Freelance Writing Basics Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:32:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tips to Overcome Fears of Ageism in Freelancing Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:32:17 +0000 Read More]]> Ageism is a primary concern of most freelance writers. But if truth be told, this is the beauty of this job. Any person belonging to any age group can work as a freelancer, whether retired or laid off from work after a long time.

So, if you are worrying that you have come of age and it’s late for you to find a job, get over this notion. This article will further throw light on how you can overcome these fears and get great clients.

Change your Perception

The primary thing you need to do to overcome ageism fears to change the mindset that you will not get a job if you are old or inexperienced in the field. Indeed experience matters, but not as much as a willingness of a person.

While hiring a freelancer, the prospects are not thinking about the age or the productive years that he has ahead of him. So, if you are assuming that the ageism factor exists in freelancing as in the corporates, you are getting it the wrong way.

Capitalize your Age

Companies and publications that serve older people need your expertise the most. Companies with a serious marketing budget often prefer people as writers who have also been their customers as they have better knowledge.

For instance, if we talk about health and wellness insurers, providers, and consultants, they have given their services to old age people. Since you know their services and policies better, why wouldn’t they think of hiring you?

Do Not Chase Startups

If you wish to earn pro-rates, avoid chasing bootstrap startups and websites like Craigslist ads or UpWork. Hanging around these can discourage you as they offer tiny rates, and as a result, you will be compelled to go through the trauma of ageism all over again.

Instead, search for magazines or businesses that you might pitch within your niche and earn top dollar. The clients love to work with accomplished writers and are least concerned with their age.


How you market, yourself matters the most as it shows if the client can rely on you. In fact, you have the freedom if you want to reveal your real age or not. You can also post pictures on your social media while at the beach or holidaying to appear exciting and modern.

Moreover, subscribe to some websites that can teach you the current style and pattern of writing. Study their newsletters and practice the format to show that you have the knowledge and are capable of holding the position. Lastly, keep your LinkedIn profile updated.

Stop Blaming your Age

There are already enough excuses to procrastinate and give up on your dreams like the economy, living in a small town, and the most recent one, “Coronavirus.” So, do not make age another excuse for not taking action and building the business.

Age is the last factor that anyone would consider while hiring a freelancer. Therefore, stop telling yourself that you are old and will not find a suitable job.

Summing Up

Ageism can be a real thing in full-time jobs, but anyone hardly gives it a thought when it comes to freelancing. Therefore, follow the tips mentioned above and try to boost your self-confidence to get the dream job.

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The 5 Lucrative Freelance Writing Jobs Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:19:33 +0000 Read More]]> Some freelance writers learn it the hard way that not all they love to write is going to bring them money. So here are the top five freelance writing jobs that were either never no more lucrative. Have a look!

1. To describe or not to describe

Writing product descriptions was such a lucrative job for writers, but it seems like an era gone by. However, while this task still exists, the real problem is that the pay rates have made a steep fall. Product descriptions are, in fact, now reserved for the newbies or the writers with minimal skills who seek experience. And for whom even the last buck matters.

It is no more considered a high-value job, as other content and methods are considered more important selling factors. The industry isn’t much bothered about grammatical errors or that of terminology in the product description. And even a person with English as a second language is a good fit for such writing projects.

2. A letter to get a job

Writing resumes, curriculum vitae, and cover letters, once commanded great professional skills and experience. But call it exposure or availability of free online tools, even junior school kids seem to have mastered the craft. That being said, even the highly polished ones are available in minutes with prewrite templates and quick fill of information.

Another chief reason that resume writing is considered as the worst freelancing writing job is its low demand. One client will need only one or perhaps two, but ever in bulk. So it neither builds long term clients nor profits.

3. The interesting paid reviews

As much as we love reading reviews of the latest movies, books, or restaurants, writing them isn’t a fun or well-paying job. Though they were never considered lucrative, now they are hardly even counted as a project or task.

