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5 Ways To Relax While Working From Home5 Ways To Relax While Working From Home



Working from home is one of the things which might sound like a dream come true to many people but only those who have done it know its true horrors. Working from home many times takes a toll on the mind of the user as there aren’t people all-around working with whom they can talk to or even if not talking, then simply look at.

 

 

People who work in a proper workplace have got this advantage which is not available to the people who are working from home. So, you must relax your mind as well as your body while working at home because if you won’t then it’ll seriously affect your productivity. Here, we will tell you about the tips which you can follow to relax while working from home.

Reset the workspace

Your parents might have told you many times to clean the table on which you work or study and you must have taken them lightly. Well, it seems like they were correct all the time. However, engaged you might be at work find some amount of time to reset the place where you work. Keep it neat and tidy. Clean the workplace whenever you get time. Arrange the things which are not lying in proper order. This will help a lot.

 

Get a massager

Sitting in one place and working throughout the day can take a toll on your body. Invest in a good massager that can help you relax. If you can afford it, a massage chair is the best investment. If not, cheaper alternatives like back massager or foot massager can serve the need depending on what works best for you.

Cook something

This is another very effective way which you can use to relax the mind while at work. Just get up from your desk and head to the kitchen to cook some quick snacks or whatever you like to eat. This will work in two ways. Firstly, it will satiate the cravings that arise during working and secondly, it will distract your mind from work and give you the much-needed break.

Take a stroll

This is one of the simplest things that you can do while working from your home to relax your mind as well as your body. Whenever you feel exhausted just get up from your chair and walk around the house. You can go from one room to another or can go to the roof or the balcony where you can easily get some fresh air as well as sunlight.

Listen to music

Another popular way to relax your mind while working at home is listening to some music. You can plug in your earphones or you can get the speaker thumping. Music soothes the mind. All that you need to do it close your eyes and feel it while relaxing.

Breathing exercises

This is one of the simplest things that you can do to relax your mind. This doesn’t demand anything from you. …

Freelancing Tips- Commitment and FocusFreelancing Tips- Commitment and Focus



Freelancing is a profession that takes commitment and focus. You can have two freelancers, both in the same profession and experienced in their field; both who deliver fantastic work but who earn very different incomes.

 

So why is it that one can earn twice as much as the other when both are so identical in experience and professions?

Is one more skilled?

Does one give more effort?

The real truth of the matter is commitment and focus. While both have the potential to earn the same, the one with more commitment and focus will always earn more.

Willingness to commit to a freelancing career is essential, along with the willingness to seek out help when needed and to be able to recognize and accept the opportunity for help when it shows itself. Since freelancers have to be confident and self-aware, they often have a stubborn attitude. Many feel like they don’t need help or that by asking for it, they are showing a weakness.

In fact, accepting help is a strength and one that can help you go very far in freelancing. Don’t refuse guidance from those who have gone before you and can help you to have a smoother road yourself. This is all part of the commitment that can help you earn more as a freelancer.

Focus is equally essential as it is not enough just to want success. You need to be able to commit to goals and then focus until you achieve them. This is one of the most important freelancing tips you will ever receive.

Freelancing itself can be an unstable career choice. But it is also one that comes with many benefits if you plan properly. For example, there is no cap to your earning potential when you are a freelancer. However, many less committed freelancers find themselves struggling every day just to get by, find or complete assignments and stay on task.

This is where your focus will come in to be important. When you don’t have the commitment and discipline to stay focused on your goals, achieving them will be much more difficult, if not impossible.

Forbes shares 9 Steps to Freelancing Success which is a great resource to any freelancer looking to find more focus and commitment.

If you are not yet committed to freelancing, you should ask yourself Is Freelancing Really for You?

If you are a freelance writer or looking to start a freelance career as a writer, here are some additional articles you may enjoy:

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How to Be a Freelance Article Writer

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The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Finding Jobs

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Freelance Invoicing: Get Paid!Freelance Invoicing: Get Paid!



