Promoting Your Freelance Writing Business Face to Face

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Tell Them What You Do!

Well, that was embarrassing.  I shake my head as I contemplate my failed attempt at describing my writing business. I had just bumped into a long-lost friend at the mall and she asked what I what I was doing these days.

“I’m a freelance writer,” I replied with confidence.
“Really, so what do you write?”
Here’s where I dropped the ball.  “I um, write articles . . . and blog posts.”
“Oh,” she said. “What’s a blog?” (I know; my friend needs to get out more.)

Don’t Miss Opportunities

Luckily, in this case, my lackluster response wasn’t a big deal, but it could have been. What if my acquaintance had been a potential employer, or the friend of someone who was looking for a freelancer. I’d have missed the boat. Here’s the thing about being a writer – word of mouth is important. And that day, my mouth wasn’t working.

So why did I stumble over my job description? Because I usually rely on my resume – that perfectly choreographed depiction of my best writing self.  Ideally, I don’t have to describe what I do, I simply link potential clients to my website, and shining examples of my craft pop up on the screen.

Unfortunately, we can’t always rely on a remote interaction, or a written version of our abilities. Occasionally, even in this high-tech world, we need to talk to real people and promote ourselves face to face. Fortunately, this is not as frightening as it sounds if you give it some thought ahead of time. Continue reading

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Best Websites for Freelance Writers

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Hi all!

I’ve had lots of people asking  about the online websites I’ve been writing for lately, so I thought I’d do a quick rundown. I’ve been surprised by the number of great sites available to freelance writers. These services match writers or sellers, with buyers looking for blog posts, website content etc. then take a small commission as their fee.

Aside from the usual learning curve when beginning something like this, I’ve had a great time while earning extra cash. At the end of this post I’ll include a list of the most popular freelance websites. I haven’t used them all, but I’ll tell you about those I’m familiar with.

Freelancer.com – I started out with a site called Freelancer. For some reason I could never get going with this one. The pay was minimal, and a couple of people stiffed me in spite of that. I know at least one person who really loves this site, so it works for some people, just not for me.

Postloop.com – This site pays writers for posting on other people’s blogs. I had trouble getting signed up for this one, so it didn’t work for me either, although it sounded like a fun way to earn dollar$.

Fiverr.com This is my favorite site so far – and no they’re not paying me to say that. On Fiverr you create an account and propose to do something for five dollars. This is a fun site to peruse whether you’re serious about selling or not. There’s a wide variety of categories and people are very creative with their business ideas.

As for writing – My account says I’ll write 200 words for a blog or website. I get $5.00 for each “gig” I sell – well actually $4.00 after Fiver takes their cut. After you get established you can offer “extras” such as an express delivery for an extra fee, or you can charge more for larger jobs etc. My husband has even gotten into it. He does radio spots and video scripts. Fiverr operates on the PayPal system and I haven’t had a problem transferring my earnings so far.

This has been a lot of fun. Business is brisk and I’ve even had to turn people away when I’m overbooked. Right now I write blog posts for a realtor and a travel agent, and also write content for a producer who’s creating a video Wikipedia. I’ve written about everything from  pets, to the benefits of drinking water, and the joy of bounce houses. I have re-written a resume, a job proposal, and a financial planner’s About Us page, and never know what will come up next. One of the best things about this job is the constant variety.

The following are some of the more popular sites. Check them out if you’d like to turn your hobby into a source of income.

• Fiverup
• Gigbucks
• Zeerk SEO Clerks
• Ten Bux
• Fittytown
• Dollar3
• Twentyville
• Tenner
• Guru

Here’s an update.  I recently learned about two others that many people make a living writing for.  Elance, and Odesk.

I’d love to hear  people’s experiences with these or other sites. Let me know what works for you!

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Blog Slacker, or Where I’ve Been Lately

burning candle at both endsSome of my more loyal followers have noticed that I’ve slowed down a bit lately.  Not in a physical sense unfortunately, since I still feel like the proverbial chicken running around with its head cut off,  (this is a very gruesome metaphor – lets say, a very busy person, instead) but due to all the other demands on my time, I’ve recently become a BLOG SLACKER.

Define BLOG SLACKER:

A blog slacker is one who lets her blog go to rack and ruin because she’s overbooked during the day and her body thinks it needs to sleep at night.

O.K. so what could possibly be more important than posting regularly on your blog?

1.Spending time with family members whom one rarely sees anymore except on holidays and special occasions.

2.Cleaning and other boring but essential activities which  make it possible for me not to be featured on one of those hoarders reality shows.

3. Church callings and  civic responsibilities, where seemingly minimal commitments can balloon into staggering amounts of time. (i.e. Organizing the Church Luau which 91 people – so far – have signed up to attend.)

4. Attempting to read the stacks of books which call to me from the shelves of the library each day. Even when I have a million other things to do, I get panicky if I don’t have a good book going.

