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Archives for December 2010

Freelance Writing Income Goal: SEO Copywriter Asks, “Is It Possible to Earn $1,250/Day?”‏

And the questions about SEO writing keep pouring in. … About a week ago, I received the following email from a fellow online writer….

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Write and Sell Ebooks Online: 6 Reasons It’s Easier Than Ever to Make a Real Living as a Self-Publisher

I write and sell ebooks online for a living. This year, over half of my income came from e-products (e-classes and ebooks) I created. I published my first ebook in 2002. To date, I’ve written and self-published 18, and plan to almost triple that number within the next year. And, anyone who wants to can do the same thing….

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Freelance Writing Goals for 2011: What Are Yours? Don’t Know? Here Are Some Ideas

It’s that time of year where many are setting goals for next year – for our personal as well as professional lives.

I’ll leave the personal goals to you, but as for your professional life, if you’re a freelance writer and don’t have any goals or are a little fuzzy about exactly what you want/need to accomplish, maybe reading my list will toggle your brain cells so you get on the right track with your freelance writing career….

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Holiday Deals and Discounts on Freelance Writing Ebooks & Eclasses

I don’t discount products often, but I’ve received close to half a dozen emails in the last few weeks from some who are struggling in this economy. It’s tough out there; there’s no doubt about it. 

I was researching a piece I was writing for an article marketing campaign yesterday, and ran across an article that said it’s taking the average unemployed worker almost 8 months to find a new job.

I was like, “Wow!” No wonder people are running through their savings and losing their homes to foreclosure.

This is one of the main reasons I’m a huge advocate of always, always, always having something going on on the side because there is no such thing (in my opinion) as job security anymore. I’d even argue that freelancing is the new job security in this global economy.

At any rate, following are the holiday discounts you can take advantage of to get your freelance writing and/or internet marketing career off the ground — whether you’re looking to start full-time, or just want a side gig to bring in a few hundred dollars/month to get that 6-8 months of savings in the bank most financial experts are touting everyone should have now.  

freelance-writing-ebooksInkwell Editorial Holiday Discounts

2 for 1: Right now if you buy an ebook, you get a second one of your choosing absolutely free. 

50% Off: The two freelance writing e-courses we offer are 50% Off right now.

In January, the price of both of these ecourses will increase by at least $100, so if you’ve been eyeing them, now’s a good time to get the best deal. Get details on both offers.

Here’s to those struggling getting on their feet,
Yuwanda

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Freelance Writers: One Thing that Can Help You Write Marketing Copy that Will Presell Your Services

Recently, I received the following question from a fellow freelance writer. And it really got me to thinking … mmmm, maybe this is something I need to clarify for my business.

She asked about how to develop a USP (Unique Selling Proposition). Don’t worry if you don’t know what this is, I’ll explain it below.

QUESTION FROM FELLOW FREELANCE WRITER

I’m having a difficult time crafting my Unique Selling Point.   There is so much information overload with so many “gurus” saying that they can get traffic to any site in a matter of minutes.   So, I’m asking myself what makes me “different” than them. 

The only thing I can think of  is….  I learned SEO the hard way, by learning, implementing, trial and error, etc.   All the strategies I teach, I actually perform myself.   ( I do more than writing).   I think the issue is, I’m too close to my work that I can’t see the  Uniqueness, because most of the things I do come easily to me.    I know a mentor can probably help me with this, but as I stated before, my budget is tight.  I have a SCORE mentor, but he just gives me basic advice ( I love him though). 

So, I guess the question is,  how can you discover your U.S.P  on your own (emphasis added).  Is there a  certain formula you have or an article you can point me to.

Luck Can Only Go So Far

The reason it got me to thinking is that I’ve been lucky in my freelance writing career. I started out in publishing, and so had contacts to give me jobs.

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I say all this to point out that I’ve never done a full-fledged business plan for my freelance writing business. Sure, I’ve done marketing assessments and what I refer to as “mini” business plans, but never a full-blown one. And, this is usually when you come up on marketing speak like “crafting a USP.”

So like I said, it got me to thinking. USPs are important because everything you do to market your business will stem from it. And, if you’ve given some in-depth thought to it, it can practically sell your freelance writing services before prospective clients ever contact you.

Following is what a USP is, and how it can help you land more freelance writing jobs.

What Is a USP?

As stated above, USP is the acronym for Unique Selling Proposition. In layman’s terms, it’s simply what makes your freelance writing business different from the one zillion and one other ones out there.

In more professional terms, a USP is defined this way on About.com:

USP is your unique selling point. Also called your unique selling proposition, it is what sets you and your business — or you as an individual — apart from your competition. It can be an actual fact or a perceived difference or specialty.

Now that you know what a USP is, following is how I responded.

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How to Become a Freelance Writer: 4 Things You Can Do Today

I was looking through questions from readers this morning trying to decide what to write on. And, as I kept flicking through my email box, one question that kept popping up over and over again is a variation of “how to become a freelance writer.”

Even though I’ve answered this question a few times, I wanted to answer it again now because this time of year, a lot of people are thinking about quitting jobs, starting new businesses, starting something on the side, etc. And with the economy the way it is . . . well, it seems that more than ever freelance writing is appealing to many.

4 Reasons Freelance Writing Appeals to So Many . . . Especially in This Economy

It’s easy to see why this type of career appeals to so many. I mean:

how-to-become-a-freelance-writer-today(i) There’s a low bar of entry: You don’t need any type of official training to start (even though that doesn’t mean that everyone can do it well);

(ii) It’s cheap and easy to start: If you have a laptop/computer, you’re basically good to go as far as equipment;

(iii) You can start making money almost immediately: Sure, some of it may be luck, but you can literally start marketing one day, and land your first writing gig within a few hours, a few days or a few weeks; and

(iv) You can work from anywhere: If you have a laptop and an internet connection, this is a portable career. I’ve worked everywhere from an internet café in New York, to a beachside bar in Jamaica, to my living room couch in my fuzzy slippers watching some crazy reality show on TV (my all-time fave).

There just aren’t a lot of careers out there with all of these things going for them.

So no wonder how to become a freelance writer is such a popular question. If this is a work-from-home career that appeals to you, following are four things you can do – today – to get the ball rolling.

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Become a Published Author:  Start the New Year off right. FINALLY get that ebook you’ve been wanting to write done in Inkwell Editorial’s “How to Write an Ebook in 3 Days Market It & Start Getting Sales within a WeekEbook Writing & Publishing Tournament.

P.P.S.: Want to start a successful career where you have the mobility to live and work where you please? Visit our freelance writing bookstore for a ton of opportunities (freelance writing and internet marketing) to get you started.

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