When you work for someone else, your paycheck is always expected on a certain day, and by law it must arrive. The security that comes with working a full-time job no longer exists as soon as you begin freelancing; it is now up to you to collect money for services rendered.

 

If you are uncomfortable with asking for money, or with billing clients after a job is finished, then you’ll either have to find another line of employment or learn how to do it, because a business can’t survive if you work for free. The trick is to come up with a set method of invoicing, and to make that method clear before you even begin working on a job.

Your Contract

If you provide freelancing services, you should have a contract – or agreement – that must be signed before work commences. Have an attorney look over the contract before you submit it to clients, and never start work until you have a signed copy in your hands.

The contract should state the method of payment, when it is expected, and the consequences for nonpayment. As long as those three factors are made clear, you are covered.

Deposits

It is certainly advisable that you receive a deposit before beginning a project. The most common amount is 10%, though some freelancers require as much as 50% up front. Whatever number you choose, the deposit requirement should be strictly enforced. Never begin a project without a signed contract and a deposit up front.

Example in your contract: “Before work on the project can start, a 10% deposit is required from the client. This deposit will be subtrated from the final payment amount owed.”

Time To Pay

Some freelancers perform large projects that cost thousands of dollars. If this is the case, your clients may want to set up a payment schedule. For example, if you charge $5,000 for a 30-page website, the client may want to pay you in $1,000 increments for five months. If this is an acceptable agreement, get it in writing and attach it to your contract. You should also obtain the name, phone number, address and fax number of each client so that you can reach them at any time.

Example in your contract: “If payment cannot be made in full, we will arrange for installments to be paid on a monthly basis. This payment structure is non-negotiable, and must be signed by both parties prior to commencement of work.”

Date Due

Your contract should state exactly when payment is due. For example, you can state that payment is due three days upon completion of the project. That way, you are assured to be paid promptly. If you are in any way unclear about this, you could be invoicing customers for three years before you see a dime – it isn’t worth it.

Example in your contract: “Payment is due three days after the final product has been delivered.”

Consequences

Your contract should also clearly state the …

Five Great Sites to Find Freelance Writing JobsFive Great Sites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs



Writers at any stage of a freelance career regularly scan online job boards for paying freelance writing jobs. Professional freelancers who are making a living as writers look to these boards to gain steady clients and increase their monthly writing income. Those who are newer to freelance writing scan these online job listings hoping to get a foot in the door and land that first paying freelance writing assignment.

 


Whether you are starting out as a writer and building a clip file, or you’re well established and looking to boost your monthly writing revenue, it’s important to know where to look for legitimate freelance writing jobs that pay. Here are a few online job boards for writers (some sites mentioned in this article are quite well established, while others are less well known places to look for work).

This article is geared more towards the beginning freelancer looking to get a foot in the door, but should also be useful for writers who have established a freelance career. Hopefully, these web sites will make the difficult search for paying freelance writing jobs a little easier.

Freelancewritinggigs.com

Deborah Ng’s Freelance Writing Jobs is considered one of the most popular sites to find freelance writing jobs. Many freelance writers swear by this site and make it their number one place to look for paying writing jobs.

At this site, you’ll find listings of quality freelance writing jobs that are updated regularly, as well as helpful articles about all aspects of a freelance writing career. The nice thing about Freelance Writing Jobs is that it is geared towards beginning freelancers as well as established writers. In fact, the site has many helpful articles about how to land that first paying writing gig; the article titled “Landing Your First Freelance Writing Job-Where to Begin?” should be required reading for those new to the freelance writing world.

At the Freelance Writing Jobs site, don’t miss the article called “23 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs and Freelance Blogging Jobs” (there is a link to this popular article on the front page of freelancewritinggigs.com.) This article is a goldmine of other recommended sites to find freelance writing jobs that pay.

