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Some Fun Freelance Jobs to Bring in Some Extra MoneySome Fun Freelance Jobs to Bring in Some Extra Money



Job downsizing, lay offs, cut hours – there isn’t anyone I know who has not been affected by the economy lately but what others see as a bad thing I see as a GREAT chance to try to develop another job (potential career) on the side. for me as a nanny (only working 15 hours a week) it’s photography that is my fun side job and I’m quickly building a reputation around town as the best budget photographer- which is so much fun. Anyhow here are some other fun freelance jobs that you could try on the side (or full time if you’ve gotten laid off)

 

PHOTOGRAPHER– as I mentioned above this is the secondary (or freelance) job that I do in addition to my normal day job and I hope to do it full time in the future. all you need is a good quality camera and a computer (with a cd burner, color printer and an editing program). to start with you’ll need to set up a portfolio and possible a website – for more in depth tips on how to start a photography biz see my article on the topic. 

MAKE-UP ARTIST
– there are so so many people out there (including myself) that can do basic makeup but have no clue how to do the more fancy stuff like the smooky eye or the flawless foundation- you can make a good little side job out off lending your services to brides, photographers (or their clients), highschool students getting ready for a dance and a number of other events. You’ll need a biz card and a bunch of really high quality make up (working with numorous clients you might encounter people with face allergies to the cheaper kinds of makeup so be sure to invest in the good stuff) – see if you can shadow and help out with a current makeup artist to learn some of their tricks and tips.

MASSAGE THERAPIST– you need to get a degree for this- but there are several schools where you can achieve this in just a few short months. I’ve got a friend who does massage and she takes her table to the clients house AND has space for clients to come to her home, you can specialize in a certain type of massage or market to a target audience (like pregnant ladies) or just try to get whatever jobs you can. Free massage coupons are great to start out and get some references and maybe throw in some fun promotions like a free massage when someone refers three paying customers

EVENT PLANNER- this one is one of those jobs that you’ve gotta really love, the stress levels can be high- read as much literature as you can, talk with fellow event planners, maybe even volunteer to help them out for a bit to get the hang of it. Weddings are the biggest events that are in demand for planners, you may have to offer your services …

Tips I Wish a Freelance Journalist Had Told MeTips I Wish a Freelance Journalist Had Told Me



My route into freelance journalism was haphazard. Once I picked up these tips, everything fell into place.

  • Scout constantly for news. Editors rely on freelancers for extra news. Train yourself to find it for them. Look for potential stories around you, and then research them for newsworthiness. The first time I pitched stories to an editor, I emailed her five ideas. She selected the fifth idea, but I had neglected to research that one, and it turned out to be a dead end. Once you have dutifully researched, scout on to find the right publication for your ideas.
  • Generate clips any way you can. The first newspaper I wrote for was a “penny saver” I grabbed on the way out of a grocery store. I wrote three articles for free for that newspaper and used the clips to legitimize myself to paying editors. When you draft story pitch emails, include links to your published clips. If the clips are not online, upload them to a personal webpage and link to them there.
  • Specialize for your benefit. By freelancing, you can employ your wacky hobbies and career sidesteps. If you did a stint in the rodeo, you may have expertise to write about the rodeo circuit. If you work in a restaurant, you could become a food critic. You may even want to maintain a day job in your specialty to scout for stories and establish yourself as an expert in the field. Then you can target industry publications with your story pitches.
  • Set expectations with editors. Before beginning an assignment, make sure you are in sync with the editor and publication. Resist the urge to be obliging and instead resolve any uncertainties you have. I like to get expectations in writing, usually in email, including the pay rate and formatting guidelines.
  • Go for it! I would have saved lots of worry and garnered many more clips if I was simply confident that I could do this. It is doable to be a freelance journalist. Any of the wonderful Yahoo contributors could tell you that. Get to work, freelancer. You can do this.

How to Create Job Resumes for Freelance VideographyHow to Create Job Resumes for Freelance Videography



There has been a new market emerging for videographers who want to expand their freelance gigs. Many people have started to send video resumes to potential employers. While this practice may not be widely accepted in every industry, these newly developed employment tactics can increase revenue for your video business. Resumes on a recorded video disc can be emailed or shown directly to employers. The following tips will help you to make money by providing a freelance video resume service.

 

Watch Video Resumes

It is important to research these items prior to adding them on your service list. Video resumes can be easily found online. Browse through various clips and pay attention to the overall presentation. This will give you an idea on how to produce a video resume on your own. Basic technical skills obtained from previous freelance jobs can be applied to your resume service. Once you have become familiar with how video resumes are laid out, it will be easier to begin searching for customers.

Start a Video Resume Website

If you do not already have an online presence, one must be established for this type of freelance opportunity. Create a website, listing pertinent information that will encourage people to contact you. It may even help to create a pre-recorded example and upload it to your website. While using free video hosting services will help cut costs, select one that has a more professional appearance. Youtube videos may be entertaining, but the quality and logo spells “Amateur” to potential customers.

