Tips On Becoming A Freelance Writer

So, you’ve decided that you want to become a freelance writer? There is no denying that the freelance market is booming at the moment and there are lots of opportunities for those who enjoy writing. Nevertheless, competition is also fierce, so you must do everything in your power to stand out. Read on for some key pieces of advice.

 

 

Focus on quality – The truth is that you can lower your price to the point where you feel like you’re working for free, and there will still be someone working for less. Rather than try to undercut everyone on price, focus on being an expert in your field. If companies want quality content, they will be willing to pay for it.

Supplement your income – As you are going to spend your days at home (or at the local coffee shop) working on your computer, it is a good idea to try to find ways to boost your income. Read this guide on how to make 100 dollars fast online. From taking paid surveys to doing some online trading, there are so many different options you have at your disposal.

Sign up to a number of different freelance websites – In the beginning, you will find it difficult to secure jobs because you will be competing with freelancers who are established and have been providing writing services for years. Don’t let this dishearten you, though. You simply need to make sure you sign up to a number of different freelancing websites, from PeoplePerHour to Freelancer, and make as many job applications as possible to put the odds more in your favour. You should also make sure you attach samples of your work to each application.

Be honest and communicate well – It may be tempting to promise that you will have a project due in X days, even though you know you’re cutting it. You want to secure the job after all! But you’re only going to end up letting the client down in the end if you fall behind. You also need to make sure you communicate frequently with the people you work for and that you are honest if there are any delays.

Be payment savvy – One of the biggest concerns for freelancers is that they’re going to do a job for someone and then that person is going to disappear once the payment is due. There are a number of things you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen. If you use the freelancing sites mentioned, you will have a layer of protection, as clients need to deposit funds, which are held securely until the project is complete. If you do not use such a website, make sure you have a contract drawn up and that you request a down payment from the client.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared to make it as a freelance writer. If you follow the advice above, you’ll have a great platform for making a career for yourself in this domain.

 

How to Become an Excelling Expert in Your Chosen Profession

You have always been a career-minded person who wants to excel in everything they do. No matter what you set your mind to, you always want to achieve it to the best of your ability, right? Let’s say recently you have decided that you want to pursue a new career so that you can grow as a person and attain your life goals.

You enjoy setting yourself new challenges so that you can really work hard at your current job role and get to where you want to be in the near future. Therefore, in order to become an excelling expert, you need to consider some of the following ideas.

Read the Right Literature

When you are hoping to tap into a certain profession, it is important to do your research and open up your mind to a whole host of literature. Make sure you are reading content that is written by reputable industry professionals, such as social work books that will help shed light on the profession and outline the skills required to succeed in this field.

Once you have immersed yourself into this new domain, you will feel ready to conquer everything and anything that may come your way.

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Speak to Industry Experts

There are probably a whole host of people who have been in your shoes before, so make sure you make the most of mingling with these experts. Everybody has to start somewhere, so get networking and learn all the tricks of the trade.

For example, you can head to a local business place that you could see yourself working in one day and ask to speak to someone who works in the department you are most interested in. Yes, it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there, but be confident and ask all the questions you need to get ahead in the industry.  

Keep an Open Mind

You will never land your dream job instantly, so it is important to keep an open mind and say yes to every opportunity. When you have made it in your industry, you will be able to start filtering through job offers and learning to say no sometimes. Until then, grab every chance you can to learn something new and get one step closer to excelling in your chosen profession.

Be Dedicated

You probably want to be a dedicated employee, in whatever industry you manage to get yourself into, so never take anything for granted. If you are given a task to do, make sure you complete it to the best of your ability. Your hard work will not go unnoticed and it will put you in an excellent position for job progression in the future. When you are truly passionate about your career, you will find it easy to work hard and stay motivated, so make sure you choose the right job to suit your desires and skills.

Becoming an excelling expert in your profession will take a lot of time and dedication; don’t rush any of these processes. Enjoy the journey and take pride in every little achievement you make along the way.

The Art Of Seduction: Does Your Writing Engage And Enthrall?

With so many books and articles published every year, writers have had to up their game. It’s no longer enough to write something good; you have to seduce readers in a way that gets them intimately involved with your narrative. It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing fiction or something else—seduction is the name of the game.

