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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full Time

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: You Can Freelance and Still Work Full TimeBy Sarah Ratliff

I was raised by parents who lived through the Great Depression. My father was born in 1923, before it began, and my mother was born in 1933, as it was well underway. In both instances only their mothers were able to hold on to their jobs. My paternal grandmother was a schoolteacher and my maternal grandmother worked as a domestic (today we’d call this a combination chef and housekeeper) to a wealthy family.

Both had job security.

Having lived through such extreme economic uncertainty, my parents, along with many others from that era, believed the only way to all but guarantee financial security was to get an advanced education, followed by a job in a financially stable company—ideally a Fortune 500 one. (more…)

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Is Your Proposal Worth the Price?

Is Your Proposal Worth the Price?By Angie Nelson

When it comes to freelance writing, one of the largest components of your business is in writing proposals. Doubtless, you spend a good portion of your time as a freelancer crafting proposals, be they responses to requests for proposals (RFPs), proposals for bidding sites, queries to magazines, or another form of proposal. Many times, it is easy to get complacent about proposals and maybe even a little lackadaisical about it. Proposals can become routine, and sometimes instead of putting together a specialized sample or bothering to get that quote ahead of time, writers stick with the bare minimum and focus on sending quantity over quality proposals.

But think about something – what are you asking for in your proposal, and is your proposal worth the price?

Your Proposal Is All They See

You might be the best writer on the planet. Maybe you’ve sold a ton of e-books. Maybe you’ve written ten novels that sold off the shelves. But unless your name rhymes with Even Sing, you probably aren’t going to register in the mind of whoever you’re proposing without a killer proposal. (more…)

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3 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job

3 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Day JobBy Angie Nelson

If you are trying to get your own business off the ground while still working away at a regular nine-to-five job, you’ll no doubt be desperate to quit your day job as soon as possible. While it can be extremely tempting to get focused entirely on your new business, quitting your day job at the right time is absolutely essential. Many people make the grave mistake of leaving too early, prompted by unrealistic optimism or a reckless willingness to take a major risk. Before you do decide to quit your day job and commit yourself fully to your own business venture, however, you should consider the following factors.

Your Responsibilities.

If you are living on your own, single and without children, then you are already better equipped to leave your regular job and make a full commitment to jumpstarting your own business than someone who has to worry about family and other major responsibilities. At least if you only have to worry about yourself, then you can take somewhat more of a risk. Also, the amount of money you will need to have saved up in case things don’t work out as quickly or as well as you would like is not as great. (more…)

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How to Make Money Freelancing Online, Even Without Experience

Make Money Freelancing Online, Even Without ExperienceBy Danny Margulies

A couple of years ago I quit my job abruptly and decided to work at home.

My plan? To become a freelance copywriter and make money using Elance, a popular online freelancing platform where hundreds of jobs are posted each day.

Taking advantage of a freelancing platform like Elance seemed a no-brainer to me, because real, paying clients were already there, looking to hire someone who could help them.

That meant I didn’t have to go out and find work, which is the hardest part, especially when you’re just starting out…

Instead of goofing around with cold calling, networking, and marketing myself online (not to mention good ol’ fashioned prayer), I could just start applying to jobs that very same day.

Which is exactly what I did. And I’ve never looked back! I’ve been able to pay the bills and then some with my Elance income since day-one.

Check out my earnings to date:

And given that I started with no formal experience or training whatsoever, I think that earning money on sites like Elance is something that just about anyone can do. (more…)

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How to Be Fairly Paid as a Freelancer

How to Be Fairly Paid as a FreelancerBy Yohana Petrovic

Has the siren call of the flexibility and autonomy of a freelancer’s life gotten to you? If it has, and if you have already ventured into those rough but exciting waters that make up a freelancer’s journey, you now know how easy it is to underbid yourself just so that you can get a contract – just so that you can make that next small paycheck. More often than not this feels like the only way. After all, the market is competitive. There are probably ten other people out there that look just as attractive to potential clients/employers on paper as you do. If you are just now looking into becoming a freelance writer you might think that the best way to break into the market and establish a reputation for yourself is by underbidding everyone else so that you can get a contract or win over a client.

Please don’t sell yourself short! Just don’t do it! It really isn’t worth it. When you try to sell your services for less than what everyone else is selling theirs for, you are just shooting yourself in the foot. How, you might ask? After all, you could get the contract, right? Isn’t that all you want? No. Absolutely not. You do want to get a contract (or a client), yes, but you only want to get a client (or contract, or project) that will be beneficial for you. (more…)

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