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Samar Owais

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Budding freelance writers often get stuck following advice that doesn't always apply to them. This open letter aims to encourage writers to think for themselves and take everything with a pinch of salt.
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Glad you enjoyed the post Amber. There's no denying that writing for content mills is not a sustainable business model but it also isn't a career killer. The mentality that you won't succeed because you started out writing for content mills is faulty. 
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Mikel King Cannon

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Ive been writing as long as I can remember. This is AWESOME!! Questions, do we pick topic and what about our personal profiles??
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+Mikel King Cannon, your G+ profile is your profile here, as in other G+ communities. Please read the "About this community" section at the top right, and then feel free to post/ask questions as appropriate. 
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While freelance writing is a lucrative "work from home" option, one often feels depressed with the task of finding good freelancing clients.

You need to excel in the art of locating freelance writing jobs to be a successful freelancer.

The task to find and pitch on freelancing jobs never ends. You need to be on the lookout for new clients continuously to build a steady freelance income stream.

Keeping this in mind, I created this list of 10 resources to land freelance writing jobs - http://bit.ly/1kT6Tw3

No, it DOESN'T list any crowdsourcing sites like Elance or content mills like iWriter.

The resources will help you to connect with clients directly - apply and win long-term assignments.

Do share the post within your social network, pass it on to someone who needs it and comment on it.

I hope the community finds it beneficial. 

#freelancing   #bloggin   #freelancewriting   #freelancer   #writingjobs  
This is a list featuring best resources to land freelance writing jobs. Excel in the art of locating freelance writing jobs to be a successful freelancer.
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Nils von Kalm

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Hi, my name is Nils. I'm a freelance writer from Melbourne, Australia. I specialise in producing Christian material such as articles, Bible studies and other devotional material for those who need it. 

I can be contacted at my website.
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The ability to edit your own work is a key requirement for success as a freelance writer. #editingtips   #writingadvice  

No editor will hire you if you send her an error-ridden query or letter of introduction. And if you do get hired and then turn in copy with a bunch of grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, she likely won't hire you again.

Here's one of the six tips:

4. Copy Edit Your Own Writing

Get good at editing your own writing. Don’t expect others to correct your mistakes. Here are 5 tips:

Be consistent with formatting.
Be consistent with how you apply spelling options, and also grammar and usage rules.
Use a standard reference guide such as the Chicago Style Manual.
Do the final edit on a printout of your manuscript rather than on the computer, unless you are truly comfortable reading and editing words on the screen.
Read your writing out loud. Not only will this help you catch errors, it will also improve your writing style.
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+Natalie Petitto Strunk and White was the first book on writing I ever read. It really helped me a lot. 
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Adam Louis

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Adam’s Guide to Dodging Bullets http://wp.me/p4s6vO-A
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Noted and fixed.
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"The kind of work you fill your portfolio with determines the kind of clients you will attract." seanwes podcast http://ow.ly/vBMLU 
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John Soares
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Great resource from +Jennifer Mattern: how to determine your target market. 
Have you ever struggled to pinpoint the target market for your freelance writing services? If so, I have a free tool that might help. I decided to overhaul my old target market worksheet, previously only available to those who purchased my Web Writer's Guide e-book which is no longer available. I'm releasing the updated version as a freebie. You'll be able to …
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Thanks for sharing this John. :)
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William Johnston

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I never imagined myself much of a freelance writer at first.  Then again, all blogging can be freelance writing.  We might not necessarily put ink to page, but we think and create and act on instincts that draw others closer to our center as writers.
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Hey everyone, I'm an entrepreneur that started a copywriting company to help entrepreneurs grow their business through a value focused marketing and sells approach. 

I think that business and consumers are looking to be understood. I think heavy focus on tactics and revenue strategy approaches to grow your business makes it more difficult to develop a connection that attracts new clients/customers and cultivate loyalty with your particular brand/company.

So I created Pencil Copywriter
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Grammar is your trade. Being accurate is money. Being smug is my gift.
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John Soares
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Writing Tips  - 
 
Have you ever missed a deadline for a freelance writing project? 

