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Ways to Boost Your Freelance Writing Career

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Freelance writing is a reliable way to get out of the nine-to-five routine, but it takes a lot of work to build a successful business. Passion alone won’t carry your career, so you need to learn the ins and outs of freelancing, publishing, and project management to reach your financial and lifestyle goals. Here are some tips to help boost your freelance career.

Know the Rules

Familiarize yourself with different style guides and formats so that you’re prepared when clients have a preference. Understand industry terms such as:

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Look up terms and trend specific to your area of focus. If your freelance career is geared more toward newspapers and magazines, get the know the vernacular of the industry to demonstrate your competency.

Stick to a Routine

You can’t always wait for the muse to speak before starting a project. To be a successful freelance writer, you need to learn how to write on command at any time of the day. If you’re used to working on your own variable schedule, perhaps it’s time to develop a plan that fits around the times you’re most productive. Change isn’t easy, but if you want to advance in your career, you need to buckle down and develop a routine that lasts.

Learn How to Juggle

No matter what industry you’re writing for or what types of clients you work with, the key is to practice building strong relationships with the people who pay you. Some clients can be a pain, but it’s best to practice professionalism and composure in all situations. No matter how great of a writer you are, you need to develop exceptional people skills to set yourself apart from the competition and show publishers that you’re the writer they want to work with.

Cite Your Sources

Nothing says “amateur” like plagiarized statements and uncited sources. Oftentimes, writers don’t mean to steal other authors’ work; they just don’t understand the rules or how to properly write a citation. There are plenty of free web resources to help you check for plagiarism before you publish. However, don’t rely on technology to do all the grunt work. Review national and international copyright rules and popular citation formats. For extra help, USC provides some good tips on correctly sourcing written material and images.

Utilize Free Spaces

If you occasionally meet with clients or a team of writers, you don’t always have to meet at the coffee shop. Consider using free spaces like parks, business courtyards, and even lawns of government buildings that are open to the public. Your local library is another reliable place to check out. Libraries often have meeting rooms that you can reserve advance. For more ideas on how to maximize your usage of your local library, click here.

Learn to Take Risks

You’re going to make mistakes no matter how long you’ve been in the writing business. Why not branch out and try something new? Once you’ve established a solid routine and learned all the essential skills needed to freelance successfully, take the plunge and explore new territory. Challenge yourself and work on continuous improvement every step of the way.

Amazing Ways You Can Turn a Talent for Writing into a Career

Have other people noticed that you have a talent for using the written word? They might have suggested that you try your hand at becoming “a writer”. But what does that mean? Many people think of everyone who’s a talented writer becoming an author, writing novels and poetry. But there are lots of different kinds of writing. Writing fiction and poetry is one thing you can do if you have a way with words. But there are also several other ways that you can make money from writing. In fact, the other methods of earning a living from writing could be much more reliable. You can also turn non-fiction writing, content writing and technical writing into a career.

Fiction and Poetry

Many creative writers dream of one day having a novel or an anthology of poetry published. Many writers manage to achieve this, whether through a big-name publisher or independent firm. But getting your work published takes a lot of work and a certain amount of luck. As well as approaching publishers about work you’ve written, there are other ways that authors and poets try to get their work published. These can include entering competitions and submitting work to magazines both online and offline. Authors also often choose to bypass publishers and go the route of online book publishing. To make it as a writer of fiction and poetry, you need to be dedicated to improving your creative writing. Many people take courses and workshops, attend writing groups and even complete degrees in the subject.

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Creative Non-fiction

Another option for creative writers in creative non-fiction. Again, this type of writing might be published in the form of a book, or it could appear in a magazine. The difference between the types of writing is that, although non-fiction can be creative, it also needs to be factual. You need to have a solid knowledge of the subject you’re writing about and be able to research your story thoroughly. All types of writing will need research skills. But with creative non-fiction it’s important that you’re accurate.

Content Writing

Content writing involves writing text for websites and blogs, with the target market of the website in mind. The purpose of the content is often to improve the website’s search engine optimization, or to help the site sell a product or service. You still need to have the correct knowledge and ability to perform this role. But, unlike some other types of writing, you don’t need to rely on attracting the attention of a publisher or agent. Many people become freelance content writers and produce material for several clients at the same time. However, you can also find content writer roles as part of the business’s permanent staff.

Technical Writing

Finally, there’s technical writing. This type of non-fiction writing involves producing material with technical information and instructions. You could be writing manuals for computers, chemistry textbooks or a script for a how-to video. To be a technical writer, you’ll need specialist knowledge of the subject. It’s a great career to try if you’ve just gained your Bachelor’s degree.

