Freelance Writing


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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


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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 […]

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