The Path To Freelance Success: The Secret Is Knowing Where To Look

Would you like to break out of a regular job and start freelancing? Perhaps you've got the skills, but are not quite sure where to start looking for work, or how to deal with the business side of freelance work? Freelance marketplace websites specialise in bringing together clients looking to outsource projects and skilled professional contractors looking for freelance jobs. If you have web design or development, graphic design, programming, writing or translation skills then you will find opportunities waiting for you, if you know where to look.   Read full article »  

Outsourcing Online: Finding Good Help Could Not Be Any Easier

Are you a small business? Internet startup? Or maybe you just don't have exactly the skills you need amongst your team. A new generation of freelancing websites could offer the solution to your problem. These sites exist to provide a controlled environment where clients like you can post projects to an audience of thousands of skilled freelancers, who will see your project and bid on it if they can offer what you need. Once your listing deadline is up, or as soon as you are happy with the choice of bids, you can choose the contractor you want to work with and kick off the project straight away.   Read full article »  

Writing For Others - What to Charge?

When someone hires you to do a special writing job, they give you the assignment and you do the job. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, not really.
These are examples of complaints I've received over the years:
A local drycleaner thought he could write his own brochure, but he just "didn't have the time." He hired Melanie, a professional copywriter, to write it for him for a flat fee, and gave her a list of bullet points to include. After the job was complete, he decided he wanted to add a few more bullet points and remove some he'd provided previously...but he didn't understand why Melanie asked for more money.   Read full article »  

Cash in on Newsletter Writing and Publishing: How to Land Corporate Newsletter Clients

Do you ever wonder who writes and publishes those small newsletters you see around town? They're the 4- or 8-page briefs that are distributed at the grocery store, the gym, your child's school, and many other businesses in town. If you belong to any online communities, you're probably familiar with the numerous electronic newsletters available, too. Basically, if you leave your house at all or surf the Web for a minute or two, you've glanced at your fair share of these brief, newsy pamphlets.   Read full article »  

How to Spot a Risky Freelance Job

Any business might occasionally take on contracts that it later regrets having accepted. Other companies may offer too-good-to-be-true terms in the hopes of obtaining free labor. Avoiding these risky "opportunities" is a challenge, especially for the freelancer. The following warning signs should make you think twice about pursuing a particular freelance assignment.   Read full article »  

Getting Started as a Freelance Translator

I became a translator via a series of happy accidents. After taking French in school since seventh grade, I studied abroad at the University of Grenoble, France, for my junior year of college. There, a professor recommended me for a part-time job as a trainee translator at the University's graduate school of business.   Read full article »  

How to find your first translation clients

I receive a lot of inquiries from people who would like to become translators, and most of these e-mails have something to do with finding those first few elusive translation clients. If you ask 100 translators how they got started in the business, you'll probably get at least 50 different answers. Some picked up the phone and started cold-calling, some turned an old business connection into a client, some volunteered, some went back to school, some were just in the right place at the right time. Following are some tips on how to break into the translation industry, depending on your interests and level of experience.   Read full article »  

Three things you should NEVER do

A webmistress asked me recently how much I would charge to optimize her site for the search engines. I took a glance at her site, and the first thing I found was a hidden link to an association she was part of.
I asked her why the link was there. She told me it was "for the search engines." It never ceases to amaze me how much really bad – I mean absolutely horrible – advice is floating around the Internet.   Read full article »  

Five SEO Tips To Improve Your Search Engine Ranking

"Dear David: I just created a website on baby toy safety. What should I do to make sure gazillions of people find me through the search engines?"
I can't promise you gazillions, but there are a few things you should do to make it easy for search engines to find you.   Read full article »  

The 52 Top SEO Tips – Here Are 10 of Them

From the obvious to the "Hey-I-never-thought-of-that-great-idea-before", here are 10 of the top 52 tips on how to optimize your website for its turbo-charge rocket ride up the search engine rankings.   Read full article »  

Web Designs That Make a Difference

It seems that I can't get through a day without having to spend a couple hours trying to talk a client out of doing something crazy.
I'm only the designer and should give the client what he/she wants, but I have a hard time not adding in my two cents and sometimes even refusing to do a design because I disagree with the direction the site is taking.   Read full article »  

How To Work At Home As a Freelancer

A freelancer, or contract service provider, is someone who works on a contract or freelance basis. As a freelancer you are acting as a specialist, or expert, in your field. This is not to say you need dozens of awards hanging on your wall, you just need to be proficient and knowledgeable in the duties you perform.   Read full article »  

How To Become a Successful Freelance Blogger

Blogging (short for "web logging"), born from the Internet age, is one of the newer venues for freelance writing. The Internet has generated a lot of news about the financial possibilities open to bloggers: an audience of potentially millions -- along with possible corporate sponsorship, a byline, and infinite creative control -- captures the imagination of many prospective bloggers, and makes blogging seem like an infinitely desirable, lucrative field.   Read full article »  

Freelance Writing Career : How to Define Your Writing Services, Your Market, Your Business -- and most importantly -- Your Future!

A decade ago I listened to a famous writer speak about how to succeed as a freelance writer. Some of the things he said lasted with me. He said, "The single biggest mistake writers make is they give up too soon...You've got to pick your niche. You’ve got to focus. Most of all, you’ve got to hang in there."   Read full article »  

What You Shouldn't Do In The Freelance Business

While the importance of knowing what to do correctly within one's home business is important, knowing what not to do can be just as valuable. There are many mistakes that freelance writers can make that will end up costing them large amount of money. This in turn is a result of bad decisions when running their business, whether big or small.   Read full article »  

Article Directories – How effective are they?

There are a lot of websites online these days that offer free article submission services. These websites are referred to as Article Directories. Article Directories cater to both the burgeoning and established writers. It aids them in getting their work published for free, and is especially highly recommended for those who have never been in print before.   Read full article »  

Using SEO for Effective Internet Marketing

If you are an Internet marketer and want to be successful in the field, you will find that your business will be more effective if you combine your marketing strategies with Search Engine Optimization. Search Engine Optimization or SEO as it is commonly called is a must for Internet Marketing, especially if you want to reap from advertising.   Read full article »  

Why choosing the right web hosting company is essential to your website and your sanity

When starting a website, one of the questions that always comes up is what web hosting company to choose to host your website. Most web hosting companies will promise 99.99% uptime but very few will deliver. And when they don't deliver, there is no recourse for all the downtime and loss of business your website incurred. You are left with either sticking with them and running the risk of loosing your sanity, or moving to a different web hosting company.   Read full article »