4 Freelance Career Ideas To Keep You Busy Until Something Better Comes Along

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If you’ve just left university after spending three to five years studying for your dream degree, you might be a little disappointed when you come home to find there aren’t that many suitable jobs around at the moment. You probably had big dreams of moving to a major city and living out the rest of your life with an amazing salary, right? Well, unfortunately, things rarely turn out the way we planned (straight away, anyway), and this is precisely why I’m taking the time out to write and release an article for you today. You see; there is a lot of work out there if you know how to find it, it’s just that most of it is short term. Still, lots of short term work is better than nothing, I’m sure you will agree.

Of course, you could always get in touch with agencies like Resource Employment Solutions to find out about the opportunities that have at the moment. I think that would be a good place to start. However, if you’re still not feeling thrilled with your prospects, you might like to take a quick read through some of the suggestions I’ve made below. While they won’t be suitable for everyone, they could be perfect for one or two of you, and so you definitely don’t want to overlook them. I know from personal experience, if you have the skills required, you’ll find the work…

1. Blogger

Presuming you have an English degree or something that has required you to write at speed using a good command of the English language, you could make upwards of £100 per day from writing blogs for marketing companies. Just search online to find out how you get started, as there are hundreds of articles with some very useful information.

2. Sound Engineer

More and more people are leaving higher education with music degrees these days, which is a little worrying as the industry isn’t really that large. Still, if you learned how to use a studio properly and get the sounds bands desire, you could make a lot of cash from becoming a freelance sound engineer. Just do some networking, and get in touch with all the studios local to you.

3. Photographer

Whether you specialist in press shots for businesses, or even if you attack the wedding market, becoming a freelance photographer will allow you to spend a lot of time away from home, and could also make your life a little more relaxed. Taking good photographs is an art form though, and you’ll need to master it before you get lots of clients.

4. Consultant

You have a degree in some subject or another, right? Well, there are lots of people out there who could benefit from your knowledge, and so becoming a freelance consultant and operating a video messaging or telephone service to clients all over the world could help you to keep going until something better comes along. Who knows; you might even earn so much you continue with this indefinitely.

Well guys, that’s me done for this week, but I sincerely hope you find some suitable job in the near future. And if you don’t, remember, there’s nothing stopping you from creating one!

Good luck!

 

Could you quit the day job to become an entrepreneur?

enterpreniurGone are the days when people were content with a job for life. If you feel disillusioned in the workplace, you know what, you can just up and leave. Life’s too short to feel unhappy at work. Why should you settle with an arduous commute only to feel undervalued and unfulfilled when you arrive.

The internet has greatly increased the options at our disposal. There is enough high quality information available for even a business novice to get a good grasp of the key strategies to grow a business from the ground up. Resources such as the business blog at Everline.com (a short-term finance provider for small and growing businesses), the BBC’s Entrepreneurship pages and the knowledge and community pages at Simply Business are an invaluable source of free assistance and ideas.

So, if you’re considering trading in your comfortable job, steady wage and paid holiday entitlement for the unpredictability, stress but ultimate satisfaction of going it alone, here’s some advice to help you along the way.

Don’t resign on a whim

It’s awfully tempting, particularly after a bad day, to make a snap decision and hand in your resignation without giving it the forethought it deserves. There are some days when the thought of going to work is soul destroying, but if you’re going to make this work, you need plenty of time to plan ahead while you have the safety net of a steady wage.

How are you going to support those who depend on you? Are you willing to work longer hours? Are you happy to except a drop in living standards? These are all important considerations before breaking the news to your boss.

Start your business while you’re still employed

It’s always best to start a new business while you still have a regular salary to depend upon. This gives you the best of both worlds, allowing you to develop the business so you can transition seamlessly from employment to entrepreneurship while avoiding a prolonged spell without earning.

Prepare for the onslaught

The truth of the matter is, in the early days, you’ll probably never work so hard. The stress can be enormous, after all, your livelihood is at stake, and the thought of crawling back to your self-satisfied ex-boss is too much to bear. So you have no choice; you must make it work. The trouble is that at some stage, everything which can go wrong probably will, and when it does, the buck stops with you.

After a year of business you might think you’ve turned the corner and it’s plain, profitable sailing from there on in, but like the second album, it is often during the second year that a lot of businesses fail. You should still prepare yourself for plenty of rejection, inconsolable downs and plenty of late nights; but you know what? It’s still worth it.

Don’t dwell on the past

Mistakes are inevitable for any entrepreneur, but as clichéd as it may be, it is the mistakes you make which teach you the most. It is important not to dwell and think of what might have been. Stay focused on the future, set achievable daily goals and remain positive; all it takes is one email to completely change your fortunes.

Do you have a strong desire to become an entrepreneur? Perhaps you’ve made the transition to self-employment and you’d like to share your tips? Either way, we’d love to hear from you, so please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.