Posted on August 19th, 2011
As freelancers, we theoretically have discretion in how we allocate our time, which is our most precious resource.
If we do not manage time effectively, we may well end up paying the firm or the client for the privilege of writing for them. In order to avoid this, it is vital to keep the amount of time we spend on any one job to a minimum, while still producing the kind of incisive and powerful prose our clients deserve.
For a non-technologically oriented writer, several very low-tech tools can help us accomplish this.
The first tool may be exclusively internal, but can be visible as well. It is crucial that everyone around us treat our work with the same seriousness that it holds for our clients. You need to regard your obligations as equal to the most demanding office job. This holds true even if you type in bunny slippers, or, shorts and a t-shirt. Everyone in your extended circle of friends and family needs to support you in order for you to be even slightly successful.
A loving but oblivious family can sabotage you decisively. Embracing the attitude that you are an important crafter of a needed product will go far towards encouraging others to treat you accordingly. Those around us will take us no more seriously than we take ourselves. How can one embody this? It could take varied forms. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 12th, 2011
So you are a freelance writer? When I tell someone that I am a freelance writer most of them react as if I am an unemployed chap! Not many people are ready to accept that freelance writing can be a full-time job.
One thing that I can guarantee all those people is that – us, freelance writers, are one of the very few people who do what they love – ‘WE WRITE’!
For a freelance writer to be able to manage his time is as important as for a driver to be able see the approaching traffic.
A freelance writer has just so many things on his mind from deadlines and research to new projects and so much more that good management skills are a big incentive.
Management of time is not just important to keep things organized and less messy but it also helps increase productivity and number of projects a freelancer may handle. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 5th, 2011
The development of the internet and its world wide use has greatly revolutinalized freelance writing.
The web has come out with many benefits which have made freelance writing easy and open to any one interested. It has opened up the space to a bigger audience world wide. Infact one one can target an exclusive audience group which was uphill task in the past.
The web has many resources which can not only greatly enhance freelance writing but also help prospective would be freelance writers gain the necessary skills and expertise.
This essay will thus focus on the various web resources available and how they are important to freelance writers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on July 29th, 2011
Writing – you think it’s easy. Well… it’s not. But it can definitely be made easy. As a freelance writer you will come across a lot of different softwares; at no cost at all or on monthly trial.
You would enjoy utilizing them, while giving a flavor to your writings. In this post, I would like to mention some software that can be used to enhance your productivity and creativity, boost your vocabulary, speed up your reading, and most importantly; make your writing skills get a better writer out of you.
Communication in written form is quite popular today. Let’s say dissertations, work reports, social websites, advertisements, email or blog; all are type-written. The software that I would rate the highest in this respect is WhiteSmoke.
Working as a creative English grammar and proofreading software, it helps in improving English sentences, sharpening your prose, and making it sound more professional and innovative. It provides a quick check function and the ability to incorporate (or remove) the suggested edits at one click. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on July 21st, 2011
Freelance writing is not a demanding career in terms of resources. All you really need is a word processor and a good Internet connection. But you also need a healthy dose of curiosity and flexibility.
As a freelance writer, you do a lot of ghost writing, so you have to alter your writing styles to fit the needs of your client. Flexibility is the name of the game, so as a freelance writer, you should not be afraid to learn new things.
There are three major types of freelance writing tracks: search engine optimization (SEO), research or academic writing, and blogging.
In terms of software, your most valuable tool is your word processing software. The easiest is Writer, which is part of the OpenOffice suite of software. It’s free to download and use, and compatible with the major operating systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux. Read the rest of this entry »