The Best of FWJ February

February brought most of us in the States snow storm after snow storm, Valentine’s Day and some really informative posts from the FWJ crew. Here are a few of the most popular: Applying for a Freelance Writing Gig Without Looking Desperate by Jodee Redmond In this post Jodee cautions against oversharing when looking for writing gigs. Is Your Blog Dressed For Success? by Gayla Baer-Taylor First impressions are important. Gayla shows you how to make sure your blog turns heads. I’m a Ghostwriter (Get Over It) - by Jeffery Reyes In this terrific guest post, Jeffery hits on the many misconceptions [Read more…]

Time Management Tip #2: Be Realistic

It’s time to put down the cape. It’s also time be honest. Is that ‘to do’ list really doable? There are still only 24 hours in a day and the majority of our problems with time management involve unrealistic expectations. When you have a daily 20 or 30+ list of items that must be accomplished, you are setting yourself up for failure. The same goes for a list of three time consuming items. There are three quick ways to tell if your list of action items is too long: 1. Carry over. If you are still finishing Monday’s list on [Read more…]

How Do You See Your Freelance Writing Job Search?

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Looking for work is a necessary evil for freelance writers. For people who work for employers, part of the reason finding a job is something to celebrate (along with a regular pay check and hopefully a good benefit package) is that they don’t have to keep looking for work. For freelancers, it’s a different story. We have the freedom to work for ourselves (which definitely has its advantages), but we must perform a juggling act in our professional lives. Not only do we need to be able to keep up with our current assignments and produce high quality work, but [Read more…]

How to End an E-mail to a Prospective Client

Dear Jodee, An e-mail to potential business contacts looks best when written in business style. What about the closing? Sincerely seems “too” traditional to me. What’s an appropriate way to end an email gig inquiry? Nan Dear Nan, If I’m sending an e-mail to someone I’ve never corresponded with before, I like to use “Sincerely” to close the message. I’ve seen people use “Regards” or “Warmest regards” as well. When I used to work for lawyers (and that was several years ago), “Yours very truly” was used to end a letter. This seems a bit too “Old School” for e-mail, [Read more…]

Do You Send Holiday Greetings to Clients?

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It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas. I saw Christmas decorations out in the stores right next to the Halloween items a couple of weeks ago. (Some things are just wrong.) Now, I prefer to get one holiday out of the way before I start thinking about the next one, but apparently retailers don’t think that way. From the number of Christmas flyers that have magically appeared in the mailbox recently and the amount of times I’ve been hearing, “Mom, can I have…..” recently, the holiday season seems to be gearing up now. At the risk of adding [Read more…]

How to Move on from Entry-Level Writing Gigs

Dear Jodee, I’m on various freelance websites such as elance.com odesk.com and ifreelance.com. I’m getting some work but the work I’m getting takes me forever to complete and it’s not very well paid. I know there are ways to make more money freelance writing, can you point me in the write direction? Acacia Dear Acacia, You have many options available if you want to make more money as a freelance writer. There is some great information posted here on Freelance Writing Jobs, including the job leads we post on weekdays, that can help you move toward better-paying gigs. Along with [Read more…]

Just Be Yourself When Looking for Freelance Writing Jobs

When I was thinking about how to approach this post, I started thinking about tips for how to package yourself so that a prospective client will want to hire you. I thought the better of it,and this is why I came to that conclusion: The client may not say so, but he or she is in full WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) mode when hiring a freelance writer. If the client wasn’t looking to have a problem solved or to get some benefit from your writing work, they wouldn’t be looking to hire a writer. Don’t try to analyze [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 19, 2010

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Good morning, FWJ friends!  We have a typhoon in our neck of the woods, but things are still looking pretty good.  How are things in your part of the world?  Well, here are your job leads for today.  Enjoy! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network What to Do Before You Answer that Freelance Writing Job Ad Book Writing and Publishing FAQ – What Should the Title of My Book Be? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Celebrity Fashion Writers (New York) Article Writer for The Content Authority Freelance Article Writer (Vancouver) Simple Content/Article Writing (Work at Home) Experienced Freelance [Read more…]

What to Do Before You Answer that Freelance Writing Job Ad

When you see an ad for a freelance writing job that seems like it would be a great fit for you, do you behave like you are an agent in your own version of Mission Impossible? It’s great that you have found an opportunity that you are interested in, but you shouldn’t treat the ad like something that is going to self-destruct in five seconds (or whatever it was). I know your first instinct is to jump on this and apply within the first two minutes after you read the ad (if not sooner), but there are some things you [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for October 14, 2010

