Category: Freelancing

How to Find Article Ideas for Freelance WritingHow to Find Article Ideas for Freelance Writing



If you are new to HubPages, you may find yourself like me and be limited with ideas of what subjects to write about. In three months of being on the site, I have found five different ways to generate ideas.

One of my favorite ways to find subjects to write about is Wikimedia Commons photographs. The photographs sometimes remind me of a memory that provides a cute story. The added bonus with this option is the photo that inspires your idea can be used with your article on HubPages. Yesterday one of my thus far more successful articles was inspired by a picture of a panda bear found on Wikimedia Commons. Beware that this website consists of photos people volunteer. I was a bit surprised to see several photographs of male and female private parts with one in the act of masturbation. Use the random photos option rather than searching by category.

Another way I have found ideas for articles is in researching a subject that catches my interest that day. An example of this is an article I wrote on cellular memory. In reading the research for what you are learning about, take notes. Try to understand the subject well in your own mind and then convey it in an article for others to enjoy and also learn from.

The assignment desk on HubPages helps stimulate ideas. Be wary of releasing too many topics because your list of assignments will shrink to near nothing for quite some time. I am guilty of claiming assignments, finding ones that sound more fun to write and releasing the others. As a result my assignment desk usually consists of eight or nine articles inappropriate for me, a lot of picture assignments, some video assignments, and pod casts none of which I have the ability to complete.

If you are looking for an article that you can write quickly then check www.yahoo.com. On the right side of the site, there is something called "web pulse" that shows subjects people are commonly searching for on that day. Choose one of those subjects and write about it on HubPages. Use the display only option to have it released quickly and hopefully people will find it when they are searching for those topics. How successful this is will depend on how quickly your article is indexed but common topics are often the same for a week or more.

Lastly, everyone has heard an author writes about what he or she knows even when it is embedded in fictional stories. For me, I write a lot about health issues, my children, and problems as a disabled person because they are a large part of my life. `I have written reviews of items we have bought and places we have visited.

These are ideas a rookie had that have somewhat worked and I just thought I would share.

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How to Win Bids as a FreelancerHow to Win Bids as a Freelancer



When you become a freelancer, you have to find a way to create an income every single day. Many freelancers do this by bidding on freelance job boards. The problem they come across is there are millions of people bidding on the same job as they are. So how do you make your bid stand out, how do you win the bids so you can earn money?

The first thing you need to do in order to win a bid on a freelance site is to understand your skills, what are you offering. If you are a writer, it is important that you focus only on writing jobs for the time being. You do not want to waste your bids on jobs that you are not qualified to do. If you decide you would like to get into another niche, study it, and learn everything you can about it, but always stick to what you know.

Second, you need to decide what your work is worth. I see thousands of posts for transcribers for example. These jobs offer one dollar to nine dollars per audio hour. Now that may seem okay for some, people may think hey, nine dollars and hour that's not bad for working at home. In reality, these jobs can take anywhere from four to six hours to do so you really are making pennies. So how much is your work worth? Once you determine a price, you look for jobs that are within that price range. For example, if you work as a copy typist, and you charge $.04 per word, only bid on jobs that will average out to $.04 per word. You must ensure you are making money.

The third thing you should do if you are trying to win bids is to make sure your profile is filled out. What is your education, your skills, your job history? Do you have a portfolio? Have you ever published anything? These are all things that should be filled out on your profile.

Next, you need to begin taking test. Each freelance job site has tests that can be taken in order to show employers that you are skilled for the jobs they need you for. Some of the sites provide these tests for free while others will charge a fee for them. It is very important that you spend some time and take these test. There are some jobs that you can't even bid on if you have not taken the relevant test. Make sure you score as high as you can because employers can see your scores.

Finally it is time to place a bid. How do you make your bid stand out? If everyone is bidding around the same price and same time period to deliver, you can stand out by offering better. Over to do it for a little less money than everyone else, do it in less time. The way I work, is I will bid on projects, but only accept …

Freelance Authors: Tips on Testing an Creating a Story IdeaFreelance Authors: Tips on Testing an Creating a Story Idea



Are you looking for ways to test or create a idea for a story? Then, look no further than the internet, since there are many writing communities that can join. Once, you sign up, you can submit your idea or story and receive feedback on your work. Many writing communities offer a way to talk with other aspiring writers, who can help you form the idea. Some of these websites also offer tips and advice that can help strengthen your writing skills.

