Work at Home: Freelance Writing

From today, I am going to start a Work at Home series where I would be talking about various work at home jobs available and how to start a work from home business. This week the topic is “Freelance Writing”.

freelance writingThe global phenomenon called “internet” has pushed the boundaries of how people communicate, share stuff and most importantly; how they work. You can now work from the comfort of your home and make a living for yourself with maximum flexibility of choice and time. If you are an aspiring writer who happens to hate the 9-5 job, you have come to the right place because today we will talk about how to start your freelance writing career. Beginning is the toughest part and having the right approach makes all the difference. I hope the below mentioned guide is helpful in starting your Freelance Writing Career.

1.    Have faith in your skills:

Writing does not need journalism or language degree as long as your basics are correct. All it needs is passion and strong faith in your skills to develop into a successful freelance writer. With a belief in your abilities, you would be surprised to know how little experience is required to start off your career that can go a long way.

2.    Create a strong identity:

For getting notice in a competitive market, you need to create a strong identity. Though there is no dearth of freelance writing jobs, you need to put yourself out there for potential clients to notice. You can do so via a blog, website, social media accounts or freelancer profiles, which will act as your resume and will help you stand above the crowd. Your page must sell your specialized skills, so it is best for you to carve out a specialized area of expertise for yourself and focus on it. For example, if you love writing stories you should brand yourself as a “creative writer”. This will attract only a specific set of clients and increase your chance of success.

3.    Develop a sterling portfolio:

In freelance writing, clients are never concerned about your qualifications. They usually base their judgment on your portfolio and previous assignments. So a sterling portfolio speaks for you loudly if you have the required skills and quality.
In the beginning, it is not possible to build a portfolio without experience so many freelancers fall into the pit of low-paying assignments that puts them in a vicious cycle of low-payment work. To get high paying clients, your portfolio must demonstrate high quality work. To do that, you must do free work for the right client to develop a sterling portfolio and get an excellent feedback which will communicate your quality to your future clients and open the doors of success for you. A little free quality work in the beginning is the right way to step into the freelance writing world as it pays big time in the future.

4.    Get work:

After getting the previous step done well, now you are ready to pitch work. If you have created a specialized identity for yourself through your page, portfolio and testimonials, you will easily know which clients will work with you. Selling your specialized skills will attract only the right clients as people are less likely to take you seriously if you offer generic work.

Start pitching for freelance writing jobs through websites like ODesk, Elance, Freelancer and any social media or blog that offers work. The key is to pitch only the work that comes under your area of expertise and to pitch a lot. Pitching 10-15 clients per day is a good start.

After securing work, you must display consistency, quality and excellent communication skills to develop into a quality brand. The more clients you pitch, the higher the chances of your growth and success. Be sure to formulate a trustworthy relation with your clients and keep on improving your skills to succeed big in the freelance writing world!

Motivational Quotes for Success

If you are an entrepreneur or even an aspiring one, I am sure sometimes you feel overwhelmed with the enormity of the work that lies ahead. We all need inspiration and motivation and motivational quotes really do the trick. Below are some of my favourite inspirational quotes in no particular order:

1. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

2. “Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – General George Patton

3. “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

4. “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw

5. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

6. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does– that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams

7. “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” – Adam Osborne

8. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” –Unknown

9. “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell

…and my favorite

10. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky

Do you have a favourite motivational quote? Let me know in the comments!

Top 5 Online Work at Home Ideas

Working from the comforts of home is a new facet of this globalized world.  The idea of working from home in your pajamas at hours that suit you sure seems appealing. There is an exciting world out there which can be reached from a single click. I am sure many of you would have Googled work from home jobs and 99% of the results invariably are some sort of scams where they ask you to join a program for a small fee and promise you unbelievable sums of money. But that’s what they are –scams. Due to these scammers, many people think that working from home online is not feasible. But in reality there are many online home based jobs available.

work at home ideasWorking online from home is in many ways similar to working in the real world. You have to put in effort and you get paid for your skills and output. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. But the beauty of working from home is that you have the flexibility and freedom to choose your working hours, your projects and your price as well as leave for that vacation when you fancy. Even if you are not a tech expert, you can earn a good living working online. All you need is right attitude and the willingness to put in time and effort.

First requirement for a successful online work is to find out what skills you have and how you can utilize them online. Here I have enlisted top 5 successful online work at home ideas that work and that cover a variety of skills sets. I am sure you will find something that matches your skill sets too.

1.      Copywriting:

If you have the talent to play with words, you can get a host of online writing jobs. The world of words needs your skills in advertisement writing, website copy writing, brochures, blog posts, press releases, SEO articles, newspaper articles, eBooks and a lot more. The beauty of this task is that it doesn’t require any technical skills other than your command over the language you are writing and a good writing style. A computer and internet connection are all you need for earning money from any corner of the world!

2.      Virtual Assistant:

If multi-tasking and attention to detail is your thing, you are totally apt for virtual assistant jobs. Be it big companies or small businesses, there is a dire need of virtual assistants who can provide administrative and support skills to the endless to-do-list of the contractor. The tasks performed by these virtual assistants commonly include customer service, internet research, data entry, social media maintenance and this list is endless. You only need a working internet connection and viola! You are off to become a star virtual assistant.

3.      Graphic Designer:

Graphic designers are needed for all types of websites, advertisements and blogs. If you know Illustrator and Photoshop well enough and your aesthetic sense is unmatched, you should gear up for some serious graphic designing. It only requires designing skills, a PC, your design software and an internet connection to become a successful highly paid graphic designer.

4.      Book Keeping:

Are you the record keeper of your family? If so, why not take this skill to the next level. Book keepers are a need of every entrepreneur to keep their cash flow well in check. Excel or simple spreadsheets will do the task while you just keep the count of profits, spending and cash flow.

5.      Sell products:

You can sell your products right through the web by means of a website, a blog or simply by opening accounts on eBay. Market yourself through social media and if your products are worth it, you will get a flock of buyers from corners of the world! Sell you products and make it big!

Choose a field best suited to your skills and temperament and get set to achieve the dream of earning right from the comfort of your own home!