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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Top 5 Reasons Why Freelancers Need Private Clients (Guest Post)


If you're in freelancing for keeps, you need private clients, period. Every single serious freelancer has to make private clients and direct deals a priority in their business. The truth is, your chances are going to be mighty slim otherwise.
Here's a brief look at the five top reasons why YOU should be grinding it out every day, advertising yourself and making yourself known to potential private clients.

eLance, Fiverr, oDesk, Guru. What do all these freelance sites have in common? They charge you or your client extra.
On most professional freelance sites, like eLance and oDesk, you'll find that the client is charged extra. For example, if you do a job for $100, on eLance the client gets charged $100 + 8.75%.
When you deal directly with clients, and he pays the money upfront straight to your PayPal account (or whatever e-payment system you use), you don't get charged, and he doesn't either. It's a win-win.
Over at Fiverr, they take a 20% cut of whatever job you do. So, in reality, you're earning a measly $4 per gig (provided that no extras were purchased). Again, when you deal directly with clients, you're not losing out, and neither is he.

Dealing directly with private clients allows you to build a better relationship. You get to know each other (a little bit), you exchange e-mail addies, maybe even connect via social media; when you use a third-party program, you don't get to do all these things.
When you build a relationship with your client, he/she is more likely to realize that your services are an essential part of his/her business. Thus, they'll always have you at the back of their mind, and there's as much greater chance of them coming back to you, and giving you all their related work. In the long run, it's much more profitable to have ten clients who give you all their work, than a thousand who give you a job once and never come back.
Building relationships is the way to go.

3. Moolah
Yep, moolah is just another word for money.
Private clients are much more likely to pay you more for the same amount of work, for two reasons:
- When clients  use eLance/oDesk, most of the time they'll be going for the lowest-paid Philippino (no offense intended0.
- Since they get to know you better, they don't mind paying more. They know your quality of work, and they will actually pay you exactly what you deserve.
Number one, by the way, is just an inescapable fact. It's just true. Sorry, fellas. Number two is also true. When they get to know you, they're more comfortable giving larger amounts of money since they KNOW that you're gonna do a good job and not rip them off.

When you talk to and give a sales pitch to a client privately, there's no competition. There's nobody else around to spoil your chances.
With freelance sites, there's almost always a bidding process happening (excepting Fiverr). Especially for writing jobs, there will normally be close to 30 people bidding, all on the same project. That works out to approximately 3.3%, but it's more likely closer to 1% if you don't have any reviews.
When you deal directly with clients, you're the only one in the picture. Just you, and nobody else. You can set your prices, explain your work and the rest without having to worry about what others are bidding.
Needless to say, this raises the chances of getting hire pretty significantly.

When you do freelancing the private client way, what you know have is a sustainable business model. Something that is both ensured to work, and something that can be profitable enough for you to make a decent living at it.
Once you find your client, it's just a matter of rinse and repeat. And ultimately, this is gonna allow you to achieve the "work from home, work whenever and wherever" lifestyle you really want.

Summing Up
I would highly recommend that you switch to working for private clients, if you haven't already. Yes, eLance might seem great for now, but ultimately it's not gonna work out. 99% of the guys making a living online deal directly with private clients. It's up to you, now.
From Make A Living Writing : If you think that you have a content which can help many readers here, feel free to share that over email at akhil.khatri@alliancelive.com

About the Author: JR John is a happy-go-lucky freelance writer and red panda lover. He runs a website from which you can purchase his high-quality, professionally written articles. JR’s very grateful for the opportunity Akhil has graciously given him to guest post his meaningless rant on Make a Living Writing. To learn more about JR, contact him, or hire his writing services, visit his website.



Tuesday, 1 October 2013

20 Best Ways To Get Freelance Writing Clients (Assignments) : Part 1

Information is flooding everywhere. You just type a single keyword and you will get millions of results. This will help you understand the scope of writing and of freelance writers. By this, I do not mean to mention that any 'this or that' sort of so-called writer can make a good career, not at all. Like any other field, Writing also needs quality writers like you.

