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Make More Money With Query-Free Freelancing

Make More Money With Query-Free Freelancing By 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…)

Interview with Globetrotting Author, Connie Brentford

Interview with Connie Brentford, Moonlighter MediaWhat did you do before launching your own business?

Before I was a globetrotting author, I was a stay-at-home mom. I have six children and really didn’t have a plan to start a business. My husband, also an author, had an online business and I helped him with proofreading and editing. We homeschooled our children as well, so saying we were busy was an understatement.

Our family was the Brady Bunch type. The children were all close together in age so when they started leaving the nest it was fast. We were determined not to suffer from empty nest syndrome. My husband and I knew we always wanted to travel, so in a matter of eighteen months we sold everything we owned and started traveling the world with three suitcases. We’re down to two now. That was in 2007. I’ve been essentially homeless for almost seven years and I’ve had the privilege of living in some beautiful countries. It’s a very different lifestyle going from running a household of eight to living in a hotel overlooking Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. We meet a lot of vacationers as we travel and one of the hardest questions I have to answer is, “Where are you from?” (more…)

Are Professional Organizations Ruining Your Career or Business?

Professional OrganizationBy Kathy Rembisz

We all know and appreciate the importance of involvement in professional organizations. But, did you ever think membership in these organizations might be counter-productive to your business or career? While the notion might sound illogical, in certain instances it can be true.

Read on for ways to effectively utilize time management skills when considering professional groups.

Choose your professional affiliations wisely.

Focus on organizations that align with your personal and professional goals. Be cautious of those groups that sap your time and energy, offering little in return. (more…)

7 Work from Home Pitfalls (And How You Can Overcome Them)

Work at Home PitfallsBy Alexa Mason

Have you been thinking about taking your home-based business or freelance career full-time?

It seems like it would be fun, right? No boss standing over your shoulder, the freedom to schedule your day however you please, and the ability to choose work that you enjoy.

I’m sure you’ve at least thought about it.

I am officially in week number two of being a full-time freelance writer working from home. While I am happy with the choice I made, I can already see the potential pitfalls.

If you’re ready to make your home-based business or freelance career full-time, here’s what you may be up against.

# 1 – Distractions

It’s easy to get distracted when you’re working from home. If you’re anything like me you have about 10 windows open in your browser at any given time. (more…)

Blog Your Way into the Writing Business

Blog Writing BusinessBy Daisy McCarty

Are you trying to break into the writing business without doing a bunch of free work? Blogging can be an excellent place to start. Monetizing your personal blog may be one way to create recurring revenue over the long term. But an easier way to start making money fast is by ghostwriting blogs for successful small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs).

Why Target These Clients?

SMBs are frequently late adopters of web marketing, especially if they’ve built their brand via word of mouth advertising over the past few decades. By this time, many companies have realized that they need to enhance their online presence if they want to remain competitive or take their company to the next level. They already know that a blog is a good way to do this. They simply don’t have the time or the skills to create excellent content on a consistent basis. (more…)

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