Tag Archives: freelance writing

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!

Advertisements

Two Ways Freelance Writers Make Money Blogging

Formula to Making Money Online

As the internet allows for more people to Learn, Socialize, and now Work from the comfort of their home, many seek to make an easy living blogging, online article writing, and even find jobs within marketing; however, a large portion of individuals will scratch their heads for hours on end and shuffle through loads of information hoping to create the perfect formula for making money online.

Blogging as a Primary Source of Income?Blogging can be used as portfolios and service portals for freelance writers

As mentioned, Blogging has become a primary source of income for many individuals who have decided to work from home. While Blogging had a slow start, over the past ten years, it has become the first option for many seeking to start online business or create residual incomes. However, many are skeptical and still ask, “Can one make money from Blogging?”

You would be Surprised…

Honestly, there are various methods of using a blog to create online incomes; however, many people overthink the process and go all out hoping to earn a few bucks using every method they come across.

There are two ways to make money from your blog:

  1. Using your Blog as an online writing portfolio and projects Folder you can market your freelance or blogging services to attract new clientele.
  2. Monetize your Blog by using ad placement, incorporating site memberships, and including an online store within your blog.

As you can see #1 is very to the point. You can use your blog as a writing portfolio, based on a specific niche with an established audience, and attract the type of clientele you would best be fit for. This also allows for you to set your own sales funnel when it comes to your services and what you are willing to offer in terms of packaged assignments and bulk load projects.

Monetizing your blog takes a little bit more effort. Aside from incorporating Google AdSense and joining several Affiliate programs, hosting your own store is another sure fire way to make money blogging. But, how does one generate traffic to this online store, affiliate links, and expose them to your blogs Ads?

Generate Income Blogging with 3 Strategies

There are three ways in which you can drive traffic to your blog and begin to make money:

1.    Offer a Goodie Bag or Site Freebie:

In order to lure visitors to your site you have to have an enticing offer such as a Goodie bag or freebie in return for their subscription to your blog. Many new bloggers make the mistake of selling to any and everyone who visits their site without ensuring that it has any real value. Try offering them something that shows them your site holds relevance to whatever niche it is built upon.

By getting them to subscribe first and offering them useful insight, they can be prompted to open your emails and even peek into your services and rates page to see what else you offer.  Once they have subscribed to your newsletter or email updates, you can offer them discounts and promote other relevant brands which could also help you make online sales.

2.    Consistently Flood Readers with Great Content:

Creating consistently great content that is not just informative but engaging is easily said; however after blogging about the same topic for months on end it can become a difficult thing to accomplish. Another issue is that even once you have created this great content, you must also keep it updated. Search Engines frown on out dated content and readers find old content irrelevant. By creating fresh content and continually updating your old content, you can always generate new site traffic and increase your potential Search Engine Rankings.

No matter what though, you want to make sure your content has credible value and a complete call to action, not just information followed by a sales pitch of your services or products.

3.    Switch Up Post Types:

It is important that you try to stay diverse in terms of Post content. No, I don’t mean the topic of discussion, but the type of post. Switch up post type to include Blog Post, Video, and Audio! Blogging has attempted to keep up with technology and site owners are able to introduce their viewers with various forms of content, aside from drawn out articles.

Try creating a blog post schedule in which you incorporated these three different types of blog post [attempting to do one every other day]. Start by publishing a Text Blog Post which could detail the following two post for the week or introduce readers to the following weeks subject matter. Then, try аn Audio post in which you do an in depth interview or have a candid group discussion, followed by a Visual/Video Post in which you can show a short documentary or have potential product placement.

Honestly, the potential set up of your blogs content is limitless as are the various marketing strategies you could use to implement them in.

Freelance Writers Make Money through BloggingHow to make money blogging

While new avenues of monetizing a blog are cropping up every day, the choice of method in which you decide to make money from your blog is typically based on the blogging platform and the Freelance Writer or Bloggers Business plans.

Yes, basic fundamеntаlѕ of making money to blog will remain relevant as long as blogs have the ability to place relevant advertisements, incorporate affiliate programs links, and build online businesses; by mastering them you can enhance your blogs value exponentially.

Xoxo-

Gab Brand

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.

contact usHiring a Freelance Content Writer made Hassle Free

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!