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  1. Blogging and Real Life Demands – A Writing Prompt

    May 27, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    Balance

    See? This is real balance

    In an effort to expand my reach on this blog, I decided to respond to the writing prompt from the community “Trash Can Bloggers.”

    They ask:

    What is your top organizational strategies for staying on task while blogging?

    Uh, organizing?

    Well, for me, I end up making a choice as far as what I can give to my blog. I probably don’t do enough self promotion on various social networking sites. I do write down my ideas when they come along in hopes that they actually end up on my blog.

    So the better question is how can I better handle my blog and real life?

    Well, I didn’t want to make a big announcement but I ended up quitting a ghostwriting job I had since November. I learned from this is that when you are asking something from someone – especially when there is potential money involved – you better have all your ducks in a row. Why? Well, it’s because the other person will be sure to bring out the laundry list of flaws they have kept about you. You know – those things we usually ignore about someone until it’s time to throw it in their face. I am a believer in addressing things as they come, not using things as ammunition when it’s necessary.

    What’s next? Well, I contacted a few people who didn’t pay as well at the time, but I enjoyed writing for them more than when I was a ghostwriter. If luck is in my favor, they will bring me back on. For one in particular, I asked about increasing the rate. If my luck is not in my favor, then neither one will have a spot for me.

    If that does happen, I am trying to find more sponsored opportunities for my blog (my other one under my real name) and maybe I will get lucky and get a response from a writing job I did have.

    So, back to handling blogging and real life better –

    Know my limits. I need to address the struggles you have a lot sooner and to not let it build because it’s only going to go downhill from there and it will not end right.

    Also, I want to commit a little bit more to this blog. We’ll see how it goes money wise and bringing in the extra income I need. I do have a few things up my sleeve for this blog.

    Now it’s your turn – how do you balance real life and blogging demands? 


  2. Freelance Writing – And How to Get Started

    May 22, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    writing in the journal

    I preface this by saying I am by no means an expert on freelance writing. It is a part time job to give me extra income and I’m still learning and making my way through the world of freelance writing. Between you, me, and the cup of coffee beside me, I have a lot to learn. But someone told me recently – and a comment here and there has proved it – that I can use my blog to help others. I want to do just that.

    So…how did I get started? Well, since my blog is fairly anonymous, I have the comfort of full disclosure and I will try to tell you as much as you can about the pay received taking each venue and how long I lasted doing this.

    1) Volunteer Work.

    One of my first tastes of freelance work was when I found a volunteer gig with a non-profit dealing with pets. I went to a meeting or two and I started out by doing research and helping generate content for the newsletter. I don’t think I did much article writing, though. Mostly, this was on the research side, but it was a start.

    If you are trying to break out into freelance writing, this may be a good place to start. You are basically getting real world experience that you can present when you are applying to paying gigs and you may just seem like an expert in the long run because of that experience.. Plus, this gives you a reference to use  (if you need one for freelance work; so far, I haven’t needed one). Not to mention, this helps you get a few writing samples under your belt and this does matter in the long run.

    Where to find volunteer work: Visit sites like VolunteerMatch.org and Idealist.org. You can also seek out opportunities that doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of your home. Use search terms like “virtual” or “remote”  when looking for writing gigs. 

    2) Content Mills.

    If you aren’t familiar with “content mills,” it’s basically sites that you write for where you get money based on people who click on ads placed on the site. The one I used was called HubPages, which is the only one I have used so far. I liked it because it had a good community of people and a clean interface that was easy to use.

    One benefit of this is another way for you to get a few writing samples, which do matter in terms of getting better paying writing jobs. I have also heard that many writers get a decent income from writing for these sites.

    3) Blogging.

    I don’t mean having your own blog (that’s a post for another day). I mean blogging for someone else. I have two experiences with this – one paid, one unpaid. The one paid opportunity gave me $5.00 a post and I wrote 3 to 5 times a week for them. I had my own little author biography in the post and a link to my personal blog. I blogged for this opportunity for about 7 or 8 months.

    The benefit is the extra income. $5 per post isn’t much, but it was a great start for me. I found this opportunity through oDesk.com. After I started getting more familiar with blogging opportunities and where to find them, I realized there were sites like BloggingPro and FreelanceWritingGigs.com that revealed better paying opportunities for me. It also improved my writing skills and my ease and ability creating content for someone else. It also looked good on my resume.

    4) Where I’m At Now

    Here’s where I’m at now – I am writing for an SEO Company and I make about $25.00/post. This may not be much, but it’s better than what I made writing for a content mill and definitely better than $5/post. I’m getting to the point though where I want to do less work for more money and I’m venturing out and trying different things (more on that in a different post).  The downside? It’s ghostwriting and I don’t get credit for the posts that do go live. There was a long journey of acceptance to get to this point and I still have mixed feelings about it.

    But how did I find the current gig?

    Well, somewhere in between using those sites I linked up before (see BloggingPro and FreelanceWritingGigs) as well as using another site called Business2Blogger.com. The link I just gave you is more geared towards people who run their own blog and looking for either sponsored posts or products to review. I do see the occasional job on there and that is how I found my present opportunity.

    Now…how about where I’m at now?  I’m experiencing the new learning phase of pitching to a company and asking if they need help with social networking or building their blog back up. This is another learning experience for me and so far, I haven’t received any response.  I have also started making a little extra money with my own blog (not this one). But these avenues are posts for another day.

    Anyways, if you are trying to get started with freelance writing, this is just how it is working for me. Some people have different stories to tell on how they broke out into the field and I can’t say that my avenue is the best. Considering I work full time and it isn’t exactly the right time for me to get my byline in a local newspaper (not a conversation I want to have with my current employer), I would say this works pretty good for me right now.

    Can I answer any questions you may have? If you are in the freelance writing field, how did you get started?

     


  3. The Dog-Eat-Dog World of Setting Rates for Freelance Work

    May 19, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

    The past few weeks I’ve been making an active effort to pursue freelance work. Mostly, because I am not getting paid enough at work to get by.

    The past two weeks I’ve also come across rudeness, high demand, and expectations for free work. I’ve received rude emails demanding I work for free and another email demanding I lower my rate because all I write are “puff” pieces and how dare I charge so much just being the kind of writer I am?

    The professionals I’ve come across makes me realize how important it is to educate myself on the freelance world, gain confidence in my work, and stick to my principles on rate. Figuring out what to charge is my biggest hurdle. I either charge too low or I’m charging too high.

    So I went in search of some online advice and decided to share what I found –

    Popular (but bad) Freelancing Advice You Should Ignore

    How to Price Your Services as a Freelance Writer (I found the comment section to be of most interest to me)

    The Complete Guide to Setting and Negotiating Freelance Rates

    Do you have any advice on breaking out into the freelance world?