Tag: Working From Home

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.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pictures_and_images

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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. …

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 …

Freelance Bidding Online: Creating a Killer ProfileFreelance Bidding Online: Creating a Killer Profile



So you’ve decided to give the freelance bidding sites a try. The first step, regardless of what site you have chosen, is to set up your professional profile. Your profile is important in two different ways.

 

The first is that employers can do searches on the sites for freelances that have the qualifications they’re looking for. If your profile is incomplete, or very general in nature, it is unlikely that your name will come up in a search for a specific topic or type of writing.

Avoid generalizations. “I can write about any topic” may sound great to you, but it doesn’t distinguish your talents from all the other writers out there. At the same time, you don’t want to be so narrow in expertise that it limits the types of jobs you are considered for. So, what’s the happy medium between the two? If there is an area of writing that you specialize in, such as grant writing or marketing materials, go ahead and state that in your profile description. If not, then decide what it is about your writing that sets it apart. Are you a great researcher? Are you clear and precise, or do you have a relaxed casual style? Use those writing skills to catch the attention of the type of client you are looking for.

The short profile description mentioned above is important, because it generally will show up in conjunction with your bids on projects. It needs to grab their attention in the first sentence. The next part of your profile to focus on is your experience. One of the key points here is not to limit this area to writing experience. List the different fields you have worked in: medical, educational, construction, retailing, real estate, etc. Also list other areas of experience or interest such as, homeschooling, crafts, fashion, automotive, etc. Employers are often looking for writers who have background knowledge in specific fields. Listing your fields of knowledge and experience can bring your name up in a limited search on one of those topics.

The third part of your profile is your writing samples. Make sure that what you post here has been carefully proofread for errors and well formatted. Provide a variety of article types as examples. A blog post and an informational article might be two different types. You might include a humorous piece and a news worthy piece, examples of the wide range of writing that you are capable of producing.

Finish off your profile with a photo. Seeing an actual face provides a comfort level when hiring a stranger over the internet. The photo doesn’t need to be professionally done, but it should be a clear simple head shot. You’ve completed the first step. Next week we’ll move on to the bidding process.…

Becoming a Freelancer: How to Price Your Jobs and Make More MoneyBecoming a Freelancer: How to Price Your Jobs and Make More Money



As the economy lingers in a recession with little hope for a short term recovery, people who either have jobs but need more income, or are making a last ditch effort to find some income before moving back with mom and dad, should consider freelancing.

 

The next question obviously is, “freelance what?” It’s amazing what skills you already have that can be translated into cash whether you want full time, part time or even occasional work.

Many online sites exist that specialize in nothing other than freelance jobs. Most do require a nominal monthly fee to join. There is no long term commitment, no contracts, and it’s easy to “come and go” on these sites. For instance, if you are lucky enough to snag a three month assignment you can easily cancel or deactivate your membership (leaving all your profile information intact) until you need it again.

A simple Google search on “find freelance jobs” will give you plenty of options. The ones you choose should be ones that offer the type of jobs you want apply for. Freelance jobs range from writing blogs to full time engineering positions for Fortune 500 companies – and everything in between. Some are telecommute positions (work at home) and others actually require you to head to an office.

Again, figure out what you want to do and then these are the assignments you should target.

The trick now is to understand how and when to bid. Sure, you know what you’re worth and you know what you need to make to pay your bills. However, keep in mind that you are competing with hundreds of others, especially for work at home opportunities. If you are bidding too high, you won’t even be considered.

Many companies who post jobs online are looking for people to work for amounts that seem insulting. It’s a new game out there. And it does a bit to get used to. This isn’t to say that every company looking for workers wants to undercut you, but your chances of making what you think you are worth are pretty negligible.

Researching some sites over the past month showed me that some fairly large “real” companies are looking for workers to perform customer support services for under $4.00 an hour! Is this legal? Minimum wage in every US state dictates amounts closer to $7.00 an hour BUT there’s nothing you can do about this. Until you are hired, you don’t even know the company. You can’t complain! And if you get the job, you certainly aren’t going to file a complaint with the Dept. of Labor.

Bidding on and accepting one of these freelance assignments might even mean you don’t pay taxes on your wages. I’m not saying you don’t have to! I’m saying many of these online freelance jobs are short, meaning you don’t even reach the $600 limit that requires a company report your earnings to the IRS. By law you are supposed to report each penny you earn. …

Freelancing in a troubled economyFreelancing in a troubled economy



Everywhere I look, someone is talking about the economy, and usually in negative terms. Words are thrown around as though they lack meaning: recession, layoffs, bailouts, debt, stimulus. At some point, talk of our troubled economy becomes nothing more than noise.

 

As a freelance writer in Houston, my perspective on the economy is unique. Several days ago, my wife and I had dinner with her parents, and my father-in-law made the comment that our freelancing careers were the most stable in the family.

“You can’t get fired or demoted or have your pay cut,” he said. The man has a point.

Texas is “considered flat” with regard to the economy, according to ABC News. The state offers a relatively stable housing and job market. In Houston, the punches of a troubled economy are not quite as devastating as in other parts of the country.

Freelancing in a troubled economy is not much different from freelancing in a sound economy. I haven’t noticed a decline in work as a result of the failing stock market or the increase in corporate layoffs. I am not immune to our troubled economy nor do I exist in an ignorant bubble. Nevertheless, I choose to remain positive.