Considering the number of quality writers present around, it becomes very important for each of us to have a good number of clients who will give us work. They have options, so they need a reason from you to hire you for their services. The reason will definitely have to be created by you, isn't it? (Your quality content and unique writing style)



Let me help you with 20 best experimented and well-researched ways to get freelance writing clients.

1. Write For Top Bloggers
This is something which will rarely be advertised properly. There are a lot of top bloggers who pay for a quality content written for their blog. 
How do I know whether they pay? You will surely see this mentioned somewhere on their blog. You will have to spend few minutes on it to understand this. If it is not mentioned anywhere and you want to give it a try, drop an email (you will find it mentioned in 'Contact Us' or something like this) asking if they are looking for paid blogger. No one will kill you for that.
Why do they need this? Nice question! I am sure you might be thinking that the top bloggers already have many people ready to write as a guest blogger for free, then why would they need to pay someone for the same. Logically, you are right, but practically not. Having many interested guest bloggers will not guarantee the quality content. With the increasing number of promotion-hungry bloggers, it becomes very difficult for the top bloggers to moderate each and every post and to check on the quality. They would rather get free from this headache by offering financial benefits to quality contributors. It will not be wrong to mention that financial benefits will make you more serious towards writing quality content. 
How much do they pay? It is all case-specific. Some of the top bloggers can pay up to $80 for each quality post, whereas there are some who can pay $5 for the same. You need to take care of the fact that you cannot be greedy specially when you have just started it. Remember that it takes time, you cannot do it overnight.
2. Google It
Am I kidding? I know that you know this very well. Not many bloggers will use Google properly to search for writing clients. You need to search with different keywords and various combinations of it. Google make things very easy when you want to look for anything. It is not humanly possible for anyone to search for their requirement in a specific website.
Some of the most used keywords while looking for writing clients include "guest blogger wanted", "freelance writer wanted", "article writer wanted", "quality writer wanted", "paid writer wanted". Google It now.
3. Get Referred By Other Blogger Friends
Why will anyone refer you when everyone is racing to get more and more work? It does not work this way. When I started blogging, the first thing which happened accidentally was to get in touch with other bloggers. We exchanged some emails, over Skype calls, and we got kind of friends. Perfect networking, I say.
Though my only intention to network with them was to learn some more about blogging and various areas which can be covered (I was zero in Blogging). After some days of being in good network with those bloggers, one of them emailed me to know my interest in writing for one of his clients. She was not able to take that assignment as she was over packed with work from other clients. She decided to passed it on to me, I happily took it, completed it with lot of nervousness (since it was my first paid assignment), and found that client was delighted with my work.
That ways I had one client in my kitty who could give me more work. A simple networking worked for me. Try it as it might work for you too.
4. Sell Yourself On Your Blog
I know that you have been working day and night to promote your blog/website. Some of you have already started getting good results after implementing some very important suggestions posted earlier on Make A Living Writing. Why not you use a special corner on your website to promote yourself. Convey to all your readers that they can hire you for any required services. When they know it, there are more chances to get hired. Isn't it?


BOOKMARK the blog right away to check remaining 16 life-changing points. 

Keep Writing! Keep Making Money! 

Friday, 27 September 2013

There Is No Other Best Way To Increase Followers Than This

You guys are my favorite. You take out time everyday to read my posts. And since you know that it does not work one way, I am willing to do something really awesome for each of you. What is that?

Make A Living Writing is getting more and more visitors each day. I am assuming that the posts are really helpful to you. One of your biggest concern is to get more followers for your website/blog. If you have not yet checked my previous post on '11 Best Way To Increase Your Followers On Your Blog Or Website', check it right now using the hyperlink.



Since many of you have posted the links in comments asking me to FOLLOW it, here is what I am offering you with this post. You can use this post as a special place where you can post your website or blog link and I will follow that (I promise) within a week's time. But hey! You have to do me a favor before I do this for you. You have to FOLLOW 'Make A Living Writing'.