5. And this brings me to the library – Ah yes – the black hole into which the vast majority of my hours fall.

Yes, earning a living ranks right up there with blogging when it comes to matters of importance, though lately the necessity of a regular income has begun to edge into the lead.  If it were up to me I would spend my days writing, all the while commenting on other people’s blogs and witty repartee, but alas, I am compelled to trudge off to my job (which I quite enjoy by the way) to be able to meet my financial obligations.

Interestingly enough, I’ve recently discovered several new ways to twiddle away my time – and add to my bank account, by writing on-line. Who knew?  I will address this in my next post, whenever I can fit that in, but in the meantime, don’t give up on me.  I’m still here – just not as often.

 

Breathtaking – Daily Prompt: Colors

sunset 3Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. . . .

A stunning sunset.
A stormy sea.
Falling in love with your best friend.
A healthy baby born.

A son’s wedding.
A daughter’s smile
The downhill side of a roller coaster.
The end of a good book.

A high lift at the ballet.
A fast horse
Laughing until your sides hurt.
A child’s baptism.

First story published.
First step
Accidentally hitting the accelerator instead of the brake.
Boo!

A near miss.
A sweet kiss.
A happy ending
All this.

What takes your breath away?

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New Bloggers You Will Love!

2. http://2flames.wordpress.com/
This beautiful blog (where did you get that background?)  is authored by a poet/ artist/ writer who is always fun to read.

3. http://oldestdaughterredheadedsister.com/
Audrey Dawn is a hoot and a super positive force in the world,  Let her entertain you.

4. http://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/
Mary writes about cats, motorcycles, caring for aging parents, finding a good bottle of wine and lots more. Check her out!

5. http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/
This writer, who lives in Dubai,  dedicates her blog to her son.  She left a high-profile job to stay home and be a mom, and shares the experience with us.  She has also authored 2 beautiful children’s books.

6.http://audreyhepburnbooks.wordpress.com/
The Reading Girl is a reader who loves to write.  She reads and reviews young adult books and tells it like it is.  For an honest opinion read her reviews.  Also a great creative writer!

7. I am pretty much a novice at this so I definitely have less than 50 followers! Here are my two blog sites:
http://evangelineshetty.wordpress.com/ and http://onbeingachristian.wordpress.com/
This author describes herself as a simple girl from India.  She is a child psychologist, a christian,  musician and a great blogger.

8. Thank you so much for this opportunity.  :)http://floczok.wordpress.com/
A wife and mother’s journey to health and lasting happiness.  Hate your job? Read her post called, Having a bad Day?. You’ll never complain again.  A fun and informative blog.

9. http://lindsaycummingswrites.com/
Lindsay says: I’m a writer, a notorious motor mouth, and a wino. She is also writing a, no-smut, romance  Her blog is a record of her and her friends and their escapades.  Lindsay makes me laugh.

10.http://1stworlddog.com/
1st World Dog is written by Bodhi, a dog who lives in Sydney Australia.  Bodhi talks about life with her Mum and Dad, and the toddler type human who likes to paint on her.  We also learn about obedience and agility training. I love dog blogs!

So there it is.  Learn some new stuff.  Find some new friends.  Thanks for reading!

Calling All New Bloggers

liebster-again[1]First, let me say that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award, and want to thank Victoria at My Redacted Journey.

I love her blog because she’s honest and funny and out there.

She also  knows how to laugh at life. Something we can always be better at.  Visit her great blog: http://vakunzmann.wordpress.com/.

CALLING ALL NEW BLOGGERS – Part of the Liebster Award is to recognize  bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  What a great idea! I’m always on the lookout for newbies like myself, so we can support each other. The only problem is, I never know how many followers someone has.  So how about this, (I’m borrowing this idea from my friend swoozieque at (http://cancerisnotpink.wordpress.com/) If you are a blogger with less than 200 followers and would like to make some new friends, send a comment with your URL and I’ll post them all.

Happy blogging!

Ahhh! – Blog Malfunction

News flash! To anyone who recently received a post from library Lady and Rosie Bear, entitled Dog Tales, Cleverly Disguised.  It was supposed to be a photo post, not a poem or Haiku, or whatever it appears to be.  Unfortunately the pictures did not appear and I have no idea why.

I like to think that I have this blogging thing down, but every now and then something like this happens and I just have to shake my head.  I can’t fix this.  It’s out there for all to see, in all it’s ungainly glory, and the worst thing is that I spent a significant amount of time on those pictures!!! Oh well, moving on.

OH NO!  I just checked the reader and now there’s two versions of it.  Can you believe it?  It’s not enough that I embarrass myself once, now it’s there again.  Did I publish it twice?  Is it republishing itself every few minutes?!? I can only imagine what my e-mail folowers are thinking at this point –  “Stop sending me stuff!”

General cringing going on here. I think need to go for a walk.

Have you ever had anything go wrong on a post you were trying to publish?