Two months ago, a client contracted me to write a series of 25 articles about our troubled economy. He wanted me to freelance these stories for a fairly generous sum because he felt posting such information on his Web site would help drive traffic. Not two weeks later, I was solicited for a similar project by yet another client.

In the past six months, more than 50 percent of my freelancing work has dealt with the troubled economy. Clients want articles and information about debt reduction, savings, retirement plans and everything else the average American worries about during a recession.

In a way, it feels as though I am profiting from other people’s misfortune. However, I choose to see it as an opportunity to help people who feel depressed about their financial situations.

Indeed, the troubled economy affects every business and industry in the United States. My freelancing clients are not limited to financial Web site owners or financial service providers; some of my clients are in the home-improvement industry, the retail business, the travel industry. They want to find ways to encourage customers to spend their money despite the troubled economy.

From freelancing to food service, a troubled economy affects all careers and businesses. But there are always ways to improve your situation. In many cases, it is simply a matter of approaching your job from a new perspective. Freelancing with a focus on the economy has accomplished that goal for me.

I’ve also found I enjoy writing articles about personal finance and business more than I did when we weren’t experiencing economic troubles. The idea that one of my articles might help or inspire someone else makes it that much more valuable, regardless of the angle or theme.…

Make at Least $30,000 a Year as a Semi Full-Time Freelance WriterMake at Least $30,000 a Year as a Semi Full-Time Freelance Writer



Recently, I have been receiving quite a bit of mail in my mailbox asking for advice on how to make it as a freelance writer. I’m not sure I’m necessarily the right guy to be asking; there are more than likely any number of writers here making more money than I, but I do know that anyone who is dedicated, has the time, and is a good writer can make $30,000 in the next twelve months without even leaving their home very often.

 

First the ground rules. In order to make $30,000 a year as a freelance writer-and of course, the potential is far greater than that-the first thing you have to have is time. Even if you are the greatest writer in the world, if you don’t have the time to commit to becoming a successful freelance writer, you are out of luck. As an example, I will use myself. I have a wife and children that I love to spend time with. Other than that, I don’t really have any issues with time management. I’m a professional loner so I don’t go out with friends. I follow Groucho Marx’s instructions on never belonging to any club or organization that would have me as a member. In essence, my time is my own. And since I would prefer to enjoy the little time I have left with my wife and kids, I choose to be with them rather than working my arse off trying to make more money to afford more crap I don’t need or a house I can’t afford to air condition or a fancy car that is going to break down just as much as my minivan. In other words, if I was unmarried and childless, I’d probably be writing this to tell you how to make $75,000 a year as a freelance writer. But I simply don’t want to work that hard. What I’m trying to say is that if you have the time to put into becoming a freelance internet writer, $30,000 should be viewed in terms of an average. Those want to pursue it as a part time career should be aware that they can pump up their annual income between $10,000 and $20,000 rather easily. If you want to be able to buy yourself a new car with the money you made in freelance writing this time next year you should be aware that it can be done, but you’ve got to treat it like a real job.

Now the second big question. Can you make $30,000 a year just writing for hubpages? Well, sure. I mean technically I can’t think of any reason why you couldn’t. It would just mean a lot of writing is all. In the past twelve months I have made over $9,000 just at hubpages alone, and I spend a considerable amount of time writing low-pay or no-pay opinion and political pieces instead of keyword-rich articles about MySpace and Fergie and thongs and other topics constantly at …

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.…

How to Be a Successful Online Freelance WriterHow to Be a Successful Online Freelance Writer



While some may scoff at your chosen profession and slog off to retail or corporate or office work, as you sit at home in your pajamas with your laptop, pontificating the placement of a period, freelance writing from home, online, really is hard work. Or, I should say, it’s as hard as you let it to be. You have to come up with publishing venues, you have to come up with content ideas, you have to be fresh, and you have to be keep giving your readers what they want. While I’m sure this subject has been exploited to death on a freelance writer website like hubpages, allow me to offer my feelings on the matter. Follow these steps to online freelance writing success.

 

Multiple Subjects: One of the biggest concerns you are going to have a freelance writer is making sure that you have a reader base. Moreover your content must be discoverable. Addressing this issue, you need to have quality content on something that someone is going to want to read about. To that end, you should be well read on a diverse breath of subjects. Or you should have multiple viewpoints on the same subject. Take things from your own life that you enjoy doing; playing golf, cooking, gardening, watching TV; then write about that. It’s important to write what you know but it’s also important to write about things that are going to keep people interested in reading your work.

Join Forums: One of the things that’s very difficult for people to do who are not openly overt is to share with others. Writers often are criminally introverted. However the Internet creates a sealed vacuum for people to be able to share their work in forums. Chat rooms, discussion boards, and other such online forums allow freelance writers online the ability to share work with complete strangers. Who knows? You may make all sorts of interesting friends from all over the world who you may never meet.

Post Everywhere: Much the same as forums, posting the URL to your work anonymously in places where people are going to read it is a good idea. For example if you write a lot about music, when you write about a musician or a type of music that is similar to a popular musicians, go to their MySpace page and post your work there. You can also start a whole blog dedicated to a specific type of music or musician as I did with Fink. The same is true of your blog for just about anything. Having links back to your work in a multitude of places is a sure fire way to get loyal regular readers to see your online freelance writing.

Use Hyperlinks: People can be lazy. It’s a fact of life; if they don’t have an easy way to access your stuff they’re probably not going to put forth a lot of effort; at least at first. For that reason using hyperlinks in your text is …

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 …