To make it easy for you, here is what we will do:
1. You FOLLOW 'Make A Living Writing'
2. You post a comment with your website or blog link (No embarrassing or porn content please)
3. I will block your website/blog within 7 days

Isn't it sounding awesome? Let's start now. 

Monday, 23 September 2013

7 Best Answers To 'I Am New To Writing. How Can I Make A Living Writing?'

I admit that over the last couple months, I have been a sloth in posting all these useful and important posts for you. Here I am, to give Make A Living Writing a new beginning with a new post coming for you on each Tuesday and Friday as per the Indian Standard Time (IST).

Without wasting more time from your precious schedule for today, I am going to talk to all my writer friends, specially the new ones, about how exactly you can start making a living writing.



You have been reading the old posts posted on the blog Make A Living Writing and you have a good resource of the websites which might help you making a living writing. No point repeating the same stuff here. Today I am going to mention some of the things which might help you in 'NOT MAKING A LIVING WRITING'. Yes, you need to take care of the below points if you are really serious about making this happen. So let's start!

1. You do not have Unique Content
I have been hearing this for last five years that I cannot make money from writing until I have something unique. That crap of an advice made me sit without blogging for months and then one fine day I just decided to go ahead with what I feel it should be all about. My first blog was about inspirational stuffs in my own words. Nothing unique in it, isn't it? There are thousands of similar blogs around, but the only unique thing about my blog was that it had 'I' writing.  
So, you need not have to spend time thinking what UNIQUE thing you should be writing about. Just put your efforts and make it happen, ignore what others have to say.
2.  You do not like To Read
Even if you a preacher, you will realise some day that you do not have anything else to preach on. Reading is one of the most important thing when you talk about writing. No human has unlimited ideas. It is just the knowledge and inspiration which help you write more and more on new things. Do not kill your readers with the same stuff you know just because you do not like reading. 
You should not read only on your niche, but others too. You can always take inference from anything you read, give it your taste, and write on it. Keep reading!
3. You do not like Competitions
Do not like competitions and that's why you want to start make a living writing? You can immediately start looking for other alternatives to make a living. You need to realise that with the ever increasing numbers of writers, any reader can access to millions of posts which are related to what he is looking for. That is where the competition comes in. Out of millions of similar posts, you need to make your content very clear and qualitative so that you can stand out and make money from it. Do not forget the first point I made in this post of making every content of yours tasting like it has 'I' in it.
4. You are not Creative
Creativity in writing? Are you kidding me? No Sir/Ma'm, I am not.
What are you planning to write on today? Just Google search a related keyword and you will find thousands of articles already posted on what you were thinking of. I am definitely not blaming you for kind of rewriting same content again and again because you really cannot help it. Believe it or not, you will have to do this at one point of time (specially during your first year of writing). That sort of rewriting does not help much in making money writing. 
You have to keep thinking on the new areas you can touch upon. Some new concepts from the same thing you have been reading all these years. As I mentioned earlier, it is all about what you infer from what you read. If your knowledge base is good, you can think of something creative for sure.
5.  You are just a Writer
Please, please! Do not abuse me for calling you 'Just A Writer', I actually do not mean what you think (That's what I was talking about ;). You infer things from what you read; and here there can be multiple meanings. Isn't it?) 
So what I am trying to tell you is that you should not be just a writer. That writer who can type 250+ letters per minute on the keyboard and finish the stuff in minutes. As you read in point number 2 above, competition is not when you type faster; it is when you think faster and better. That same creative concept you are writing on will make you different from others. That will help you differentiate yourself from other writers, when clients look for you. At the same time, you should know how to market yourself. Marketing? Let's talk about it in the next point.
6. You are not good at Marketing
"I read a lot. I just love competitions. I am Creative. I know how to differentiate myself from others. But still, I am not able to make much money. Why?"
That's the stage most of my fellow writer friends are at. Isn't it? Marketing yourself is very very important, but at the same time it is very very difficult. As they say, "Good things never comes cheap". You might be posting something really great post after post, but no one is actually reading it.
You can use different techniques of SEO to get your website higher PR. You can use some paid marketing services. You can even hire a freelancer to help you promote your website. Things are still not that easy. You have to take care that you are not over-doing it as that might actually hamper your image for clients. You cannot compromise on something lesser because that's when you are not making enough money. You have to use various analytics to keep a track on the growth of your website. That's not an easy process either.
My only suggestion for all those new writers is to promote the website on an average.
7.  You are a Sloth (Like I was in last couple months)
Anything, everything, you are writing about should be fast. Imagine that Best Buy has decided to offer first 10 customers on Christmas Day a brand new iPad 4. What are you going to do? Wait till evening thinking that you will still be one of those 10 lucky people? Something similar works in writing too. When you have something trending and you are too slow to write/think of writing on the same, you are not going to get that extra advantage. 
Make yourself active and writer your creative content faster.

