There are many aspects to freelance writing, and to be honest it can have its tiresome side. This is not a rant (okay, maybe a little), and I hope you will find some useful nuggets of information in today’s post.
The internet has created absolutely loads of opportunities for freelance writers. One of the biggest is the world of affiliate marketing. It can be really lucrative if you have good knowledge of a specialist subject that people build internet businesses around.
In this article, we’ll be looking closely at how freelance writers fit in the world of affiliate marketing. We’ll begin will looking at what exactly affiliate marketing is before moving on to the advantages and disadvantages of writing for affiliate marketers. [Read more…]
Freelancing is a dream opportunity for any writer and most other professionals. You’ll get to set your own hours, choose your own clients, and have the thrill of potentially unlimited income. But starting a freelancing career from scratch is intimidating – especially if you’ve never done it before.
While working, you might be entirely self-reliant, but that doesn’t mean you have to build your freelance business alone. In fact, it’s better for you to rely on external resources for writers that can help you overcome your initial apprehensions and build the best possible career for yourself. [Read more…]
Freelancing and stability seem like polar opposites. Most freelancers expect very loose hours, extended periods of downtime, and have plans in case payment doesn’t happen exactly on schedule – all traits of a more informal workforce and marketplace.
An article in the Wall Street Journal spells out all of the undesirable particulars: “Also know, that your future income will be hugely variable. Monthly retainers and long-term commitments are increasingly vestiges of a bygone era.” Given the variable and casual nature of freelance work, how can you turn it into a sustainable, stable business? [Read more…]
Close to 54 million Americans are considered freelancers and that number is expected to grow 50% by 2020. While the freelance world can be alluring, there are many things you should consider before jumping in and applying for writing jobs.
The legal aspects of freelance writing are often overlooked, but they are nonetheless important to understand. Starting a successful freelance career is difficult enough. The last thing you need is added legal trouble. Avoiding the three following legal pitfalls will prevent you from receiving correspondence threatening legal action or a visit from the IRS. [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Christopher Jan Benitez, content marketer during the day, heavy sleeper at night. Dreams of non-existent brass rings. Writer by trade. Pro wrestling fan by choice. Family man all the time.
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Let’s face it. Freelance writing is a business, especially if you do it full-time. That means you need to deal with all the aspects of running a business, just like every other company – big or small – does.
Depending on your location, this may include:
- Registering a business name and getting a business permit.
- Keeping track of expenses and income.
- Filing taxes, which entails knowing what laws apply and what deductions you can make.
- Promoting your business.
Regarding the last point, there are various ways you can promote your business – blogging, content marketing, social media marketing, and having your own online portfolio. Then there is the often overlooked method of real-life promotion.
Since we work online, we sometimes forget that there is a host of potential clients that you can acquire offline.
If you regularly work at a coffee shop, for example, there are probably some people who can use a freelance writer for a project. But you can’t just go around asking people in a coffee shop if they want to take on your services, can you? Nor can you approach people and hand out your business card. (Well, you can but that is probably not the best way to do it.)
A great alternative is to advertise yourself and what you do by using your laptop as a platform.
Think about it. People can’t help but stare – or at least take a look – at the laptops of those who are in a coffee shop. They may simply be glancing around, or they might be curious as to what you’re doing.
Whatever the case may be, you can take advantage of that human tendency by using decals or stickers specifically designed to promote your business.
That’s where startup Coffee Shop Freelancers comes into the picture.
They are introducing what they describe “a new way of networking” by designing and creating stickers that advertise what you do and include a call to action as well.
To get the word out, and to give the FWJ community a chance to try out their products, Coffee Shop Freelancers is giving away two laptop decals. Take a look.
Without you having to “violate” other people’s personal space, you are still able to promote your freelance writing business. Whether you work at a coffee shop or a co-working space, these decals will help you get clients in the real world.
How to win
We’re giving away these two decals to two lucky FWJ readers. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below, and you’re good to go.
Some important notes:
- Even if you don’t win, there’s still something for you. Simply visit Coffee Shop Freelancers, and subscribe to their mailing list. You will then automatically receive a 20% discount code upon launch. Additionally, you get automatically enrolled into more contests and giveaways.
- The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide.
- The giveaway starts today, January 12 and ends on Friday, January 16. The winners will be announced on Monday, January 19.
- You can tweet once day all week to get more entries.
Happy tweeting and commenting. Good luck!