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.
Remember in High School and College you were taught the APA writing style? To always have a title page, an abstract summary, the body with introduction, method, results, and discussion - yadayada.
Well, that won't work on the internet so toss all that out.
People get bored easily with large paragraphs and information. Here's a secret - Internet readers are scanners. They want to read quickly and scan the page for interesting tidbits.
So, I'm going to give you some easy pointers on how to write for the internet:
The Best Blog Writing Practices to Know
When writing your blog post keep these pointers in mind.
1. Have a Goal
Every blog post, whether its for a business or a personal blog, must start with a purpose.
This purpose should have your audience in mind and either answer a question they have or address a need of theirs.
2. Have a Catchy Title
I learned this a while ago. You need a catchy title to catch the interest of your readers, like I said, those readers are scanners.
Which one would you be more likely to read?
"My Annoying Day" - yeah, who gives a rat's ass?
"The Time I Blew Up at the Doctor's Office" - a little better, makes you more curious. But not good for search engines.
"Here's Why the Deaf Hate the Medical Community" - Much better for search engines and reader's interest.
3. Have a Relevant Image
If you regularly read my posts you know I usually have an image relevant to my topic.
This helps not only with catching reader's eyes, but with sharing on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram prefer an image with any shared post, otherwise people only see a blank screen - boring.
Three great tips for using images are:
4. Use Links
Use links in your post. Use either your own related blog posts or external sites for references and "proof" for your statements.
The best way to include a link is to just hide it in the middle of a relevant sentence.
For example, "I am a Deafblind Mom." It's best not to use something like "More reading can be found here." (Even though I'm guilty of this sometimes).
5. A Good Layout
Like I mentioned, internet readers are scanners, they scan the page for points of interest. So we need to layout our post for the optimal reading experience.
How to have a good blog layout:
6. Share, Share, Share
After your post goes live - share it on all your social media links. Create accounts just for your blog (separate from your personal account). I have a Facebook Page and a Twitter account for this website.
Another thing to do is to join blog sharing sites related to your blog theme. Bloglovin', BlogHer (for moms), and I'm on Deafread for deaf related blogs.
For more resources for free "learn to blog" classes, check out these:
Continuing with the freelance writing theme of the last two posts, I want to show you how to write blogs and articles quickly.
10 Tips on Writing Faster
Between having several freelance clients, this blog, and my family commitments and soon a busy upcoming SignOn fall schedule - it can get overwhelming.
There's been days where I'm pretty much glued to my office chair typing away and doing internet research.
I had to come up with a better and faster way to write. I found 10 tips:
1. Keep a Notebook
Keep a notebook handy with you and anytime an idea strikes, or an article you come across is a good future reference.
After a while you will have a long list of ideas for future writings.
One great website and browser extension is called Pocket. Anytime you're on a website of interest and you want to save it, click the Pocket extension it will save it for you to read later.
2. Write an Outline
I start my articles with a few beginning sentences and then I make an outline of the points I want to cover, usually these are written as headings.
For example, if I'm writing about survey apps, I'll jot down the ones I know (or have) and then a quick online search for a list of more and jot those down too.
3. Internet Research
If you have notes or saved articles, now you can go back and use these in your writing.
A simple Google search on your Title will create a list of similar articles. I sometimes copy the link and post them at the top of my article to refer back to later.
Copy quotes, research sources, and other ideas that crop up from these searches.
Now that I have some reading sources and ideas, I start typing away. Don't worry about "how good is it" yet. Just write.
After you've written, and either are done with the article, or are stuck for more ideas. Go back and start editing and improving your writing.
If you're not good with this part, download Grammarly which will help you with any spelling and grammar editing.
Another favorite editing site is called Hemingway which will help with sentence structure and more.
6. Know your Audience
One great tip for writing anything is to know who you're writing for. Once you have an idea who will be reading your article, you can then change your tone, your terminology and writing style.
