Fix Your Toxic Writing Environment

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There are two sides to the writer debate – those who require certain comforts and those who can write in the middle of a toxic dump. I’d argue both types are just as likely to have hazardous work environments. Your office could be making you sick, or at the very least, decreasing your productivity. The good news is there simple way to creating a safe and healthy work environment. 1. Trouble in the Air The information is scary: according to the August 2000 EPA Indoor Environments Division, Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance report, “Indoor air quality can reduce a [Read more…]

Ahmed Bilal Joins the Freelance Writing Jobs Team

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More great news this week for the Freelance Writing Jobs network!  Ahmed Bilal is joining the team and will write about search engine optimization (one of his areas of expertise), writing for the web and a variety of other writing topics! If you’re not already familiar with Ahmed, following is a brief introduction. About Ahmed Bilal Ahmed Bilal is an entrepreneur and business consultant who has worked as freelance copywriter and blogger for a wide variety of niches – from online marketing to health and fitness to relationships to financial markets and lots more. He has also worked (and still [Read more…]

Jonathan Bailey of PlagiarismToday.com Joins the Freelance Writing Jobs Team

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I’m very happy to announce that Jonathan Bailey of PlagiarismToday is joining the Freelance Writing Jobs team!  He will write about plagiarism, copyrights, content theft and related topics that affect writers on a daily basis.  I know he’ll be able to provide a great deal of insight to help writers protect their work and thrive in the ever-changing world of publishing. For those of you who haven’t already found Jonathan’s awesome PlagiarismToday blog or seen his posts on Splashpress Media’s BloggingPro blog, here’s an introduction: About Jonathan Bailey Jonathan Bailey has been building Web sites for 15 years and has [Read more…]

A Little Help from My Freelance Writing Friends…

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I guess I’m extending an invitation with this post. It’s an invitation to operate on a more sincere level than others might sometimes use. It’s an invitation to provide something of value to others–to really make human contact. That’s not just because you’ll have someone to hit up when you confront an issue. It’s also because you’ll be able to help other people when they need it.

5 Things Freelance Writers Can Learn from the A-Team

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As freelance writers, we can get inspiration and tips about how to conduct ourselves in business from just about anywhere. This list is a case in point. You might be stretching the point just a bit if you try to claim your admission and popcorn as a business expense by explaining to the Tax Man that watching the A-Team movie is a continuing education seminar, but here are some tips inspired by the Team that may help. 1. Creativity Counts As fans of the TV show have learned, sometimes (OK in every episode), the best laid plans don’t always work [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for June 14, 2010

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Good morning FWJ Friends! Let’s get your week off to a great start with some fresh freelance writing job leads. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Freelance Writing Jobs sold to Splashpress Media. Do You Have the Confidence to Apply for the Bigger Jobs? Too Many Articles Killed the Freelance Writing Star Waiting for Confidence to Strike Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Information Technology Writing Website Content Writer – Petro-Chemical Industry Writer for Boxing Site Content Writer – Los Angeles Fitness/Nutrition Writer Educational Content Writer Bankruptcy Content Content Writers for Online Womens’ Magazine Freelance Content Writer – American [Read more…]

How Freelance Writers Can Save Money on Car Insurance

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No, I’m not trying to get you to switch to Geico, but a 15-minute call to your car insurance agent really could save you money on car insurance if you are a full-time freelancer. Why? If you’ve abandoned the daily commute, you may be able to get your car reclassified as ä “pleasure use vehicle.” One of the factors insurance adjustors take into consideration when issuing an insurance policy price quote is that your car will be speeding down the freeway in oh-so-dangerous rush hour traffic. Not to mention the fact that you will be wearing and tearing your vehicle [Read more…]

Top 10 Things Freelance Writing Blogs Tell You That You Already Know

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Originally this post was to have been called “Are the Freelance Writing Blogs Telling You Stuff You Already Know?” so we could have a big discussion about how redundant and unoriginal we all are. Let’s face it, every freelance writing blogger says the same thing, we just use different words. We all want to convince you we’re the best in order to get your traffic, but most of all have the same background, got the same sort of start and now we’re each competing to give you information you already know. None of you are dumb. You don’t need hand [Read more…]

