Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Well, a post on Freelance Folder offers tips for those looking to hire a freelancer (yay, lucky you!) One tip? Be clear about what you want. For example, if you decide to post an ad or ask for proposals, provide as much info as you can about your project.
Check out the other tips: How To Find the Right Freelancer for Your New Project
Please feel free to add your tips on finding a freelancer below.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I just started reading this, but I love it already! This book deals more with freelance copywriting (writing for corporations, small businesses, etc.). It talks about how to find work, marketing yourself and much more.
This book gives aspiring freelance writers the must-do basics and includes info on crafting queries, writing and researching for articles, negotiating contracts and much more.
From the creators of mediabistro.com, "Get a Freelance Life" features advice on evaluating if freelance writing is right for you, developing relationships with editors, how to write queries and articles and more.
Friday, February 19, 2010
- Get a fabulous and effective website. By having a design that's professionally created (or at least looks like it), you'll gain credibility- and it's not as expensive as you might imagine. Two options to consider: 1) Use a theme that everyone and their grandma isn't using, or 2) Use a little money to hire a designer to modify an available, free theme.
- Be serious about SEO (search engine optimization). Whatever business you're in, you don't want to spend a lot of time looking for clients/customers- you want to use your time to make money. If you take the time to work on your SEO, your name (or business's) will come up higher in search results; so, when someone is searching for the service/product you offer, they'll be more likely to choose you first.
- Create compelling copy. You want the words on your website to convince others to purchase your product or service. However, it can be hard for you to write about how awesome you are, so you may want to think about hiring a copywriter. He or she can objectively convey why individuals should choose you.
- Convey your brand to others. It's easier to form a brand following when you can "piggy-back on top of an exisiting brand." And with blogging being so popular, gaining recognition is pretty simple- one way to do this is by writing guest posts on other blogs.
- Make a product to establish your authority. Having a product or download shows prospective clients that you know what you're doing. A couple of options: Write an ebook, or provide a free download that's related to your business's experience.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I was looking for some career/writing advice yesterday, and I stumbled upon a post on Quips and Tips for Writers called 7 Ways to Be a Better Freelance Writer. Laurie Kienlen-Pawlick gives us some great examples of writing goals for successful freelance writers. A few things she suggests:
- Set financial goals.
- Set a blog or website goal.
- Pitch three new articles every week.
Check out the entire post here. And have a fabulous day!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Here are the top five:
- Grow your customer base. Understand your customer demographics and why they buy your products and services. Win clients over with new and diversified products, and offer multiple price points and create packages or customizable plans, which give your customers greater freedom and flexibility.
- Expand low budget marketing. Promote your business for free on Twitter, and set up a Facebook fan page. Start a blog and comment on other blogs. Take this opportunity to communicate with customers about your business, and go viral.
- Surround yourself with experts. Get feedback from advisors you trust. Entrepreneurs count on SCORE for free and confidential business mentoring. Use a mentor to test ideas, map a sales plan and focus on success. You can ask SCORE for advice and/or meet with a SCORE mentor.
- Add commerce through a website. Your business needs one to stay competitive. Secure all variations on your company's domain name, and use online forms to encourage interaction. Also, add a shopping cart to sell your products, not just promote the brand.
- Free up time to sharpen your focus. Organize for success. Set a time each week to handle routine tasks, and use a PDA or other device to keep track of phone numbers, dates, appointments and meetings. Additionally, remember to take short breaks to refresh and recharge.
Check out the other five tips here: SCORE's Top 10 Secrets for Small Business
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
What are some benefits of being organized?
- More productivity.
- Saves you time and money (you won't waste time looking for misplaced items- especially when you could be working, and you won't have to waste money by replacing lost items).
- Allows you to be more calm (the mere sight of clutter can make you tense).
Here are some organizational tidbits from Laura Spencer, a freelance writer who contributes to Freelance Folder:
- Get rid of papers whenever possible. Try automatic and online billing for your bills and perhaps even for invoicing.