And to be honest, who’s even enjoying watching a 2-hour movie or a 300-page book one is least interested in and then pen it down for a few bucks. Besides, the pay almost never seems fair considering the amount of time and effort spent on it. Another reason that paid reviews seem dead is that people have become choosy. They will rather value a review by a leading newspaper or paparazzi than some guy.

4. Essaying it out

Accept it! We’ve all loathed writing personal essays back in school. But alas, many didn’t mind writing when the grades were replaced with monetary payments. There are indeed plenty of magazines, journals, and newspapers out there with opportunities for essayists. Yet, they either pay like peanuts or go to renowned essayists or novelists.

Also, so to mention, considering that Newspaper op-ed and free publishing websites are other reasons that led to a downfall of this trend. Social media, too, has emerged as a great medium where people can write and publish their stories, with no red tapes in place.

5. The struggles with fiction

Gone are the days when the world of fiction had a worth. Take examples of the leading writers of the day. They struggled from one publisher to another and faced several rejections before their lady luck shines on them. But the same doesn’t happen to everyone.

Marketing and monetizing on short/long stories, poems, or similar content are not viable in the present day. As a result, many are happy to share their creativity on social media for free. But making it big requires a great deal of perseverance.

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Everything about a Ghostwriter Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:13:50 +0000 Read More]]> The spooky term “Ghostwriter” refers to writers who are hired but don’t get any credit for their work. The mentioned author or the website owner or blog is hiring these ghostwriters and claims all the credit when the article is posted.

Most of the time, ghostwriters are paid in advance for their gig. But there are many factors why “Ghostwriters” or “Ghost Writing” are commonly used in the freelancing industry.

Why should you hire a Ghostwriter?

Ghostwriting is a fairly common practice. New-website owners and blog creators are always on the lookout for new ghostwriters. You may also find requirements in the print industry. But the main reason for hiring a ghostwriter is that it’s hassle-free.

You don’t have to find one writer and stick with him/her for the long term. Instead, you can have multiple writers working under you simultaneously, producing high-quality content in a short period. And most of all, you get to receive all the credit that it brings along.

The trend of ghostwriting has taken the industry by storm. Now, everyone wants to hire a couple of ghostwriters and keep the workflow stable. However, there are certain things that you want to keep in mind before selecting these writers. You have to make sure that the writer you are selecting has some experience writing professional blogs. Though you have the option to check their work, still, considering their CV should be your top priority as their work would be published under your name.

How much money do Ghostwriters make?

Comparatively, ghostwriters earn much more than any regular freelance writer. This is due to the level of skill required for the job. However, this may vary depending on the extreme competition received from third world countries and bidding portals.

The average payout of a ghostwriter ranges between $10 to $25,000, depending on the given task. Nowadays, many book-writing firms are also hiring ghostwriters to speed up their process. And they are offering an outstanding amount of payouts as well. The same goes for sports and entertainment websites.

Another factor can be the credits. If you decide not to get any recognition in the articles you write, then the payout should be high. But if the author chooses to share the credits, you can lower your sum to compensate for it.

How to Become a Ghostwriter?

The ghostwriting business is quite lucrative. And to become one, you need plenty of experience in your kitty. With that said, you also need to work on your skills as much as you can. Having professional articles posted on well-reputed websites and blogs can also help your case.

However, even if you don’t have much experience, you can still try for such gigs. Sometimes, clients don’t notice your experience and instead go with your eagerness to work. Either way, you can easily become a ghostwriter if you want to earn some severe stash as a freelance writer. Just be ready to compromise your credits.

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Freelance Writing for Starters Mon, 12 Oct 2020 08:44:43 +0000 Read More]]> Starting is often the most challenging phase, but it gets easier once you get out of the blocks.  Starting a job leaves you with so many doubts and questions. If you have never written an article, you will most likely have many questions about writing and what it entails. The challenge of starting a work comes mostly from the fear of failing. We wonder if our article will be captivating enough, if people will like it or not, among other fears. For a start, understand that even the best of the best started somewhere, if not worse than you.

