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Interview with Anneke Steenkamp – A Young Freelance Writer from Cape Town

Interview With Anneke Steenkamp - Freelance WriterTell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey. 

After I finished my studies, I soon realized that I wanted to work for myself. I did an internship here and there and learned some valuable skills in building your branding and marketing yourself as a product. I’ve been freelancing for about 2.5 years and I’m still learning something new every day.

How did you land your first client?

I think I got a few clients at once. One being a local company, Little Pink Book which my brother owns. Another client was through a mutual contact.

Where do you find new clients?

I’m not afraid of rejection – so I apply for almost any job that sounds relevant and contact companies that might be in need of my services. I use every platform available to me – Job Boards when I’m desperate, Twitter for hashtag and phrase searches, LinkedIn for industry specific information and then just ‘cold’ emailing companies.

How are you making money?

Even though I did a few guest posts here and there I do get paid for all my work. Some rates differ and it took a while to increase my rate, but I’m happy with the growth. (more…)

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Interview With Prerna Malik – Content Chef, Community Manager, and Author

Prerna MalikWhat did you do before launching your own business?

I was working as a Communications Skills and Soft Skills trainer with American Express and then, Dell India.

As part of my role, I was training executives in the art of communicating with empathy and clarity, both verbally and via their written communication.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

I started working online as a writer in 2008 when my daughter was about 8 or 9 months old. I’ve always enjoyed writing both professionally and personally, and getting the chance to write and get paid while staying at home was just awesome!

Starting my blog, The Mom Writes was the first step. From thereon, I honed my craft by writing for several websites, including Blissfully Domestic, the Untrained Housewife and others, and focused on growing my audience organically by sharing content that reflected my passion as well as resonated with them. (more…)

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Interview with Laura Spencer – Freelance Writer

Laura SpencerWhat did you do before launching your own business?

Before launching my own business, I spent 19 years in the corporate world. For 10 of those years I was a technical writer for several corporations. Before that I was responsible for corporate marketing communications.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

My freelance journey almost didn’t begin. When I was working in the corporate world there were many who encouraged me to start my own business.

Even though others saw that I had the skills and ability, I didn’t see it myself. I also didn’t realize how many freelance opportunities there really are. I saw my corporate job as being the only realistic option for having a writing career.

Fortunately, I did start freelancing despite my fears.

Give us an example of how you landed one of your first clients?

One of my very first clients came from a direct referral by one of my technical writing colleagues. I was hired to research and update documentation on a technical topic — a gig that lasted nearly 8 years. (more…)

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5 Time Management Tips for Serial Procrastinators

5 Time Management Tips for Serial ProcrastinatorsBy Anneke Steenkamp

This is the type of article where you have to bring in your personal experience. It’s almost stereotypical that I, as a writer will also lead the double-life of being a procrastinator. Especially when you work for yourself or from home there is no-one checking up on your work.

For some, time management is as natural as breathing. But for me, it is something that I’m still trying to master. The irony, however is that I’m not a lazy worker – when I do get in the zone it’s almost impossible to get me out. So I had to find some ways to improve how I manage my time, so that I could make the most of my workload and productivity during the work week.

Here are some of my tips for avoiding procrastination:

Create Visual Reminders:

Recently, I’ve found that I’m a person that is highly stimulated by visuals. If I have a goal, but I don’t see it in front of me, I would end up ignoring it. Visual reminders can be anything from motivational posters to colourful to-do lists. In my case, I have a daily to-do list next to my work space and then I also pen in my daily tasks in my dairy. Apart from that I also view loads and loads of motivational quotes, sayings and images during my chill-time. (more…)

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Make More Money With Query-Free Freelancing

Make More Money With Query-Free FreelancingBy Jennifer Mattern

Last week, I asked the question, “Many people want to make a money from their writing — but often get stuck writing for low paying gigs. What can freelancers do to break this cycle and earn more money from their writing”?

Jennifer was one of these freelancers who answered, but her response was so detailed that I thought it deserved it’s very own blog post. So here is her response on how to make more money with your writing.

I’m a big fan of what I refer to as “query-free freelancing.” This is where you build a network and professional presence with a built-in demand for what you have to offer. It involves attracting prospects, getting them to come to you rather than you seeking individual clients or writing gigs.

There are countless tools for doing this, and it’s up to each writer to decide what’s best for them in order to reach their unique target markets. Some examples of things you might focus on are blogging, search engine optimization of your professional website, e-books, e-courses, webinars, social media profiles, guest posting, and speaking engagements.

I’ve seen freelance writers focus on a solid platform and their professional network who fill their schedule with incoming prospects in a few months. And I’ve seen a couple of writers who managed to do that in just two to three weeks. It’s all about the upfront effort you put into building visibility and your authority status in your specialty area. (more…)

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