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The Truth About Making Money Online: The Story Behind One Web Entrepreneur’s 6-Figure Income

If you read yesterday’s post, you know I covered how some freelancers are so stressed and worried about the coming slow season for freelance writers and other editorial workers

For today’s “Freelance Friday Tip”, I wanted to piggyback on this by giving you some insight into what it really takes to succeed as an online entrepreneur. 

secret-to-making-money-onlineInsight into What It Really Takes to Succeed Online

For those of us who are lucky enough to have achieved some success, one lesson we probably don’t do a good enough job of stressing is that it takes time.

 

There are no overnight success stories. And too many newbies get so caught up in the success of others that they forget that most of our success has come over time, via trial and error. Many of us have failed at so much before we achieved success that we could write Moby Dick-length novels about it. 

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To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site. Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

Have a mahhhveelllooouuusss weekend, dahlings!
Yuwanda
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Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Advice for Freelance Writers: How to Land Freelance Writing Jobs During the Slow Summer Months

The slow summer months are almost upon us. I’ve sensed it in my business (and quite frankly am looking forward to slower times), and have received emails from a few worried freelancers who are new to the game.  …

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How to Choose a Traffic-Generating Domain Name for Your Freelance Writing Website

The domain name for this freelance writing website was chosen long before I knew anything about internet marketing. It was the name of me and my sister’s company, so of course, we just registered the dot com version without ever giving thought to search engine optimization, which brings me to the topic of this post….

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Making Money Online: How to Find a Profitable Niche & Dominate It

Today’s “Freelance Friday Tip” gives you some insight on how to find profitable niche markets to focus on for your online business.  

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelance writer, an affiliate marketer or minisite publisher, “nicheing it to success” makes it easier to make money online.   The reason is, the web is so crowded these days — and getting more so every day. Hence, it’s hard to make money online by being a generalist. You almost have to niche it to success.  

“But,” you may be thinking, “how do I find  a profitable niche? Where do I start looking and using what parameters?”  

FYI, once you find a niche, if you combine that with your SEO writing skill, you can pretty easily start making money online. In fact, it’s exactly how I make $100-$150 day in affiliate income.  

I’m one of the dominate players in the foreclosure cleanup market, as I talked about in Wednesday’s Se0WritingJobs.com post, SEO Help: Niche Domination — How to Get on the Front Page of Google without Spending a Dime.   Well, the tip today tells you exactly how to do that.

It may be the most important piece of business research you do when it comes to making money online.   Here’s how to learn how to find a profitable online niche.

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Note: As of April 6, you must be a subscriber to read new content on InkwellEditorial.com and its sister site on SEO writing, SeoWritingJobs.com. New content includes all posts written after 4/6/2010 (4/7/2010 on SeoWritingJobs.com).

To subscribe, simply look for the subscriber box to the top right-hand side of the page. There’s one on every page of the site.

Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way. It is used solely to send you information from InkwellEditorial.com (and its sister site, SeoWritingJobs.com) about freelance writing.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

Week in and week out here, you get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers (new and experienced).

Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work and

How to Land More Clients by Making Your SEO Writing Stand Out from Others.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

seo-copywriting-trainingSEO Copywriting Training — Class is Now OVER Half Full. The next SEO writing ecourse commences on April 26th.  You’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills. Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers. Class has limited enrollment.

Have a fun-filled weekend. I will be doing my taxes. 🙁

Yuwanda
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Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Freelance Writing Tips: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I First Started in 1993

As I dug into my old website to find material for this “Throwback Thursday,” I ran across this post and thought, “Gee, almost all of this is still so true today.”

Freelance writing just may be a “timeless” career. Except for a few refences to outdated things like Frontpage software, there’s a wealth of info here that can really give you years worth of a head start on your competition. So, without further ado, here it is. . .

10 Lessons I’ve Learned from 19+ Years as a Freelancer & Recruiter in the Editorial Industry

If you’ve read any of my work before, you probably know that I’ve been in publishing since 1987, have been a freelancer since 1993 and ran an editorial staffing agency in New York City from 1996 through 2004. Some lessons I’ve learned from this crazy journey are as follows:

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The weekend is almost here — yeah!