You can probably blame it on Parkinson's Law: 

"Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
—Cyril Northcote Parkinson

Here's one piece of advice from the post: 

Set Tight Deadlines -- And Meet Them

If you're working on a big project, break it into smaller chunks. Set a time to complete a chunk that you know will require you to work quickly and with complete focus. Then start a timer set for the allotted time and get going. (I use an electronic kitchen timer, but you can use a stopwatch, an electronic watch, or a simple computer program.)
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I've had that happen too Natalie!
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About this community

Welcome to the Freelance Writing community! This community’s mission is to help freelance writers be more successful. We welcome all freelance writers, from beginners to experts. The Ground Rules 1. All posts must pertain to the mission of the community. 2. Understand our definition of freelance writer: an independent contractor who seeks paying work writing nonfiction for a business or nonprofit. 3. No posts about poetry or fiction or book writing/publishing. There are plenty of other communities for that. 4. You can link to your own posts, but be sure you provide solid explanation of what the post is about and indicate why it is relevant to freelance writers. Any posts that are not relevant to helping freelance writers create a successful business will be removed from the community. 5. Job postings can only be for gigs that earn freelance writers at least $10 per hour. Yes, that may occasionally include content mills, but we encourage all freelance writers to leave content mills and other low-paying clients and move on to high-paying clients. 6. Debate and exploration of different views is encouraged, but always be polite and respectful.

Kirsty Stuart

General Freelance Writing  - 
 
Are you giving off any of these red flags to potential freelance writing clients?
 
7 Reasons Freelance Writing Clients Aren't Hiring You
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Being a freelance writer isn't all just about the writing: you also have paperwork:  bid for jobs, invoice clients, record keeping:
How to Manage Your Freelance Administrative Work
#freelancer #productivitytips  
No one likes paperwork, but to run an efficient and productive business a freelancer needs to establish a system to manage their administrative tasks.
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Thank you!! for sharing all of that with me I really appreciate it- *as I write back at er midnight, finally powering down for the evening. :)
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Kirsty Stuart

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What are your views on helping people with educational papers - theses, essays etc. - if English is their second language?

And by 'helping people with', I guess I mean 'writing'!

Would you consider a writing job of this kind if you knew you could help?
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Thank you both for your valuable insights +John Soares and +TJ Mool.
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Kirsty Stuart

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Hi guys, 

Would love your thoughts on my new page for my Freelance Writers Online course. Who better to ask, eh?

Would you have invested in something like this when you first started? Any constructive criticism greatly received.

Thanks! 
http://www.freelancewritersonline.com/earn-a-living-writing-course/
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Hmm, seems to be working fine for me. Here's the link again as not sure what else to suggest: http://www.freelancewritersonline.com/earn-a-living-writing-course/
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Ro Molina

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I'll admit to being guilty of trying to polish up a selfie to use in professional settings. Do you think this will become more accepted with time? Any other tips on taking more professional self portraits?
Freelancers need headshots, too! As a freelancer, it may be hard to figure out your place amongst the working stiffs. Freelancers have to work harder than most to cultivate connections and potential jobs, which is why it is so important to have a strong presence on various job and social media sites. Unfortunately, no matter how impressive your CV is, the first thing that people will invariably look at is your photo, and what may work for Faceboo...
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Here's what I did. Email photographers and ask whether their "second shooters" , or assistants on a shoot, are working at increasing their portfolio/want to add headshots from a willing participant. It actually is amazing how many unwilling subjects there are, per what new photographers have shared with me. It was a welcome request for some.  I posted on craigslist what I needed and whether it would help either students or new photographers with their portfolio. I got offers for free and I got great shots. (some of the best shots I've ever gotten).  They got rights to use the images on their sites and portofolio. I would have paid, too, but didn't need to. Good luck!
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Annette Whipple

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When you pitch less than 100 word fillers or recipes to a pub, do you query or send the actual item?  Is the query super short?  Thanks!
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Very good question, but not my area of expertise. I'd lean toward just sending the entire thing. What to the rest of you think?
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For freelancer writers like me, increasing your productivity is the key to maximizing both your income and your time.
#freelancewriter #productivitytips  
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thanks! useful :)
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Tomedes Translations

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Hi everybody, just thought you may like this :-) 
7 Things #Freelancers Can Do That 9-5 Workers Can't
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I fall in the cliche category - up at 6:30 & working in pajamas for the better part of the day. Sometimes if I need to step away to digest some info or come up with a better angle I'll shower & get ready. When I get back to the laptop my words tend to flow 100% better.
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New job spotted for technical writer in SoFlo. 
 
We are looking for a strong, technically savvy, Documentation Writer to join an industry leading financial services company in South Florida. http://goo.gl/NdO0Lx
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