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The Benefits of Being A Freelance Writer
 
The instant benefit of being a freelance writer is having the ability to choose the content that you are going to write about. You also pick the hours that you will write and you set your own deadlines. 

Another thing that tends to make freelance writers happy is the ability to set their own prices. You don't have to answer to anyone else when you are putting pen to paper. You determine how much your words are worth, and you make the decision to take on as many jobs as you would like. This is ideal for anyone that is part of the freelance writing community. They like to have the ability to make their own rules. 

There are a ton of people that are look for freelancers, and the freelance writer appreciates an opportunity to make some occasional money without any long term commitment. This may be the most rewarding part of the job.

Or at least make it less likely that you'll not go bankrupt and end up living on someone's couch.

Are you thinking about being a freelance writer or slowly making the switch from traditionally employed to self-employed? If you are, there are a few things you should do in order to ensure short and long-term financial viability.

1. Calculate Your Bills

The first step is to sit down and add up all your bills. These are things like rent or mortgage, car payment, electricity, gas, cable TV, Internet and any random subscription services.

For Example:

Rent or Mortgage: $1,200

Car Payment: $450

Electricity: $200

Gas for House: $100

Gas for Car: $200

Car Insurance: $150

Cable and Internet: $150

Credit Cards: $200

Gym Membership: $45

Misc (Covers fluctuations): $200

TOTAL: $2,895

 

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If you’ve been around the content block a time or two, you probably already know what a for-hire content article should contain. However, if you’re new, you may still be looking at content creation like those essays you wrote in high school and college – a title plus one or more paragraphs of text. Big blocks of text are not online friendly, and they don’t inspire website or blog visitors to read more. They look at that block content and move on to anywhere else that has skimmable content.

1. Accurate Information

The most important thing to put in an article is accurate information. This means you will have to pull up three or more sites with information on the topic you’ve been hired to write and skim them in order to determine what’s there and if it’s useful information that your client should have on his or her website. For example, if you’re writing about Common Problems with HVAC Units, you’ll need to look up websites that list those problems. Then, you’ll need to write about those problems in such a way that it isn’t plagiarism. If you’re worried about accidental plagiarism, I prefer Small SEO Tools, which is free.

 

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Over the course of the last 8 years, I’ve seen quite a few articles that provide a topic or a title with no directions. If I’m lucky, it’s has two or three really good keywords that help define the direction of the topic, but that’s not always the case. I’ve seen plumbing article orders where the client wrote – Top 5 Plumbing Mistakes, and the keywords were Plumbers in California, Plumbers in Santa Barbara and Plumbers Near Me. Those keywords are no help, so how do you write something like that.

Freelance writers avoid these types of articles because they say:

  • I don’t know what the client wants

  • I’m not a mind reader

  • This is going to be an automatic revision

 

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Book Library for Joomla

 

If you have a Joomla website and are an author, Book Library by OrdaSoft is for you. This is one of the programs by Ordasoft that actually works pretty well and is fairly simple to use. It’s also free, and if you’re building a Joomla site, you want most if not all of your extensions as free downloads. If you start paying money for every extension you want, you will very quickly spend a fortune. Prices can range anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars a year. I am not kidding. I was looking at downloading JomSocial, and it’s $99 a year for the cheapest package, so watch what you are doing.

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For those who don't know, I started my writing career as a freelance, and there are a few differences between being an Indianapolis freelance writer and being a novelist.  One of the biggest is that everything I write as a freelancer is preordered and priced.  Agents, editors and publishers don't send out a list of material they want with prices they are willing to pay.

 

 

Freelancer

Novelist

  • 99 percent acceptance rate
  • It's all preordered
  • It's all prepriced
  • There's very little competition
  • You become an expert in a lot of different industries
  • You become an expert at researching
  • You are very good at SEO and social media
  • Writing exhausted is a way of life
  • There is no such thing as writers block
  • Brain fry is real
  • 97 to 300 percent rejection rate
  • The agents, publishers ect did not ask for it
  • Submitting blind
  • Way more competition
  • You don't get paid until you get a book deal
  • You may never get a book deal
  • Reading all those rejection letters is going to wear you out, regardless of how good your self-esteem is.
  • You are going to get really good at determining which rejection letters are real and which ones were copy/paste bulk send

 

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Making yourself a better content writer and freelancer involves getting faster when it comes to researching and writing. My primary topics, including HVAC, construction, remodeling, landscaping and chiropractic care, all involve a lot of research. Constantly flipping between my word processor and web browser is extremely time consuming with one computer monitor. For that reason, I have two monitors connected to my desktop computer. I use one monitor for research and communication, and I use the other monitor for writing and editing. This cuts my per article time in half, which allows me to either work more or have more freetime
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of the things you need as a novelist and freelance writer is a solid printer. A solid printer is one that holds at least 100 pages of paper and preferably 250 pages or more. Most deskjet or officehet printers only hold 50 or so pages before they need to be reloaded, and the ink costs can quickly skyrocket if you need to print more than a few pages a day.

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