I still remember when I started my freelance writing journey as if it was just yesterday. It took a total of eight months before I got my first freelance writing gig.
That waiting period wasn’t an easy one. It meant that sometimes I could barely afford to eat good food.
Thankfully, I had paid my rent, so I didn’t have my landlord at my neck. But it was still hard to pay my bills and afford to stay online.Continue reading
If you are a freelance writer, especially a newbie, you need portfolio websites. Clients want to see samples of your work to give them a feel of your writing style and to help them assess if you’re the person for the job. And even if you are not a newbie, you can never outgrow this very familiar line, “Could you send me some of your previous work?”
In fact, a few minutes before writing this, I applied for a writing position online, and one of the things I was asked to do was to send a few samples of my previously published work.
Creating an online freelance writing portfolio helps your career in ways you can’t imagine. It’s a great place to keep all of your best work, plus have a nice bio about yourself.
It’s definitely a lot easier to send samples to your clients when needed if you have a few published on these portfolio websites. Online portfolios give you that professional touch. Some have attractive templates that are easy to customize too.
Not sure of the best places to build a freelance writing portfolio? Now, that’s where I come in. Here are seven websites that provide you with easy, reliable and versatile features to keep all your previous writing work.Continue reading
I know a lot of busy professionals who would give anything to start a business by the side, but don’t have the time to do so. Is that your story? What if I told you that there are profitable businesses you can do just during weekends and still thrive?
Having worked in the bank for a while, I know what it is to be busy. Though I wanted to run my own business by the side, my daily schedule did not give me any breathing space. Unfortunately, I never did start any business until I finally quit my job.
Professionally speaking, it is always better to start and grow a business while still working. That way, you can test your new product or service and get feedback. You will equally validate the business idea, and start generating income before you quit.
Thankfully, your case can be different and better than mine. Sure! If you play your cards right, you can start your business and grow it to a reasonable extent before you quit your job.
Are you a bank executive, a lecturer, a doctor, a dentist, a lawyer, a research consultant or an engineer? Do you want to start your own business but have always thought it was an impossible feat because of your busy schedule?
Not to worry, below are 12 weekend business ideas that every busy professional can explore:Continue reading
To turn your hobby into a business has been advice that has been around for a while, and many have successfully implemented this idea.
The idea behind this advice is that if you are passionate enough about something, then you can spend a considerable amount of time on that thing. If turned into a business, then you would succeed with the same ease.
While this idea makes sense on the face of it, book lovers like me for a long time wondered how it could be true for us as well.
I have taken the time to put together a few business ideas that are proven to work, that book lovers can do to turn on the cash flow on their hobby.Continue reading
So you’ve got your blog up and running, and you want your traffic to increase. Maybe you even put up some high-quality blog posts on there for your visitors to read and have their fill.
Just when you think you’ve got everything all going really well, your Google Analytics gives you the real picture of what’s actually happening to your blog.
In the past week, you’ve had only a handful of visitors coming to your blog and not a single comment on any of your blog posts.
Okay, take a breather. Next week’s going to get better. But NO! The analytics say that nobody’s dropped by.
What could be wrong? Is it the blog posts? Nobody finds you interesting?
The truth is that a reader stopping by your blog is not a guarantee that they’ll keep coming back. You need to do a little extra to make sure that that visitor becomes a devoted reader.
Here are some savvy strategies that will make people read your blog and drool for more.Continue reading
My story is similar to thousands of graduates before me. I graduated from school a few years back only to realize that the saying “there are no jobs” was not without merit.
In my bid to leave the ever-swelling mass of the unemployed, I was forced to think inside the box and look at the skills and hobbies I had formerly taken for granted.
The unbelievable truth is that there is a market for everything. The challenge is discovering what to sell and how best to get it to the people who need it.
Just like me, there are lots of other people who have similar stories of successfully turning their hobbies into lucrative businesses. And who says you can’t be next?Continue reading
The home is a comfort zone and the setting encourages laziness and relaxation more than it does work. This is why working from home can be quite challenging and requires great effort, discipline, sacrifice, and focus. Coupled with other challenges, not everyone can successfully make a great career while working from home.
But there are those who can fit in their work schedules into their regular home life. Presently, I work at home, and I am still very productive. Below are the tips that I applied. They can help anybody to increase productivity while working from home.Continue reading
Working as a freelancer has continued to be on an increasing trend over the last decade and millennials seem to be a big part of the reason for it. About half of the millennials have freelance jobs. That is a great proportion of the US population especially when we consider the fact that the millennials are now the largest generation of the U.S. workforce (about 38%). What is more striking is that the number is predicted to increase as Millennials grow and further dominate the workforce.
In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to contribute on some popular sites like Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Good Men Project, Business 2 Community, and a host of others. I live the writer’s life, and so far, it’s been awesome.
A lot of people have asked me privately how they can improve their writing. I have spoken extensively on the subject many times and written about it on many occasions too.
However, I wish to share some actionable tips and things I have learned over the years as a successful freelance writer. If you are a writer, stay tuned, these tips will help you improve greatly. And if you are an aspiring writer, then these are what you have been waiting for to start. They will help you improve your writing skill.Continue reading