What Does it Take to be a Freelance Writer?

I’ve been a (more than) full-time writer for ten years.  It takes talent, ambition and the ability to manage your time and money to be successful. Contrary to popular belief, you can be a successful freelance writer without starting your own business. However, if you have a habit of slacking or procrastinating, this probably isn’t the path for you. My typical day includes writing for up to ten clients at a time. This includes everything from SEO-rich web content to brochures for international hotel chains. I scour job boards for new openings and apply daily, even if I have a [Read more…]

Talk Your Way to a Job

The popularity of social media in today’s job market has made everybody believe they can talk their way to a job. It gives them an excuse to visit their favorite social media site and say they are doing it as a part of their job search. While freelancers and job seekers can find jobs on social media sites, it needs to be handled carefully to be successful. When looking for freelance writing gigs, it is important to let people know you are open to receiving new clients. One of the benefits of social media is the people you are associated [Read more…]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Picking the Best Freelance Job

I usually have about seven projects at a time, and they’re not all created equal. As a successful freelance writer, I’ve been on the wrong end of a bad job. However, there are some warning signs that are easy to miss. If a job posting requires numerous, generic forms, you’ll be drowning in paperwork and red tape for the entire project. Trust your gut during a phone interview. If the client doesn’t know what they want, they’re not going to be happy with anything you produce. The most lucrative jobs are from either well-established corporations or start-ups with solid investors. [Read more…]

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…]

Freelancers Can Budget, Too!

Freelancers have, be definition, a fluid income source. Projects come and go, clients don’t always have steady work, and new opportunities are just around the bend. There is also the somewhat unsteady foundation for many websites, magazines and experimental publishers, which make it hard to know when what payment will be coming when, and for how long. In the past, I have spoken to dozens of other freelancers who seem to agree that this makes budgeting a near impossibility. As a consequence, they end up living from month to month trying to put their money wherever they can, and making [Read more…]

Whose Responsibility is Copyright Enforcement?

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If you work as a freelance writer long enough, it’s bound to happen: Something you’ve written will be infringed. Whether it’s marketing copy being lifted by a competitor, a blog post pilfered by a scraper or something else altogether, the work you were paid for will be used by someone else unlawfully. But putting a stop to it can actually be very difficult. There are three parties involved, the infringer, the client and yourself. The dynamics between the three of them are, at times, complicated. So who has the responsibility and/or the ability to enforce copyright in freelance-created works? The [Read more…]

5 Steps to Handling Deadbeat Clients

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If you do enough freelancing, it will happen soon enough. Someone is not going to pay you. Whether you do writing, design or doing any other freelance work on the Web, eventually you will get a deadbeat client and it is best to be prepared for that eventuality than to stress over it when it happens. Though there are many steps you can and should take to mitigate the effect of and reduce the number of such incidents, an article for another day, today we’re going to focus on your rights when you’ve done the work and the other person [Read more…]

Freelance Writers: How Other People Perceive Us

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Today’s topic for discussion at the Freelance Writing Jobs Facebook Group is  how our family, friends and neighbors perceive us. It’s interesting because no matter how hard we work, there are some who feel that because we have no regular employer, we don’t actually have a job. Often times, having flexibility sometimes means people doubt you work very hard. It also means some folks feel you’re available any time of the day or night. I remember receiving a very innocent email from my son’s teacher asking me to come in and help with a classroom event because she knows I’m [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 1, 2010

It’s a new week and a new month, the slate is wiped clean. How will you make a positive beginning? Enjoy your daily lists. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Types of Companies that Hire Freelance Writers Your Turn Freelance Writing Goals Asking Questions vs Confrontation Are Your Blog Comments Working For You or Against You Is Your Blog Traffic Down? It Could Be a Good Thing Grammar Book Review: Grammar Done Right Do You care About Your Clients’ Business Do You Have Perfect Pitch? Creating an Outline That Works for You Recommended Reading On Freelance Writing Bloggers: Walking [Read more…]

Rewarding Your Long Term Freelance Writing Clients for Customer Loyalty

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I just got off the phone with my Mom. We had a very interesting discussion about customer loyalty, which provides the inspiration for this post. You see, my mom’s contract with her calling plan is ending and she doesn’t want to pay the astronomical new rate. I suggested she contact the company and ask what plans they have in place to reward existing customers for their customer loyalty.  She wasn’t aware she could do this, checked it out, and indeed received  a discounted rate for the new package. It occurs to me we should also be rewarding long term freelance [Read more…]

b5Media Layoffs Are a Good Reminder to Spread Those Freelance Writing Eggs Around

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If you hung out on Twitter for any amount of time today, you may have learned b5Media had yet another round of layoffs. This time both part time and full time freelance writers for that content site were locked out of their blogs and shown the door. Some of the laid off writers were with b5Media since its inception about five years ago. It’s a sad day for a company that once held such a great buzz and terrific vibe. I was a blogger for b5Media and the experience was valuable (blogging lessons from Darren Rowse, I mean, does it [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs and Links for January 29, 2010

So? One month into 2010 and how are all doing? Sticking with your goals? Landing cool freelance writing jobs? Dish! Your Daily Lists Enjoy today’s good stuff. New around the Freelance Writing Jobs network 19 Grants for Writers and Other Creative Types Why Routines are Important for Freelance Writers Eight Easy Tips for Writing Better Blog Posts Recommended reading from around the blogosphere How to Find the Right Freelancer for Your Project at Freelance Folder The Fine Art of Persuasion via Email at Web Worker Daily Why Corporations Need Real Writers at About Freelance Writing Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for September 28, 2009

…and so life returns to normal. I’m so happy for last week’s opportunity, but even happier to be back home. It’s amazing how much there is to catch up on after only a few days away. Once I catch up, it’ll be time to head over to BlogWorld. As tired as I am, I swear by conferences as an important networking tool and wouldn’t miss them for the world. Here’s what’s going on around the Freelance Writing Jobs network: Postcards from LAX: More Notes from the Demands Studios Creator Conference More Ways to Interact with the FWJ Community 85 Hacks [Read more…]

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