If you don't have a computer or internet access, then try discussing your idea with people that you have met at work or in the community. This way, you can count on an honest opinion from them and add their advice…if needed. Never ask your family or friends, since they are bias and will not give you a neutral opinion. Therefore, look for people that are in the age group that you plan to write for and ask them about their opinion.

Also, you can visit a local library for more information about the local writing groups that has been formed in your area. Most of these writing groups will offer you a chance to meet other aspiring authors. Plus, you can have the members review your idea or a story, in order to give you an honest opinion about your work. So, you can adjust your idea and story as needed, in order to make the idea better.

There are many ways that you can test your story idea from people, who you talk to everyday or by joining a group of writers. Either way, you are bound to get some great tips and advice to use, while putting your story together. Another way, to truly test your idea, is to write and submit it to magazines and other available markets. Plus, you can also submit your completed story to a contest, besides the results may surprise you.

Always look for ideas that can capture your interest and your heart. Keep little notebook with you at all times and jot down the ideas that come to you. Many writer's gather their story ideas from many aspects of their own life. Some writers even write about their loved ones struggles and accomplishments, in order to help others to overcome their problems. No matter where you visit, you will find story ideas lurking around every corner.

Some authors will choose to write a story that is based on a real life and others will use their imagination to create a timeless story. The internet is a great research tool, which can allow you to find an endless supply of story ideas. You can also, use the internet to research the facts or to assist in creating the right setting. Every writer knows that the setting of the story is just as important as the storyline.

Also, you can gather story ideas from the newspaper or television, but you will need to give it a fresh and unique slant. For …

Freelance Bidding Online: Selecting the Right Projects.Freelance Bidding Online: Selecting the Right Projects.



This is Step Three in the freelance bidding online series for writers. We've covered setting up your profile and daily scanning of project lists. Now it is time for us to talk about to select the projects with the highest potential for successful bidding.

Most freelance sites provide you with a limited number of bidding points per month, depending upon the type of membership you have with them. You can easily use up your bidding points and waste a lot of time bidding on projects that aren't really worth your time, so you will need to be selective. Here are some tips for choosing those projects.

  • If you're a writer in the U.S., look for projects that originate there or are targeted towards U.S. writers. Employers who plan on hiring U.S. writers are more likely to offer a liveable wage for you.
  • Look at their project budget. If the amount of work required can't be bid within their budget and still make a decent wage, don't bother bidding.
  • Look for projects that list the subject matter and demand high quality writing. If you can deliver factual and well written material, they'll be willing to pay you a decent price for it.
  • Look for subject matter that you have related life experience to or have written about before. This can give you an edge over other writers submitting proposals.
  • If the project description is vague about details, such as word count or time frame, post a question about these details to clarify the terms before bidding, if you have that option on the site.

Picking quality projects to bid on, will give you quality projects to work on.

 

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Navigating the Freelance FreewayNavigating the Freelance Freeway



Sifting through the vast number of freelance writing websites for job opportunities can feel like walking through the desert without a water bottle. There is an abundance of sand but without direction there is a very good chance of getting lost in a dizzying sandstorm. The internet is chock full of gigs for freelancers in a variety of genres but knowing which sites to choose from can save you time, money and potential heartbreak.

Some sites require nominal to high membership fees to access job listings. The temptation to subscribe to high priced sites under the assumption that high paying assignments may follow is understandable but not entirely practical for those without paid credits. In fact it can result in financial losses if you are unable to land jobs outside of the unfortunately predominant no to low pay range. Knowing from experience, accepting jobs that do not pay is a great way to bolster a portfolio but eventually you have to be cognizant of those looking to milk your talents for their gain at your expense.

