A Guide to Part Time Working in Retirement

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Looking back just a few decades, by the time most of us reached the state-designated retirement age, we were more than ready to put our feet up and relax with a cup of tea. Today, however, we’re more active, healthy and raring to go than ever before, and we’re not quite ready to hang up our work clothes just yet. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service reports that there are now more than one million workers in the UK aged 65 or over – will you be one of them? Is it Legal? Absolutely! Just because you’re drawing a pension, [Read more…]

Advanced Search Engine OptimisationTactics

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Search engine optimisation is necessary for driving traffic to a website. A large volume of traffic increases sales and profits. Although there are a few simple search engine optimisation techniques that most business owners can implement, for the best results such as quickly ranking on the first page of search engines, you need to hire a SEO expert. Professional tactics greatly improve your SEO. Search engine optimisation experts have a variety of tools in their area of expertise to help any business increase its online visibility and exposure. 1. Meta Descriptions For search engine optimisation, there has to be a [Read more…]

How a Follow-Up Email Landed Me a Freelance Writing Client Worth $450+ Per Article

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Source It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Life as a struggling freelancer is hard enough. You send out pitch after pitch, scrambling to get a hold on the writing markets. Squeezing your fingers into every little crack you come across, praying it’ll be the handhold you can use to hoist yourself into the future. And then you come across a job posted by THAT client. You know the one I’m talking about. Your dream client. The big fish. “This is the one,” you tell yourself. “If I can just get through to this ONE guy, I can free up some financial breathing [Read more…]

Build a Devoted Following for Your Blog With These 3 Tips

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It’s often said that starting is the hardest part of any journey. While that’s true of many an endeavor, that’s not the case when it comes to blogging. Starting is a relatively painless affair, and every corner of the Internet is stuffed with niche blogs authored by aspiring writers, aficionados of a subject, or simply people with an opinion they want to get out there … and the majority of those blogs have lifespans not much longer than that of the average housefly. No, starting is not the hardest part when it comes to blogging. Scratching, clawing, and writing your [Read more…]

How To Market Your eBook

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Book marketing is on the rise! With the advent of tablets, digital books are getting more and more popular. Self-publishing author community is growing fast as well. If you haven’t considered book marketing yet, it’s a great time to start! Honestly, there is no one way to market an ebook. But there are tips you can use to create the perfect campaign to fit your needs. Here are five bits of advice to do just that. 1. Put It On Your Site This is going to be the easiest way to let people know about your ebook. Make it immediately [Read more…]

I Have a Boss Oversees – How to Work Effectively as a Content Writer and Editor, as Told by a Filipino

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I am a freelance writer and editor ,and I’ve been working with overseas employers for years. This is to attest that being a Filipino – or any other nationality for that matter – does not hinder, in any way, opportunities of being hired by international employers. So, if you’re someone starting out in the freelance world and need a guide on how to get started and thrive as a freelancer, I’m sharing with you my personal experience and thoughts. Being a Filipino freelancer doesn’t have to be different at all. As long as you meet the qualifications required, you are [Read more…]

As A Freelance Writer, You Need To Protect Your Brand

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Image source Building a successful freelance writing business is far from the easiest job in the world. It takes skill, dedication and a commitment to quality. The hours are long, and you have to manage every aspect – finding the work in the first place, keeping the customer happy at all times, actually doing the work, and making sure that you get paid in the end. There is no way that you would put in all of that effort if you didn’t have a true sense of pride in what you do. When it is 2 o’clock in the morning [Read more…]

How to Send and Receive Emails Professionally Without Ticking Anyone Off

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As a freelance writer, the environment you work in may be private and informal, but that should not be emblematic of the way you conduct your business. The work you generate for yourself depends very much on how you build and maintain business relationships, and the majority of those relationships are lived out through email. Communicating professionally and politely with editors and others who influence your paycheck is essential. To prevent rubbing those you interact with the wrong way, read on for some helpful pointers. 1. Avoid All Capitals  Have you ever received an email with words and phrases in [Read more…]

What Are Your Essential Writing Gadgets?

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When Hemingway said this, he probably had no idea just how the tools of the trade would change in the future. While many – if not most – of us would probably not hesitate to shell out some cash to own a vintage typewriter, the fact is that writers have more advanced tools at our disposal today. Of course, there are times when nothing beats good old pen and paper. The other day, while working at a coffee shop, I couldn’t help but glance (okay, more than glance; maybe stare a little) at the people there. Many seemed to be [Read more…]

What Freelancers Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

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While many salaried workers envy their freelancing counterparts, being an independent contractor has unique downsides. One of the most difficult parts of being a freelancer is procuring healthcare at an affordable rate. Unlike people who are working for a company that offers health care, independent contractors are unable to procure group rates when buying insurance. The goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to provide everyone with insurance for a fair price. On October 1st the marketplaces will be opened up, providing new options for Americans. If you have yet to sit down and really learn what is going [Read more…]