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Good morning, FWJ friends!  Here are your job leads today.  Enjoy what’s left of the week! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Applying for a Job When a Friend is Interested Why Your Freelance Writing Pitches Fail Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Content Writers for Internet Brands (Telecommute) Web Content Writer (St. Paul, Minnesota) Marketing Copywriter for WebToMed (Chicago, IL) Article Writer (Vancouver) Writers for Local Guide Type Pieces (Minneapolis) Freelance Fishing Writers (Online) Freelance Fitness Writers (Plover, WI) Writers for New Technology Site Part-time Content Writer (Work from Home) Writer – Expert on Games (Southern California) Blogging [Read more…]

How to Target Your Freelance Writing Job Search for Newbies

Your first freelance writing job is the hardest one to get, in my opinion. Once you have one (or a few) gigs under your belt, you can use your past writing experience to propel yourself forward to the next opportunity. How do you approach the task of landing that first gig, then? Start with what you know, and I don’t necessarily mean the fact that you have been writing for yourself for years. Working on your own projects is not the same thing as taking on client work. Both of them involve writing, but your own work is more of [Read more…]

How to Target Your Freelance Writing Job Search for Newbies

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Your first freelance writing job is the hardest one to get, in my opinion. Once you have one (or a few) gigs under your belt, you can use your past writing experience to propel yourself forward to the next opportunity. How do you approach the task of landing that first gig, then? Start with what you know, and I don’t necessarily mean the fact that you have been writing for yourself for years. Working on your own projects is not the same thing as taking on client work. Both of them involve writing, but your own work is more of [Read more…]

Rejected by Company with One-Application Only Rule

Hey Jodee- Nice to have someone other than my husband to ask- he has no clue obviously being a watch commander/Lt law enforcement. Writing all my life whenever possible, I jumped in the blogging arena six months ago. Because I have a background in varied, high profile subjects, I submitted my resume, as well as a sample of my writing to On Demand Studios. Having not been creative enough on my resume, what stood out was the ten years since I retired; Those years were filled with topics readers are fascinated with, yearning to find more information on (other than [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for September 3, 2010

It’s a long weekend for you guys in the US, isn’t it?  Do you have any plans?  Before you head out of town, please take a look at our job listings below – we’ve got quite a collection today.  Enjoy the break! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Parallel Structure in Writing 100 Most Commonly Misspelled Words Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Erotic Fiction Content Writers Accounting/Tax Writers for CPE Website Website Content Writer for Hair Products (KCMO) Content Creator for Full Circle Farm (Work at Home) Content Editor/Writer – Software Financing and Licensing (Seattle) Website Content Creator [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for August 31, 2010

Good morning, FWJ friends!  Here are your job leads for today.  Enjoy the last day of August! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Is the Word “Freelance” Hurting Your Job Search? PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship Accepting Submissions Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Article Writer (Cleveland, Ohio) Math Content Writers for Grades 6-11 Content Providers – Debt Relief (Georgia) Article Writer (London) Freelance Writers – Demand Media Studios (Philadelphia Area) Content Writer (Huntington Beach) Article Writers for Website Poker Writer Blogging Jobs Freelance Automotive Bloggers (Fort Lauderdale) PR/Blog Writer (US) Copy Writing Jobs Freelance Pharma/Medical Copywriter (Indianapolis, [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for August 30, 2010

Monday’s here again!  We’ve got a lot of reading material for you from around the network.  From submission guidelines to law to the grammar police – we’ve got them for you!  Click on the links below.  After laughing your butts off (the grammar police video is a perfect pick-me-upper for a Monday), check out today’s job leads – or do it the other way around, it doesn’t matter. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network My Name is Jonathan Bailey, Let’s Talk Law Join the eBook Revolution Submission Guidelines – Sword and Saga Press Save Money – Pay Taxes in [Read more…]

Should You Be Cocky or Confident in Your Freelance Job Search?

I read somewhere recently that freelancers need to be cocky when looking for work. I’ve been thinking about that statement, and I don’t think that is the case. When I think if a person who is cocky, it brings to mind someone who is conceited and arrogant, to be sure. This is a person who apparently has no issues with low self-esteem. Instead, they have a greatly exaggerated sense of their own importance. Did you notice that everything in that description has to do with the person him or herself? This is someone who is definitely embracing the WIIFM (“What’s [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for August 16, 2010

Looks like people were busy posting job ads over the weekend.  We’ve got a bunch of blogging and editing jobs for today.  Wishing everyone a productive week! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Should I Write for Free? Mistakes that Make You Look Stupid The Importance of Keeping a Schedule The Brave New World of Writing Understanding Tax Audits Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Writer for About Us Page Writer for New Detroit Deals Website Content Writer Writer/Web Research for Blogging Tips Website Writers (London, UK) Blogging Jobs Fashion Blogger for Handbags Personal Finance  Blogger TV Tech Blogger [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for August 12, 2010

