5 Ways to Get Freelance Assignments
Freelance writers can get more assignments following these easy tips.
This excellent article published in Writer's Digest has 5 simple tips on how to snag freelance assignments. Brian Klems, author of The Life of Dad parenting blog says freelancers need to:
Dazzle With Design by Hiring a Quality Graphic Designer
Hiring a quality graphic designer doesn't have to be a daunting task.
Ever thought about hiring a graphic designer? A quality designer like Barbara Austin of Sweet Dreamz Design can add dazzle with design to your web or book pages while you concentrate on what you do best--write quality content.
Barbara Austin has something important in common with celebrity TV host Jimmy Kimmel, she's risen from the difficulties of narcolepsy to rise to the top of her chosen field. She's one of the best designers on the web.
I contacted her after she contacted me via paidwritehq.com about the importance of quality on the web. The designs she provided clients and her own website design knocked my socks off! Simple clean lines and her focus on quality is evident.
I recently interviewed her through via email about what a quality graphic designer can offer writers and basically, how the process works: (Click here to read more)
Brand Your Business With Business Cards the Easy Way
Handing out business cards grows your brand. Photo provided by Apple's Eyes Studio; freedigitalphotos.net
Business cards are not dead. They are still one of the most cost-effective ways to toot your freelance horn. With increasing numbers of writers using social media and websites to promote their freelance skills, many think the days of handing out business cards face-to-face are no longer needed. Nothing could be further from the truth.
And there are some surprisingly, almost effortless ways to get them into the hands of small business owners–ones who don't necessarily know where to find a quality writer when they need one.
According to a May 2012 Aberdeen Group report, the US alone hires 26% of its workforce as contingent, or contract-based. Ed Gandia, co-founder of International Freelancers Day estimates that number to rise as much as 30 to 50%.
Gandia's free and informative 2012 Freelancers Report reveals some interesting statistics on the future of freelancing. One of the most eye-opening revelations is how much time spent on self-promotion correlates directly to freelancers earning more money:
"Only 28% of freelancers who spent less than two hours per week prospecting earned $70 or more per hour. Conversely, 41% of those who spent 20 or more hours per week prospecting earned $70+ per hour."
That means just increasing the time you spend promoting your services can pay big dividends. One of the easiest and low-cost ways to get your name out there is handing out your business cards.
Vistaprints is running an excellent promotion on 250 business cards for as low as $10. Here are some super-easy ways to hand them out:
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Writer Roundup for Sept. 8, 2012
Find out what it takes to break into tech writing.
Quality writer Maria Korolov uses her twenty-plus years as a journalist to write a text-book article about becoming a tech freelance writer. She lays it out from bottom to top in Hypergrid Business Magazine.
Read about earning money as a freelance tech writer and more in Writer Roundup for the week here:
Olympic Swimmer who "One"
Not even cute Olympiads get a pass on bad grammar. Photo credit: Stock Images; freedigitalphotos.net
Not even cute Olympiads hanging out in sexy speedos get a pass on tweets with grammar mistakes. Writer Taylor Davies posts about the “crazy talented” Ryan Lochte who’s built up a mad following on Twitter.
Blogging while sharing pictures of bare-buffness and junk in his speedo trunks allow Lochte’s personality to shine. However, Davies reminds him he should always double-check his spelling and grammar, “fans and followers will cheer for you, even when you spell won; one.”
Here’s the scoop on getting blogging tips from hottie Ryan Lochte and teammate Nathan Adrian and more in the Writer Roundup...
Make Blogging Easy on Yourself
While thinking about my I'm blogging about this week, I'm listening to one of my favorite Burt Bacharach tunes, "Make it Easy on Yourself," sung super smoothly by Jerry Butler, (aka The Iceman).
Bacharach's songs are not only beautiful, the concepts are thought-provoking.
Blogger Catherine Weber reports that as high as 95% failure affects bloggers. There are many reasons for this, but I believe one of the most nagging is that many of us tend to make blogging or writing harder than it should be.
With so many freelance writing subjects to cover, I often become like a mosquito in a nudist colony. With so much to cover (pardon the pun), I don't know where to begin. Ever feel that way when blogging, or working on any writing assignment? Don't despair. Here are some instant solutions.
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Travel Writing: How to Start Your Own Travel Blog
Writing a travel blog can be a creative way to earn online. Photo provided by Kittikun Atsawintarangkul. Freedigitalphotos.net
Do you love to travel as much as you love writing? How about starting your own travel blog? The best way to create a blog on the Internet is find a promising niche–one you enjoy writing about because it’s the kind of travel you do yourself or know a lot about and one that can add to your writing revenue.
Freelancers looking to earn some or all of their living online must write for search engines as well as readers. That means using a good keyword tool such as the Google Keyword Tool, which is free, to research and find words that surfers type into search boxes looking for specific travel information.
There is no honor in being a starving writer and nothing wrong with writers who aspire to earn money with their prose. Bills that tend to make a person as regular as prune juice do something to the psyche that make people want to earn a decent living.
And done right, earning money as a freelance writer is fun and definitely worth the effort. It’s a wonderful way to earn a living or earn extra income. Any professional writing you do, even if it’s posted for free on a guest blog or on an article website, should be done with the end-goal of generating traffic that will eventually lead to some type of income so you can afford to keep entertaining your audience. Find out how to do just that.
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Posted on 4/25/2012
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Is Article Writing Online Different From Writing a Book?
Last year I had a goal to learn about article writing online. Writing my two books Sizzling Monogamy and 101 Ways to Date Your Mate took months of work and about a year of sending media releases and contacting TV producers before I was able to get my books noticed through hundreds of magazine, newspaper and television interviews.
That led to selling close to 100,000 copies of my self-published works. Now I want to translate that success into online sales. I had absolutely no idea how to do anything online. Still everything I learned about self-publishing offline I learned from scratch, so after posting two websites that went absolutely nowhere, I wanted to learn the secrets of successful online writing. Is it like writing a book? Here's what I learned.
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Posted on April 4, 2012
How to Publish on Kindle and Earn $50,000 a Year
Online self-publishing is booming and Amazon is leading the way. Find out how you can publish on Kindle and join the lucrative online self-publishing industry by publishing successful emagazine articles, ereports and ebooks.
Why Amazon? The Kindle ereader is the company’s number one selling product. According to Jared Newman of PC World.com, Amazon sold more than one million devices a week for three straight weeks during the 2011 holiday season. Millions of Kindles have been sold, yet only 3 to 4 percent of readers use ereaders. This is a market that is growing rapidly. And while other companies such as Barnes and Noble and Smashwords also offer self-publishing platforms, Amazon has a whopping 60 percent of the ebook market. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t list your works in other markets, it just makes sense to start with Amazon.
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Posted on: April 16, 2012
Finding Writing Jobs Online: 3 Places to Look Post Google Panda
I just headed over to the Demand Studio forums and found a sad but continuing trend. Several writers are spending too much of their time complaining about the lack of work at Demand than they are looking elsewhere for writing opportunities.
Pundits galore continue warning freelance writers about the dangers of writing for one or two online clients. What these Demand writers must do is forget complaining about something they have no control over--the lack of assignments at DS, and get on with broadening their horizons.
Post Panda, freelancers with a small stable of online clients should be as comfortable with their precarious position as someone with an aching back.
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Posted on: April 2, 2012