The fifth and last part in my series "How to Start your Freelance Career"
So far we've learned:
Today I'll tell you how to recycle your old posts and still make money off of them.
Organize your Files First
If you've been blogging and writing articles on the web for a while you're sure to have a large folder of saved articles now.
Organize your folders by client for easier access and this also helps you to remember which article was printed where. For example:
Recycle your old Blog Posts
There are several ways you can reuse your old blog posts:
1. Link back to them in new articles
When you write new posts, think of ways to incorporate your old posts into them. You can do this by either quoting a section of your post (with the link), or hiding a link in a sentence. Be sure the post is relevant to what you're writing about now.
2. Convert them into a new format
Take your blog post and change them into a different format to repost. Format ideas such as:
3. Turn a series of blog posts into an eBook
Have a great teaching series of blog posts online? Collect them all and do a little rewriting and turn it into an eBook for some passive income. You can also address reader questions and comments from those posts as well.
4. Change the Hashtags and SEO keywords
Have some old posts with keywords and hashtags relevant at the time of printing but times have changed and new hashtags and keywords have cropped up? Go back and refresh your posts with these new search words and your old posts will start appearing in web searches again.
5. Improve them
A lot of things could have happened since you've published those blog posts. Such as:
Whatever the reason, go back and improve them and re-post as a brand new post.
Now you have 5 new ideas on how to reuse and recycle your old blog posts.
A little warning though, if these posts were posted on another site that's not yours do be sure that you have permission to still use it. Some sites will not allow republishing and the article fully belongs to them.
Ever thought of starting your own freelance writing career but don't know where or how to begin?
I've been freelance writing for about 3 years and blogging professionally for 5 years. It took a while to find my footing so I want to help you get started right away.
Start a Blog
The best way to start freelancing is to start a blog or at least a website for your writing portfolio.
1. Website Host
There's a wide variety of website hosting sites out there all offering different packages and prices. It also depends on your experience level as well.
I use Weebly which is an easy drag-and-drop display. You basically pick a template (text, photo, title, etc.) and drop it where you want it. Weebly has several packages depending on how much you want to feature on your site.
So, do a little research and you'll find a website that matches your budget and goals.
2. Pick a Niche
A niche is an area you will focus on in your website. You can write about pretty much anything though, but the most popular niches out there are:
3. Pick a Domain Name
Again, this depends on what your website's niche and goals are. There are several things to keep in mind when choosing a name:
Take my own domain name www.deafblindconfessions.com - it's pretty straightforward and easy to remember even though the website is called "Confessions of a Deaflblind Mother". Using that as a domain name would just be too long.
If you're using the page solely for your writing portfolio, the easiest domain would be your name if it's easy to spell - JohnSmithWriting.com. Otherwise pick something that involves writing or your profession - JohnsWritingService.com, or even if your your name is hard to spell, go ahead and establish a domain with the full name and you can also get a alternate domain with the most common spelling of your name and have that redirect to the real site. Another option is to join an established site and create your portfolio there.
3. Set up your Site
There are many books and websites out there to help you set up your website (as well as your webhost's help center.
This post will explain how to set your site up for monetization too.
Find Freelance Jobs
Now that you have your site up and a few writing posts up to use in your starting portfolio, it's time to find freelance writing jobs.
* Blogmutt - Level 1 & 2 writes 250-400 words for $10.50 each post.
* Upwork - Set up your profile and bid on various writing projects (and other gigs).
* A list of Freelance Resources to get started.
* Make $500 a Month Writing Online
The great thing about freelance writing is that you can write as many or as little as you want.
If you still have questions, feel free to send them to me!
These days, nearly everyone has a side job. It’s a fun way to make some extra cash! Some people write blogs, some sell artwork on Etsy, and some run drop shipping businesses from the comfort of their own homes
Whether you’re looking to supplement your income, gain financial freedom, or simply seeking more work-life balance, becoming a wholesale supplier is a great way to pay the bills and be your own boss. But how do you do it?