Accentuateservices.com/xmb

Accentuate Writers Forum is run by fellow Hubpages writer and freelancer Michelle L. Devon (also known as Michy). On the Paying Writing Jobs Forum, you will find a carefully compiled listing of quality freelance writing jobs. A lot of care is put into these postings, and there is a nice assortment of jobs for content providers as well as those who write for magazines.

In addition to offering a listing of freelance writing jobs, this site offers a place for writers to post and introduce themselves, and chat about a variety of topics. Accentuate Writers Forum has given many content providers, like those who write for Hubpages and Triond, a way to branch out and find paying freelance writing jobs for print publications.

Freelancewriting.com

Freelance Writing.com is a huge site with an abundance of resources …

Ten Things I Learned in Twenty Plus Years as a Freelance WriterTen Things I Learned in Twenty Plus Years as a Freelance Writer



1. If you want to become rich, go back to school and become a lawyer or doctor. Yes, there are rich writers but the odds are against you. That’s not to say you won’t become one of them, it’s just to say if you’re in it for the money, it’s no place for you. Most freelance writers have full-time, or at least, part-time jobs. If seeing your name and something you’ve written in print sends you into orbit, then you’ll make a good writer.

2. If you’re a hardheaded person, writing is not for you. Very few editors will work with someone who is stubborn. One editor wrote he received an article he liked but it needed work in order to fit into his magazine. He called the writer, explained the changes needed and asked the writer to rewrite the article. When the editor received the rewrite, all the writer did was change a few words. So he called the writer again and tried to get the writer to agree to the changes needed. The writer fought many of the changes but the editor was able to get enough changed to publish the article. However, after that, whenever the editor received anything from that writer, he simply put it into the SASE and returned it unread.

3. Too many people think they can write for publication without learning how to write for publication. This is mind boggling. You wouldn’t expect to perform brain surgery without going to medical school, why would you think you can write for publication without learning how? Okay, that may not be the best example, but learning how to write for publication will save you years of struggling to get published. (Hint: If you don’t know the difference between a book and a novel or an article and a story or don’t know want an SASE is, you better take a writing course.)

4. Very few writers escape the thrill of receiving rejection slips. Louis L’Amour, who at one time was among the top five best selling authors in the world, was reported to have received 200 rejections before selling anything. J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected several times before it was accepted. I received over 100 rejections before I sold my first article and I still get rejection slips.

5. The first page of a manuscript is the most important page of the manuscript. Believe it or not, many editors decide if they are going to reject manuscripts based on the first page, and in some cases, the first two paragraphs. I used to think this was a rip off. What about the middle and the ending? Then I was asked to judge a writing competition. I learned everything an editor needs to know is within the first two paragraphs. If there are grammar errors, there will be grammar errors throughout the manuscript. The same holds true for poor writing, misspellings, bad sentence and paragraph construction and even facts. (If there’s one mistake …

Freelance in a FlashFreelance in a Flash



Various circumstances can cause a former full-time employee to find herself suddenly freelancing as a full-time profession. Late last year, I had begun planning my smooth full-time to freelance transition and saw myself just about ready to give my employer a full month’s notice.

 

At the beginning of December (just two business days before I planned on handing in that one month’s notice), I found myself involved in two car accidents within three days of each other. With minor injuries, I had the option to collect disability from my full-time employer, but learned that I would be unable to legally collect any freelance income in addition to my disability earnings. Even freelancing part-time, I knew I’d be able to make more than the disability paid, so I quit the job rather suddenly after sending in documentation about the accidents.

The transition was abrupt even though I had already begun preparations. Here’s what I learned immediately after my sudden transition:

An abrupt transition isn’t easy. Different circumstances might have been better, but life had something else in mind. Car accidents, job losses, recessions, sudden relocation for a spouse’s higher-paying job or an ill family member needing care-these things happen and they don’t happen gracefully. Accept it and move forward.