Freelance writers, more than any creative artist, must be keenly aware of and responsible for their work. This goes beyond procuring proper copyright. Legitimate outlets for exposure aren't as visible in the writing field. There are no open mic nights for a columnist working on a piece comparing small cap and large cap investing. However, writers shouldn't be discouraged for there are reputable and profitable resources both online and in traditional media.

The Writer's Market should be the first guide you pick up. The 2017 edition offers thousands of markets looking for freelance material. Agents and book publishers are also included in the print guide but the impact of the Writer's Market is best felt through its website. Writers can obtain a free one year membership upon purchase of the print edition. Standard memberships are $29.99 annually and $3.99 monthly. Market listings are updated on the site daily and payments range from low to very high. Many of my published assignments originated from their postings.

The Writer's Market is not the only option for freelancers. Since the term freelance encompasses all areas of writing, there are skill specific websites with excellent reputations to choose from. Screenwriters can upload scripts and list short screenplays on Inktip.com. Inktip.com can get pricey but when you consider screenplay contests and festival entry fees can cost upwards of $100, a $50 charge to post a screenplay for bona fide agents and production companies to read seems fair. Poets can refer to the Poet's Market while playwrights can find listings on backstagejobs.com in addition to the Writer's Market.

Freelancers are not limited to creative pursuits. The new economy, heavily influenced by the growth of the internet, relies on independent contractors to create web content and complete a wide assortment of copy and technical writing assignments. Jobs in the new media are more lucrative and searchable on mainstream career minded dot.coms like Hotjobs, CareerBuilders, Dice and Monster. They require …

Lose the Freelancer Bulge with a Low Carb DietLose the Freelancer Bulge with a Low Carb Diet



Adopting a low carb diet is a great way to attack the freelancer bulge. It is also useful for anyone who has a job that requires you put in more time in a chair than standing or moving around. A person can individually tailor his medical needs into a low carb lifestyle, or simply follow a plan like Dr. Atkins has already established.

Getting Started

Before you run out to the store and buy every low carb book on the shelf, you must determine if you are really ready to start a lifestyle change. A low carb diet requires commitment. It is not something that a person can do half heartedly. Implementing high protein and fat into your diet can actually lead to weight gain if you're not cutting carbohydrates. It can't be stressed enough that you have to be committed.

Ask yourself, am I ready to lose weight, feel fabulous, and get back into the size I wore before I became as mobile as a snail? If your answer is yes, shout it out so that it resounds throughout the room, tell yourself you can do it, and lay the groundwork.

Preparation

Since you have decided that a low carb lifestyle is right for you, it is now time to start the grocery fling. If you are like me, you have a bag of Oreos, stuffed somewhere in the cabinet for emergencies. You may even have good food items like, oranges or grapefruits tucked away. On the first leg of your low carb diet many foods are strictly forbidden.

Clear your pantry of fruits, potatoes, pastas, rice, sugary snacks, corn, flour, sugar, and bread. You don't have to toss these food items. If you have canned food or unopened food packages, donate them to your local food pantry, or pass them along to a friend or family member. Remember, these small sacrifices are important in order to keep temptation as far from you as possible. To slay a dragon you must have the right weapon, so arm yourself for your new lifestyle!

Grocery Shopping

In the first few weeks, Dr. Atkins recommends two weeks, you are going to eat very few carbohydrates. This causes your body to go into a state called ketosis and allows your body to start burning your stored fat. This is completely awesome, for those of us who have been saving fat for a rainy day.

The best way to combat the most miserable days of the diet is to have good, low carbohydrate foods stored in the house. The first few days of the diet is the hardest, because anytime you limit something you like, your body wants it. I could go without a potato for six months, but when I tell myself I can't have one anymore, all I want is a potato.
Be prepared!

Make sure to have low carb foods that are easy grab-and-go type foods, as well as foods that require a little preparation. It is important that you purchase …

Time Management for Freelancers and Their FamilyTime Management for Freelancers and Their Family



Some people like to complain and claim that they don’t have the time to do something that they would like in order to make money at home. In my opinion, they just don’t want to find the time to squeeze in their moment “to shine” where they can showcase what they can do to the world. Since I have a family of my own where I am expecting a fourth child in January 2010, I try to make my small amount of time with my family with my writing and doing some household chores. Here are my suggestions on how to work this.