When Freelance Writers Need a Wake Up Call

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In order to encourage the freelancer writers in this community, I like to keep the tone light and positive. Though I don’t take the “in your face” approach to blogging, I’ll agree that there are plenty of times when freelance writes need to have the truth laid out for them in order to view all sides of the picture. With that in mind, I’d like to discuss some of the things that aren’t so pleasant and hopefully inspire struggling freelancers to re-evaluate their career choices and goals. To be perfectly blunt, there are times freelance writers need a wake up [Read more…]

Four Ways Freelance Writers Overspend

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We’re freelance writers. All we need to get the job done is a laptop, limber fingers, and a heaping dose of writing skill. To the outsider, it doesn’t seem like we could possibly overspend within our freelance writing businesses. Oh but we do. These are just some of the expenses that trip freelance writers up: Office Supplies – You buy color coordinated post-it notes even though you spend your whole day at a computer with Evernote right at your fingertips. Or, if you’re like me, you tidy your office supplies away in the name of “organization” and then forget you [Read more…]

Freelance Writers and Typo Paranoia

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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…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for May 12, 2010

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We’re discussing our biggest distraction at the Freelance Writing Jobs Facebook group. Join us! Also, we’re starting to receive listings at the Freelance Writing Jobs job board. Check it out f you’re looking to post your job at FWJ or if you want to browse and see what’s new before I  drop them in the daily listings. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Freelance Writing as a Summer Job for College Students The Pros and Cons of a Separate Bank Account for College Students 5 Ways to Tell if Your Article Angle Sucks 1000 Word Blog Posts and Being [Read more…]

Content Mill Writers ARE Business People – And We’re All Proof of That

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I just read, with interest, Yolander Prinzel’s post at All Freelance Writing entitled “Why Low Paying Gigs Are and Are Not Your Problem.” I’m inclined to comment, except my comment is so long that I decided to just post it here. Warning: Reactionary blog post ahead: In her post Yo discusses why you needn’t worry about content site writers as your competition, but offers an enlightening look at some of the things you should concern yourself with. I’m not arguing with most of her points because they’re fair. For the most part, I agree with Yo in that content mill [Read more…]

Freelance Writers and Bloggers: Are You Backing Up Your Stuff?

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The Freelance Writing Jobs blog you see here isn’t exactly complete. There are three different times I lost a bunch of blog posts. The first time was in 2007 when we lost more than a few posts after switching from Blogger to WordPress. We also lost several months of posts after the great server crash of 2008, and we lost a few posts after a crash in 2009. During the 2009 crash, though, we were able to rescue the posts thanks to our feeds and Google caches. The other times, they were lost in the abyss. These things happen. The [Read more…]

The Dark Side of Freelance Writing: Other Freelance Writers

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Welcome to our latest installment on the Dark Side of Freelance Writing, where we discuss some of the negative aspects of freelancing. Past installments in this series featured freelance writing burnout and when clients rip us off. Today we’re going to discuss negativity from other freelance writers. This is something I’ve had on my mind for years but don’t like to talk about because of the delicate subject matter. Sometimes talking about these things bring out heated emotions and I’m an avoidance kind of gal. After a conversation last week with my friend Anne Wayman, I thought I’d toss it [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for April 13, 2010

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I woke especially early today to tackle my to do list. I tried for a working weekend last weekend and it just didn’t happen. I commented on another blog recently that the best way for me to stay focused and productive is to plan ahead. Everything I do is scheduled. Last week, I had a bunch of meetings scheduled at school and it through me off of my schedule, thus, the need to catch up. Sometimes I’m a huge fan of the four day work week. Other days, I’m ready to sign the petition for an eight day week. So [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for April 7, 2010

