Finding Freelance Work

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We all have to be proactive when finding freelancing work. There are numerous ways of achieving this and a plethora of website offering ‘work’. The trick is to be selective and hold to a set of rules you place upon yourself, in terms of renumeration, deadlines, types of work and sources.

Of course we can all pick up low renumeration jobs from sites such as Elance, Freelancer, Fivver etc. but why work hard when you can work clever? I can link to numerous lists of sources, such as:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245953

http://www.business.com/entrepreneurship/15-best-freelance-websites-in-2015/

Some of these you may or may not have tried – everyone’s experience is different. I enjoyed several months of reasonably paid work through Freelancer from one particular source. It was great experience and I learnt a lot.

My usual client base however, comes from local sources as well as connections through my community, local businesses and friends.

What is your game plan for acquiring freelance work?

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Copywriting – A Skill

Writing for money is not as easy as it sounds. There are numerous skills and methods you are required to know to ensure your content meets your clients specifications, as well as mood and their usual style. As I grow in experience, I learn from each article, blog post and newsletter, how I can adjust and refine my writing. I have also found that being open to new ideas and not being afraid to ask questions helps a great deal, especially when meeting with a new client.

The first thing that your web copy should not be is hackneyed! Whomever, your target audience is, you need to interest them immediately (or soon after!) Taking time to get to know the client and understand how they want to be perceived will make your job easier. As you can see from this excellent advice:

https://nhwn.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/5-things-to-consider-when-writing-webcopy/

This next link has some witty but seasoned advice:

http://www.vappingo.com/word-blog/29-expert-tips-on-writing-website-copy-that-gets-real-results/

As writers, we are always striving to be better and looking to experts and their work is a good place to start.

What is your experience of ‘learning’ a new skill?

Review of a Friends Novel

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I am currently reading a friend’s new novel for review purposes and to write a blurb prior to publishing. It is always a pleasure to aid fellow writers in their work. The story is compelling and has a number of unexpected twists and turns coupled with mental issues for several of the characters.

As a published author as well as a freelance writer, it is enlightening to be on both sides  of a book review.

I found this link to writing a book review – what are your thoughts on it? http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Book-Review

Do you have a particular format you follow when reviewing a book, subject or project?

Good Copy Writing Tips

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We all want to earn a decent wage from our writing efforts. To enable us to do that we need to ensure our content is well informed, researched, and written. These tips may help you on your path.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/164812

http://www.copyblogger.com/good-copywriting/

http://copywriterscrucible.com/15-punchy-copywriting-tips/

During your freelancing career what tips have you learnt? Care to share?

I have found it is best to have a vast list of questions for my clients to ensure I understand what they actually want before beginning a project.

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