February is always a quiet month and this one has been quiet. Late last year I came across a term “working on your business” from other freelance writers. After much soul searching I realised I hadn’t done enough of this.
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 forContinue reading “It May Seem Blogs Are Becoming Ghost Towns, But Readers Still Love Them”
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 alsoContinue reading “The Soft Skills Freelancers Bring to Your Business”
A little over five years ago with a divorce on the brink of finalising, I walked out of a job and moved some 70 miles back across the country to my family home. Then, as a man in his late 30s and still with debt accrued paying for a Master’s Degree he’d finished nearly fourContinue reading “I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me”
If there is one internet debate that will never go away, it’s the one about ad-blockers. I recently purchased a new laptop. I’m incredibly pleased with it. It has a Solid State Drive which I feel has already been an immense improvement on my daily productivity (more on SSDs in another post though).
Every so often, I’ll work with a new client who will tell me something like “I used to work with somebody else, but they stopped responding to my emails”. I try not to pre-judge but I tend to build a picture quite quickly about why they simply stopped responding. Sometimes it appears to be theContinue reading “Why Has my Freelancer Suddenly Stopped Responding?”
You may love being a freelancer. You may love the flexibility and work life balance. You may even love the actual work. Given the choice, nobody would do a job they hated. You should, however, never lose sight of the fact that you are a business. You should regularly review what you charge your clients.Continue reading “Five Signs it’s Time to Put Your Freelance Prices Up”
Your landing page is one of the most important elements of your website. As the name suggests, it is intended to be one of the access points to your product or services. But how to put one together? What should go on? What should you never include? How long should it be? Here are someContinue reading “Five Requirements of a Great Landing Page”
Professional content writing is a skill. Not everybody can do it and there is certainly more to it than stringing a few sentences of English together. Writing content is no guarantee of capturing an audience and you’ve probably long ago told yourself you won’t hire a freelance content writer for a variety of reasons. IsContinue reading “Five Signs You Need a Freelance Content Writer”
You might be surprised to learn that a prospective client once asked me what I know about content writing considering my academic background and fiction writing. I politely pointed to some of my samples on the web and explained that the two are not mutually exclusive. The more I thought about it, the more itContinue reading “Why Fiction Writing and Content Writing Are Not That Different”