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Hiring a Freelance Writer with The Gift of Gab

Good Help Can Be Hard to Find

As more individual emerge as Freelance Writers and Money Hungry Bloggers, finding a reliable source of Web Content can be like picking a needle out of a hay stack. Locating a writer who can provide content for a variety of projects, subject matter, and platforms can be easier said than done. Unfortunately, with the need for social marketing and fresh content to remain relevant, you need it done; you actually needed it done yesterday.

One Freelancer might be a social media mastermind while another might be a Search Engine Magnet an generate tons of organic traffic from their work. Most likely you want a writer that is easy to communicate with, understands your message and goals, and self-sufficient enough that you can focus on the day to day Business decisions you would normally be plagued with.

Woman using a digital tablet in office, on-line shopping at home, reading or playing.Characteristics of a Valuable Freelance Content Writer

There are various aspects of a writer that you can evaluate to determine whether you have a great freelance content writer for long term projects and continuous work or a one time show pony capable of writing informative content [with the possibility of it going nowhere].

Here are a few character traits that any great Content Writer will be willing to discuss during your consultation:

Experience as a Freelancer and Passionate as a Writer

As more work becomes available it is easy for any new writer or stay at home mom to rack up on quick gigs and general feedback from projects completed; However, an experienced Freelancer, who is passionate about writing, will provide an in-depth portfolio of consistent work completed for reoccurring clients and valuable referrals from those clients.

A reliable and consistent Freelance Writer will most likely have a diverse portfolio and have dabbled in a variety of niches, which will enable her ability to write about various subject matters in detail and with ease. An established writer will present you with an organized list of published works and copies of such, as any prideful writer keeps a copy nearby. You might notice some jobs are extremely smaller than others, but this is evident proof that they are in it for more than the money, and most likely these small jobs turned into reoccurring clients later. A writer who is passionate about their work invests a great deal more time in establishing work relationships and even more time ensuring clients get the needed results from said work.

Freelance Content Writers with Focus and Public Awareness

Whenever your Platform grows you are sure to encounter a new audience or demographic. A diligent Freelance Content Writer can provide all-inclusive content for a variety of demographics or re-construct previous content to take your new viewers in to account. You can even locate Freelance Writers able to write in multiple languages for those who encounter language barriers when accessing your content. Tis can be important, for example when an article is written in English by an individual who speaks English as a second language. It is clearly noticeable and as such will later require an editor.

Freelancer Writers with Niche Specialties

Like each company having a certain brand and service, most freelancers have a specific niche, despite what their portfolio shows. If you are hiring out for content, ask for samples of work related to your brand or business. Be sure to state уоur requirements. Once you have sampled their related work and have had a chance to assess their writing quality, you can further determine whether or not this Freelance Content Writer is suited for your project. If you want them to draft something original to test them even further, offer a small sum as incentive for work that might not even be published, providing proper incentive. This is probably the most vital part of outsourcing content- because while previous work might have been a knock out the park- chances are it might not be the same with your intended content. So, be sure to test out your writer before actually hiring them.

Freelance Writers with Open Availability and Communication Lines

It can be frustrating for both client and writer when both are working from remote locations; it will be important tо have wауѕ tо be ассеѕѕіblе tо еасh оthеr, such as phone lines and even skype for last minute conversations and updates. An experienced Freelance Content Writer will provide multiple lines of communication and times when you will be able to reach them.

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By sifting through the loads of available Content Writers and pinpointing characteristics of a steadfast and trustworthy freelancer you can locate the best writer for your brand or platform. Just remember to have in depth interviews with your Freelance Content Provider and have them reiterate your needs as you have explained them back to you.

While most freelancers are seeking to expand their portfolio and develop long lasting careers, others are simply out to make a decent buck really fast. Leaving your content lacking necessary information, call to actions, and even lacking general engagement. Take the time to do background test and writing test on all content writers before hiring for a hassle free experience. Or better yet, Contact Gab Brand for help!

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A Freelance Writers Little Black Book || Building an E-Mail list

So far, on this freelancing journey, we have been focused on building a steady following, establishing a solid presence with social media, and consistently writing great, keyword rich content. It’s all been about fortifying your brands presence- but what about longevity?

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Building an Email list is something you probably haven’t considered and since a lot of platforms [like WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter] do it automatically you probably don’t see the need to. But what if one day, Heaven forbid, your accounts are hacked or worse deleted? Maybe you decided to change web hosting or buy a new web domain. An Email list is not just a great way to communicate personally, but inform your following of important changes or mishaps that affect your business and their accessibility to it.

