, though. It’s tacky and could even drive away potential customers. Get […]

The Top Five Tips on How to Make Money Online With Freelance Writing



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Well, January turned out to be a great month for my freelance writing business. I made just $40 shy of $2000. This is great considering I did less than 20 hours of work in January. I’m proving just a little more every day that you don’t have to work insane hours to make cash freelance writing. Of course this doesn’t account for time that I used for job searching and marketing, but that only figures out to an extra five to ten hours a month. So, in total, I worked around 30 hours this month. That adds up to around […]

January 2011 Freelance Writing Earnings Update


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If you’ve been a freelance writer for more than a few minutes you’ve probably heard of the feast or famine theory. Basically, when you freelance work will come in ebbs and typhoons. Sometimes you will have so little work that you will curse the day you ever quit your job and became a full-time freelance writer. Other times you will get so much work you will curse the day you ever quit your job and became a full-time freelance writer. Hey, you’ve got to love this job to stick to it. So how do you make it through the slow […]

The Feast and Famine of Freelance Work and How to Make it Work For You


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If you are a full-time mom, constantly on the go, sometimes it’s hard to get freelance work done. I get plenty of work done each day, though, no matter where I am. My Droid and My Laptop Boosting My Productivity My strategy is to have a mobile office that I can slip into my purse. My office computer is a laptop that I can use at Wi-Fi hotspots for free. It’s slim enough that I can carry it anywhere if I need to, but most of the time I just use my Droid cell phone (with a buit-in keyboard), which […]

Freelance Writing While You’re Away from the Office



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It’s inevitable. Eventually you will screw up on a freelance job. You’ll forget to spell check an article that you had to write last minute. You’ll mess up the links your client needed embedded in a review. You miss a grammatical error on the second page. Sh*t happens. What you do afterward is the important part. Here’s the steps you should follow when this happens: Suck it up. Yah, you screwed up. Don’t pout. Fix the mistake ASAP. Apologize for your mistake. Don’t promise it won’t ever happen again. Hey, you’re human. Make a checklist of things to double-check before […]

When You Screw Up on a Freelance Job


A Photo From My Trip to Colorado August was a pretty good month for earnings considering I went on vacation and missed working half the month. I probably didn’t work more than 15-20 hours. That’s why I love residual earning from articles. They keep earning even when I’m living it up in another state. Here’s my break-down: Demand Media $15.00 Suite 101.com $195.74 Guru Client $225.00 Demand Media $45.00 MyLikes $2.79 Demand Media $45 eHow $89.42 Private Client $725 Total: $1,342.95 As you can see, I wrote a bunch of quick little articles for Demand when I had time for […]

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Write what you know is the most often used writing advice in books and on writing websites, but what the heck does it mean? Well, I interpret it to mean that you take your life experiences and build them into prose. I have done this many times over the years and I have found it helpful to sit down and make a list of all my life experiences to brainstorm for fiction and article ideas. To get an idea of what I mean, here is my list: I am a mother: I have a website called Defrazzle Mom.com that includes […]

Write What You Know



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The other day on a forum I frequent, a new writer asked how many articles she had to write a day to make a living as a freelance writer. Most of us seasoned vets answered, “It depends.” First, you have to decide how much money you need to make a day to live comfortably. I have decided that I need to make around $75 a day to meet my financial needs. How many articles I do depends on my client. I have one client that pays $100 per article. One article and I’m good for the day’s goal. If I’m […]

How to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer


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To make a living as a freelance writer you have to keep track of your daily wage. I like to determine how much money I need to make in a month, then determine how much I have to make per day to meet that goal and figure out which projects will help me meet these goals. This month I have decided that I need to make at least $50 per day or more. To make sure I make that goal each day I assign a monetary value to each project on my to-do list. For example, one of my projects […]

How to Determine a Daily Wage in Freelance Writing


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For those of you that are looking for an alternative to Demand Studios for a freelance writing job, I present Break Studios. Break Studios is exactly like Demand Studios, except the articles a shorter (250 word minimum) and are $8 each. The Upside to Break Studios Each of the $8 articles are super easy to write and the titles are easy to understand. You don’t have to provide a photo, either. The Downside to Break Studios If you think Demand Studios has silly rules, you haven’t seen anything yet.  Break Studios requires: The first sentence of bulleted items must be […]

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