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Freelancing Your Way to SuccessFreelancing Your Way to Success



Are you bored of your 10 to 5 schedule? Do you want to get rid of your boss? Do you want more money with fewer tensions? Read on this article to know why freelancing may be your choice in today’s world.

 

Let’s know what freelancing basically is. You may have heard the word “Outsourcing”. Yes, it’s the same outsourcing. There are two cases.

First. 
People get their work done through professionals who are competing to do the same work. As there is large competition, the work is done very cheaply.

Second. 
People lack time and divide the work given to them to different professionals. The professionals get much more than what normally they would get.

Before we move any further, let’s have a critical analysis of what you gain and what you may lose in the freelancing business.

Advantages:

1) You can leave your job after sometime when you get set in the freelancing business. 
2) You can give extra time to your family. 
3) You can earn more money than what you earn from your job. 
4) You can work from your home. 
5) You can set yourself as an expert. 
6) You can get much more knowledge about the professional world. 
7) You can expand it as a business.

Disadvantages:

1) You may even lose your job and what you earn right now if you are not careful. 
2) You may get into financial problems if you are not careful. 
3) You may spoil your reputation with your boss if you leave your job

Now, once you consider this see my advice.

Start freelancing as a small part time work and once, you start getting much more income than what you are getting right now, you can think of leaving your job.

When you start your career as a freelancer, try to get yourself recognized as an expert. That will include completing the freelancing jobs for very less profit. Once you have completed 25 to 30 jobs, you can think of (you can) increasing your price as you will be recognized as an industry expert.

You will even have some fixed clients who will constantly come for their work to you.

Slowly and steadily, you can start to make huge profits and you will find the need for hiring new employees who will complete some of your work. 
You can now see your business expanding.

The freelancing business is a very good business if done carefully.

You may find freelancing jobs at Guru.com and Getafreelancer.com.…

Is Freelancing Right for Me?Is Freelancing Right for Me?



When I started as a freelancer a couple of years ago, I had no idea that this will become my full-time occupation and my major source of income. I started out of sheer curiosity but now I feel I have found the right job for me.

 


Being a freelancer can vary from great (as is in my case), to so-so (as is for many people), to devastating (as is for those who do not qualify to be their own boss). I don’t mean to insult anybody but being a freelancer is not for everybody. The fact that freelancing is fashionable or that you have heard of somebody, who has made a lot of money from freelancing, is hardly a serious motive for you to jump into the deep waters.

I have noticed that I am a role model for many people. While this is sometimes kind of flattering, I am usually annoyed when somebody copies my ideas and actions and later comes on sobbing that I have misled him or her. Yes, I know many people who have tried to make a living out of freelancing and who have failed because their judgment about their skills was somehow inadequate. In my opinion, some of the reasons why people fail as freelancers are as follows:

1.Lack of skills. When you have a full-time, 9-5 job you develop the skills required for this position and more or less you forget everything else, because you simply don’t need it. But when you work as a freelancer, you can rarely afford such a narrow specialization, even if there are a lot of projects, which require exactly the skills you currently have. No, I don’t mean that you should know 10 programming languages, 5 databases and operating systems, PhotoShop, Flash, and every other major technology on Earth in order to be a successful freelance programmer but you do need to know a lot and to maintain yourself it top shape. So, if you are not willing to constantly update your “knowledge base”, then a 9-5 job might be the better choice.

2.Inability to communicate. I work mainly with technical people and it is true that most of them do not know how to communicate effectively. Of course, there are many exceptions to the rule but generally speaking, the majority of people who have the technical skills for freelancing, have no sales and marketing skills, which are equally important. Sales, marketing and communication skills as a whole might be a small portion of the skills you need but without them all your technical expertise is void.

3.Time management and other organizational issues. Being your own boss means that you have to manage effectively your schedule. I admit that even for well-organized people “Deadline” is a dreaded word and often a deadline = a missed deadline but when you simply don’t know how to work, when you are most effective, how much workload you can handle, etc., failure is round the corner.

4.Poor English. English is the …

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, …

Why Freelancers Can Benefit as TempsWhy Freelancers Can Benefit as Temps



When temporary agencies first started out, they were institutions meant to promptly supply substitutes for its clients. Representatives of temp agencies administered employment based on a frequent shifting of associates, which is why such positions were known as “temporary positions”. Throughout the years, temporary agencies have evolved into a wider range of opportunities for those seeking quick and accurate employment that will fit their qualifications. They are no longer called temporary employees but now can become permanent ones. It isn’t so surprising to know that people nowadays are now becoming more and more affiliated with such establishments.