A Freelance Writers Email list should be a coveted artifact like a man’s little black book. Every one who has ever commented on your work, any one you have every pitched an idea to, and- of course- your loyal following should be included. Establishing an Email list is beneficial for a freelance writer for three reasons:

1) As mentioned, it is a great way to get in touch with viewers on a personal level. It’s direct and private, making the reader comfortable discussing or entertaining certain ideas presented. People might not openly want to discuss abuse, sex, or things of that nature in a open forum. However, more are willing to contribute if they can do so on a private platform.

2) As a Freelance Writer you’ll often here the saying, “The money is in the list,” however they’re not referring to clients or even referrals but your email list. When monetizing your blog or website, considering to sale, or work in sales already- having an email list is a great bargaining tool and offers lucrative advertisement possibilities. Every one using social media, writing platforms, or online networking forums is required to have an email. I have used the same Email account since the Eighth grade so that speaks to how often people tend to change their addresses. It’s common sense to business owners looking to buy your Email list or asking you to advertise to your email listing that you have a higher chance of encouraging readers to peak into the email instead of labeling it spam.

3) Unlike print or newsletters, it’s cheap and isn’t time consuming to create, easily manageable, and a great way to keep your audience informed regardless of time or location. Most people have their email linked to their mobile devices, if you ever have any of the earlier mentioned problems, site failure, etc. you are able to let your readers know the necessary steps to take in order to get service from you.

Use your email list like you use social media–as a way to connect further with your readers and fans. Interact and inform your readers; don’t constantly promote and sell.

says by Kimberley Grabas from Your Writer Platform in her article, Writers Guide To an Email list

It only takes one click to unsubscribe, so make it worthwhile for your reader to stay.

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Having an Email list is great for so many reasons and you can be tempted to monetize early in if your following is sufficient. However, it is easy to abuse this new power with so many businesses trying to get their hands on your little black book. There are a few things you should not do when deciding to monetize or sale your email list.

1) You have to remember our #1 Rule: Quality over Quantity. It doesn’t just apply to content. You worked hard to build your email list- why throw it away over a few bucks? Flooding your listing with shameless advertisements, inconsistent content, and a jumble of merchandise they couldn’t be less interested in is an easy way to lose subscribers.

2) Being inconsistent could be costly. Informing your readers of your every move may not be necessary but failing to set up some consistent schedule that readers can conform to could cause them to lose interest. When you finally decide to take your Email newsletter serious your readers might have moved on or decide they have too much to catch up on so, why bother? Avoid this by sending out a weekly Email, even if just to say hi or drop an odd fact about yourself and your services. It pays off!

Getting around to creating an Email list shouldn’t be something you consider. It is not something that should be put off, which is a unintentional error often made by beginning entrepreneurs. Don’t wait until you have built the perfect blog, have impeccable content with no grammatical errors, don’t even wait until building a social empire- just invite them to join you later! Get a jump on your email list from the beginning of your Freelance Writing career- connect with readers, inform them, and prepare yourself for possible hiccups.

Have any tips for getting started on an Email list for other Freelance Writers? Share them us! Let’s hear your feedback on Facebook. Make sure to use hashtag #GabBrand- Can’t wait for you to share your gift of gab!

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Bids Pitches: Create a Kick-Ass Freelance Writing Proposal

What Are Bids and Pitches?

Bids and Pitches are written proposals in which you sell your skills or a particular idea to a potential client.

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How do you write a kick-ass pitch that never fails?

It can be hard to write a kick ass pitch that never fails. Your Pitch is the one shot you have to sale yourself, convince your reader they need you, and get your foot in the door for possible long term work.

Here are a few easy steps to write a winning proposal for freelance writers.

1.) Research can never be stressed enough in anything you do as a Freelance writer. Researching your intended audience, the web/written prints they read, the style of writing that attracts them, and so on is important when pitching because it gives you a general sense of who your future employer is looking to hire. Make sure you glance at the established blogs, review their social media forums, even take time to check out the advertisements!

2.) Draft out several templates of your pitch. Whether you are pitching yourself or an article or two, it’s important to have a variety of Bids, from a formal business proposal to creative and witty pitch. This is where step one serves you well because you are familiar with their professional personality through everything they’ve displayed or published!

What Should You Include In Your Pitch?

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Now that you’ve done your research and are ready to Draft these several pitches, what should you include in your pitch? Or, if you know yourself and your business inside and out, how should you put your freelance writing pitch together? Here is a General breakdown of a successful proposal.

