Patience and the Long-Distance Blogger

Blogging offers writers great rewards. We get to share our words with others. We educate and entertain. If we’re really lucky, our blogs generate income or interest from book agents. To do any of this, however, you need readers, and in the early days of any blog, readers are hard to come by.

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…]

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…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 8, 2012

Times flies and it’s Thursday already. Here then are our lists of freelance writing jobs that you might want to consider. Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing 1. Non-English content translator (Home-based) Blogging Jobs 1. Blogger (Mission District) 2. Freelance blogger for New York Knicks (NJ) 3. Dermatology blogger Copywriting Jobs 1. Freelance copywriter (Hawaii) 2. Freelance copywriter (NY) 3. Freelance web copywriter (TX) 4. Copywriter for ecommerce (IL) 5. Freelance copywriter (CA) Proofreading/Editing Jobs 1. Part-time editor (CA) 2. Freelance medical/pharma proofreader (NY) 3. Freelance proofreader (NY) 4. Senior editor (MA) 5. Freelance editor (NJ) Technical Writing Jobs 1. Technical [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 7, 2012

It’s Wednesday now and hope you’re having a great week. Please find below freelance writing jobs that you might be interested in. Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing 1. Freelance finance writers (Telecommute) 2. Freelance entertainment writers (Telecommute) 3. Freelance writer for Lawyers Weekly (MA) 4. Online newspaper writer (Telecommute) Blogging Jobs 1. Freelance blogger Copywriting Jobs 1. Freelance copywriter for digital marketing campaigns (CA) 2. Freelance copywriter (MA) Proofreading/Editing Jobs 1. Freelance SEO editor (NY) 2. Editorial assistant (Washington, DC) 3. Copy editor (NH) 4. Editor (FL) 5. Part-time copy editor (TX) 6. Part-time test prep writer-proofreader (Telecommute) 7. Part-time [Read more…]

How You, as a Writer, Can Find Your Creative Voice

Writing is a hobby that many enjoy. It allows us to contribute information through our words, touch people’s emotions and even vent our own. We can stir up passion for causes, help others improve their lives, or just pass on a story that has been simmering in our own minds that can be shared with others for their entertainment. For others it becomes more than a hobby and instead moves into a chosen career. Blogs and websites have made it easier than ever to get that writing out there and make money, where once few opportunities resided. But when it [Read more…]

Five Simple Ways a Writer Can Improve His Impact

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Writing is easy. It’s something many people forget because freelance writing can be a self-defeating endeavor even for those with strong academic skills. It isn’t like completing a math problem where everything has a logical place and you’re guaranteed to do fine so long as the dots are properly connected. Writing is the brooding cousin of painting. Whereas painters use brush strokes to convey an image, writers craft visions with words. The picture is framed by words designed to influence the reader’s perception of whatever is being conveyed. Word choice and flow are important in capturing and maintaining the reader’s [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for June 25, 2010

Hello, FWJ Friends! It’s the end of the week, and here are your writing leads for today. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Three Things to Do When You Lose Your Editor Found a New Blog…Oh Dear What is Outsourcing, and Does it Embarrass You? Writing Divas Need Not Apply Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Green Real Estate Content Writer Rockstar Writer for New Company Web Content Writer Email Content Writer Federal Government HR App Expert Writers Finance Writer – NC Blogging Jobs Blog About Drums and Drummers Poker Writer/Blogger Wanted Financial Blogger Self Improvement Blogger Wanted Copy [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for June 22, 2010

Good morning FWJ Friends! Here are your leads for today. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Copyright 101 for Freelance Writers at the Writer’s Success Resource Center 4 Questions that Can Reduce the Workload on the Road Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Freelance Political/Finance Writer Can You Write? Local Quality Freelance Writers Wanted – Raleigh Freelance Search Marketing Copywriter I Need a Writer for my Website Independent Writers Blogging Jobs Australian Mum Bloggers Wanted Mom Bloggers for Weekly Posts Accounting, Tax, IT – Multiple Bloggers Needed Bloggers @ SHFT.com – Several Topics Available Copy Writing Jobs Interactive Copywriter [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for June 21, 2010