Yuwanda

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SEO Copywriting Training — Class is Now OVER Half Full. The next SEO writing ecourse commences on April 26th. You’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills. Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2006. Republished 2010. All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Freelance Writing Advice: How to Repurpose Your Content So You Increase Web Traffic & Sales – For Yourself & Clients

I don’t know about you, but I have hundreds, if not a couple of thousand, of pages of content that I’ve written over the years – articles, blog posts, marketing materials, ebook material, etc. Sometimes as I’m looking for a file on my hard drive, I’ll stumble across a document that contains stuff that I’d forgotten about. …

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How to Build a High-Traffic Website That Can Make You Money Year In and Year Out

Today is “Freelance Friday Tips” Day at Inkwell Editorial. Yep, another new series designed to bring you even more info to help you build a solid income as a freelance writer. …

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Freelance Writers: Tax Advice from a Professional & a Special 1-Day Offer (4/15 Only)

It’s April 15th, Tax Day in the U.S. Yoohooo.

NOT!

Who likes paying taxes? Not me. To help you out, below you’ll find some info from a tax professional for freelance writers and other independent professionals. I also give you a tip I use every year that helps me with my taxes. .

3 Tax Tips from a Tax Professional for Freelancer Writers and Other Independent Contractors

I received the following info from a tax professional in response to the post, Freelance Writing Business Tax Tips: 4 Things You Can Do to Make Filing Your Taxes Easier.

Hi Yuwanda,

tax-tips-for-freelance-writersTax time starts now (at the beginning of the year) for freelancers and self-employed professionals and many are worried about properly filing taxes on their own. Outright.com, the free online financial management platform, is here to help during tax season with simple advice and can’t miss deductions that will help you save money now.

Outright.com’s CEO, Kevin Reeth, a tax and entrepreneur expert, has some quick and easy tips . . . to simplify tax time and make sure they’re taking advantage of all the available deductions.

Kevin recommends:

1. Set Deadlines: Create a specific calendar for tax related deadlines. One of the biggest adjustments to life as an entrepreneur is keeping track of all the different tax-related deadlines and missing any key dates can cause you to pay some hefty penalties. Outright.com provides an online calendar that can be added to Google, Outlook and iCal calendars: https://secure.outright.com/tax_calendar.

2. Don’t Overlook Deductions: Don’t forget those deductions that too many overlook. You can deduct $.55 cents for every mile traveled for business in 2009 – that can add up quickly. Plus, the IRS has relaxed some of the eligibility rules for claiming a home office deduction. So long as you use a dedicated space in your home exclusively for business, you can write off a percentage of large expenses like rent, heat, electricity, water, insurance, etc.

3. Stay Organized: The worst possible thing would be to miss out on any deductions due to disorganization of records. Be sure to set aside a specific place to collect and group everything tax-related, whether it’s a filing cabinet, a shoebox or an online service. Having everything together will ease the stress of tax time.

In addition, Outright.com has launched a one-stop platform for all things tax-related on www.righttaxesnow.com. Filers can get questions answered by a community of bookkeepers and keep track of the can’t-miss deductions that are easily overlooked. And to make tax time even easier, Outright has just launched a new automated1099 filing service so busy business owners have one less stress to deal with during tax time.

How to Buy Time for Filing Your Taxes If You’re Unorganized and/or Just Need More Time

I just want to add one tax tip for those who are unorganized and/or not sure about which deductions they can take. File a tax extension. I do it almost every year (for some reason, April 15th just comes too quick for me). 

It only takes about a minute (it’s one form) and will give you anywhere from 4 to 6 months more time to get your tax house in order (eg, locate and categorize receipts, get tax advice, etc.).

Happy Tax Day Everybody (If that’s not an oxymoronic statement, I don’t know what is!).

Now for the really good stuff . . .

Special “Tax Day Stimulus Plan” for Freelance Writers

I’ve put together a special offer for you to make this day a little more palatable — one that can help you “stimulate” your finances, so to speak. I should have thought of this sooner, but it just occurred to me today, so forgive the last-minute nature of this offer.