For moms with very young kids, it is harder to do but it’s doable. While your toddler or a little older ones are napping or at least watching TV, can work on your writing, web site design, etc of what you are good at. Try to use your time well such as at a doctor’s or dentist’s visits, games going on for your kids at school, while waiting in line at the grocery store as a few example.

If you need help with childcare and you don’t like the idea of sending them off to daycare, you can find another mom that would not mind watching your kids while the kids play together. Or if another mom you know works at home, both of you can switch when to watch each other’s kids. That way, both of you will save money while the kids get to play with each other.

If you have a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend ask them if they would help watch the kids while you are working on yours. If they work outside of the house and make income, the least they can do is to help you with yours. They should support you with your home business idea no matter what.

If you have older kids, have them help you with the household chores. Since they are old enough to help out, they need to give you your time to work so then you could make income too. In my case at the current moment, I have a 8, 4 and a year old. All girls but my oldest can help me watch my two younger daughters. They can go play with each other like in the front yard if I am alone.

Another tip to point out is to work on them late at night after everyone else is asleep and wake up an hour or two. That way, you can get your work out of the way earlier in the day instead of waiting later on to do.

Spend a few hours or so with your family by playing games such as board games, make crafts together, do puppet shows or even go bike riding as a few more. As for the older kids, do what interest them in order to connect together as a family. Kids nowadays seem to not appreciate time with their family if they are …

Times It’s Best to Deny a Freelance Graphic Design ClientTimes It’s Best to Deny a Freelance Graphic Design Client



Every time a freelance graphic designer denies a graphic design assignment from a client, twelve fairies drop dead. There’s absolutely nothing on earth that could make a freelance designer turn down work – or is there? Following are five times it’s probably best to pass your design client to someone else.

 

#1: You think the client might be trying to scam you

There lots of clients for freelance graphic artists to choose from (and fight other designers off of) but with the large number of freelance graphic design clients comes a large number of scammers. There are lots of scams that graphic artists may face on a daily basis and all of them should be avoided.

If you feel that a graphic design client is trying to get over on you, it’s best to deny taking them on as a client. Having a feeling that you are getting ripped-off means nothing if you allow it to happen. Follow your instincts because there are other fish in the sea, and you’d rather be safe than sorry.

#2: You’ve had a bad experience with them in the past

As a freelance graphic designer you’ll deal with all types of clients (with a wide range of different personalities), with the sheer number of clients you’ll have to face; there’s no doubt that you’ll face some clients that you won’t get along with all too well. When dealing with “nasty” graphic clients in your freelance business, you can never get done with the project soon enough.

It’s odd, but lots of times the annoying, nasty, or demanding client will be completely oblivious to the fact that you hate their guts, and if your work is good, they’ll contact you again and again for more work in the future. The money isn’t worth the difficulty and stress of dealing with these clients – deny working for them again.

#3: The client has unrealistic expectations

There are lots of graphic design clients out there that believe graphic designers have a magic “design button” that gets all of their design work done with just one press. These clients obviously don’t want to make your work too easy so they come up with impossible design goals that you’ll never be able to meet. They’ll want you to animate a still image, draw the back of their head (while giving you a picture of the front), or create a live website that reflects their every facial expression.

If you explain to these clients that as a freelance artist, these design plans are out of your scope (or anyone’s for that matter), they’ll just ask you to do your best (they know you have that magic design button handy). Don’t do your best – get out of dodge.

#4: The client is not planning to pay

There are lots of ways of telling whether or not a client is planning to pay you. If a client raises suspicion of being delinquent with the payment, don’t kid yourself – head for …

How to Market Yourself as a Freelance PhotographerHow to Market Yourself as a Freelance Photographer



How to market yourself as a freelance photographer?

