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Freelance Writer Missing in Action

Please, pardon my absence these past few weeks. I have been undergoing major development plans for multiple platforms; both mines and clients. With an increase in work there was bound to be a decrease in blogging; however, I didn’t expect such great feedback from clients that I would be swamped with consistent work. #Blessed

Expectant Changes for Developing Gab Brand

While I would be a fool to complain, I must say that the whole break has caused me to rethink various aspects of Gab Brand.

Lifestyle of Gab Brand

For example, I am turning Gab Brand into a lifestyle blog. As it should be, with a emphasis on Blogging for business, developing your brand as a freelance writer, but also living as a work from home mother, transforming my health from being a chain smoker to yoga addict. I just want this platform to be more about me and less about my work; even though it is an online portfolio for work.

Gab Brand Email Newsletter

Secondly, I want to trash… halt the newsletter. What Newsletter? My point entirely. While I tend to stay ahead of client dead lines, I have been completely sucking at consistency when it comes to my own outlets. As a content writer you want to market your work the best ways possible, but the newsletter seemed more of a hassle than a help. Instead I will be more diligent with twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook- So, Be sure to stay tuned to Gab Brand Social Media channels for news blasts!

As I continue this entrepreneurial endeavor, I am sure to redevelop the platform. I hope that you continue to be loyal followers and honest readers, providing me with both compliments and criticism Don’t worry, I have tough skin. Let it rip.

 

xoxo,

Gab Brand

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You Can Do It!: Empowering Yourself To Write

How To Become A Freelance Writer When You Can’t Write Worth A Darn

 

You might think that there’s no way you could ever be a freelance writer. You’ve never had particularly good writing skills, and you hated English/Creative Writing classes, but you want the freedom that comes with running your own business.

 

So… you love writing, but you can’t write very well. News flash: you can still be a successful freelance writer. How, you ask? Well, the answer isn’t “easy”, but here are four ways to improve your writing skills so you can start writing for cash.

 

#1 – Read Great Literature

 

The best writers are the ones who are serial bookworms, but that doesn’t mean you have to devour ten books a week. One good novel every couple of weeks will do you just fine, but make sure it’s quality literature. 50 Shades of Gray doesn’t count as literature; try reading some of the classics instead, like Jane Austen or Stephen King or whatever it is you’re interested in.

 

Once you make reading a habit, the words will start to stick, and you’ll suddenly find your vocabulary expanded. Just keep in mind that the language in a lot of classic novels from a century ago doesn’t always fit into modern day writing.

 

#2 – Buy A Writer’s Guide

 

Writer’s guides are a godsend in my opinion. Even the best writers need a little help now and then, and I can guarantee that the dictionary doesn’t gather any dust in this household. However, the dictionary isn’t the writer’s guide I’m talking about.

 

A quick search on Amazon will show you dozens of results for writer’s guides that include just about every English rule in the book. There are several new editions that come out every year, but unless you’re writing in a field where a single mistake will get you fired, you don’t need the most up-to-date version.

 

Writer’s guides are more useful as references rather than actual “guides”. I use mine to review the basic rules of the English language because I tend to forget how commas work some days. It’s great for those moments when you doubt whether or not you used a word or punctuation mark correctly, but you can also use the guide for more extensive proofreading.

 

#3 – Use A Grammar Checker

 

If you’re a burgeoning writer who still struggles with proper grammar and sentence structure, programs like Grammarly can help a lot. There are several online proofreading tools to choose from, with Grammarly being my top personal pick, but I will warn you that none of these programs are perfect.

 

Grammarly has a reputation for missing common errors, as well as suggesting the wrong sentence structure or word choice. Overall, though, it’s an excellent tool for beginning writers. As you write and read more, you’ll learn writing rules on your own. Online proofreading tools are highly useful for simple mistakes like spelling errors and improper punctuation.

 

Once you start making money with your freelance writing business, you can hire a professional proofreader to go through your work. Sites like UpWork and Fiverr have excellent proofreaders hanging out there, and you can hire them for cheap. Just give them a tip once in awhile, please. They like to know they’re appreciated.

 

#4 – Blog!

 

There’s no better way to learn to write than to practice. Blogging is a great way to improve your writing through a casual routine. You can blog for fun, educational purposes or money. I first started blogging on Livejournal back in the day, but I eventually moved on to WordPress and started a blog called Eclectica.