For today only (4/15) from 12 noon EST to Midnight EST, you can get 7 ebooks on freelance writing for just $27. That’s $10 off the regular price of $37, which it will revert to at the stroke of midnight tonight.  And, you’ll receive two FREE bonuses as well.

You will receive the following 7 ebooks:

freelance-writer-stimulus-packageHow to Really Make a Living as an Editorial Freelancer: In this ebook, editors, human resources professionals, managing editors & editorial directors – ie, those who hire freelancers – were interviewed. They reveal exactly what you should do to get them to call you.

Advice from Successful Freelancers: How They Built Their Biz & How You Can Too! This ebook features interviews with real editorial freelancers who divulge how they got started; why they decided to go out on their own; how they acquired clients; advice to newbies entering the field — and more.

How to Get Your Biz on the Web Quickly & Affordably: An Easy-to-Follow Guide in Plain English for Those New to Internet Terminology & Web Technology. Be on the Web in less than a week — really!

 The Small Biz Owner’s Completing Marketing Kit: No matter what type of business you have, you must market to be successful. In this ebook, 7 free & low-cost, easy-to-implement methods are discussed. Learn how to increase sales w/very little or no money (samples are included every step of the way).

How to Break into Medical Editing/Copyediting:  Many freelancers wonder about this very lucrative niche. This ebook answers such questions as: 1) How to break into medical editing/copyediting; 2) How much you can expect to make; What skills are needed; etc.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Article Marketing: Results of a 30-day Article Marketing Experiment.  I conducted a 30-day article marketing experiment and chronicled the boost to my income. The following questions are answered: Is article marketing profitable; how it works; which sites work best; how often to submit; how much money you can make, etc.

7 Ways a Freelance Writer Can Expand Your Profits – No Matter What Your Business Is! I got the idea for this ebook when I wrote a few “prospecting” ebooks for clients to give a way to their customers. It is the perfect FREE giveaway to send out to potential clients, or to build your subscriber list; send to contacts you make at networking events; etc.

BONUS #1! From Startup to Success. I receive many inquiries about how I started my freelance career.  In this in-depth report I answer such questions as how I acquired my first clients, what I did when I lost my biggest client two months after quitting my job, how I financed my first business — and more! Additionally, I outline 7 tips for aspiring & existing freelancers.

BONUS #2! How to Make $100/Day as a Freelance Writer — Relatively Easily! This report details 4 simple steps to take to ensure that you make — at least — $100/Day. When I first published this report, many freelance writers said that $100/day was was “lowballing.” One freelancer remarked, “$500/day would be more like it. $100/day is the low end of what you should be making as a freelance writer; many charge this per hour.

HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER

Simply click here. When you click on the “Add to Cart” button, the it automatically reverts to the $27 price, NOT the regular price of $37, so ignore that price. Remember, this offer is only good for today, April 15th.
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Yuwanda
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P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Editorial Professionals (Writers, Editors, Publishers, Etc): When & When Not to Join Forces w/a Competing Biz

Today’s “Throwback Thursday” post was originally written on Monday, June 13, 2005.    It’s probably even more relevant today as  more and more entreprneuers are starting online publishing ventures and/or using editorial professionals to help with their online marketing.  

BONUS POST! Get tax day tips for freelance writers (and other independent contractors). You’ll also find a 1-day offer — sort of an “stimulus plan” for freelance writers, if you will.

Enjoy!
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When & When Not to Join Forces w/a Competing Biz

Today’s post addresses a question sent in by a reader concerning working with a competing business. Both published online magazines and the publisher who wrote to me was hiring editors/contributors for her e-mag.   One of the respondents (who published a similar e-mag) wanted to become an editor for her e-mag.

Specifically, she wanted to know if it would be prudent to allow this person to work for her, knowing that she had a similar business. She wrote:

I don’t know if it [allowing a competing publisher to work for me] poses a conflict of interest or if it would, in some way, be mutually beneficial. In the business world, how are situations like this handled?

I replied, “Don’t do it.”  

Unless you are going to team up and become official partners, an employee / employer arrangement is not a good idea with a like business because there are way too many candidates WITHOUT competing interests that you could hire. So, why put yourself in a position to have to worry about a person’s motives?

