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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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Reach Out and Help Someone Through Your ‘Encore’ Career

An increasing number of workers in their 50s and 60s are eschewing the idea of retirement in favor of pursuing a career that offers them not just the lifestyle they want, but more in the way of community focus, too.By Mark Feffer

Are you thinking the time has come to make a change, to get off the corporate treadmill and go to work doing something you love, with a chance to give back to the community? You’re not alone. An increasing number of workers in their 50s and 60s are eschewing the idea of retirement in favor of pursuing a career that offers them not just the lifestyle they want, but more in the way of community focus, too.

More than 4.5 million people between the ages of 50 and 70 are already working in such “encore careers,” according to a study by Encore.org and the researcher Penn Schoen Berland. Twenty one million more plan to follow a similar path.

For many, the ideal job involves flexibility, a way to leverage the work they’ve done during their professional lives so far, and the ability to work from home. Some people prefer to work largely on their own, while others want to be part of a formal organization. Fortunately, there are options for both.

Coaching.

If you’re self-motivated, like working with others one-on-one, and think there’s a lot to be said for helping people succeed, you might want to consider becoming a coach. (more…)

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Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer

Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance WriterBy Gary Dek

So you like to write, and you’ve been hearing so much about people quitting their day jobs and making a living off of freelancing. Why can’t you be one as well? You already know you can write and that you love doing it, so what’s stopping you?

Truth to be told, there’s nothing to stop you from taking the plunge. You can even make the transition slowly – first doing it on the side before ditching your day job. However, what you need to hedge against is that when you do decide to go the freelance writing route, you are equipped to become a successful freelance writer.

Just like any career, there are certain considerations and industry practices that you need to know. Here are some of the best tips to becoming a freelance writer.

Determine if the freelance writing life is right for you.

Freelance writers are often perceived as “living the life”. They answer to no one but themselves, control their time, and work whenever they want to.

To a certain degree, this is accurate but just because you’re a freelancer doesn’t mean you don’t need to be disciplined, organized, and follow a routine. The best freelance writers have very strong self-control. They treat the time between 9 and 5 as their work hours and ignore the plethora of distraction present at home. (more…)

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Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul Searching?

Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul SearchingBy Christy Schutz

You’d be surprised how many people I come across who have already invested a decade or two in a particular line of work and are still unsure of what they want to be when they “grow up.” This has been my experience with people who work in a traditional office setting as well as people who work from home. With so many different positions now offering full or partial telecommuting arrangements, it can be overwhelming to narrow the focus down to something that will meet someone’s work arrangement needs while also leveraging their skills, interests and personality.

If you can relate to this statement, I would recommend you set aside some time to do some career self-assessment, or, as I call it, Vocational Soul Searching.  You can dig deep and get clearer on the types of roles you should explore by completing the following four steps.

1.) Get really clear about what aspects of your current job you like or dislike.

Author and speaker Marcus Buckingham describes a process where you take the time over a week or two to be really mindful about the tasks that you are completing each day. Do they energize you, or strengthen you? Or do they weaken you? And it isn’t about what you are necessarily good at or bad at. Someone can be really good at a task, but, absolutely dislike doing it. To complete this task, keep a pad of post-it notes nearby. When you feel a strong emotion, take a moment to jot down “I felt energized when…” or “I felt depleted when…” Chances are you will start to see some patterns emerge on the types of tasks you should navigate toward or away from. (more…)

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So, You Want To Write A Book …

So, You Want To Write A Book...By Lesley Vos

Stephanie Mayer, J. K. Rowling, and Margaret Atwood … What do these beautiful women have in common? They are all famous writers. Do you want to be the next one?

Today’s economy is ever changing. According to The U.S. Department of Labor, half of the professions that students will choose in the year 2025, do not exist today. And a half of professions popular today will cease to exist at all. But there is a niche that is becoming more and more popular today, and this is the work of a writer.

Many professions have a tough age discrimination, but a value of a writer does not depend on her age at all. The more experience she has, and the richer her vocabulary is – the more interesting her works will be for readers. Even though the medium has changed greatly, people have not stopped looking, listening; and this means, that there is still the need for fresh new stories.

First of all, let’s check to see if you have the writer mentality, here are ten signs of its presence.

1. You read a lot of books.
2. You like learning why people do things.
3. You have a diary.
4. You “watch” a movie about yourself in your head.
5. You write fan fictions.
6. You post thoughts instead of cats or dogs on your Facebook. (more…)

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