In the modern world of temp agencies, it isn’t so odd to hear a person labeling themselves as an associate. In the temp “dictionary”, an associate is another word for a temp worker. The great thing about working as a temp associate while being a freelancer is you have a flexible schedule where you can tell your representative what hours you need. If you are a freelancer such as myself, this may be the perfect choice for you. The work is very minimal and it gives you plenty of time to work at your freelance job. Not to mention the best part: making extra money on the side.

As any freelancer can tell you, all work is based on a hopeful basis. You’re your own boss, which is applicable to hubpages. You are free to choose how many articles you’re going to write and when you want to write them while it’s in the Content Managers’ hands to decide how much your article is worth. At other such websites or even magazines or newspapers, you have to reach a certain deadline. It’s hard to make a living writing for hubpages unless you plan on writing a great deal and with valuable content. This is why holding a temp job on the side is a good choice, especially for amateur writers.

The one major benefit of working as a temp AND freelancer is you don’t have to worry about job security. Nearly every temp agency I’ve worked for has offices throughout the country. You build up a wonderful reputation if you stick with one temp agency and if you do your research well enough, you may find an agency that offers medical benefits. It also gives you experience in a wide array of companies. In all the temp agencies I’ve worked for, I’ve worked in construction companies, aerospace industry, music industry, and architectural design firms. All of these places not only gave me experience but also ideas for article topics.…

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 …

Targeting the Wrong Markets: The Biggest Freelance Writing MistakeTargeting the Wrong Markets: The Biggest Freelance Writing Mistake



Freelance writers make plenty of mistakes as they learn the ropes and develop their craft, but targeting the wrong markets is arguably the biggest freelance writing mistake. If you’re targeting the wrong markets, you aren’t selling any material. Every freelance writer must find the perfect markets for his or her style, voice and expertise. Sometimes this conclusion is reached after months (or even years) of hard labor and rejection.

 

Shooting Too High

Every young freelance writer wants to land a gig with Better Homes & Gardens or Time Magazine or National Geographic. The reality, however, is that we all have to pay our dues, and that usually means starting out with markets that don’t pay as well as Newsweek. Shooting too high is part of targeting the wrong markets — your eyes get far too big for your stomach and you start querying magazines that probably aren’t going to give you an assignment.

To avoiding targeting the wrong markets in this fashion, try to view your career as a freelance writer objectively. How many clips have you published in other magazines? And do you have what it takes to write for a large publication? It isn’t always about how well you can write; it also has to do with your ability to evaluate a potential market and then provide the type of story a specific publication wants.

Shooting Too Low

Some freelance writers target the wrong market in the exactly opposite way: They shoot too low. They figure that no one would ever want to publish something they created, so they write for publications that either pay very little or don’t pay at all. This can be just as detrimental to your career as shooting too high because clips from disreputable magazines is just as bad as no clips at all. Not only that, but you’re sending the message that it’s O.K. for writers to work for nothing.

When looking for potential markets, find smaller magazines that pay, but that don’t have national coverage or that have specialty niches. This will allow you to build up your craft while still making at least a little bit of money.

Not Playing to Your Strengths

Every freelance writer has strengths and weaknesses that affect the way he or she works and lives. If you play to your strengths, you’ll be able to make the most out of your freelance writing career and you won’t ever feel as though you are stuck in a rut. When you write articles for magazines that don’t interest you or that present problems in your writing, you’re targeting the wrong markets.

If you want to make a career as a freelance writer, you’re going to have to look at each market objectively before you decide whether or not to query it. Order several back issues or look them up online to get a feel for the voice, style and culture of the magazine itself. If the subject matter doesn’t interest you or if you don’t …

Freelance Author’s Beware – How to Spot Publishing ScamsFreelance Author’s Beware – How to Spot Publishing Scams



If you have to pay them to publish your creative works or to send you a book…it’s a scam! If you are a well developed writer, a publishing house will give you money and copies of your creative works. As a struggling freelance writer, you must beware of publishing scams that exist on the internet. According to Mrs. Allen (2007), you should investigate the publishing company that you plan to sell your work too. So many, gifted writers actually get caught up in these types of scams.

 

Before signing any contract with a publisher, please take time to investigate the history of the company. Start, by calling the Better Business Bureau and ask them about the company’s history of complaints. Then, look for local or online writing communities and ask other writer’s about the publisher that you was approached by. Many of these writing groups have information about current scams that exists.

Then, take time to research the many paying markets, which are waiting for a talented writer to come their way. Your writing should speak for itself and it will, if you treat it as a career and keep learning as you write. Keep submitting your work often and listen to the editor’s notes, because they know what they want or need. Never allow other people to edit your work, instead taking writing course online or at the local community center.