Let’s start with the basics:
What is A Wholesale Supplier?
A wholesale supplier partners with manufacturers to provide customers with the manufacturer’s products. This happens two ways: the supplier has a warehouse, in which they store, manage, and ship the product; or the supplier manages an online store, where they take orders from customers and arrange for the manufacturer to ship it directly (also known as drop shipping).
Becoming a wholesale supplier is not as challenging as it sounds. In fact, you can become a successful supplier in as little as 30 days - as long as you follow a few simple rules:
Step One: Find Your Product
Before you can start supplying, you have to decide what you will sell. Are you interested in novelty toys? What about party Supplies? Will you be a wholesale cleaning supplier? Once you choose a niche, you can begin.
Take some time to learn about various markets, including B2B and B2C (business-to-business and business-to-customer, respectively). Look for something with room to grow your business, a consistent demand, and - arguably the most import aspect - something that you’ll enjoy.
Step Two: Set Up Shop
Once you’ve decided what you will sell, you’ll need to create the place to sell it. If you are a dropshipping wholesale supplier, you will need a website to showcase your products, take orders, and communicate with customers.
You will also need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) in order to establish an official business with the IRS. Apply for this ID number online, and make sure to obtain a resale certificate and state sales tax certificate.
Step Three: Find Your Manufacturer
Let’s say that you have decided to sell cleaning products. That’s a great choice - but now where can you turn? You can find your products and start selling your wares by heading directly to the source: the manufacturers.
If you want to be a wholesale janitorial supplier, get in touch with manufacturing companies that sell bulk-quantity cleaning products. Ask if the company is looking for a wholesale supplier, and do your best to build a partnership.
Step Four: Establish a Routine
As I mentioned before, drop shipping is not as hard as most people believe. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that it is easy. A wholesale supplier has to wear many hats, acting as a marketer, accountant, head of shipping and receiving, and customer service representative.
Time management is paramount to success as a wholesale supplier. Make sure you are carefully planning your days, giving yourself time to accomplish your goals without overworking yourself. If you’re not organized, you put your whole operation at risk.
Step Five: Build Relationships With Everyone
The folks at Emerge recently said that distribution businesses had been “done to death.” In some ways, they’re right; there are thousands of wholesale suppliers all over the country, operating in various consumer and product sectors.
So, the question is: what will make your business different? The best way to make your business stand out is with superior service. Build strong, friendly relationships with manufacturers and customers alike. If you treat the people you work with kindly and with care, you’ll have repeat business as long as you’re in operation.
Now that you know these tips and tricks, get out there and become the best wholesale supplier you can be. Who knows - you just might find your true calling out in the world of commerce.
Looking for a way to make some money, or just want to express yourself in a blog? Don't know where to start?
Let me show you how I got started.
First you'll need a website:
There are lots of web hosting sites, either free or for a low price, depending on what you are planning. I use Weebly's starter program. It's an easy "drag and drop" setup where you drag design options to your page and fill them in.
Next you'll need an idea to write about:
I use several Apps and websites to get writing inspiration and ideas. Here are the Apps I use:
Now here are the websites I use:
HubSpot's Blog Topic Generator
Tweak Your Biz Idea Generator
Blog Title Generator
Then you write:
If you just want to blog on your own site, you just need to share your posts across your Social Media links. Maybe even start your own Facebook Page for your blog and link them.
If you want to be a freelance writer, you'll need to find places to submit your articles. To start out you can start small at content mills such as:
You can also do an easy web search using "(your topic) write for us" and it'll tell you different blogs and e-zines that accept freelance writer submissions. Some will be non-paying, and some will be paid. Don't shun the non-paying ones as this is a good way to build up your portfolio for other jobs.
Here's a great article that gives a large list of websites looking for writers.
You can also get started writing for my blog too! Here are my guidelines.
I came across Dealspotr while looking for coupons sites.
I was pretty impressed as Dealspotr is way different than the average coupon site. It's monitored by it's own members (over 30,000 of them) who add, edit, and police all the deals to make sure the deals are accurate and complete.