Good Monday morning freelance writing friends! It’s the start of a new week. What are you doing to make it a positive and productive one? New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network How to Show Your Freelance Writing Prospects that You Mean Business How to Become an Effective Freelance Writing Editor 5 Things Freelance Writers can Learn from the A-Team Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Creative Freelance Writers Content Writer/Accuracy Checker in the Social Sciences Educational Writers Article Writers to Write About Celebrities Blogging Jobs Style Savvy Chicago Writer Copy Writing Jobs Creative Copywriter for Personality Quiz Proofreading/Editing Jobs [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 March 9, 2010

I’m heading to Austin on Thursday to cover South by Southwest, and I’ll be gone for several days. We’re blogging ahead, plus there will be some special guest posters during that time. Jodee Redmond begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting will be stopping by here to make sure you still get your daily dose of leads. I’m looking forward to the conference and planning a special meetup for members of the Freelance Writing JObs community who will be there. I look forward to bringing you the highlights. New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Four Types of Freelance Writing Sites We SHOULD Be Discussing When [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for March 8, 2010

Yesterday as I was doing a little outside cleanup I noticed the very tips of my crocuses peeking out of the mulch surrounding my mailbox. Seeing green plus this weekend’s fifty plus degree weather did wonders for my frame of mind. The air is full of promise and it shows in everything I do. Here’s hoping your winter blues are fading… New around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network 10 Turnoffs Keeping Readers from My Blog How to Land Your First Freelance Writing Job The Argument Against Multiple Blogging 3 Lessons Learned from Yankee Doodle Contracting Vs Freelancing in Large Corporations [Read more…]

How to Land Your First Freelance Writing Job

I’m thinking back to the early days of freelance writing. I’m remembering a time when the possibility of landing freelance writing jobs was overwhelming, yet seemed very real. I’m remembering the days when I couldn’t wait to look for work, but was afraid to look for work. I’m remembering the time when fear and lack of confidence kept me from doing more than reading the freelance writing job ads. Today, we’re going to talk to the folks who want to write in the worst way, but something is keeping them from taking that first step. Today we’re going to discuss [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…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 25, 2010

The East Coast is being hit with yet another blizzard today. Snow days, boots, heavy coats, and less productivity are on tap. What’s on your agenda today? This past week has been positive, productive and absolutely rocked. when I have good days I wake up the next morning and ask myself “How will I top yesterday.” Tell me, how will you top yesterday? Enjoy today’s lists: New around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Your Turn: What Makes a Qualified Freelance Writing Blogger? Time Management and the Business of Freelancing 5 Realistic Organization Tips from a Notoriously Disorganized Person Demand Studios [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 24, 2010

Enjoy your daily lists! New Around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network 50 Submission Guidelines Pages Demand Studios Announces eHow Premium Article Writers to Receive $80 per Article Average Pay for Blog Posts Recommended Reading from Around the Blogosphere Recommended reading will return tomorrow. Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs HR Subject Matter Articles for iWorkwell – $20 – $100/article SEO Intern – Telecommute OK Blogger Jobs Blogger for GFI Software Proofreading/Editing Jobs Editor – NYC – $300/month Medical Editors & Medical Language Specialists Freelance Technology News Editors Freelance Editor in Chief – Washington DC Copywriting Jobs Freelance Copywriter – Smithtown [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 22, 2010

Good morning Freelance Writing Jobs community. I had a full on working weekend, yet didn’t even cross off half the items on my “to do” list. Mind you, that’s not a complaint.  I did some fun family things, but mostly the other residents of Casa Ng were doing their own things and it was a good time for me to play catch up. Someone once asked me if I wouldn’t rather spend weekends doing what I enjoy. The truth is, I enjoy my work and I’m not quick to ditch it once the weekend comes around.  I’m a workaholic for [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 19, 2010