In today’s day and digital age, everyone can be a photographer and with falling prices of digital cameras, anyone can afford to turn this formerly known expensive hobby into a career. So how do you distinguish yourself as a talented and creative photographer from “just a guy with the camera?” 
You must showcase your talent – either via self-promotions or portfolio presentations, depending on which clients you are trying to attract. If you’re planning to sell your photographs to publications or stock agencies, you will need a self-promotion package. However, if you’d like to exhibit your work in an art gallery, then you’d most likely need to present a portfolio.

Self-promotion campaign: The goal here is get your name out and become prominent amongst your competitors. You want to show just how amazing and creative you are, and you want the photo buyer to hang on to your sample for as long as possible. Instead of sending a simple postcard, maybe you could send a z-fold booklet, a calendar with your photographs that a photo buyer can use all year round or a puzzle with your image. But, before you start thinking of creative ways to package your work, be sure to create an effective design. It is important that you chose the best image(s) from your portfolio in order to prevent the photo buyer from tossing way your self-promo. A photographer’s postcard shouldn’t have too much text because if your images are strong, they should be able to talk for themselves. Having your full name and contact information is simply enough – there is no need to indicate what genre of photography you specialize in as your photographs should be able to reveal that. The cliché, “less is more” is most true when it comes to designing self-promotional materials. 
Portfolio presentations: Once you’ve actually made contact with your potential buyers, they might want to see a larger selection of your work – your portfolio. The presentation of your work is synonymous with impact and professionalism. There are many ways to showcase your work: digital portfolios such as a Website, CD or DVD presentations and the print portfolios. To have a successful portfolio, each image must be chosen carefully, from the printing on best quality paper to ensuring each print has consistent sizing.

Print portfolio cases can be expensive, but it’s worth investing in if you want to distinguish yourself from competitors and to project pride and confidence. They are necessary for face-to-face meetings. Although print portfolios are great for creating a strong impact, they are time-consuming to put together and have a lack of portability. Size does matter when choosing the right portfolio – bigger images have a greater impact. Typical sizes are 11X14 inches or 16×20 inches. You can display your photographs mounted or unmounted. Most galleries/museums prefer mounted work. If you also have tearsheets, you may include these in the back of your portfolio. Tearsheets are often laminated and …

Tasks Freelance Blogger’s Can Do on a Slow DayTasks Freelance Blogger’s Can Do on a Slow Day



Freelance bloggers rely on their blogs to earn their money. They post to them frequently and build up a following and in time they begin to earn an income that helps to sustain them. Blogging is a great way to make a living, but even a freelance blogger has a slow day now and again. So what can you do when they’re having a slow day? Here are a few ideas to get you going.

Market your blog. Join a few social networks and stop in and do some marketing. Find friends with comments that your blog would address and mention your blog in a casual post. Put your blog into your website listing on your profile. Make a comment on your latest blog post or an upcoming blog post that may interest many on your social listing.

If you’re going to be out and about running errands and unable to post to your blog, take along some flyer’s and business cards and put them up on some bulletin boards or leave a few on a table in waiting areas. Don’t be shy now, you’re marketing your blog here. This is a great time to toot your own horn and make your blog known.

If you’re going to be at home you can make some edits on your blog. Add some different advertising for a change of pace or change a color or two around for a different look. Pre write your blog postings and set them up to auto post later in the week, month or year. You’ll be farther ahead and well on your way to a secure income if you have your blog postings ready to go ahead of schedule.

Take this time to read similar blogs and make polite appropriate comments and leave your blog url in your comments. Often people want more information and if your blog has it why not let them know. You could also go to a site like Yahoo answers and see if there are any questions that might pertain to your blog. Write up an appropriate answer and either reference your blog or cite your blog in your answer for even more visitors. If the question is fresh and you have a blog that pertains take advantage of it.

You could set up a blog that lists all your blogs and every time you post a new posting add it to the blog you set up. This could be a showcase of all your blogs and articles or websites that you just make a brief comment on.

Write a few articles for a change of pace and use your blogs as reference. You can easily hyper link your blogs in many articles providing they pertain to the article and are done so tactfully without directly pointing them out.

Update your twitter site and list your latest blog postings. Add a few more friends to your twitter account so that you’re constantly building your list.

You could also take this time …