Communicate with existing clients. Be candid but professional with clients about your situation; if they have more work and approve of your previous work, they’ll give it to you.

Communicate with family members. An abrupt transition likely means that you have other things going on emotionally and you’re probably stressed. Communicate with your family members to let them know that you need time and space to work, but don’t afraid to ask for support when you need it.

Once these primary steps have been handled, here’s what you need to do to freelance in a flash.

Week One

Assess your finances using estimates. You need to get working, and fast. Do a rough estimate and re-budget if necessary. You can revisit this in time, but for the moment, you’ll need to find out if there’s any money available for your start-up costs.

Get what you need. Folders, paperclips or even a new color printer-certain things are essential for a full-time freelancer. Make a quick list and do a one-stop shopping trip at the least expensive office supply store. Get that rewards card if you don’t have one already. Save those receipts-even if that means stuffing them hurriedly into a folder for now, and stick to essentials only.

Take on a full workload and keep looking. If you can, don’t take a large amount of time off, even if you can afford it financially (in my case, I only took a few days’ recovery time with minor injuries before I was freelancing). The best remedy for a job loss or sudden change at this point is the reliability of your favorite clients.

Get to work. Once you know you are actually able to freelance full-time, …

The Good, Bad and the Ugly Side of Freelance GhostwritingThe Good, Bad and the Ugly Side of Freelance Ghostwriting



In the earlier days freelance ghostwriters were a revered lot. They were talented and had the necessary skills to guide celebrities into penning down their memories and could easily deal with complex issues with élan. They usually didn’t get a byline and it was also not that they needed one. They earned well and had lots of work lined up. Things however have changed, so much so that what we have now are plenty of ghostwriter but when it comes to talent or experience, not many would be able to qualify.

 

Perhaps the single most important distinguishing feature between a good and a bad ghostwriter is the fee they charge. For a bad ghostwriter or maybe the worst of them will put scant attention to the quality of their writing and would be all too eager to work at the cheapest rates. So what type of writing can you expect from a bad ghostwriter working at cheap rates.

Plagiarized Material: this is the worst kind possible, claiming someone else’s writing as his own without perhaps having written a single word of it. They won’t mind copying an entire piece word-for-word from some other website and then lay claim on it as something original. This is perhaps cheating at its best, cheating the original writer who has worked hard to come up with an article as well as cheating the unassuming client who paid for the article thinking it to be an original piece.

Poor Language: if there isn’t a sound understanding of even the basics of the English language then grammatical mistakes and spelling errors are bound to occur. Several reasons can be attributed to this lack of understanding of the English language, like the writer may well be located to some other part of the world and may not be used to speak English on a regular basis, or maybe the writer doesn’t have enough experience in conjuring up something on his own. But, whatever the reasons, bad sentences like “ghostwriting good is it. You should increasing you traffic overnight!” needs to be done away with.

Poorly Researched Material: if a topic hasn’t been researched thoroughly than it shows in the article and it is sure to leave a bad taste on anyone who goes though the article. Similar is the case with events that is poorly reported. Unfortunately, this is pretty much the case for not only ghostwriters who are new to the job but for experienced journalists with networks like CBS, ABC or NBC as well. Poorly researched material can give rise to misconceptions and put the credibility of the company at stake and good freelance ghostwriter will never come up with anything like it, no matter how ordinary or simple the subject may be.

General Content: for some freelance writers, any effort to inform, educate or entertain their readers may be the last thing they may have in their mind. They may be able to put together a clean piece of writing that perhaps has everything …

Guide to Wildlife & Nature Magazine Markets for Freelance WritersGuide to Wildlife & Nature Magazine Markets for Freelance Writers



If you know a thing or two about wildlife and nature, your niche in the freelance marketplace might be well served in these types of magazines. Many of the top wildlife and nature magazines are written primarily by freelancers, which is fortunate. They often accept unsolicited manuscripts and queries and are likely to take a chance on a newbie.