Meditation and Writing: How to Open Your Mind and Enhance Your Creativity

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Writing is a unique career choice. There can be many peaks and valleys in terms of levels of creativity, work flow, and the number of projects that you are working on. This is why it is important to take advantage of productive times. This helps to mitigate the impact of the lulls in your productivity and the times when it is seemingly impossible to put a sentence together. There is nothing more frustrating than staring at the computer screen and trying piece a sentence together when you just can’t seem to find the right words. Consistency, Focus, and Creative Flow [Read more…]

5 Side Gigs for Freelance Writers

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As a freelance writer, you probably have a particular subject area and style of writing to focus on. But because freelancing is inherently uncertain, it can be helpful to have a side gig or two to help stretch you through lean times. Here are five part-time side gigs that showcase the variety of opportunities available for writers seeking extra work. Social Media Content Editor. If you have experience with social media and enjoy writing for particular audiences, small businesses often hire part-time and freelance writers to assist with social media management. Writing and communication skills are absolutely necessary in this [Read more…]

Interview Your Clients Before It’s Too Late

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As a freelancer, I always feel like I’m the one being interviewed. I present proposals, provide estimates or bids, and generally answer every question a client has with honesty, integrity, and the hope of landing the job. Over the years, I’ve learned a valuable lesson: I’m not the only one who should be evaluated for appropriateness for a job; I need to evaluate the client. Early on in my career, I accepted a job writing stories. I was pretty naïve and didn’t really ask much. I mean, the client told me how many words and gave me specific guidelines for [Read more…]

Don’t Forget Grammar in Your Social Media Posts

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Marketers break grammar rules with catchy slogans and tag lines all the time. Unfortunately, those creative liberties have a nasty habit of bleeding into social media posts and updates – a place they simply don’t belong. Spelling and grammar errors in social media posts affect your credibility, making it look like you don’t know what you’re talking about. That’s the last thing a business should portray to potential customers – or a writer to readers. If you use social media to advertise your product or services, we encourage you to take a quick read of the grammar points highlighted below [Read more…]

5 Steps to Freelance Writing

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This article was written by Tammy Ruggles, BSW, MA, a legally blind freelance writer and finger painter from Kentucky. You can find her on Facebook. We hope her article serves as an inspiration! If you have a way with the written word and always thought you might like to try freelance writing as a career, don’t let anything stop you. You don’t have to have a degree in writing or journalism, although that would be great; you just have to have a passion for writing and learn what makes freelance writing work: Know What You Want To Write About There [Read more…]

Freelancers Union Fighting Health Reform Mandates Despite Federal Grants

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Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) were supposed to commence on January 1, but were delayed by the White House until the beginning of 2015. But the provision requiring all Americans, including freelance writers, to be covered by some kind of health insurance remains on schedule for next year. A survey conducted by Cigna asked 250 self-employed American about various aspects of health insurance and how it affects them. Nearly one-quarter did not have health insurance at all, with 82 percent of them saying money was the main reason they didn’t. A provision of the ACA [Read more…]

What I Learned in My First Year of Freelancing

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I had one goal when I started working on my freelance copywriting business full-time: Stay married. I don’t mean it to sound like my wife was unsupportive of the idea. She just is not a huge fan of the unknown, which we all know the freelance life has in spades. Plenty of people make measurable goals for their first year in freelance, but I haven’t heard of a goal quite a measurable as that one. I’m either successfully thriving or paying alimony. That’s measurable. Intrinsically, if I’m still married in this lifestyle, it means that other things are happening that [Read more…]

The History of RSS Readers

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RSS, or Rich Site Summary, has become such an integral part of people’s online lives. For those who consume a lot of content over a wide range of topics, RSS readers are essential to staying sane. With Google Reader’s recent demise, more apps have surfaced to meet the need. Perhaps the average user does not go deeper than finding a useful reader that will answer his needs – a nice design is part of that, of course. More important, though, is how the reader curates and presents information that is timely and relevant to the reader. For those who want [Read more…]

Top 3 Challenges Freelance Writers Face in 2013

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Freelance writing is not an easy profession. While many might connect it with a laid back lifestyle, there are many challenges which writers face on a regular basis, but they are all obstacles which can be overcome. Competition There are thousands of freelance writers out there, and for every single job, you will have to fight off plenty of talented writers. You may have to undergo specialist training or have a wealth of experience in a particular field in order to write about specific niches. Of course, if you have this training then you will have less competition, but work [Read more…]

5 Things Freelancing Taught Me

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For the past three years, I have run my own virtual writing and editing company, Desired Assistance. Born out of my ability to write and edit, paired with the increasing demand for virtual assistants, I combined the two to create my own business. This journey hasn’t always been easy, but it has certainly been worth it. Along the way I discovered things about myself, my writing, and business in general. Here are some of the lessons I learned. Work Your Network When I first launched my freelancing business, the majority of my clients came directly (or indirectly) from my college and [Read more…]

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