Preparing for Freelancing

6 Great Infographics About Freelancing

6 Great Infographics About Freelancing

Choosing to become a freelancer is both a positive and risky decision. You are setting our on your own, giving up the safety net of a steady employer. You are taking a step to be dependent entirely on yourself and no one else. It is liberating and terrifying, all at once. Whether you are currently a freelancer in any industry or you are just thinking of taking the leap, these infographics can help. They are full of useful information and statistics.

Requirements for Working with Clients in Other Countries

Requirements for Working with Clients in Other Countries

Freelancing is a skill that takes some honing. While someone who has a knack for networking will find it easier than others, there are still challenges that you just have to work through. Much of it, in fact, is a matter of learning the hard way, and we all have our horror stories. Of course, the risks and difficulties become more pronounced when working with people from countries other than our own. All communication is done via email or instant messenger, though some might occasionally ask for Skype. There is no real legal recourse when things go wrong. All in [Read more…]

Writing is Like Sex

Writing is Like Sex

While you’re doing it, you’re focused, zoned in and intense. Every distraction is met with deep disappointment – the phone, the kids, the dog standing there watching you do it. When you’re not doing it it’s all you can think about leaving you distracted. “It” is writing, but the passion in which we pursue, fantasize about and devour it makes it a lot like sex. That’s another big reason why it’s fun. The Heat. There’s nothing like the heat of new blog post, new assignment or new magazine. The magazine represents an opportunity. The blog post or assignment represents a [Read more…]

How Can a Freelancer Build a Web Content Client Base?

How Can a Freelancer Build a Web Content Client Base?

You're not alone. I know that because I get emails asking, "How in the hell can I get decent clients?" on a regular basis. I know that because I see folks quizzing discussion board participants with variations of the same question.

An Interview with Dan Schawbel – Author of Me 2.0

An Interview with Dan Schawbel - Author of Me 2.0

I was fortunate enough to have international best selling author and personal branding expert, Dan Schawbel, write the forward for my book that’s coming out next month, 30-Minute Social Media Marketing.  The second edition of Dan’s incredibly popular book, Me 2.0, comes out this week.  You can read his bio at the end of this post which demonstrates just how well Dan knows what he’s talking about! I spent a few minutes with him discussing how freelance writers can build their own personal brands in order to build their businesses.  Dan’s insightful answers to my questions are included below.  Be [Read more…]

I Don’t Live in the United States – Can I Apply for U.S. Freelance Writing Jobs?

I Don't Live in the United States - Can I Apply for U.S. Freelance Writing Jobs?

I receive a lot of emails and comments on Freelance Writing Jobs posts asking the same question: I don’t live in the United States.  Can I apply for U.S.-based freelance writing jobs? Since it’s such a common question, I want to provide an answer publicly.  Here goes… Can you apply?  Yes.  The hiring manager will determine whether or not they’re willing to work with a writer outside of the United States.  You’ll never know if they’re willing to do so if you don’t apply. When it comes to freelance writing, you’re not an employee.  You’ll either be paid as a [Read more…]

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