Think about your own experiences. There have probably been times in your life when you’ve started reading a book, only to yawn after a few pages and wonder why you ever picked it up in the first place. Long-winded introductions, poorly constructed characters, and long sentences can all take the charm out of a book.

The trick to getting people’s attention isn’t so much in what you write, or even how well you write, but whether or not you create a desire in them. There has to be a reason for them to continue reading—whether it’s to discover a secret formula for losing weight, what’s going to happen to a key character, or how to do something they’ve always wanted to do. Emotions drive reading decisions—everything else is secondary.

But creating desire and seducing readers isn’t easy. Often, it requires you to step out of your comfort zone and write in a way that sees the story from their perspective. Once you get into your audience’s shoes, though, you can start to work your magic. Here’s how:

 

Express Strong Emotions In Action

One of the problems with J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings is that he rarely took the chance to express his character’s emotions in action. It was always the job of the reader to infer why they had done what they had done (which is why the films were such masterpieces). But today’s top fiction authors recognise that merely providing a catalogue of events isn’t enough to draw in readers. There needs to be strong emotional content.

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But what does that look like? It’s not about long monologues or in-depth descriptions of emotional experience. Readers don’t usually like this. It’s more about the nuance in the way characters talk to each other, and, importantly, what they do. This is actually a much more difficult thing to do than merely to report a character’s emotional experience. It takes time to think carefully about the way characters interact in their world in a way that is convincing and authentic.

Remember, although you may be writing a work of fiction, the emotions shouldn’t appear fanciful or unrealistic. Readers want to be able to connect to the people they read about, whether they are made up or not, and so they need to be believable.

The other thing to remember is that emotions in your story should follow a narrative trajectory. Feelings should build as your novel develops and, hopefully, reach a climax as the story resolves itself. Drip feeding readers emotional content helps to keep them invested in your work, safe in the knowledge that they’re going to be rewarded at some point.

Find Out What Scares Your Audience

Fear and desire are two fundamental driving forces in all human interactions, and they form the basis of many of the great works of fiction. These two emotions are so central to the human psyche that they can’t help but have universal appeal, as they have done throughout the centuries.

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The characters in your story face these emotions all the time. Fear comes in the form of death, rejection and failure, while desire is related to love, peace and safety. It can sometimes be a little uncomfortable to explore these issues in your characters, but they’re things that everybody has to face and will strike a chord with your readership. Some writers can be downright afraid to put their creations in danger or reveal aspects of their personalities that they’d rather keep secret. But it’s these traits which can help transform a book from ho-hum into something gripping.

Think about the times when you’ve been most interested in a character. Almost always it will be times when they have been in danger or had to make a decision tempered by desire. Because your audience knows these feelings so well, they will empathize with your characters and wonder what they might do next. Characters help introduce readers to emotional danger, which can be very intoxicating.

 

Avoid Cliches

Virtual Writing Tutor says that one of the biggest problems in people’s writing is the use of cliches. Although they may be a part of the vernacular, cliches almost always reduce immersion and make your writing less seductive.

The trick to engaging writing is to come up with your own way of saying things. Not only is it more interesting for the reader, but often it’s also more appropriate for the context. Cliches, unless used ironically, should be avoided.

 

Keep Your Readers Asking Questions

 

The screenplay for the TV series Lost was, in many ways, genius. The writers knew that to get people coming back season after season, they had to introduce random, unexplained elements which would be resolved later on. Many people watched the show just to find out how the writers were going to explain all the mysteries of the show. Their strategy worked, and Lost ran for a lot longer than initially intended.

Writers need to use this tactic too. They need to present something controversial, exciting or unexplained that requires an answer, such as a weird turn of phrase by a particular character, a strange event, or an inexplicable emotional reaction. Getting your reader to ask questions automatically generates interest in your book, forcing them to think about it differently than, say, if you gave them all the answers up front.

 

Get Right Into The Action

 

While setting the scene has its place, readers aren’t usually that interested in all the minutiae of your fictitious world; they want action. Smart writers create the scene as the action unfolds, rather than describing it separately, giving readers both something rich and compelling. Launching right into the action helps set the pace and provides interest immediately, making it easier to captivate than long, meandering descriptions.