A video resume service does not have to be limited to those looking for corporate positions. You can make employment videos for aspiring TV hosts, actors, models and salesmen. These specialty areas have an additional list of online groups where customers can be located. Make sure to identify the destinations that will bring in the most sales. This is where more of your time and energy should be spent.

Join Employment Groups Online

There are tons of online groups and forums that offer advice and leads to job hunters. By joining the most relevant and active groups, you will be among those who are looking for ways to stand out from others. These are the people who will eventually be paying for video resume services. It is important to make sure that you are the first one that comes to their mind. There are business related social networking sites that may bring some sales your way. Myspace is not the ideal place to set up shop, but a simple online search will yield helpful results in locating professional networking websites.

Market Locally

A video resume service can be advertised in your local newspaper. Many of the smaller publications charge less than $100 for classified ad listings. The Craigslist website could also be used to bring in video resume sales. This online bulletin board is a great way to market your services without spending a lot of money. Local educational publications are also a good place to advertise …

How to Format a Freelance JournalHow to Format a Freelance Journal



Earlier I discussed why one should keep a freelance journal in my article “3 Reasons to Keep a Freelance Journal”. Now I will tell you how to keep a freelance journal.

 

Materials Need to Keep a Freelance Journal:

-Journal or notebook

-Pens and/or pencils

That’s it! Of course, you can use a number of decorations and such if you want, but they aren’t necessary to actually keep the freelance journal.

How to Set Up Your Freelance Journal

Here is an outline of how I keep my freelance journal. I date and number the entry and then use a series of subheadings, numbered lists, and bulletins.

1. Ezine/Hubpages

Under this second, I keep track of how many daily page views I received, the total page views for the month, the total payment for page views, any new offers, feedback, or assignments that I claim if any.

2. Email

An email can be very important in the world of the web. Keep track of important emails from the sites you produce for, potential clients, current clients, and any emails that you send.

3. Article Ideas

This is pretty straight-forward: write down new article ideas. Leave a bit of space in case you think of more throughout the day.

4. Daily Goals

This section is also fairly straight-forward. Write down what articles you want to produce, how many of them, etc.

5. Other Jobs

If you write for other places, keep track of your other jobs in this section. Write down if you take down any new jobs, the requirements of the assignment, the date, the payment, etc.

6. Other Goals

All freelancers have to do things that aren’t just writing. You know the ones I’m talking about, the housekeeping stuff like promotion. I also write down other types of content I want to produce here (slideshows generally for me).

7. Other Articles

Keep track of articles that you write that aren’t on your goal list. Sometime you decide not to write the topics you picked out, and write something else.

8. Overall Daily Statistics

Write down the number of articles you wrote during the day, how many were published, how many pieces of other types of content you produced, the total number of articles you have published overall, your biggest PV earner daily, how much money you made on offers and PV, etc.

Tips on Keeping a Freelance Journal

Do this every single day or the purpose of keeping track of your successes and failures and making yourself a better freelancer is lost.

You might want to tweak the formatting, obviously, but this is a good place to start and covers all of the bases.…

Struggles of a New Freelance DesignerStruggles of a New Freelance Designer



Are you one of those freelance designers who often find them selves struggling to find clients? Or do you find your self not getting clients at all? I was personally stuck in this category for quite some time. The number one reason why, the lack of a portfolio, along side many other various reasons. So if you are still stuck in this category, I am going to share with you a few tips, and ask you a few questions to try to get you… back on track.

 

Lets get that portfolio up

How many times do you find your self saying, “I just don’t have the time to make a portfolio”. Well look at it this way, do you have any clients taking up your free time? Use this free time to design your self a portfolio. If you find that your having a hard time designing your self a portfolio, DO NOT feel shame in hiring a fellow designer to design one for you, this will also give you more time to design for clients. Remember that we often become our own biggest critic, and designing for our selves can often lead to hours upon hours of pain and agony. Once you have your portfolio design completed, you will feel relieved and satisfied, and finding clients will get that much easier. But trust me, this is just the beginning, but you are also that much closer to the light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

No work for the portfolio?

When I first started, I often caught my self saying “but I don’t have any work to put in a portfolio”. Well this one is easy. If you are calling your self a designer, then you must have some work on that hard drive of yours that is portfolio worthy. Even if it is only two or three pieces, put it in your portfolio! Clients want to see some work, showing them a blank page or promising greatness definitely wont help you. I often found that experimenting with new styles and design techniques made for some great portfolio pieces, I still do this at slow periods, and trust me… IT HELPS.

You have more time than you think

Now even I find myself still falling into this trap! “I just DO NOT have the time to get things done”. Ok, in some cases this may be true, but more likely than not, you are probably just procrastinating. We have so much going on around us, everything will and can distract us, you just cant get away from it, or avoid it! My best suggestion is, in-brace it. Although this may sound bad I think it helps. I find this keeps your mind to stay fresh, and imagination pumping. If you find that letting these distraction be part of your life are causing you to just procrastinate even more, then make your self a schedule, plan your days out. Giving your self some time to get away from …