I used to work a traditional 9-to-5 office job, and it has its good and bad sides. On one side, I experienced job security, work benefits, scheduled time off, and a level of comfort that my freelance career doesn’t allow for. On the other side, that job security made for a pretty boring life, and it grew old fast. That’s why I began focusing more of my attention and time toward freelance projects, until I successfully launched my blogging and writing career. [Read more…]
From an outsider’s perspective, the life of a freelance blogger seems like the ultimate dream. Living like a digital nomad and bouncing from client-to-client working on assignments whenever and wherever does provide a great deal of freedom, but it isn’t always as simple as typing a story while lounging on the beach, cocktail in hand. [Read more…]
Your life sucks.
You work at a job you don’t even like. You collaborate with people whom you don’t care for. You’re doing this simply for the paycheck.
You’ve always wanted to turn blogging into a career, following the many things you’ve read about it. You want to do something that fulfills you as a person and gives your life meaning. You want to write about your passion and monetize it.
However, you find yourself stuck in the same situation for years. Still pissed off at your job, still longing for something better.
There is no point in spending most of your time being miserable.
You should always ways to make your life better, even if it means quitting your job.
I know what you’re thinking:
“I don’t know what to do!”
“There’s nothing out there for me!”
If you keep thinking this way, then you’ll be stuck with the same job before your retirement.
Therefore, you need to make a move now. Change your life forever by quitting your full-time job and become a freelance blogger.
In her quote about moving on, Vivian Greene says, “[l]ife is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
If you can’t afford to quit your job right now, then you can still develop your freelancing career on the side until you get it up and running. Below are steps that you should take to establishing your blogging career.
Editor’s note: This post was written by Seb Atkinson, a search marketer at Selesti, a multi-award winning creative digital agency. Seb has helped a range of clients grow their online presence, from start-ups and small businesses to large international corporations. Follow him on Twitter.
Setting prices for your freelance and writing services is a very important part of the sales process, and if done correctly can earn you great profits, or on the other hand leave you little to show for your work. If you’re freelance writing job boards but struggling to close deals at the right price for you and your client, then read on to discover how to improve profitability using the power of emotion. [Read more…]
The term ‘blog’ has been overused, with some still thinking that a blog is some sort of online diary. We all know that is far from the truth, as there are many large online media companies publishing content across many highly popular blogs. Although the commercial blogging craze has died down a bit, there is still a large demand for bloggers. You may be having a hard time finding that killer blogging gig and keeping it, so here are some tips to do just that.
In order to be hired into any position, you need some sort of experience or qualifications in order to fulfill the requirements. With blogging it’s no different. If you’re a creative writer and don’t have any published work online don’t worry, there are plenty of places to get published quickly and easily. [Read more…]
When applying for a job, albeit a full-time gig or freelance stint, it is of critical importance to stand out form the crowd. Via electronic communication, your options are limited. That means you better have a kick ass subject line or opening line. It has to be relevant to the job post, well written, and unique.
Less than 10% of applicants did this successfully, making this tip even more important. If you are applying for a job, start out strong! Here are a few of my favorite opening lines… [Read more…]
This is a multi-part series on the lessons I learned while seeking a freelance blogger to contribute to my Web site.
When I decided it would be worth it to spend a few bucks to recruit a new blogger, I knew I wanted to post the gig on the Problogger.net job board. Given Darren Rowse’s traffic, I knew at the very least, I would break even on the investment. An ad costs $50 for a 30-day flight, and given that I’ve used StumbleAds with some success and paid 5 cents per page impression, I expected to not only find a new and talented blogger, but boost my traffic as well.
The experiment exceeded my expectations.
First, how it helped my blog… [Read more…]
There are a lot of freelance bloggers out there. I’m serious. There are A LOT of freelance bloggers out there.
I was recently able to confirm confirm this fact when searching for a new freelance blogger for my career advice blog Jobacle. In the past I was able to hire contributors via word of mouth or by posting on free blogger job post Web sites. But this time around I thought I might have better luck if I posted a want ad on a well-known blogger job board.
My initial goal was two-fold: find a professional blogger who requires no hand holding and to drive additional traffic to my site during the lazy days of summer.
I was successful on both fronts…but there’s more. I am now convinced that looking for a new blogger could be the best $50 I’ve ever spent on my blog. Over the next few weeks I will share the lessons I learned – from the pros/cons of posting a job to how to structure your want ad. I’ll also give you a better idea of what you are up against as an applicant, along with ways to stand out from the crowd.
If you are a blog owner looking for extra traffic or a freelance writer who is looking for the next gig, you’ll want to stick around for this special series.
I look forward to your feedback.