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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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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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Insider Tips on How to Get a Job as a Freelance Writer

Insider Tips on How to Get a Job as a Freelance WriterBy Alicia Lawrence

Like most other opportunities for freelance work, freelance writing jobs can seem scarce and highly competitive, especially for people who have little or no previous experience. I recently had to hire a few freelance writers, and just in three days I received over 400 applicants from my two ads on craigslist and Pro Blogger. Fortunately, there are a few useful tips I’ve learned from both hiring and freelance writing that could help you land a freelance job.

Check for Job Leads Daily

Try to spend at least a half hour each day actively looking for work. That amount of research will give you an idea of what kind of characteristics you’ll need to display as a candidate. More importantly though, looking at the most recent job advertisements every day will give you a leg up on people who may not be checking so diligently. When I hired our freelance writers, the majority were from the first two days the ads were up. I found so many great writers right off the bat that after the fourth day I stopped looking at the applications that came in. The sooner you put in your application, the easier it’ll be to get noticed. (more…)

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Why You Should Join the Conversations on LinkedIn

Why You Should Join the Conversations on LinkedInBy Katie Elizabeth

Even if you aren’t in a “traditional” professional environment, odds are that you’ve heard of or use LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a widely used professional platform that allows individuals and companies to interact online. Millions of people take advantage of this site daily when looking for jobs, employees, or to keep up to date with friends and colleagues’ careers. LinkedIn provides users with a vast number of options, resources, conveniences and features.

Unfortunately, many of us (I’m guilty!) do not utilize social networking sites including LinkedIn to its fullest potential! LinkedIn is about networking and what better way to do that as a businessperson or freelancer than to actually get involved in the LinkedIn community.

Instead of just posting your resume or business profile and never touching it again, get involved in order to reap the most benefits for your business through LinkedIn. LinkedIn provides users with a variety of ways to interact with other people and companies regularly via the Internet. (more…)

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How to Start Working from Home… Now!

Work from Home NowBy Holly Reisem Hanna

On any given day, I’ll receive an email asking, “How can I work from home… now!?” While I can offer up some general suggestions on different work at home paths, without knowing your background, expertise, passions, and skills it is very difficult to offer up a concrete recommendation. With this said, there is an easy way to start working from home immediately… and that’s by freelancing.

You may say, “I’m not a writer” or “I don’t know how to code websites”… well that’s okay. Being a freelancer is more than just writing, coding and designing. Freelancing is a way to sell services, whether it be writing, performing, editing, bookkeeping, translating, or consulting, without having a formal employer or boss. Freelancers work as independent contractors, filling in gaps where companies and small business owners need help, but the not service of a full-time employee.

The best thing about freelancing (besides working from home, and naming your own price) is that everyone has some sort of freelance-able skill, from software development and recruiting, to project management, sales, translation, virtual assistance… the list goes on and on. (more…)

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