In a tough economy with so many people out of work, finding a job can be a mind-numbing process, and finding a freelance writing job is no different. The problem, though, does not lay in the job-finding part; any website you browse will list hundreds of open positions. These common websites are flooded daily with overqualified applicants that are hired before you even click the posting. Because of this, you may need to consider finding an alternative way to job search in this job market. The key: networking.
Writing any kind of book or lengthy writing project can be stressful, especially if you don’t have experience. In addition to writing the content you have to design and format it, make sure it is edited, and make sure it looks professional. While your head may be spinning trying to take this project on, remember that eBooks are one of the top strategies for lead generation and you will be benefiting from your efforts in no time! Writing an eBook will not only benefit your E-Commerce client, but also you as a freelance writer. You just have to learn a few basics and you’ll find that creating an eBook is easier than it seems.
It’s an established fact that freelancing became more popular after the 2008 financial crash, and the US self-employed population reaches 15.5 million today. This trend was led by Generation X (also known as the people who got stuck between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials). As it was shown in a Toptal survey recently, a significant proportion of those who are new in freelancing, followed this route almost entirely for their children.
This would also end the notion that people choose freelancing simply to be their own bosses. The freelance community is being increasingly overrun by family. But what leads to this change of motivation while the freelance economy grows? [Read more…]
Invoices have always kept freelancers on their toes and holding their breath. Everyone deals with invoices, yet there are not many options out there to help you stay organized. While PayPal can cover most invoices, not everyone uses that system because of the fee that PayPal takes out per transaction. This means that as a freelancer, you probably have several PayPal invoices pending, checks in the mail, or even Venmo invoices mixed in with all of your personal transactions. It can get confusing, and for large businesses, it can make it easier for invoices to fall through the cracks. This is where Due.com comes into play.
As you’ve probably already guessed, this is a tool that was introduced back in June of this year that helps you manage invoices, and it is finally getting some recognition. So is this the answer we’ve been waiting for when it comes to invoice management? We decided to launch a full review, so read on below.
Freelance writing has lately been turning into writing to improve a company’s SEO. Although this may not be your specialty or your ultimate goal as a writer, it’s a good way to make ends meet in the meantime, and it’s where you’ll find a lot of freelancing gigs. This means that understanding and breaking into the SEO industry might help you land these types of jobs.
Although SEO is a fairly new concept when it comes to writing content, it’s something that many writers today are having to scramble to understand; especially if they were trained in other areas. Writers need to ask themselves a few questions: Do I want to learn SEO, why do I want to learn it, and how do I even begin?
Life as a writer can be unpredictable: audiences are fickle; the hours can be long, and projects demanding. Yet, those are some of the main reasons why we write. If you’re passionate about your craft, chances are you’ve worked hard to get your name out there. However, with the high volume of online content going live every day, it can be difficult for your content to stand out. For a frame of reference, more than 150,000,000 blogs are on the Internet and people produce about 42.6 million new posts each month.
Becoming a prolific writer in a particular niche is the first step. Stand out as a writer and improve your online presence with some of the following techniques and tools.
Writers know that sometimes you write a piece of content for one website and it just doesn’t get published. Even if you spoke with an editor and made sure you were writing the perfect piece for that website, you can still wind up with that content in the end because something went wrong along the way. A few reasons this might happen include:
- The editor revised it and revised it and just decided it wouldn’t work.
- The blog did publish your content, but when you went back to check a few months (or even a few years) later the site has been deleted or penalized.
- You sent it to a website and then never heard back from the publisher.
- The editor wanted to change your content so much that you decided not to give your piece to that website.
When it comes to freelance writing, you have to be able to write about anything and everything to really keep yourself afloat when you first get started. Creating content for B2B blogs, which typically means writing to entertain and educate, is probably the most in-demand skill; however creating content for companies that sell specific products isn’t far behind. This isn’t typically seen as the most popular type of writing for a writer, but it’s certainly a skill that can’t be found in just any writer.
Many freelance writers don’t have to know anything about coding or even anything about SEO, but authorship is an exception. It’s important for every freelancer to understand how authorship works because it is becoming so important in the world of Google. Companies are using authorship for the posts that their authors write, so the standalone-freelancer can’t be left behind. Soon authorship is going to become a part of the job of a freelance writer, so the sooner you get started the better.
With the growing popularity and use of the Internet, more and more people are sitting at their desks thinking: I could do this from home. Fortunately, company owners are also starting to realize the fact that many jobs can now be done at home through the Internet. This is especially true for writing gigs. This is known as telecommuting, and for those who have landing a telecommuting job, home can really be anywhere in the world.