 

It didn’t pan out, but I’m now running a mildly successful mental health blog and my own freelance writing website. Oh, and as you can see, I’m guest posting on Gab Brand. 😉

 

You don’t have to blog about freelance writing to establish yourself. You can blog about whatever you want! Just have fun, make regular posts, and you’ll learn the ins and outs of blogging in no time. You should  also make reading and commenting on other blogs a habit so you can start building a network. It will also help you see how others are blogging; you might just learn a few tricks!

 

Anyone can write!

 

I firmly believe that anybody can write when they put their mind to it. Sure, it may take you a little longer than others to get the hang of it, but anything is possible with enough hard work and perseverance. There’s a great writer inside of you, just waiting to emerge!

 

For tips on how to land your first freelance writing gig, check out Bids and Pitches: Two Ways of Winning a Freelancing Gig. You can also follow writing boards on Pinterest that pertain to your niche to get more ideas on how to market yourself to clients.

 

Happy writing, freelancers!

Contracts and The Fine Print: Securing the What If’s of Freelancing

After some blunders with clients and having no paper work in place I found out the importance of Contracts and the Fine Print. I invested some time in developing solid contracts when seeking out clients for Gab Brand; here are some reasons why you should dive deeper into Contracts and the Fine Print.

Contracts Keep You Safe

Contracts and the annoyingly small print can be used to provide security for both client and supplier in the event of a dispute, late payment, or late work delivery.

Don't be afraid of the little details. The Fine Print in a contract could cost or save you a ton in the future!
Don’t be afraid of the little details. The Fine Print in a contract could cost or save you a ton in the future!

People can be caught poaching work from Freelance Writers. It is common for Clients to request articles from several writers using popular Writing Mills or Out Sourcing Platforms; they get loads of great material free to use because the writer had not said otherwise, in hopes of gaining employment.

Whether you are submitting a draft or pitching an article for consideration, you shouldn’t work under the implication of a verbal agreement. It doesn’t matter if it was delivered by e-mail, Skype Interviews, text, or by invitation using a popular Out Sourcing Platform.

It can be seen as over-cautious, but create a contract for draft submissions and add footnotes to protect any work submitted before actual employment, unless you are willingly giving out free work as a hiring incentive.

Contracts Keep Freelancers on Track

Contracts can be used to keep track of your work. Adding features such as draft confirmations or signatures upon delivery, you can include important details regarding scheduling, payments and even content structure, and use of keywords.

Use attachments with your contracts and include in the fine print any pre-set schedule, the cost of additional work, and invoices to keep track of work submitted, drafts included, the number of revisions needed, and more.

You can make use of Contracts when charging per word [in addition to keyword placement and content structure] and add overages/additional invoice procedure into the fine print area. Some writers charge more for extra back links, imagery, and use of digital files in submissions.

Resources to Develop your Freelance Contract

Developing your Freelance contract and fine tuning the small print, you want to cover the basics and also include all those What If Moments. It is important to gather resources that will help you create a solid contract for Freelance work.

Freelance Writers is already a risky business; protect yourself and your work by investing time in a multi-functional contract for the various service you might want to provide as Freelance/Contracted work-for-hire.
Freelance Writing is already a risky business; protect yourself and your work by investing time in a multi-functional contract for the various service you might want to provide as Freelance/Contracted work-for-hire.

You don’t want to be held liable for what a client does with your work; you can’t have them skating off with it for free; What if they decided they don’t want to pay but have published it anyway? Here are some resources to help you create a basic and multi-functional contract for Freelance Work:

  • While I usually discourage Wiki-Anything, it’s credibility has improved since editing guidelines have become more restrictive, This simple guideline from WikiHow is a good example of what sort of template to use when developing a general contract for freelance work.
  • Maybe you are not a freelance writer? No problem, there are freelance designer templates and other essential contracts for potential freelance work for easy use if you run a google search on your niche topic, project type and length, and any extra features such as milestones, inventory reimbursements, etc.
  • Docracy also offers a Work-for-hire- Freelance writing contract to be used for an independent contractor relationship; this sample is especially useful for those freelancers who are approached by other freelancers to supplement work they already have.

Gab Brand Wants To Hear From You

What is your biggest hassle when it comes to creating a contract between you and your client? Have you had to outsource work before and had your contract fall through? What Loop Holes would you warn other Freelancers to look out for when building a solid contract?

Share all your thoughts with us on your favorite Social Networks and be sure to use the hashtag #GabBrand and let us know how you improved your contract!

XOXO-

Gab Brand