 To start out as a freelance writer, you do not need a burdensome amount of money or resources. Here’s what you need: 

  • a computer that is reliable and has updated software to prevent glitches 
  • a proficient level of writing in the English language; reflects your level of professionalism 
  • a standard freelance writer’s portfolio
  • an official means of communication like an e-mail address, a spacious workspace, or a clean environment; for convenience 
  • a reliable medium of payment 
  • a clearly defined goal 
  • to be focused and organized
  • a positive mindset to work. 

If you have previously written work with positive feedback, include a link to it on your freelance writer’s portfolio to attract more clients. Also, include in your portfolio a compelling reason why you write or are into freelance writing.

Moreover, to attract a specific kind of client, you need to carve a unique niche for yourself in that area. For example, when you hear the name Kobe Bryant, what comes to your mind? Basketball, of course! This is what sets you apart in the freelance writing business. If you want to be known for creative story writing, clarify that in your portfolio and stick strictly to it, regardless of what clients wish you could delve into. It not only earns your popularity but also respect from clients. To gain more clients, create a blog or website, and post your writings on it regularly. When people see the quality work you do consistently, they either consciously or unconsciously trust you in that specific field. Even if they do not presently need your service, your name will ring a bell in their head when they eventually do. 

Establishing a consistent online presence will also aid your visibility online. This is the power of social media today. You may be miles and continents apart from a potential client who might have come across your business page on a social media platform. Sometimes, you may not know that people are taking notice of your business by being consistent with offering value. You can just wake up one day to receive dozens of orders from people you have never worked with.


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How to Write a Blog Post like a Professional Mon, 12 Oct 2020 08:30:25 +0000 Read More]]> Have you ever sat with your screen and just imagined what exactly to write? Have you ever had a lot of moments when fear grips your heart after typing some words on your page and had no comment or a red sign of love on your long article? Here is a little clue to make your writing more professional and entice the right readers and great comments.

The first thing you have to do is to select the right topic for your blog. The right topics are not big or ambiguous topics. They are topics you can relate to and have passion for. The topic you care about will always have a lot of content from the heart and not just ideas. These topics must also have their way into your reader’s heart. This means your readers must care about the topic as well.

You have competitors and other writers pushing for their blogs to have more views. There is no crime in checking what they write and bring forth ideas from it. I’m not saying to copy their ideas outright. They should only give you a clue of what to write, and you must thoroughly research the topic before delivering it on your page. The best is to pen the ideas down and keep them for rainy days.

As soon as the topic is settled, you have to find the scope of delivery you want to use. What I mean here is that you have to go straight and make your points known. Too much information can disinterest your readers. So you have to make it simple and direct.

Your content becomes more precise when it is planned systematically. You don’t expect to have readers glued to your write up when your thoughts are scattered all over. Make it brief and arranged accordingly.

Your introduction can take your reader’s attention until the end of the write-up. This means you must find a catchy introduction and keep your readers glued to the end. You can create suspense and make your readers curious until the end.

Having all the above sorted out, you have to make your storyline exciting and real. Be yourself and use your most friendly tune in your write-ups. Your readers can read your mood and emotion in every piece of your writing. So make it interesting, real, and friendly. There are no rules, so be yourself and entertain your readers.

With such a brilliant and grand entrance, you have to do yourself a favor and finish in a grand style. You can make it short and straightforward, summarizing your article in simple terms. Likewise, it would help if you asked some exciting questions that will command compulsory comments. At the end of it all, you can promote a brand that is well known by your readers and request your readers to subscribe for a more exciting post on your page.

Having done all the above, be sure to post regularly on your page and follow the same rules.