Enjoy your daily lists! New around the freelance writing jobs network Rewarding Your Long Term Freelance Writing Clients for their Customer Loyalty What I’ve Learned as a “Newbie” Freelance Writer Building a Blog Into a Blog Network Without Funding, Backing or Partners How to Keep Your Cool: Getting Over Freelance Blogging Slumps Clients Just Hate Those “Yes” Men Recommended reading from the blogosphere An Open Letter to b5media Bloggers 7 Tips for Profitable Niche Blogging at ProBlogger 20 New Media Jobs – Not Freelance – at Media Jobs Daily The Daily Writing Tips Poetry Competition I Can’t Write and So [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 18, 2010

So how is everyone doing with their freelance writing goals for 2010. I know I’ve asked this before but I like to check and see where everyone is, and if you’re still keeping true to your goals and resolutions. I’m so far so good. Definitely building up my own stuff, with some setbacks that have nothing to do with freelance writing. For example, the recent blizzards and having children in the house for days at a time did serve as a distraction. I can’t complain though, the Freelance Writing Jobs network is off to a great start in 2010, I’m [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 17, 2010

Enjoy your daily lists and freelance writing jobs! If you haven’t already taken the freelance writing jobs survey, please do so! New around the Freelance Writing Jobs network Do You Know What You’re Selling? Successfully Marketing Your Online Freelance Writing Business b5Media: I’m in a Better Place Now b5Media Layoffs Are a Good Reminder to Spread Those Freelance Writing Eggs Around Freelance Writing Cabin Fever: 5 Tips for Dealing with a Snow In 4 Measures to Put Into Place So Your Clients Won’t Rip You Off When to Refuse Work Recommended reading from around the blogosphere How Many Ways Can [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 16, 2010

New around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network The Dark Side of Freelance Writing: When Clients Don’t Pay 4 Measures to Put in Place So Your Freelance Writing Clients Don’t Rip You Off A Grammatically Correct President’s Day Ad Recommended reading will return tomorrow Freelance Writing Jobs Content Writing Jobs Healthcare Industry Subject Matter Experts Write About Freelancing Home Design Writer – $50/hour Article Writer Needed Write About Home Brewing Beer Writer for Website – San Francisco Real Estate/Business Writer Freelance Food & Lifestyle Writers – Kansas City Hunting & Fishing Writer – Upstate NY Website Writer/Editor – South Florida Blogger [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 15, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year and happy belated Valentine’s Day. Welcome to another clean slate Monday where we forget any negativity or missteps of the past week and make a fresh start. What will you do for your positive beginning? Enjoy your daily lists: New around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network Do Not as I Do: My Ten Most Embarrassing Freelance Writing Moments Freelance Writing Jobs You’re Not Feeling: 3 Tips for Getting Through the Clunkers Your Turn: What’s Your Definition of a “Good” Freelance Writing Job A Peek into My Freelance Writing Portfolio and a Few Valuable Lessons To Earn [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 12, 2010

As you can see, we did quite a bit of digging out yesterday. It’s been a long couple of days, but it looks like life is returning back to normal. Enjoy your daily lists and have a wonderful weekend. New around the Freelance Writing Jobs Network 40 Lessons Learned in Ten Years as a Freelance Writer Recommended reading from around the blogosphere Valentines for Journalists at 10,000 Words 3 Reasons Why Expertise Costs Money at Altitude Branding How to Apply for Freelance Blogger Work (Yes There’s a Right Way) at Blog Herald Build Ecosystems for Your Content at Chris Brogan [Read more…]

Freelance Writing Jobs for February 11, 2010

So as of Wednesday evening, we’ve been socked with a foot of snow and another five to ten inches expected over night. Part of me is thankful I have a job that enables me to stay inside during such weather, and part of me wishes I could take a snow day too. Freelance Writing Jobs Community News Did you know we post community news to our weekly newsletter? If you received and award or accolade, published a book, launched a product or any other good news to share, send it to us at wegetletters(at)gmail.com for inclusion in the weekly newsletter. [Read more…]

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