It May Seem Blogs Are Becoming Ghost Towns, But Readers Still Love Them

I've noticed a trend of late that new blog content from most of my subscribe-to list has slowed to a trickle. Some blogs I subscribed to in the past were writing 2-3 articles per week. Now, it seems they are barely scraping that per month, some even less frequently than that. Some haven't posted for [...]

The Images and Copyright Minefield and Where to Get Free Stock Photos

How do you get people to come to your blog without promising free cake and then disappointing them a la Portal? You need a good headline for starters or people are not going to be enticed to read it. It's not all about the headline though. Often, viewers will usually be drawn here by attractive [...]

Salmonweird Has Its Own Website – Check It Out!

If you don't follow my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media, you probably missed my big announcement about the future of my crime comedy series (with ghosts) set in Cornwall called Salmonweird. I will self-publish the first volume of the book on 2nd September 2019. It's available on Amazon Kindle. You may preorder the [...]

Essential Free Software For Every Home-Based Small Business

Money is always tight for a startup business, especially when working as a sole trader / freelancer. Even if you have loan you are confident that you can pay back in time, you will come to rely on free software to maximise your slender profit margin, if you have one at all. Setting up your [...]

Why I Love Taking Photos During Golden Hour

When I got my first DSLR a year ago, it opened up a whole new world of creativity. It gave me an excuse to go outside. My day job as a freelance writer largely keeps me at home so it was useful to help me disconnect. Now, when work is quiet, or I just fancy [...]

The Soft Skills Freelancers Bring to Your Business

Clients who work with or looking to outsource work to freelancers typically think of the hard skills. In my case, that's writing and proofreading. This is understandable. After all, you need to know that your freelancer has the necessary background, skills, and training so successfully complete the tasks you need of them. Yet we also [...]

Skills I Never Thought I’d Need as a Freelance Writer: #1 Graphic Design

Six years I've been doing this gig. Six years! At the time I just wanted to write and I signed up for Elance and Odesk thinking I would (eventually) get enough work in perpetuity and by word of mouth when I had a large enough list of clients. I didn't consider other skills and at [...]

Your Great Business Idea Needs Equally Great Written Content

It doesn't matter what your business idea is, in the process of developing and marketing, or at production stage and selling to customers. Either way, it deserves good presentation. You need to demonstrate that you know what you're talking about and to reach out to people (investors and customers) in the right way. Some things [...]

My Love of Dartmoor – a Photographic Journey

It's Easter 2019 and we're presently having the hottest weekend of the year so far. It's been fabulous. Yesterday (Good Friday) we went up to Dartmoor - always a favourite place of mine - and I took my DSLR. This was not only the first time I'd taken my "new" camera, I also went up [...]

How Clients Can Help Freelancers Grow Their Business

Learning to effectively market one's freelance business is a matter of trial and error. It's one of the most difficult (and thankless) aspects of the job, but a necessary one. I love writing but I can't afford to neglect reaching out to other businesses to ensure a stream of clients. There is no guarantee of [...]