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MoneyPenny

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Get motivation for freelance writing, and a list of over 70 sources of freelance writing and earning. “The only safe thing is to take a chance.” (Mike Nichols)
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MoneyPenny

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The 100 Best #Websites for #Writers in 2015 http://ow.ly/LNuRw
Whether you want to laugh, learn or be inspired, we’ve got you covered with this year’s list of the best websites for writers.
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Elna Cain

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Want to grow your blog? Learn how to prove yourself and watch your traffic grow!
Has blogging become a chore for you? What used to be the first thing on your to-do list is now the last thing on your on your mind. You now dread having to write for your blog. Having a blog is a huge commitment that many new bloggers fail to recognize. Not only do you …
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Matt Inglot

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I recently interviewed full-time freelance poker writer Barry Carter on productivity, particularly on working from home, but getting things done period. Barry's a real down to earth guy and the knowledge he drops is awesome. Would love to know what you think!
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John Soares
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Excellent piece by +Jake Poinier. Read what happened when he referred a freelance writer to a client. It didn't go well!
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Matthew Setter

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Folks, I have a writer branding question.

Currently, my freelance site domain name is my first and last names. I'd love the community's feedback on whether I should change it slightly, similar to how Jeff Goins has, with http://goinswriter.com/. Thoughts?
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Thanks John. I had a bit more of a think about it and am going to keep it as is. 
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Elna Cain

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Have you looked at your author bio lately? I go into how I came up with my author bio that lands clients in my latest post over on my blog.
You slave away at writing the perfect guest post for a very popular website. You can’t believe they accepted your pitch, but you push your excitement aside and get busy writing. When the last sentence is done, you press save and take a deep breath, thinking you are all done – but you’re not. Guest …
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A question one of our office tenants asked another office tenant who is also a freelancer was: "How do you juggle multiple clients with similar deadlines"? So we decided that was a good question and the best place to get some answers would be ask it in this Freelance Writers community. We would love to hear about your tools and tips for doing this.
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Good question. Honestly though, just good planning, with as simple a planning system as possible; and staying on top of it. I use Wunderlist. It's simple and very effective. I adjust it daily, based on ticking things off my list, making progress, client interaction. 
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MoneyPenny

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Pricing Your #Freelance Work - What Should Your #Rates Be? http://ow.ly/LPjyr
It’s a question that stops every new freelancer in their tracks: “So, what are your rates?” So: What are your rates? What should your rates be? Are you charging too much? Are you charging too little? Is there a graphic design pricing guide? Moreover: What should you pay for services such as copywriting? We’ve got the answers, so you can set your own graphic design price list and get the freelance design work and design jobs you want. A freelance ...
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MoneyPenny

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How to Land International Freelance Clients for 2015 — Now
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Albert Lanier

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SPECS IN THE CITY: This January marked my 20th anniversary as a full-time freelance writer. Its been an interesting two decades as  a writer/businessman-the definition of a freelance writer-and I wish I could say things are getting better for the profession I have been a part of all these years but quite frankly I don't think that is the case.

     To begin with, writers have much more responsibility now than when I started. In the early and mid 1990's, all you were responsible for was writing , reporting and researching your articles and turning them in for publication then waiting for the check.

     Now, a freelancer has to do all of above and promote and market themselves as individuals as well as their work. You need to be on all the major social media networks and outlets. In my case, this also means being interviewed on radio shows, podcasts, webcasts, cable access TV shows and blogs.

     Then there is the nature of acquiring freelance work. Back in the 90's, I did what was called "cold calling"-calling publications to inquire as to whether they used freelancers-and then "mail-outs"-xeroxing my clips and sending copies in addressed manila envelopes to magazines and newspapers.

     Thank goodness, I don't have to do that anymore. Freelancers can simply e-mail their samples and resumes these days.

     However as a veteran freelancer or as I like to call myself, an old fart in the business, I have concerns about the current state of freelancing today.

     To begin with, I m not comfortable with content mills. Granted, I have never written for any nor am I an expert on such mills but what I have heard of such outlets indicates low pay and unsatisfactory results. I cant say outright that such mills are exploitative but I wouldn't be surprised.