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Ways of Becoming a Freelance Writer Mon, 12 Oct 2020 08:15:32 +0000 Read More]]> Nowadays, with how the economy is emerging, people want to be their boss. It is good to have something of your own rather than depending on someone else. By becoming a freelance writer, you have an opportunity to be your boss. You do not have to wake up early. The job is flexible, and you can work as much as you want.  The working hours are manageable, and you get paid by the amount of work you have done. It is a work of many advantages compared to the disadvantages. There are tips to follow to be a successful freelance writer. You need all the necessary skills because nothing comes easy.

Things You Need to Become a Freelancer

It is not difficult to become a freelance writer. You do not require a lot to start if you are interested. Most of the businesses require huge investment, but this is the opposite of all those businesses.  The first thing you will need is a computer to make sure that the end product of your work is efficient. Try not to use a laptop. For good feedback, you will need a computer. Your computer needs to have Microsoft office. To be specific, you will need both Word and Excel.  It necessarily does not mean you only have to use the two. You can consider other software as well.

Before you start writing, you should make sure that your English is on point. You should know the language appropriately because most of the work is in English. You should do your research and understand the different forms of writing. If you get an assignment and you write differently compared to what is required, then your work is useless. It is good to read a lot and practice before you start. You can also seek assistance from people who have experience and learn from them.

Ways of Starting Freelancing Online

Note that you do not need any experience to do most online jobs. Most of the online jobs do not need any experience. As long as you have writing skills and you are creative as well, you are good to go.  Most of the jobs that do not require experience do not pay well, but that is not a problem. As long as you can earn something from it, you are on the right path. If you want to know and learn more about freelancing, you can start with the less paying jobs that do not need any experience. With time, your writing skills will improve. You will know how to manage your time well and deliver a good job. It is good to start small rather than taking work with a high amount and earning nothing. If you are consistent, you will grow. If you deliver quality work, your client will pay a substantial amount of money. Beginners cannot convey well, thus get bad reviews. To avoid all these, go for less paying jobs and learn.

How to Get Online Writing Jobs with no Experience

Some people and companies give out simple writing tasks. There are different things you can write about; articles, blogs, and many more. Academic writing is also a better way to start because they pay better. The main thing to do is to follow all the instructions needed.

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Where To Find Sports Writing Jobs Online Wed, 06 May 2020 16:06:54 +0000 Read More]]> The best part about being a writer is that you can always write about your passion no matter what it is. If you’re a lover of sports, you’ll be happy to know that you can get your fair share of the 489 billion dollar industry from online writing. There are several places where you can get a steady flow of freelance writing jobs in the sports niche. However, some sites are better than others. Sticking to the most reputable sports writing sites will help you build your reputation in the writing niche while you make money.

  1. Write Articles On Black Belt Mag
  2. Black Belt is a great place to get freelance writing jobs online in the sports niche. You can get up to $100 for every 1000 words. So, if you write an article of 5000 words, you’ll get about $5000. This is a fair price when you consider what many other websites offer. You’ll be asked to write different martial arts related articles.

  3. Write Articles On Dirt Rag Mag
  4. If you’re interested in mountain biking, you can apply to write related articles on Dirt Rag Mag. You can decide to write reviews on biking equipment, information about trails, and biking competitions. After you have completed the assignment, the site will pay you about $50 for online articles and a little more for print articles.

  5. Write On Gray’s Sporting Journal
  6. Another great place to get sport writing gigs is Gray’s Sporting Journal. The platform covers fishing and hunting writing gigs. Depending on the length and complexity of the article, you’ll get between $100 and $1250. While the platform focuses primarily on hunting and fishing sports, you can also submit poems and other creative content.

  7. Write On SBNation
  8. This is one of the few online sports platforms that offer options for different types of sports writing. There is a place for football writers, UFC writers, basketball writers, hockey writers, baseball writers, etc. If you’re interested in writing on this platform, check out the contact information on the website and pitch your writing ideas.