Do you still want me to take your time? Go for it and show what you are capable of. It all starts with you and ends with you because you write it for your readers, they read it, help you with some comments/feedback which ultimately helps you being better and stronger. Right?

For any questions you have, I am always there for you at akhil.khatri@alliancelive.com (direct contact). Considering the number of emails I receive daily, I will try my best to respond to your emails at the earliest. Hope you understand.

Last but not the least, DO FOLLOW, DO COMMENT, DO SHARE, DO SUBSCRIBE, DO WHATEVER :)

Keep Writing!
  
  



Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Report #1: How 'Make A Living Writing' is doing and How many people found it helpful?

Dear Visitors,

After being away for almost two months, Make A Living Writing is coming back with a new beginning, with some new awesome posts which will help you make a lot and lot of money, seriously.

These first five months of the blog were really amazing where we got amazing 179 Subscribers like you with more than 70000 unique visitors, not a bad start in any way I say. Some of you might be finding it hard to believe, ain't you? I am really not joking. Want to know the technique and work I have put on my blog to get this result? Subscribe now, Follow now, because I will be posting a detailed content on this very very soon.

I have been receiving a lot of emails daily from people having queries and doubts. I am feeling very proud to declare that I have helped more than 700 people in making money through what they write. I just want this number to increase every day and I am all set to help you with your questions and doubts.

What are you waiting for? Stay connected with the blog by Subscribing it, Following it, Bookmarking it.

Thanks,

Sunday, 30 June 2013

'Make A Living Writing' invite Guest Bloggers

You might always be wondering why do people Guest Blog. Guest Blogging is one of the most powerful technique of getting lot and lot of traffic on your Blog/Website.

Make A Living Writing is giving you an opportunity to feature yourself as a Guest Blogger.



Here is what we are looking for:
1. A relevant content which will help people in Make A Living Writing. It can be your personal experience, researched content, good theory, or anything else.
2. The submission should not be a copy pasted stuff. When we say that, we will check that in 30 best websites to check plagiarism
3. Email your content to akhil.khatri (at) alliancelive (dot) com


There is no limit on number of Guest Blogs as we do not believe in limiting access quality content. If your content is great, you will be featured.

Stay connected for more awesome opportunities coming in.

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Friday, 28 June 2013

30 Best Websites To Check Plagiarism Online For Free

One things which writer is scared of is to see his work being copy-pasted by someone else. Believe it or not, there are millions of posts being posted daily which do not pass Plagiarism Check. Thousands of Bloggers/Writers are posting their original contents online and there are many who are spinning their content. Before we talk more about Plagiarism, let us see what exactly it means. In simple words, 'Plagiarism' is using similar content/ imitating content. 


Today, I am going to share 30 best websites to check plagiarism online for free. This post will not relevant for those who have nothing to do with Plagiarism (those copy paste people out there), but will be of huge value for bloggers and writers like us, like you and me.

10. Doc Cop
13. Viper
19. EVE2

Though there can be many more plagiarism websites online, but these are surely among the top. 

If you know any other such websites which you think deserves to be in the list mentioned above, do post it as the comment. I will surely include it in the list in the post in 'Make A Living Writing'. 

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