Posted on March 19th, 2012
As you know, we constantly work to make ResearchWritingCenter.com — the best freelance writing community on the web.
I haven’t spoiled you with some fresh updates in a while, so let’s take a closer look at what’s coming up within the next couple of weeks!
Flexible Fine Schedule
We know that being a freelance writer is quite challenging. And it’s especially dissatisfying to be fined for your work and receive less than the amount you originally signed up for. We understand this and that’s why we’re trying to balance the bonuses and penalties, which are active within our system.
One of these steps will be taken within the next couple of weeks. By the end of the month you can expect some of the internal fines/bonuses to be updated (expect a note from us through the Messaging system when that happens). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 12th, 2012
Hard Lessons Part One
Freelance writing can be a tough enterprise – not for the faint of heart, in other words. Especially for those freelance writers just starting out, the number of mistakes will typically far outweigh the numbers of successes. For freelance writers, there are a few mistakes that are very important to make, if for no other reason than they grow you as a professional.
One the most important mistakes that a freelance writer should make is to have at least one experience of significantly undercharging for an assignment and underestimating the amount of time it will take to complete that assignment. Typically, this happens in the early stages of your freelance writing career.
You are so excited to get a job that you agree to less than viable terms. There are a cluster of important mistakes associated with undercharging that will be beneficial to the freelance writer in the long term, although in the short term they will be exceedingly painful and stressful.
The freelance writer who undercharges quickly learns that working for one dollar an hour is incredibly demoralizing. By underestimating the amount of time necessary to complete the assignment, the freelance writer struggles to complete it on time, and in some cases will end up being paid for only half the amount of work he or she does, because at the final tally it takes him or her over fifty per cent longer to complete the assignment than anticipated. So why would such an experience be useful? Why should the freelance writer make such a costly mistake?
Number One: Undercharging teaches the freelance writer, in no uncertain terms, the value of his or her time, talent and expertise. The only way to learn what you are truly worth as a freelance writer is to have it sorely tested.
Number Two: Undercharging teaches the freelance writer what he or she can do in incredibly difficult circumstances. While this experience feels less than ideal while it is happening, after undercharging and losing a tremendous amount of money, the freelance writer now has had his or her mettle tested, and gains several benefits.
He or she now knows the exact amount of money he or she must be paid on an hourly basis in order to turn a profit in his or her business. He or she also knows exactly how efficient he or she can be. The drive to complete the undercharged assignment and still make money on it has indirectly taught the freelance writer how to maximize his or her efficiency.
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Posted on March 6th, 2012
Which is better in the world of freelancing, quality, or quantity? This is actually a pretty tough and even philosophical question to a certain extent. Let’s take a closer look at it.
They both have value; however, depending on the freelance writer’s preference for work environment, one may suit his or her writing style better than the other.
To answer this question, this article will consider the different types of writing that these two states indicate, and break the article down further into pros and cons of each.
Quality writing tends to be of an academic variety such as theses, dissertations, or thesis proposals. Other types of quality writing may include in depth business proposals such as:
- business plans
- product descriptions.
Certain types of article also fall into this category, those types of articles that are scientific or technically based, advanced health or fitness writing, and writing about business topics such as personal finance, investing or stocks.
Quantity writing tends to be driven more by short articles and blog entries. This type of writing leans toward pop business and lifestyle topics. It is typified by the light web based articles found online and may include blog work such as celebrity articles, fashion and beauty tips and health and wellness advice.
The main pro of quality writing is that it is quality writing. These types of jobs test the freelance writer on all types of levels – his or her ability to research, write coherently, use appropriate vocabulary and create a piece of writing that imparts value and knowledge to the reader. These types of jobs also help the freelance writer become a better writer; they boost the levels of his or her writing skills, and often teach him or her about topics that he or she would otherwise not be exposed to understand.
Quality writing also tends to be more lucrative. These types of jobs will typically pay more and often lead to repeat business if the freelance writer does a good job on the first order. In addition, the types of customers that fire freelance writers for quality writing tend to be a little more reliable and trustworthy, since they typically occupy the upper echelon of academia and of the business world.
One of the main pros of quantity writing is that it can be written quickly. Quantity writing tends to be delivered quickly and it has a short shelf life. The content, especially online, grows stale very quickly, which means that it needs to be endlessly generated, repurposed, and updated. This reality of the speed by which the online world changes leads to a constant, secure and steady source of income for freelance writers who specialize in quantity work.
Another pro of quantity work is that it is relatively easy to create. Quantity work typically follows a template or formula, and the style does not often vary, so once the freelance writer learns the style guidelines, quantity writing becomes exceedingly easy to create and re-create.
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Posted on February 17th, 2012
“Stress is poison”, as Agave Powers says. For us as freelancers, stress can poison the whole process of working, and spoil the fruits of our efforts. Freelance writing is often known as an unhealthy and highly pressured way to earn a living, and rightly so.
What we need are some quick and effective remedies to keep the process of freelancing as intriguing, remunerative, and personally rewarding as it can and should be.
Getting rid of stress is a vital skill to master, because we want to avoid its negative consequences, even the potential failure, of our freelancing career. In general, stress in freelancing can be overcome by effective time management, frequent and regular change of activity, and reasonable expectations about deadlines and workload.
Any freelance gigs, including freelance writing, which can precipitate stressful situations, require preventive measures such as proper time management. To avoid negative outcomes from too much hurrying, the freelancer needs to figure out how to allocate time appropriately. It is helpful, and in fact, necessary if your workload is at all complex, to create a detailed schedule and plan. Then, using this as a guide, you can perform the tasks in the plan according to your schedule, step by step. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 10th, 2012
As you know, guys, we are constantly trying to keep you updated on the staff, that we do within the project to make your life easier.
Some of these changes are major, and might affect the whole process of your work. But a lot of them are quite small and might not be noticeable, but they’re nevertheless – important. After all, perfection is in details.
That’s why we are trying to specifically highlight them for you. This helps you to get acquainted with these updates in order to start utilizing them as soon as possible. This time I’m telling you about a couple of small twitches to user interface, which should sort out confusion among writers and add more usability to the order request procedures.
These updates are active as of today, so you’re welcome to check them out by yourself. Read the rest of this entry »