From the monthly archives:

January 2010

3 Things All Freelancers Need To Do

by Amanda J Evans on January 26, 2010

If you want to be a successful freelance writer there are three things that you need to be doing on a regular basis.  These are:

  • Promoting
  • Networking
  • Job Hunting

Promoting

Promoting yourself as a freelance writer is vital to your success.  There are a number of ways that you can do this.  You can use article marketing, post new articles to your blog or website or write guest posts for other blog owners.  Promotion is all about getting your name out there and having your freelance writing talents recognized.

Did you know that most potential clients will Google your name to find out more about you?  What does you name show up?  Have you ever actually Googled yourself to see what the results display?  You might be surprised at what you find.

Networking

Networking is all about staying in the loop and talking with other freelance writers.  Networking is a great way to meet potential clients too.  There are a number of ways that you can network and these include using websites such as Facebook and Twitter, following and commenting on other freelance writing blogs and participating in forums.  Networking is also a great way to meet other freelance writers and discuss issues or problems you might be having.  Networking also gets your name out there and to be a successful freelance writer people need to know your name.

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Success Means Taking Action

by Amanda J Evans on January 22, 2010

We all want to be successful freelancers and the key to getting there comes in just one simple word:

ACTION

If you want to be a successful freelancer you need to take action.  You need to look for freelance writing jobs, you need to market and you need to promote your services.  You need to do this continuously and not just when your work dries up.

You ask any of the really successful freelancers and they will tell you that they have a marketing plan, they promote their services on a daily basis and they keep an eye on the jobs boards.  They take action.  They are not just sitting there waiting for success to come; they are making success happen.

Think about your own freelance writing career for a moment.

Do you have a plan?
Are you promoting your services?
Are you looking for the right freelance writing jobs?

If you answered yes that’s great but answer me this, how often are you doing all these things?

I decided over the Christmas period that 2010 was going to be my year for success.  I decided it was time to take real action, to plan, to market and to promote.  It is now getting close to the end of January and things are starting to come together.  I have taken the time to reassess things, to prioritize and to focus.  Have you?

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14 Places To Find Freelance Writing Jobs in 2010

by Amanda J Evans on January 17, 2010

If you want to be a successful freelance writer then you need to have freelance writing jobs.  There are a number of great websites and blogs that publish freelance writing jobs on a daily basis.  You should be looking for new opportunities every day regardless of how much work you have on.  You need to keep your eyes on what is happening in the world of freelance writing jobs.  Below is my list of 14 places to find freelance writing jobs in 2010.

  1. Freelance Writing Gigshttp://freelancewritinggigs.com/webandprint/ This is probably the best freelance writing jobs websites around.  It is updated daily and there is plenty of really great freelance writing articles to be found on this blog too.
  2. Probloggerhttp://jobs.problogger.net/ up to date list of blogging jobs
  3. Freelance Switchhttp://jobs.freelanceswitch.com/categories/subscriptions if you go to the jobs feeds page you can select the writing category and subscribe via email so that you get it in your inbox
  4. Media Bistro http://www.mediabistro.com/joblistings/ some freelance jobs on this website and you can also create an account in the freelance marketplace section.
  5. Poe Warhttp://www.poewar.com/freelance-jobs/ keep an eye on the blog on the homepage too as this seems to have some posts relating to freelance writing jobs too.
  6. Sunoasis Jobshttp://www.sunoasis.com/freelance.html you can also subscribe to get live updates via Twitter.
  7. Telecommuting Jobshttp://www.tjobs.com/index.php?cat=97 This is the link for the writing jobs category.
  8. Writer Find http://www.writerfind.com/freelance_jobs/
  9. Writer’s Weeklyhttp://forums.writersweekly.com/viewforum.php?f=4 This is a forum but well worth looking at.
  10. Online Writing Jobshttp://www.online-writing-jobs.com/
  11. About Freelance Writinghttp://www.aboutfreelancewriting.com/category/freelance-writing-jobs-job-baord/ Daily blog listing of jobs.
  12. Morning Coffeehttp://www.freelancewriting.com/newsletters/morning-coffee-freelance-writing-jobs.php get this in your inbox so you never forget to check for jobs each day.
  13. All freelance Writinghttp://allfreelancewriting.com/jobs/
  14. Craigslisthttp://www.craigslist.org/about/sites choose your country, choose your area and then choose writing and editing on the jobs tab.

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Measuring Your Freelance Writing Success

by Amanda J Evans on January 11, 2010

Every freelance writer wants to be a success.  The thing you have to remember though is that you are not just a freelance writer; you are building a freelance writing business.  With this in mind what I want to talk to you about today is measuring your freelance writing success.

You have probably made some goals in relation to your freelance writing that you want to achieve in 2010 and the tips that I am sharing in this article should help you to focus and ensure that you reach your goals.

For the purpose of this post I am going to use the example that you want to earn an additional $10,000 in 2010.

This sounds like a reasonable goal and one that is very achievable if you put your mind to it.

The first thing that you need to determine is what this $10,000 will be made up of.  Where will the income come from?  Will it be additional client work?  Will you earn more from your own writing?  Will you monetize your blog to increase your income?

How will you know if you are achieving your goal?  Will you wait until 2010 draws to a close and you add up your yearly income?  How will you know if you are on track or if you have veered off track?  The key to this is measuring.  Measuring is something that you should be doing daily, weekly and monthly and in order to do this there are some questions that you need to ask yourself about your freelance writing business and you monetary goal for 2010.

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Ghostwriting Uncovered In 2010

by Amanda J Evans on January 9, 2010

It’s the New Year and for many people this means goals and resolutions.  I have a number of goals that I have set for 2010 but I won’t bore you with a goals post.  I’m sure you have read plenty of these over the last few weeks.  What I do want to tell you about is what I have planned for the Ghostwriting Uncovered Blog for 2010.

As you can see I have been extremely busy over the past few months and have not been posting as regularly as I should have.  This is mainly due to the work that was taking place on this website.  You will notice that the website has had a makeover.  Hope you like it.  I had a great designer working with me and he had a big job to do.  I combined my standalone Ghostwriting Uncovered website and the Ghostwriting Uncovered Blog into one wordpress website.  This was a big job but it will make things so much easier for me.  It was becoming a pain to have to try and contact a website designer every time I wanted to change something on the main website so I decided to intergrate everything.  I have to say I am delighted with the results.  There are a couple more tweaks to come but overall the new look is finished. What do you think?

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