Good morning everyone!  Looks like we have a lot of new jobs today.  Happy job hunting! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Gayla Baer Joins the Freelance Writing Jobs Team Nervous About New Freelance Writing Gig How Do You Celebrate? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Website Content Writer Website Content Writers – Health Mandarin Content Writer (Metro Vancouver) Writer/Researcher for Kids Website (Toronto) Content Writer Freelance Writers – Creative Marketing Agency (San Francisco) Blogging Jobs Speech Team Blog Reporters Wanted (Brookline) Blogger  for Venture Capital Blog (San Francisco) Creative Blog Writer Bloggers with Legal Expertise Part-time Blogger (San [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for July 26, 2010

Hi everyone!  Let’s welcome a new week with some writing job leads.  Also visit some new articles from the rest of the network.  Have a productive week ahead! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Staking Temporal Vampires Not Tonight, Crazy Client…I Have a Headache When Clients Do Not Pay 5 Ways to Breathe New Life into Old Content Justifying a Comma Splice Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Content Writer – Real Estate (Long Beach, CA) Health/Nutrition Writer Freelance American Writer (Croydon, South London) Content Writer – Senior Living (Vienna, VA) Blogging Jobs Real Estate Blogger (Long Beach, CA) [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for July 22, 2010

Hi everyone! Here are your job leads for today. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network 5 Online Tools Freelance Writers Can Use to Make Life and Business Easier A Little Help from My Freelance Writing Friends… Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Writer for Toptenz.net Writer for iPhone Apps Writers for Video Gaming Website Freelance Writers for Internet Start-up (New York) Independent Writers Content Writer for Mokena Patch Creative Fashion Writer Website Writer Blogging Jobs Blogger Needed (High Desert/Inland Empire) Copy Writing Jobs Copywriter for Creative Circle (Chicago) Freelance Copywriter (New Jersey) Copywriter/Content Developer (Las Vegas) Expert Copywriter Needed [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for July 21, 2010

Good morning! Did you know it’s Monkey Day today? We’re not monkeying around with this new list of job leads, though. I hope you find something that suits your needs. Have a fun Monkey Day nonetheless! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network What Matters Most: Good Brand Fit or Reliability? Building Your Freelance Writing Brand – Part 2 Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs New Website Seeks P/T Writers (Hauppauge) Content Writer Web Content Writer – Investor Relations (Hollywood) Content Writers for GPSmyCity.com Web Writers Needed (Flatiron) Content Writer for Canadian Pet Website (Vancouver) Content Writer – Water Garden [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for July 16, 2010

The weekend is here once again, but before that, here is the last batch of writing jobs. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Writing for Free or for a Low Pay – Don’t Let Anyone Else Judge You Being the Client Sassy Gay Friend Hits Two Literary Genres with One Peach Scarf Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Freelance Writer for Real Estate Writer for Websites Content Writer/Editor for ViVVVA.com Article Writers – Spinner Syntax (UK) Web Writer and Blogger for Hair Products Company (San Diego) Blogging Jobs Freelance Tech Blogger (SOMA /South Beach) Financial Blogger Freelance Blogger/Zombie Enthusiast [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for July 15, 2010

Good morning FWJ friends!  Here are your job leads for today.  I hope you find something that works for you. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network The Language in Your Cover Letter Matters Freelance Writing Jobs Comment Policy Update Freelance Writing Business Multipliers…Are You Using Them? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Business Web Content Writer (Long Beach) SEO Article Writer Project Based Writer with Web Marketing Strategy (Surrey, BC) Health & Fitness Writers for LIVESTRONG.com (Seattle) Freelance Online Writer – Local Restaurants (Seattle / Tacoma area) Writer for online articles (Nevada County, CA) Blogging Jobs Freelance Blogger (Potrero [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for July 14, 2010

Good morning everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying the week so far.  Here are the job leads for today.  Good luck! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Plagiarizing about Plagiarism Don’t Let the Tax Man Scare You How Much Should I Charge as a Freelance Writer? Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Website Article Writer Freelance Writer – Meeting Focus (Phoenix) Gay Political Writer (PA, South Jersey, DE) Canadian French News and Content Writer Blogging Jobs Arizona Bloggers Needed Blog Writer Needed – Social Media Marketing (Maine) Female Video Blogger (Ottawa) Urban Street Wear Blogger (Toronto) IT-savvy Blogger for [Read more…]

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