  9. Write On FanSided
  10. This online magazine is for any writer who likes basketball. As a writer on FanSided, you’ll write articles based on your passion and level of experience. They prefer writers who are interested in high-level NBA basketball. You’ll be required to write a minimum of eight articles monthly. This platform only accepts writers who are at least 18 years old. They don’t just work with freelancers, they also have permanent employees who get flat rates. Some others get paid on a revenue-sharing basis.

  11. Write On Athlon Sports
  12. Anyone who loves to write about football can apply to write on Athlon Sports. It is the sports branch of Athlon Media Group. There isn’t any information about payment on the website. However, it is always ready to offer paid contributors to money for high-quality content. Make sure you express yourself accurately during the application.

Whether you’re interested in online writing or online editing jobs in the sports niche, you can apply for freelance writing jobs on any of the six platforms above.

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4 Best Tips On How To Make Money Online Wed, 06 May 2020 15:53:44 +0000 Read More]]> How much time do you spend connected to the internet daily? How many internet-enabled devices do you have? What do you do each time you visit the internet? Do you shop online or visit social media? What if you could spend your time online making money passively or actively? There are many ways to make money online if you’re interested. You can search for writing jobs and make money as a freelance writer. Across the globe, writers get paid millions yearly for online jobs proofreading and writing jobs. However, there are many other things you can do to make money online. Irrespective of what you are doing online, you need to take extra precautions to keep yourself safe.

  1. Work Through A Platform
  2. If someone who you’ve never met decides to defraud you online, it’s going to be difficult to track the person. This is why it’s always a good idea to work through a secure platform. Platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and Guru provide clients and freelancers with a safe environment to conduct business transactions. Payment is made through a third-party service like escrow and a percentage of the payment is collected by the platform providing the environment.

  3. If You Have A Blog, Install Google Adsense
  4. Most writers have blogs. Having a blog is a good way to generate income online. Thousands of advertising platforms offer bloggers money to display ads. Your first option should be Google Adsense. Google Adsense is the most popular advertising network for good reason. The platform is secure and the payout is much higher than what other networks offer. True, Google Adsense may have stricter requirements than other networks. However, it is going to be worth it in the end. The more quality traffic you receive, the more money you will earn on AdSense.

  5. Cash Out On YouTube
  6. YouTube is the most popular platform for video blogging. As a YouTuber, you can earn millions of dollars yearly by posting videos and enabling the monetization option. All you have to do is create interesting videos and build your online audience. The more people visit your channel and watch your video, the more money you will earn. If you own a blog, you can generate content about your video and post it on your blog. There is a feature that allows you to embed YouTube videos directly on your blog.

  7. Become A Social Media Influencer
  8. You don’t need any special skills to make a living as a social media influencer. All you need is charisma. If you’re a funny person who has a lot of followers on social media, you can become an influencer who gets paid to publish sponsored posts. The amount of money you earn depends on your location, your online reputation and the company interested in your services. Usually, the more reputable you are, the more money you’ll earn.

Finally, always remember that making money online doesn’t happen overnight. You will need to be patient and persevere if you want to build a solid reputation and make a lot of money online.

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Reliable Sources of Freelance Academic Writing Jobs Wed, 06 May 2020 15:43:00 +0000 Read More]]> Do you want to secure highly rewarding academic writing jobs from reliable sources? Take note; the word “reliable” is critical. The reason is that there are myriads of sources out there considered as scams. After spending hours to conduct research and writing, most of these platforms end up not paying their writers.

The truth is, academic writing jobs are highly demanding. Most academic topics you will come across may even make you want to give up. But the good thing about the academic writing niche is that one could earn handsomely in the niche. You have to be a good writer and ensure you are working with a reliable source.

So, if you are an academic writer seeking online writing jobs in the academic writing niche, here’s what you need to understand about finding reliable sources.