 

What To Do When You’re Unemployed

Being unemployed, especially if you’ve been let go from your job, isn’t a very nice feeling. Not only can you feel inadequate, lost, and like you’re all over the place, you’re wondering what on earth you’re going to do next.

You might not find a job within the next few weeks, or even the next few months, but that doesn’t mean you should sit around and wait. Taking proactive steps to becoming employed again – or at least earning money again is really important. Here’s what you should do when you’re unemployed:

Figure Out Where You Want To Be

It’s a good idea if you can create a clear picture in your head of where you’d like to be. If you’re not sure, then you can end up meandering to nowhere in particular, and you’ll spend years still trying to figure it all out.

It can take a long time to figure out where you truly want to be anyway, so if that still sounds like too much to you, just figure out where you’d like to go next. Is there a role or an industry that interests you?

Take Care Of Yourself

Don’t allow any negative thoughts or low moods to manifest into nonexistent self-care. Don’t stay in bed till late afternoon, and make sure you still get up, wash, and get dressed.

You’ll feel better, and when you feel good, you tend to do smarter things. You’ll be able to come up with smart ideas and solutions when you feel good, so focus on making yourself feel good everyday.

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Improve Your Knowledge And Skill Set

If you know what sort of industry or role you want to be in, then aim to improve your knowledge and skill set. Spend a few hours a day studying and researching. You can find all kinds on YouTube, and even with free online courses. There are so many options, so take advantage of this time as an opportunity for self improvement.

Teaching yourself about spread betting can make you a desirable hire if you’re looking to work in the financial or investment markets. It could even help you to make a little money while you’re out of work. Figure out what’s popular and stay ahead of the curve.

Keep Up A Schedule

Do your best to keep up a bit of a schedule. Get up and go to bed at the same time, eat at the same times – trick your mind into believing you are still employed. Oh, and don’t forget to get out of the house. You can do your research in a coffee shop or library, if that helps.

Offer Your Skills Online

If you know you have skills, why not offer them online? You could make some cash while waiting for your next opportunity – you might even find you want to continue doing this.

Don’t forget, at times like this, your mindset is everything. Don’t allow yourself to wallow and, instead, continue taking proactive steps to land your next role. Good luck!

You’ll Struggle To Find A Position In That New Career If You Don’t…

When most people embark on a new career, they’re in their early twenties and fresh out of some type of higher education. If they’ve been to university, they’ll likely already have some experience in their field. Even if not, chances are they’ve spent years working towards this goal.

But what happens if you’re in your forties and decide you need a career change? Far from being fresh for the picking, you’ll be a dab hand in an entirely different field. And that can be a daunting and even damaging reality.

The sad fact is that embarking on a new career in later life isn’t easy. But that’s not to say it’s impossible. Far from it, in fact. Many people take the plunge and never look back.

If you’re looking over the cliff face right now, you’ve come to the right place. I spoke, not so long ago, about the things you shouldn’t do when changing careers. But, today, I’m going to look at what you SHOULD do to get your foot in the new job door.

Get training before you apply

If you’re opting for a complete turnaround, there’s a chance that your current job doesn’t do much to recommend you. Aside from showing your ability to fulfill a role, your experience could be useless. The sad fact is, the job market is saturated. Skilled roles often require some experience or training.

As you don’t have experience behind you here, it’s important to focus on the latter. There are training courses and even online classes for most things nowadays. By paying for these before you apply, you have a much better chance at selection. What’s more, such courses can give you a taste for the job. As such, they’re a good idea all around.

 

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Know where to look

When you’re stepping into unfamiliar water, even knowing where to look can be daunting. But, doing your research here can ensure that you apply in the right places. On the one hand, learning the right names and sending inquiry emails can be all it takes.

You might also want to familiarize yourself with industry specialized job searches, like the agriculture-based one you’ll find if you click here. These give you an in-point into your chosen field. Research using such resources will show what roles are available, and how you can apply. Even if you don’t find anything, reading up on specific jobs will show you what’s required for the position.

Get your name out there

As mentioned above, sending emails to the people up top can be enough to secure roles. But, that’s not the only way to get your name into your newly desired industry. It’s also worth following influential figures in the field on social media and interacting that way.

If you can, take the time also to attend industry events. You have a much better chance of succeeding in the interview stages if the employer already knows of you. So, shout loud and proud, and let your new field know you’ve arrived.