- Get control of your email. Most email systems lets you create folders and rules. Generally, you should be able to make a folder for each client's messages, and rules can send the messages to the client's folder automatically.
- Keep an accurate calendar. This can be done online, on paper or both. I maintain a planner for my day-to-day activities, a desk calendar to remind me of deadlines, and I create a weekly to-do list on my computer.
- Find a place for the papers you must keep. Consider using a filing cabinet, an accordion file or file folders. Remember to keep similar papers together.
- Use a bulletin board. Here, you can post any and everything you want and need to remember.
If you have any tips about organizing, leave a comment! Help a sista out : o )
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Monday, February 8, 2010
Luckily, I came across a post this weekend on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers (great blog, by the way) called Fear of Success for Writers- Signs of Self-Sabotage in the Writing Life. The author and site creator, Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, gives us ways that fear of writing success shows up:
- Talking the talk...but not walking the walk.
- Negative, pessimistic thoughts and behaviors.
- "Partying" the night before the big presentation (i.e., not getting enough sleep the night before a huge deadline).
Fortunately, she also gives us five tips for overcoming our fears of success:
- Accept your fear. Be scared. (Feel the fear...and do it anyway).
- Figure out why you're sabotaging your writing goals.
- Accept failure as a part of succeeding.
- View your writing and editing skills as changeable.
- Compete against yourself-not other writers and bloggers.
Do you fear success? How do you/have you gotten over the fear of succeeding?
- I write about topics in which I have interest.
- No long commutes.
- Connecting with other freelancers, writers and entrepreneurs.
- I get to help people develop and enhance their businesses.
What do you appreciate about being a freelance writer? Or if you're not one, what do you appreciate about freelance writers?
Friday, February 5, 2010
The elements of a good musician's press kit are:
- Bio and/or press release
- An advanced or finished product
- Hi-res photos (or links to them)
- Any press you've received or press quotes
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Well, I think you have to define it for yourself. For some people, success is fancy cars, big homes and lots of money. For others, it's having a career they love. Neither is better, but remember, you should define it for yourself. Why? Because if you don't, you will likely end up unhappy because you're doing something others think you should be doing or you'll be doing something other people think is better.
My point in all this? Do you and do what's right for you, regardless of what anyone has to say about it. You have to live life for yourself.
So, what is your definition of success?
Monday, February 1, 2010
- Make the amount of money I want
- Get two queries accepted
- Submit 3-4 DS articles per week
- Gain five more subscribers to for colored gurls
- Get four copywriting clients
- Network, network, network
- Work on marketing and branding
- Stay organized
- Stay focused and encouraged!
What are your writing/career goals this month?
Above photo from: beginnertriathlete.com
I'm sure you know that to make it as a writer (or in any other profession), you must have confidence in yourself and your abilities. If you don't, you probably won't make it very far. Now, it does take time to start believing in yourself and skills, but it is possible. And even if you do have confidence, you might find yourself wavering at some point- I know I do.
That's why I grabbed these tips from Kimora Lee Simmon's book, "Fabulosity: What It Is & How to Get It." I know, I know, you're probably thinking, 'Who takes advice from her?' But I promise you, these tips are worthwhile:
- Never say never. Get rid of words like "can't," "don't" or "won't." If you think you can't, then you can't- or won't. You have to believe and know that you are everything you want. Whatever you believe about yourself is what is going to be.
- Fake it 'til you make it. If you don't feel confident in your writing ability, for example, pretend that you do feel confident and soon enough, you will! Also, continuously hone your skills so you are the absolute best you can be.
- Trust there's a reason you're where you are. Sometimes, when good things happen to us, we start thinking about all the bad things that might occur, and we wonder if we should truly be there. However, it's important to remember that you deserve all the positive things in your life.
- Believe other people's confidence in you, even when you don't believe yourself. By doing this, you'll have more faith in you.
- Choose your company wisely. Basically, if you hang around people who are successful and confident, it'll eventually rub off on you. So, watch the company you keep.