An affiliate-type/bartering situation would be more in order, rather than an employee/employer relationship. And still, go into this type of arrangement ONLY after you know some basics about the other person’s business.

You MUST, MUST, MUST always know some of the numbers when you are considering going into any type of arrangement with a competitor/like business. Otherwise, you are taking a much bigger gamble because some arrangements just don’t work out, no matter how much they might make sense at face value (ie, the Time Warner/AOL merger — colossal failure).  

When you have a really good idea, many are going to want to ride your coattails. SO, the more successful you get, the more offers will come your way. This being said, how do you evaluate when to join forces with a like business?

The way any major decision is made: weigh the pros and cons and seek outside advice/counsel from experts (be sure to seek advice from experts with business backgrounds; not just your accountant, lawyer, best friend, etc.).

Finally, do a gut check. So many small business owners are afraid to follow their gut. Don’t be; it rarely leads you wrong.

Tip: Write down the pros and cons of any major decision you have to make — that way you can actually see it. Seeing things in black and white brings a clarity that no other method does.   Worse case scenario, you pass up a good opportunity and miss out on what “could have” been a wonderful opportunity. However, you can always revisit your decision later if you feel like you’ve made a mistake.

Remember, good opportunities come along every day. Just because it seems like a good idea does not mean that it’s a good idea — for you — right – now.

Best,
Yuwanda
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SEO Copywriting Training — Class is Now OVER Half Full. The next SEO writing ecourse commences on April 26th. As of today, there are only 7 slots remaining. You’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills. Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers.

P.P.S.: Want an easy, fast way to get started in affiliate marketing, making as much as $50, $100 or $150/day?

Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right

It’s stories like the one I’m going to detail here that prove that if you want to be a freelance writer and you’re determined, it can happen. Lack of writing samples needn’t be a problem, lack of experience shouldn’t hold you back and even not having a website shouldn’t keep you from starting.

This freelance writer had none of these — and yet upon sending out her first email campaign, she landed a $150 writing assignment, with the possibility of more (paying up to $450 per article) to come.

Before I delve into her story, let me give you some background.

I’ve corresponded with this freelancer on a few occasions. She contacted me a few weeks ago (yes, mere weeks ago and she’s already found work!) wanting to know basically which one of Inkwell’s ebooks could help her get started as a freelance writer— in the least amount of time for the least amount of money.

She settled on the SEO writing ebook and implemented the marketing strategy I discuss there. Following is the email she sent me after landing her first gig.

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Finding Freelance Writing Success Merely Days after Starting to Market

Rec’d: Thu 4/08/10 12:13 PM

Dear Yuwanda,

I [implemented the marketing strategy you discuss in the SEO writing ebook] on April 4th . . . working daily. I believe as a result of the holiday [Easter], I have received a few auto-replies and out of office messages and probably some of my emails are sitting in the Spam box of my recipients.

I woke up today feeling lethargic despite the fact that it was a beautiful autumns [sic] day, dragged my feet around all day with a few welcomed interruptions and basically didn’t get to the computer until after lunch, a little crestfallen.

The first email I received was a response to my response to an auto-reply. This auto-reply had stipulated the company’s requirements which was that only serious, experienced and professional writers send the following:

1. Links to their articles on blogs, websites etc.(none of which I have)

2. Not less than 2-4 examples(and stressed not lists) of the sort of articles one would contribute to their ezine and under which one of their categories

3. etc., etc.

I responded honestly, I told them I did not have a blog nor website, I was doing this purely for the passion and as a source of income. I provided seven (7) ideas and stipulated the category and re-attached my writing samples(which they hadn’t read). I also asked if I could write an article of their choice just for their evaluation.

To recap, I had sent my email to two different people in two different departments at this company and they both responded with the auto-reply.

The email I received was from the editor-in-chief who ”liked my very detailed and interesting e-mail” and asked if I was interested in writing a ‘test article” for $150 on one of my seven ideas (they indicated one in particular). They also were interested in another of my ideas which she suggested would be something I could do after the test article and on their teams’ approval. They pay up to $450 per article and I notice the articles range from 150 words to about 350.