Dealspotr has the highest coverage and reliability of coupon codes compared to Retailmenot, Coupons.com, Groupon, or other coupon site.
So you can be sure the coupon and deal you see are up-to-date and current. Quite different from other sites where I'm glad to find a certain coupon, but find out it expired in 2014!
Another bonus I like is that you can personalize what types of deals and coupons you want to see. You can skip all the baby products if you don't shop for them, or hardware, etc. etc. It has a Newsfeed of your personal selections plus it shows what's "hot" now which is the most popular deal happening.
I can post my own deals and coupons I find as well, check other members deals out and "verify" them, and the nice bonus is I can earn points for doing this and then turn those points in for a gift card! How cool is that! Look for shopping deals, earn points, get a gift card! Win/Win!!
Here how it works:
- Members post deals they find on the internet.
- Deals show up in your Personalized Feed
- You can "spot" deals, meaning you up-vote them, and you can redeem the deal for yourself.
- Popular voted deals turn "hot" and if it's one you "spotted" you earn 200 points. If it's a deal you posted that turns hot, you earn points again.
- You can "repost" deals you like to your own subscriber's list (followers).
- You earn points by: posting deals, validating deals, spotting deals, doing the daily checklist, becoming an influencer, and referring members.
- Reach 10,000 points and then redeem them for a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
It may look like a lot and a long time to get there, but I've only been a sporadic member since this summer and I've already earned my first gift card!
So, if you like coupons and deals, go check them out & tell them Rusty_Coyote sent you!
With the job market still struggling with a 5% unemployment rate, it can be hard to find a steady full-time job.
You might have to consider alternate ways to work and earn money, here are 6 of them:
1. Using Apps
Some Apps will pay you for using them. What you can earn varies but it may be useful to do in combination with other alternate earning methods.
Such Apps as: GigWalk, Field Agent, Easy Shift, or Moonlighting may bring in some extra money that you may need in between other jobs.
2. Sell Your Services on Fiverr
Selling services such as website design, logo creation, writing resumes, creating pictures or videos, paint or draw pictures, and a million other things you'd do for $5. Five dollars might not seem like much but offer a variety of different services and "extras" will add up. Check out Fiverr for other ideas.
3. Sell Your Crafts on Etsy
Are you good at making crafts? Consider setting up your own shop on Etsy. Anything from greeting cards, paintings, jewelry, sewing and needlecrafts and the like. You can set up your own prices and time frames.
4. Become a Lyft Driver
If you have a reliable car and live in a good size city, becoming a Lyft driver might be a good idea. Earnings vary from city to city, but the average earning is about $19/hour. Again you can set your own hours here and work in between your own errands.
5. Become a Freelance Employee
If you have skills such as design, development, coding, editing, administrative work, and pretty much anything else, you can find work on such websites asUpwork, Freelancer, or Guru.
Sometimes the competition is strong on these sites, but if you're talented it may not be a problem. You may have to start small and gain a reputation first, or you can consider joining a "team" on these sites.
6. Become a Freelance Writer
If you have a good command of English and have a way with words, you may consider becoming a freelance writer.
You may need to start out working for a content marketing site such as BlogMutt to gain experience. (Don't forget to enter my name in the Referral box when you sign up).
Earnings from freelance writing can vary from $5 up to $100 or more per article. A good way to get started is reading this list of websites that will pay you to write.
Being a remote, or home, worker has a lot of benefits: create your own hours; save money and time without the office attire and commute; work from anywhere; and considerably less stress.
On the downside it can mean an inconsistent schedule; working odd hours; unsteady income; and burnout. Here's a great article by TopTal on watching out for & what to do about burnout.
Having an alternate job may work for some people and with some lifestyles but may not be for everyone. These options may also suit people wanting a little extra work on the side while they work full-time too.
Alternate employment working from home or abroad is a valid option when regular employment is hard to come by, or isn't feasible for your situation.