  1. Essay writing service providers
  2. There are numerous essay writing services out there. These platforms help students and interested persons with multiple writing tasks. You will also find that most of them are only into academic writing, while some offer numerous writing services.

    However, whether a writing service is offering only academic writing services or not, is of no importance to you. Your only concern is how reliable the company is.

    Now, the one thing that differentiates a reliable source from an unreliable source is reputation. The former is in the business for the long haul and understands what having a good reputation means for the survival of the company.

    Negative reviews or comments by people who have worked there or tested their services might cripple their business. They are aware of that, and so are always eager to do things right.

    Furthermore, a writing service isn’t reliable won’t care about building a good reputation. Look carefully, and you will find tons of negative reviews and comments about them online. These reviews could be from other writers who have gotten scammed by them.

    So, before you sign up or start applying for freelance writing jobs on any academic writing service, make sure you have done thorough research about the company.

  3. Freelance writing platforms
  4. If you have excellent academic writing skills, another reliable source with writing and academic editing jobs is freelance platforms. There are myriads of such platforms out there. And the good thing about these platforms is that they have a solid structure in place to tackle scams.

    When you work for clients on any of these freelance platforms, you are confident of getting paid once the project is complete. Many of the freelance platforms support milestones payment and hourly rates with payment protection for freelancers. You can search online and start applying for academic writing jobs that suit your writing skills.


Academic writing is another booming niche for freelance writers. So, if you have the skills, then start applying for jobs. However, it would help to figure out if your proposed employers are reliable. You don’t want to spend hours writing and not get paid at the end of the day. So, before you start working for that essay writing service or freelance platform, be sure that they are reliable.

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Pros And Cons Of Working As A Freelance Writer Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:26:38 +0000 Read More]]> If you’re thinking about becoming a freelance writer there are pros and cons you should know about. Finding a suitable freelance writing job online is a common task among practicing freelancers. Being a writer is a great opportunity that has many rewards, but there are downsides to know about to help you prepare. Understanding pros and cons is important because you can make adjustments to your work needs as necessary. While there are plenty of pros and cons to know here are a few of the most significant points to know for freelancers.

Work Remotely
Freelancers are able to work anywhere suitable to help them work. You can choose to work from home, your favorite coffee shop, the library, or anywhere that helps inspire your writing. You can create your own work environment and have your own space to complete projects whenever you want. In most cases, you don’t have to worry about arriving somewhere on time, just make sure you have an internet connection where you choose to work and you’re good to go.

Ability to Work Different Projects
When reviewing a freelance writing job description you may learn you can take on more than one project depending on time availability and client needs. Taking on multiple assignments is a great way to earn more money, but also you can explore one or more niches and exercise your skills while encouraging productivity. It is also helps with gaining experience you can use to obtain other writing opportunities. Having different jobs keeps writing interesting. You can even become a paper writing pro.

Time Is Needed to Find Clients
New and seasoned freelancers may experience slow periods obtaining work. Some niches have an abundance of freelance writing jobs but sometimes the opportunities are scarce. It can take days or weeks to find clients so it’s important to know other actions you can do when things are slow. Blog writing, making improvements to your proposal, and working on ideas to pitch to publications are a few things freelancers do to keep busy until paid work is available.

Earnings Fluctuate
Whether you’re seeking opportunities as an advanced writer or freelance writing jobs online for beginners, you may experience changes in income earnings based on factors such as job availability and scheduling. Income changes are due to lack in consistency of available jobs. Having a budget and saving up earnings can help make money stretch. Learn about local sources providing assistance and get tips from other writers on what they do to make ends meet.

Knowing pros and cons as a freelancer helps prepare for the career. You have an idea of what problems you could experience, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities to improve your skills and overall potential. Being able to work anywhere and work multiple jobs are pros many writers enjoy. Seeking clients and changes in income are cons writers admit are challenging, but know in the end it’s worth it because it’s a part of something they love to do.

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