What this has done is given me hope, it has reiterated what you proclaim; that work can begin within hours or days of a [marketing] campaign and with perseverance.

As my ‘unofficial mentor’, I needed to share this with you, in confirmation of the sincerity in which you write and guide us. Thank you.

Note: Bolded text added for emphasis.
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4 Things This New Freelance Writer Did Right to Land Her First Freelance Writing Assignment

The reason I wanted to share this is to give new freelance writers help, hope and inspiration. As this freelancer said, she was a little dejected. There’s no pick me up like landing a gig to get you out of the doldrums. But, this didn’t happened by chance. She did four things right, ie:

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Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way. It is used solely to send you information from InkwellEditorial.com (and its sister site, SeoWritingJobs.com) about freelance writing.

Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

Week in and week out, you get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches” here at InkwellEditorial.com. As you can see from the titles of previous posts (to the right under “Recent Posts”), I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers (new and experienced).

Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work and

How to Land More Clients by Making Your SEO Writing Stand Out from Others.

I look forward to having you as a subscriber.

seo-copywriting-trainingSEO Copywriting Training — Class is Now OVER Half Full. The next SEO writing ecourse commences on April 26th. As of today, there are only 7 slots remaining. You’ll learn 4 ways to make money online using your newly acquired skills. Get full details on the SEO copywriting training this ecourse offers.

Is it really on Tuesday? I feel like I’ve put in a whole week’s worth of work already!

Yuwanda
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Get How to Make Money Placing Ads on Free Classified Ad Sites (ie, Backpage.com). If you want to make some easy money promoting affiliate products on free classified ad sites, this ebook is for you. I’ve personally sold tens of thousands of dollars of e-products (my own and affiliate products) doing this since January 2009.

Copyright © 2010: All material on this site is copyright protected and cannot be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without my written consent (linking to is fine).

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Blogging Tips: One Way to Breathe New Life Into Old Posts

Today is “Throwback Thursday” at Inkwell Editorial. What is this?  

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’ve been pumping out info for years — literally over a decade. But, I didn’t start blogging until 2005. I started on blogger and have over 500 posts there — 4+ years of material. …

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Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work

Hope you enjoyed the Easter/Passover holiday and are having a productive week so far. Here’s today’s in-depth post on when to turn down freelance writing jobs — with no regrets.

Lucrative, Ongoing Work, But Not for My Firm — Here’s Why

Last week, I received an email from a prospective client for freelance writing work. They wanted me to complete an RFP (request for proposal) not only for the initial work, but for ongoing work, which could have literally meant thousands of dollars over time.

Following is how this all came about – and why I turned it down.

 Remember when I was in Jamaica a few weeks ago and I told you that I met a web designer who was looking for an SEO writer? Well it was via him that this possibility of work came about.

The firm he’s doing some consulting work with finally figured out what they wanted and began to look for writers. They wanted a writer/writing firm who could not only produce SEO content, but call-to-action copy for follow-up email campaigns.

Even though this initial stab at work didn’t work out, I feel that my firm will eventually get  work from this company. More in this in just a bit. I didn’t move ahead with submitting an RFP for the following reasons.

The Main Reasons I Declined to be Considered for This Job

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NEW POLICY AS OF TODAY, APRIL 6TH

As of today, April 6th, you must be a subscriber to read content on InkwellEditorial.com. When you subscribe, you’ll get access to the most recent content, as well as all future posts and all previous posts you may have missed. You can subscribe from any page of this website (simply look for the subscription boxes for newsletter sign-up and/or RSS feed on the right-hand side of every page).

Of course, your contact information is protected — it is never sold, rented, leased or compromised in any way. It is used solely to send you information from InkwellEditorial.com (and its sister site, SeoWritingJobs.com) about freelance writing.

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Week in and week out, you get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches” here at InkwellEditorial.com. As you can see from the titles of previous posts (to the right under “Recent Posts”), I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers (new and experienced).

This is all in line with my mission here – which is to provide useful, concrete information you can apply to your freelance writing business. And, this is — in my opinion — what makes Inkwell Editorial “The Authority Site on How to Start a Freelance Writing Career.”

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