It's best to stick with articles and niches that fit you instead of trying to change for them. Writing on topics you have no interest or knowledge of makes writing harder, longer to write and your unfamiliarity will show up in your writing.
One great tip for writing is to write as if you're having a conversation with someone reading your article. This helps the flow of the writing as well as for clarity.
7. Typing Speed
This sounds like a no-brainer, but a fast typing speed will help you write faster.
My tested typing speed is about 47-50 wpm, but that's following a script. If I'm writing from my own thoughts, I actually type faster.
Want to know your own typing speed? Take this free test.
8. Establish a Writing Space
Set up a writing space that's relatively free of interruptions and make it yours. Set up a space for your computer or laptop, room for writing or jot pads and a coaster for your favorite drink (mine's coffee). Decorate the surroundings with your favorite things, inspiration printouts, or a small plant. Whatever you fancy.
9. Limit Distractions
This is one area I still struggle with. Even though I have my office in the guest bedroom and I can close the door if I choose to. I still get distracted by my own mind wandering away, or by a good song playing on Pandora, or right now - a 2 month old kitten chewing on my foot.
To limit distractions you could:
10. Do it for YOU
You really need to enjoy writing and want to do it. If you're in it just for the money, you will start to hate doing it and avoid it, procrastinate, or even burn out faster.
You need to enjoy the niche you're writing in, enjoy learning new things, and not do it for the pay or the accolades.
Write for your enjoyment and learning and the rest will follow.
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.
I've been busy making profiles on a variety of freelancing sites and online tutoring sites that I forgot to make a Post last week.
So, between working online and doing house chores tere's been some goofing off where I get pulled into reading my social media accounts and scrolling through Pinterest.
There's also that hour and so first thing in the morning where I'm like a Walker from "The Walking Dead", just stumbling around with a coffee mug.
So I want to research how to manage my time better and share it with you.
1. Use a Schedule
Using a schedule allows you to see where your priorities are. What work is scheduled or due dates; children's activities; appointments; and so on. Make a home cleaning schedule and break down the chores into smaller increments to do between work assignments.
Use a wall calendar instead of an App. That way it's more clearer and you can use different highlighters for different items. You can use your calendar App to send you notifications of upcoming times.
Here's a great Planner to use:
2. Make a Daily To-Do List
Write a list the night before of everything that you need/want to get done the next day. All the work assignments, the cleaning chores, the kid's after school plans, and the dinner plan.
Do the important and harder work and chores first and get them out of the way. That way your day goes smoother and you'll feel better the rest of the day (instead of feeling tension by not looking forward to doing it).
3. Give yourself Extra Time
Estimate the time it'll take for each assignment on your to-do list and cushion it with extra minutes. This way if it does run over time, you won't feel stressed rushing to the next assignment.
Also do give yourself a small block of time throughout the day to take breaks, get away from the desk, zone out and relax.
4. Learn to Say No
Learn to prioritize and give yourself a healthy balance between work, family and play. My family comes first in any situation so that's a no-brainer for me. If a kid's activity is scheduled, such as a music concert, I'm there.
Don't forget to schedule time for yourself. To exercise, to read, to relax or to nap. (The last one's my favorite). Also schedule time with your spouse or partner, just to chat and catch up on the day.
5. Schedule "No Contact" Times
Minimize distractions by scheduling several "no contact" times through the day. This is where you are absolutely unavailable. This time is used to buckle down and concentrate on the task at hand.
If you're easily distracted by social media and such. There's an App called Freedom that can lock out all Apps for a time period.
Also do the same for your clients, schedule "no contact" times for them as well. Tell them that those times you will not take calls, answer e-mails, or do any assignments for them.
I know as a mom, this is a hard one to do. Learn to delegate chores, give some to your children. My kids are teenagers so they help empty the dishwasher, take out the trash and they're responsible for their own laundry.
Another thing about delegating, you'll have to let go of your standards and not nit-pick over their work. Keep doing that and you'll be back doing it yourself in no time (and with upset kids and hubby).
So I hope these tips helps you as well as myself. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to send them my way!