1.) Contact your future employers directly if possible. If not make sure to address them directly within your pitch. Personalizing it will make sure that, if your pitch is decently written, it reaches the right person. “To whom it may concern,” will get you nowhere! Instead find a directory, figure out who reads proposals and also who has the final say in accepting them, the editor!

Example:
Tavia C. Smith
Author & Founder
The Gift of Gab

(Date)

Intended employer,
Company Position
Company Name

Subject: (pitch title)

Dear (intended client)…

2.) Develop your initial selling point, which is usually the first few sentences. Potential employers won’t read the entire pitch to find out what your about or what you offer, especially if they don’t see the benefits upfront. Along with a catchy title to define yourself and the initial title of the email, the first few lines of the pitch are supposed to be just as extravagant but professional, detailed but short, witty but in line with the company message. If your pitching an idea it’s always good to start off with statistics, facts, or recent news reports and why your opinion or article is needed or what the article intends to express. If you are selling your skills open with a great, quick prompt or scenario in which your qualifications and potential would be the solution.

Example (for someone pitching a General service/Skills:
Maintaining a business and its day to day operations consumes a lot of your time. Keeping your web content fresh and engaging is something you always intend to do but never get around to it. You try to remain active with social media but find yourself lost in hashtags and emojis. You even get lost in the jumble of Emails from your faithful readers, failing to establish solid communication with potential clients. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a reliable source of witty, original, and consistent content that is not only informative but engaging?

3.) Hopefully, you’re still with me, because now it’s time to tell them (your intended client) how you can solve their problems.

Example:
Effective content and consistent communication is critical to any business survival. Establishing a solid online presence will raise awareness of your brand and services. The Gift of Gab is now providing original and informative online content to help you do so. Other services such as meticulous editing and even rewriting of previous content, producing engaging post for social media networks, and supplying fresh topics for discussion forums are available.

4.) Connect your selling points with facts. Just saying you offer great services isn’t enough either! Your next paragraph should revolve around the intended outcome a client could expect from your work. I would suggest using statistics to get you point across.

Example:
As more people invest time online, 97% of consumers look for new places to shop online, in particular through social media. “your customers are embracing social media as a normal part of their lives. said by Phil Mershon of Social Media Examiner in his article “26 Promising Social Media Stats for Small Businesses”. A promising article that breaks down statistics of the greatest used social media forums such as Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter. It was no surprise to know that Facebook was the number one site, especially among Americans who check in at least four times a day. However did you know that, out of the 40 million world wide checking on a daily basis, each one had nearly 130 friends each and on average belong to at least 80 groups, communities, and social clubs? Since nearly 23% of peoples online activity consist of Social media interactions The Gift of Gab emphasizes the importance of establishing an online presence developed around your businesses brand and personality.

5.) Once you have solved their problem, sold your skills, and supported your facts-thank your reader and inform them where they can locate some of your previous works or writing samples. Then, in closing, give them your contact information and working hours. If, like me you have a family tend to- you can’t hover around your computer waiting for a response. I suggest a regular set of business hours, typically early morning until just after lunch. At these times I am already sifting through emails while enjoying my morning coffee. By my last cup I am finishing up with social media and re-editing a post, so it’s done and done!

Example:
The Gift of Gab offers several benefits for Small business owners. Please view my writing style at https://GabBrand.WordPress.com (A Writers Guide to Freelancing). I appreciate the time you have taken thus far and would like a chance to further discuss the development of your online presence and how I can meet your individual needs by creating a package fit just for you, delivering your brands message, raise awareness, and help you connect with your intended community. If interested, please contact me via email at Taviacarpenter@yahoo.com between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. I would be more than happy to provide a free consultation.

Thank you again,
Tavia Smith
The Gift of Gab

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Of course this is an example of a rough pitch and would require major tweaking to fit your goals, but once you establish a decent template and insert the necessary tone and style of writing you should have no problem connecting with future employers. Follow the steps mentioned before, use this template as a guide, and go from there!

Continue Developing Your Freelance Writing Pitch

Continue your research:

*Small Business Benefit Most From Social Media,Written by Phil Mershon
* 33 Social Media Facts & Statistics You Should know in 2015 Written by Jeff Bullas.
* 7 Business Development Marketing Tips For Social Media By Patrick Zuluaga
* 10 Surprising Social Media Facts That Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy By Belle Beth Cooper

Gab Brand Wants to Hear From You

Have you recently written your freelance writing pitch? Was it a home run with your intended client? Tell us why or how you developed your freelance writing pitch to land your ideal job.

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