 

There are hundreds of wildlife and nature magazine markets if you take the time to browse the shelves. Of course, each focuses on a particular area of this broad subject, but that doesn’t limit the opportunities. You could write a kid’s nature article for Ranger Rick, then switch gears and write about kangaroos on Rottnest Island for National Wildlife Magazine. The possibilities are nearly infinite, specially if you like researching nature and wildlife.

Focusing on a Particular Region

Since you will need a unique topic to pitch to wildlife and nature magazine markets, you might consider specializing on the natural wildlife of a particular region of the world. For example, Amy Hentley is a UK-based freelance writer who has penned dozens of articles for major wildlife and nature magazines on habitats in Scotland. You could choose to write about your own neck of the woods or branch out to learn about somewhere else.

Focusing on a Particular Animal or Plant

Many freelance writers who target wildlife and nature magazine markets focus on a specific animal or plant. This can make your options less broad, but it can also earn you a popular name in the genre. For example, if you grew up raising horses on your grandfather’s farm, you could easily write about wild horses for Equus or Horse Illustrated. The same thing goes for a botanist who has studied rare vines and wants to publish a series of articles in Organic Gardening.

Focusing on Natural Resources

A very hot topic in the world of wildlife and nature magazine markets is natural resources, as well as the ecology surrounding the hunt for new fuel options and habitat destruction. If you consider yourself a wildlife activist — or even if you don’t — you could form a lucrative career writing for magazines about natural resources. Just make sure you stay on top of the news and include new developments in your articles.

Focusing on Photography

Perhaps you don’t enjoy writing so much as taking beautiful pictures of nature and wildlife, which could be a great way to target these magazine markets. Creating photo essays of a particular region or animal or plant is a great way to support yourself and gain national recognition. You’ll need to be able to write colorful captions and you’ll need professional photography equipment, but that doesn’t mean it’s beyond your reach.…

How to Become a Successful Freelance WriterHow to Become a Successful Freelance Writer



You have decided you want to become a freelance writer. You would need to have a plan or at least an outline of what you would like to accomplish. You would also need to decide if you want to write for magazines, newspapers, ezines, etc. If you decide to write for a magazine it would be a great idea for you to purchase some of the magazines you would like to write for in order to determine what style of writing they are looking for. It is also important to know their guidelines before submitting any work. This would go for anywhere you would like to submit your material. If the guidelines are not followed you are basically wasting your time. Remember to follow the guidelines this will save you a lot of time and less disappointment.

 

If you have decided to work from home it is important to have your own space. You will need to have a computer, printer, comfortable chair, desk and a small filing cabinet to store your work.

It would be a great idea to start with a writing course. If you do not want to commute, you could take some online courses. Whichever one works best for you and fits your schedule. The course will allow you to get feedback on your material and will also enhance your writing skills, as you practice the many different styles of writing you should be able to receive lots of assignments.

Study other well-known freelance writers and learn from them. Read their material and become familiar with their style of writing. Try to find out how they became successful. The Internet is full of successful freelance writers. Join online forums and other organizations where you can meet other freelance writers. You would need to know who your audience is going to be or who you would like to reach. Align yourself with writers and readers who are interest in your material or style of writing. Networking will provide a great opportunity. It will provide you with the leads you will need in order to get your material publish, by building up your client base and increasing your income and notoriety.

One of the most important steps in becoming a freelance writer is managing your time. Since you set the hours you will work self discipline is a major part of becoming a successful freelance writer. You must learn how to manage your time wisely. You will have to determine how often you will work. The more productive you are the greater chance you will have to succeed.

Set financial goals if you want to make a certain amount of money a month challenge yourself and go for it. Make sure your goal is realistic. Write out your plans on how you will accomplish your goal. If you will write for magazines, online articles, businesses, etc. decide how many articles you will write in a month. Challenge yourself, but remember to be realistic.

You can become a successful …