     I also don't care for bidding for work. I don't do it. I have no problem with negotiating with potential writing clients and publications but simply bidding for freelance work as if I m the owner of some contracting firm doesn't interest me and doesn't seem like an effective way of being a productive freelancer.

     I also have never had a blog and never have had my own website. Blogs in and of itself are not bad but my view if that people should get crucial freelance experience in magazines and newspapers before setting up a blog. The fact you have credits will establish instant credibility compared to just being a person who is trying to be a writer by setting up a blog. As for websites, I have never needed one in order to work although setting up a site for yourself is perfectly fine so long as one doesn't think it will increase your workload or garner more business.

     I know this sounds like a middle aged guy spouting off about how the old days were better than the present but there are new developments and institutions these days that I simply don't care for.

     I have always believed that the best way to be a working freelancer is to DIY- Do It Yourself.  Contact the editors, send your resume and sample e-mails and market and promote the hell out of yourself primarily through media interviews. Don't leave it in the hands of other people, institutions or outlets.

     Yes, I am-and I hate this phrase-Old School but Id rather be old school than a dropout or expelled.

     Class dismissed.

   
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Natalie Smithson

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Fantastic advice and a video guaranteed to make you laugh:
"It’s very easy to jump to the wrong conclusions about feedback, particularly if you’re expecting the worst. So take some time to really understand what’s being said, and separate the content of the feedback from your emotional reaction to it (defensiveness, irritation, despair)."

#writing   #feedback   #criticism  
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Martyna Baker

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Stuck in a writer's rut? Check out my latest blog
Writer’s block – it’s like saying “Macbeth” behind the scenes of a play – the worst thing that could happen to you as a writer; but, does it really exist and, if so, how do you overcome it? Writer’s block...Read more
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Good Creative Academy

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Introductory lecture for my online Freelance Writing for Income course, what do you all think? This is on my YouTube channel so it's free, and it has a coupon link in description for those wanting to write for magazines and web sites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGBhVcEXzWk
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Gowardhan Doddi

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with the advent of another era of online writing, the writing and editing industry has been taken by yet another storm. As far as most developing nations, like India, are concerned, a full-fledged career in freelance writing 
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I Write Professionals

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5 Tools That Every Online Content Writer Must Use
If you are writing content online, then here are some tools you might not be aware of, but they can be helpful to you. Take a look at the following article.
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Albert Lanier

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SPECS IN THE CITY: Writing is selling. In the world of freelance writing and journalism, being a writer means you are a defacto salesman of sorts.

     The problem with people who want to become writers often is they don't see writing as business but as art. Commerce is associated with crass mercantile concerns in some people's minds and they recoil from such thoughts.

     However, the freelance profession is predicated on business. You cant be a freelancer if you aren't getting posted, published or paid. You need to drum up business in order to write and polish your craft. One side feeds the other.

     So, being an effective freelancer or even just being a survivor requires being a salesman or saleswoman. I used to tell people that I sell words and that's true as far as it goes.

     What's changed for freelancers is the development of social media  and an online marketplace. Therefore, selling words is not enough.

     There is one aspect of sales I read about recently that may apply to freelancers- the Halo effect .

     The Halo effect is getting the customer or client to see buying a product or doing business with you as an extension of the personality or salesperson. In essence, selling them on you, the person.

     Freelancers can put this into effect primarily through trying to market and brand themselves as writers online and in other media. A great way to do this is doing as many interviews and appearances on media outlets such as podcasts, webcasts, radio shows, cable TV shows etc.

     These days you have to sell people on the reality that you are a writer and freelancer. Its not enough to simply do the work, get paid and hope for more work. If people cant see any trace of online or elsewhere and if you are represented as a writer.

     You have to convince people that not only are you a writer but a good one worthy of being hired for freelance work.

     The bottom line is that its not enough to sell articles or online pieces. You have to sell people on the idea of YOU regardless of whether this automatically produces work for you or eventually gets you business.


     

    
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