Next, search the internet or your local bookstores for books that list the current paying markets. There are many books that deal with every writing market like: magazines for children and adults, novel and short stories, poetry, and song writing. You may find a home for all of your writing and you won’t have to deal with annoying scams. Also, you may find some freelance markets or communities on the internet.

However, watch out for the freelance communities that exist on the internet that charge you money, but don’t bring you any work. Always look for communities, which allow you to speak with their other authors through discussion forums or chats. Only you can protect yourself from being swindled, by the phony promises of a swindler. As an author, it is your job to sell your writing, so spend time researching the market and its preferences.

Finally, never sign any contract without reading it and seeking legal advice from a qualified lawyer. This way, you will know, whether it’s a scam or a reputable publishing company, who is ready to give you a place for your writing to shine. It doesn’t matter is you are a struggling freelance writer or a passionate hobbyist. If you can choose to submit your articles for publication, you should treat it as an important business deal!…

Can You Freelance While in the UK on a General Visitor’s VisaCan You Freelance While in the UK on a General Visitor’s Visa



The Question/Questions
Can you work in the UK if you are getting paid in your country’s currency and if you are working remotely from your laptop? Can you freelance in the UK if you are just using your laptop and still getting paid in your country’s currency? Can you write for sites such as Hubpages while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa?

 

The above questions are all pretty similar to each other and these are questions that I have asked. The main question that I have had was, can I work on sites such as Hubpages and blogs if I go to the UK on a general visitor’s visa? I could not find any rock solid answers for that question, so I decided to ask it in different ways and on different websites but still I received no solid answers. I did receive helpful answers but still nothing really solid.

I even started to Google different phrases to try to find sites that may hold some answers but still never found anything good. I also read many stories of people wondering the same thing that I was wondering and I have read many different peoples’ opinions about whether or not a person on a general visitor’s visa for the UK can freelance or not. Some people said that the UK may consider freelance work such as writing to be working in the UK, while others thought that the UK would not consider that working while in the UK.

Long story short, I have finally received a rock solid answer. If you are wondering whether or not you can write or do certain freelance jobs while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa, then read on to find out whether or not you can.

The Answer 
So can I work from my laptop while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa? Indeed I can write for sites such as Hubpages, and earn a full-time income from writing and owning sites or blogging but just as long as I am getting paid in my own country’s currency.

How do I know this? Simple, because I went to the UK and once I was questioned about why I was staying a few months in the UK, I was told that I could work from my laptop as long as I got paid in my own country’s currency. If you are not earning pounds and you are self-employed and make your money online, then you should be just fine. I got a straight answer right at the border, so if you are a freelancer who makes their money online, and the currency is not in pounds, then the chances are you are going to be just fine.

However, here is a tip. If you do want to stay for a few months in the UK and you are self-employed, make sure you have money on you or in your bank account, as you will want to show them you can …

Exploring the Freelance Job MarketExploring the Freelance Job Market



With gas priced at $4 per gallon and the unemployment rate as high as it is, there’s no doubt in my mind that people need to start finding new ways to make money, or make major modifications to their lifestyle. The latter is certainly an option, albeit a painful one, so I want to focus on the first option: making more money. I believe that the very best way to do this is to get involved in the freelance job market.

 

Many people do not realize it, but there are literally hundreds of people hiring for part-time jobs over the internet. Most of these jobs are pretty simple: article writing, directory submission, editing and proofreading, or creating accounts at social bookmarking networks, and some of these jobs pay rather well. If you have skills with computer programming or website design, you can make a whole lot of money. This can be a great way for you to earn the extra money you so desperately need to help pay off your bills.

My favorite place to find freelance jobs is this list of freelance jobs. It’s being updated constantly, and there’s all kinds of jobs available.

You can work as a freelancer part time if you want, or you can do it full time. Either way, if you budget your time appropriately, it gives you the flexibility to work whenever you can.

I’ve done a lot of freelance writing work the past few months because I was unable to find a good job. Freelancing gave me some disposable income during that time. Now that I have a part-time job, I still do some web design and writing jobs from time to time as a way to supplement my income.

Unfortunately, as you might expect, it is difficult to stay with freelance work for long periods of time. Most people find it difficult to get and stay motivated when they can work uninterrupted from their home computers. What I would best recommend to you is that you get out and try it. Sign up and get involved. There is no other way to figure out if this is truly right for you or not. Do one small project from start to finish, collect your pay, and see if this is something that you can do for an hour or two a day to help supplement your income.

Personally, I think this is a much better option than the alternatives.…