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Today at the Freelance Writing Jobs Facebook group we’re talking about our worst freelance writing job ever. Won’t you join us? Speaking of social networks, we’ll soon have a social network right here at FWJ. Stay tuned for details… New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network SEO Experts & Writers: An Interview with Kiernan Flanagan Addressing Your Questions About Being a Paid Mouthpiece for Demand Studios Create Job Security Lorna’s Top 10 Movies About Writing Recommended Reading Marketing for Freelance Writers: Hey Stranger, Give me a Job! at Carson Brackney 5 Things Depeche Mode Can Teach You About Effective Online [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 29, 2010

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Today was supposed to be our first day of spring break. However, we’re at school making up snow days instead. Though I miss my son, the extra day will go a long way in working ahead on some things in anticipation of the rest of this week’s break. Flexibility is a beautiful thing. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network How to Write a Book: Editing, Criticism and Agents Outright.com: All the Bookkeeping a Freelancer Needs in One Little App 10 Habits of Successful Freelance Writers Technical Writing: Seven Challenges Why Freelance Writing Businesses Fail Is the Freelance Writing Jobs [Read more…]

Jack Crabb and Revisiting the Freelance Writing Great Divide

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After reading Deb Ng’s “Freelance Writing: The Great Divide” yesterday, I decided this would be a great opportunity to talk about a western.

Huh?

Science Writers Needed

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An established educational development house seeks experienced science writers for an upcoming project. All work will be done from home on a freelance basis. If you are an experienced science writer who is interested in this position, please send your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] Please put “Science Writer” in the subject line of your email.

Freelance Writing Opportunities in SEO Content

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The morals to the story: There’s gold out there for those willing and able to mine it. It’s a mistake to dismiss SEO content as nothing more than half-assed articles that happen to use the right words. If you bring your A-game to SEO content and hook up with the A-level masters of the craft, you can have a chance to do good work at a good rate.

And, if you understand why exceptionally good content can be a fantastic SEO tool, that should be a part of your pitch to many clients.

Your Freelance Writing Clients Know You’re Lying

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Freelance writing clients are smart cookies. Most of them know when they’re being conned or lied to. In today’s public and open world of freelancing, you can’t call in sick and head to the beach. You can’t claim an aunt died when you really just want a few days off. If you’re going to lie to your clients, keep in mind that in most cases they’ll find out. Don’t Invite Clients to View Your Personal Details if You’re Going to Be Dishonest As freelance writers we work hard, but we still maintain flexible schedules. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t [Read more…]

Your Turn: Where Do YOU Find Freelance Writing Jobs?

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I often talk about how I find freelance writing jobs, but one thing we don’t really discuss is where YOU find freelance writing jobs. I know most members of this community come to the job lists here and at other blogs and websites. However, I was wndering… do you do anything else to find work? Do you: Attend networking events? Attend conferences? Cold call? Wait for clients to call you? Work primarily via word of mouth recommendations? Find clients via the social networks? My assumption has always been that the Freelance Writing Jobs network community uses mostly online tools to [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 16, 2010

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Happy Tuesday, Everyone! Deb is on her way back from SXSW, and I’m sure she found it a valuable and enjoyable experience. Did anyone else find that they were a bit “off” yesterday? I blame the time change. Here are your leads for today. Hope you find something interesting on the list. Do you follow FWJ on Facebook? New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Postcards from SXSW Freelance Writing Communities: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Join Is Your Freelance Marketing Message Clear? Recommended Reading Ray Bradbury on Writing Persistently at About Freelance Writing Elements of a Successful Project [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 11, 2010

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Good morning FWJ Friends! Deb is winging her way to Austin this morning, and it’s a glorious sunny day here. Hope your weather has the hope of spring as well. If not, I hope something on today’s list of freelance writing jobs catches your eye. Do you follow FWJ on Facebook? New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Are Blogging Jobs Over? Obliterating “And,” “Also,” and “Additionally” Recommended Reading Blogger, Pay and & Believable Opinions at About Freelance Writing 9 Plugins Your Clients Will Love For Their WordPress Website at Freelance Folder Social Media Book List: Get Upbeat and do [Read more…]

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