5 Seminars to Visit if You Plan to Take Your Freelancing Career to the Next Level


Freelancing in any niche is a tough task, requiring you to play the roles of boss, employee, client hunter, marketer, and motivator each and every day, a workload much more demanding than many more traditional jobs! Being successful and moving upwards may be tough, but it’s entirely possible; you’ll just need to stay on the cutting edge of what’s new, exciting, and useful in your field. Planning to take your freelancing career to the next level? Check out any of these five freelancing seminars to sharpen your mind and build your contact list:

International Mom Freelance Bloggers Meetups


As a mother and blogger, you’ve got a full plate, juggling more in the way of demands than any corporate position entails as you work to please your children and your readers, all at the same time. Given the extreme importance of your dual positions, whether you blog for fun or for business, you’ve got to stay sharp at every moment. Luckily, conferences aimed at moms with home offices are abundant, offering workshops and networking opportunities that will help you to hone your skills in every department as you learn from the busiest and best of your peers! Connect with [Read more…]

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia


The freelance writing community is getting a little paranoid. I find I can’t hold a casual online conversation with someone without that person apologizing for typos or errors. It’s getting a little silly. Excellent writers are posting thought provoking comments on blogs and in forums,  and then turn around and post again apologizing for typos most others wouldn’t have noticed in the first place. Relax, people. You’re human. You’re allowed to make mistakes. When Freelance Writers Should Mind Their Typos The purpose of this post isn’t to say we shouldn’t be diligent about our writing and do our best to [Read more…]

Why I Don’t Want to Be Number One Anymore


Being the top blog for freelance writers used to mean a lot to me and I worked very hard to achieve that goal. I wasn’t necessarily working to become number one, being a success was more important than being the top blogger in this very crowded niche. So I worked hard to be a success and the number one thing happened. You know what? I don’t want it anymore. I want to enjoy blogging without the pressure of being the top blogger. If that means I lose some traffic, so be it. Being part of a wonderful community of writers [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Communities: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Join


The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Blogs and Blogging

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Deb’s note: This is part three in our “Freelance Writer’s Guide to Social Media Series.”  Also see: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Twitter and a Freelance Writer’s Guide to Facebook…and stay tuned for the accompanying ebook. It almost seems as if everyone who writes for a living has a blog about writing, doesn’t it? That’s not a bad thing as it gives us plenty of places to share ideas and learn. Even writers who don’t have blogs can benefit, though. In  this”guide” we’re going to take a look a the different ways blogs and blogging benefits freelance writers. Blogs You [Read more…]

Building a Blog vs. Building Trust

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I spent a lot of time between last night and now thinking about trust and how we trust certain authors, bloggers, writers and online personalities. It’s easy to build a blog, it’s not easy to build trust. When someone you trust to present accurate information edits information to serve her puproses or otherwise does something to betray that trust, it’s like a knife in the back to that blog’s community. As bloggers we can write anything we want, really. Sure now we have to throw in some disclaimers, but the sky is the limit. We can trash people on our [Read more…]

Online Freelance Writing Communities: Why You Should Join and What to Avoid


I’ve been a member of various online freelance writing communities for close to ten years now. They were especially helpful when I was learning about freelancing. The  freelance writing community is so helpful and I learned so much. In return I was eventually able to share what I learned with the members of this community. Why should you participate in online freelance writing communities? Learn about the business of writing – Veteran freelance writers share business tips, tax tips and customer service advice. Learn who is hiring – If a person or place is hiring, your fellow freelance writers are [Read more…]

Who’s Going to BlogWorld?


I’m attending the BlogWorld and New Media Expo for the third year in a row. The first year I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I’m sort of shy when it comes to meeting people and BlogWorld ’07 was the first time I traveled alone. I didn’t know what to expect or even if it was a good idea, I only knew that I wanted to meet other bloggers. I needn’t have worried. BlogWorld turned out to be an important event and career boost. I met many of my bloggy idols, potential clients and people who I now [Read more…]

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