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As a professional freelancer, you’ll sometimes find yourself with a piece of content that your client refused to buy. When a client doesn't pay for their content, it remains the property of the freelancer, and the freelancer is free to do whatever he or she wants with that content.
Who Steals Content?
People that want fresh content for their websites and don't want to pay for that content often steal content from other popular websites. Some people even use scrapers to grab new content as it’s made available. Other individuals may post extremely low-paying orders on content sites to get custom content, then tell the writer it needs extensive work or is, in fact, plagiarized. The client in this scenario knows that if they list enough problems with the content they received that the writer will drop it rather than continue working on it.
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Are you wondering how to price your content in order to pay your monthly bills and attract new clients? The truth is that freelancers can charge any rate they wish from less than $10 per article to more than $1,000. Your answer will probably depend on your experience level, your education and your experience as a freelancer.
Typical Custom Content Prices
When it comes to pricing your custom content articles, you can set your prices anywhere that’s comfortable for you or that you feel are fair to both yourself and your clients’ needs. With that being said, here are a few common price points.
- No Research Needed or a Brand New Content Writer - .01 to .05 cents per word
- Some Research Needed or a Freelancer with 1 to 3 Years Experience - .05 to .10 cents per word
- Experienced Freelancer with 5 to 10 Years Experience - .10 to .20 cents per word
- Experienced Freelancer with 10+ Years Experience - .20 - .50 cents per word
- Lots of Research and/or Formatting Required - .50 cents per word to $1 per word
- Extremely Experienced Freelancer or Niche Topic - $1 to $2 per word
- Knowledge Requires a Degree in the Field - $2+ per word
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While it doesn’t happen often, sometimes you’ll have a client send you a message or an email stating that the topic they requested and you wrote isn’t the topic that their client wanted. This typically happens when your direct client is actually a middleman between the writer and the actual website owner or business.
Don’t Work for Free
The first thing you should know is that it’s not your fault the client didn’t like the topic the middleman or the website owner selected. You are not a mind reader. You can only work off the information that you received in order to write the topic. If the client changes the topic, you are not obligated to write it for free. The client paid for the first topic, and you wrote it, which means you fulfilled your obligation.
When a client changes a topic and essentially wants a second article, they must pay for that second article.
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How often do you use your Internet connection? If you’re like most people, you use it daily for shopping, working and entertainment, and with all the digital devices and appliances we use today, it’s never been more important to have a strong, fast Wi-Fi signal, especially when more people are staying home and working from home. If your Wi-Fi is suddenly slowing to a snail’s pace, making streaming, gaming, internet browsing and performing your job duties nearly impossible, there are things you can do to increase your speed.
1. Check to See That Your Modem Is on and All the Cables Are Connected Securely.
When troubleshooting your slow Wi-Fi connection, it’s best to start simple, and the truth is that more Internet problems are caused by loose cables than anything else. In this scenario, your cat, dog or child could have pulled a wire loose or you may have accidentally bumped or hit your modem or router. This means that the the first thing to check is that your modem is on and all the cables, including the power cable, are connected securely. If you have a cable moden, make sure the power cord is securely connected and not loose. Next, make sure your cable wire is securely screwed to the post. If they were loose and your Wi-Fi speed increased after performing this task, your problem is fixed and taking additional steps is not needed.
2. Reboot Your Modem and Devices
If all the connections were secure, you may need a reboot, especially if you're noticing slow Wi-Fi speeds suddenly and in the morning when you first look at your devices or wake your computer up for work. In this scenario, your service provider may have updated something overnight, and the update didn’t fully download or mesh with your system or devices. In this case, unplug your modem and turn off all your devices. By the time you get done turning off all your Wi-Fi devices, your modem should be ready to be turned back on. Next, plug your modem back into the wall and wait for all the lights to turn on. This can take several minutes. Once all the lights on the modem are showing, turn on all your devices and check to see if you can access the Internet. If you can, your problem has been solved.
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If you’ve recently decided to be your own boss as a sole-proprietor, you might be wondering about your tax situation and how it’s going to change. This is particularly important if you’ve always held a job where your taxes were removed from your income prior to your receiving your check or direct deposit.
W-2 Employee Versus 1099-MISC Employee or No Tax Reporting
It’s important to understand that this article will cover the basics of W-2, 1099-MISC and No Tax Reporting as far as income sources. There are other ways that your income can be reported to the IRS. This article is not meant to be professional tax advice. If you have tax questions, it is best to call your accountant, CPA or the IRS or other licensed tax professional.