Here’s an infographic writers will want to take a look at: The Trend of E-Reading, an infographic design by Infographic Labs, illustrates just how e-reading has taken America by storm. Did you know that people who use e-readers read more than those that stick to traditional books? And that they’re more likely to spend money on books?
Every month, the bloggers at FWJ work hard to provide quality and helpful content. Hardworking freelance writers click through looking for great leads and info, but let’s face it, some posts may slip by in the daily hustle and bustle. Here’s some great posts you may have missed: Writing From Home: Warnings & Tips on How to Survive When You Have No Office by Robin Parrish Robin captures the writing from home experience perfectly. My favorite: Get Out of the House. As important as it is to guard your at-home work time, sometimes you just have to get away from [Read more…]
I had planned on taking the rest of the week off. Normally, I post on Tuesday and Thursdays, but Christmas and New Year’s this year I gave myself the Thursday before each holiday off. Then this morning I woke up with a memory: Years ago on New Year’s Day I was sick, had the day off from work and was researching information for the beauty and fashion column I wrote for a friend’s site. It was a fun thing I did on the side, but while researching I came across the term “freelance writer.” I realized there were people out [Read more…]
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Do you sleep well at night? When you finally leave the keyboard, are you doing so with a clear concience that you’ve done the best you could, done right by yourself and done right by others? It’s a question worth thinking about. In the web world, you’ll face many tough decisions. You’ll be propositioned to work on less-than-ethical projects, and you’ll get potential clients that ask you to chose between doing what you feel is right and taking the money. Not a comfortable place to be. When work on a project that conflicts with your personal values and beliefs, you [Read more…]
I recently asked readers about their writer specialty. Do you have one? What is it? Is it special enough? With all the competition in the freelance writing world, specialization matters a great deal towards success. But is it enough?
Freelancing can be a great way to enjoy the career you want on your own terms and time. You benefit from more freedom and do what you’d like to do every day, all the while balancing work and life in a way that suits you best. But when you tell people what you do for a living, do you call yourself a freelancer? If you do, you might be doing your career more harm than good.
Your peers are as important, if not more important, than your paying customers. Peers offer a huge support for your freelance writing career. They can help boost your business, bring in clientele, get you out of a sticky spot, offer advice, suggest improvements, lift your morale and provide that break you need for success. So how are you treating them? Are you enjoying their company and making friends? Or are you condescending to them, showing off or being the know-it-all? Worse, are you coming off as the snotty diva, the argumentative witch or the arrogant SOB? You could be, and [Read more…]
“Why do you want to work for us?” The question crops up frequently in business interviews, and it should also become a standard in every pitch you write. Knowing how to pitch why you want to work with someone (or for someone) is a valuable tool to have in your arsenal. It can help you land a gig that you really wanted, get you working for a better employer or help you become part of a team business. So just how should you answer that question? It can be a tough one, because the obvious doesn’t really sound very good: [Read more…]
How to pitch for a freelance writing job is an art… But if you have nothing to show your potential clients, you’re out of a job from the get-go. No matter whether you’re just starting out in your freelance writing career or if you’re established and rolling along nicely with a good client base, you need a credible-looking portfolio page, blog or website. I’m not pushing this idea because of my business – I’m pushing it because I’ve often considered working with certain writers…and been totally turned off ever hiring them, no matter how well they write. Think about it. [Read more…]
Have you ever had a day like this? Your client says, “This isn’t your usual quality of work,” and you get a bad feeling in your stomach. Maybe you know he’s right. You know it wasn’t your best. You delivered anyways – because it was the best you could do for the moment. Quality has been dropping off because you don’t like the job, or you’re tired and overworked, or your heart’s just not in the gig anymore. What do you do? Or, maybe it was your usual quality of work, and you feel hot indignation. Does the client not [Read more…]
Today’s lesson is on how to write 50 articles a day, because apparently someone felt the need to learn that skill and searched Freelance Writing Gigs for the term. Allow me to be of assistance:
They say that the best way to learn is by doing. They also say that hands-on experience is the most memorable and valuable. Lastly, they say (who is “they”, anyways?) that if you want to know how a man feels, walk a mile in his shoes. That’s why I think every writer out there should write 500 words for $2.