People often ask the question, “Can you reliably make a living freelance writing?”

The answer depends on many factors, and individual client needs.

First, freelance writers must educate clients what freelance writing is.

Some clients equate freelance writers with web designers wanting various languages such as Perl, Drupal, Joomla, building shopping carts, and more, this is programming, not freelance writing.

Other clients may request knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Pro, Quark, CRM, and CMS software, to name a few.

Newcomers to freelance writing will find it hard to acquire clients if they are not up to date on the various software programs listed above, and the software clients may be using in their business.

Freelance writers must have a working knowledge of copyright infringement, plagiarism, and the latest FTC rules if they work in the United States.

The quote below posted with permission from Tim McGuinness during a discussion about the question, “Can you reliably make a living freelance writing?”

As a business that hires writers, you all need to understand the nature of the business models that now exist. When content became universal, it also lowered its value – not to me, but to the ultimate publishers of that content. In retail for example, the norm is to scrape content from other websites – retailers who consume vast amounts of content are not willing to pay much for it. If they can get duplicated content put up for $1 they will, until they get in trouble. What you all also need to understand it that a writer is just a part of a process – content production requires coordination, production management, quality assurance, and delivery mechanisms. These are all fixed costs, thus the writer makes less. There are still boutique projects out there, but increasingly, writing is a commodity job. You make as much as you produce. Sorry for the bad news, but this is the reality of the job now.”  ~ Tim McGuinness, Ph.D.

Second, some clients specify work for writers in India, Philippines, and other non-native English countries around the world if you attempt to find jobs on the various job boards, which are content mills and can hurt reputations.

Competing against non-native English countries accepting low wages for assignments, do not quit your day job until you can continue living the lifestyle you are currently living.

It could take decades for you to become an overnight success as a newcomer to freelance writing and establishing a reputation as a quality writer.

Established writers have spent years building their reputation, many while working a day job and writing part-time until their writing could pay for their lifestyle. Established writers have credentials newcomers do not have, and must build by writing.

Building a portfolio of work takes time, hard work, education, writing, and patience.

Call me harsh, pessimistic, or overly critical, I prefer realist learning daily, while working on my PhD from the University of Hard Knocks.

Freelance writers must commit themselves to writing daily, learning new software, applying the rules of perfect grammar and punctuation in their writing to establish themselves as quality writers.

Freelance writers are entrepreneurs who must embody honesty, integrity, and quality along with transparency and authenticity in all they do.

A new form of marketing is building a business platform, networking, and building a following.

Writing is a business! One must spend the time and energy required to grow it into a successful enterprise. There are no short cuts if writers desire acceptance as serious writers of quality. 

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Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning ethical Marketing
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While going through my email, a usual task, to see if there was anything of interest.

I received some offers and because of past experiences knew that the offers meant money.

I hate “noreply” emails, anyway, to date, only a couple of people understand the phrase “I don’t have the money” to mean exactly that.

As a soon to be septuagenarian, I along with many others living on a fixed income do not desire to go into debt on dubious offers of some potential income while wondering if they should eat or purchase their medications for the month. Personally, I have ten medications, but only get nine because the pharmacy is having trouble getting my B-12 injectable required every other week.

Are sellers of webinars, books, programs, online training …etc. not getting the point that not everyone has money for books, programs … etc., and when they say they do not have money; that is what they mean.

The sellers are loath to offer any information about any free information because it might cut into their profit instead of helping information seekers of their journey toward knowledge.

What sellers fail to realize it that by helping a knowledge seeker,  the seeker may one day be able to afford the sellers program; How about that?

I have questions 

When did the philosophy of paying it forward disappear?

Am I that old or delusional to believe in paying it forward?

Has society become about the one with no regard for others?

I refuse to believe that offering products of services at a reasonable price is still a good practice, and quality is what entrepreneurs and businesses should offer as a standard while also offering the best customer service possible, and believing what customers tell you.

While earning my PhD from the University of Hard Knocks and a DIY marketer for my services, I am a firm believer in answering any and all questions in a philosophy of paying it forward.

I have some work in progress that will educate and inform readers in an honest way about the subject of freelancing, and procrastination. It might seem hard to some, but life is hard if you are willing to dabble into the realm of entrepreneurship.

I do not believe in sugar coating reality. One reality is that it may take years to become an overnight success through long hours and hard work.

There are no short cuts in life, just as there are no short cuts to being an authentic person, which also takes hard work.

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Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning ethical Marketing
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I started mine because I wanted to help entrepreneurs, writers, and freelancers. I started out knowing little about running a business, with little money to put into the business, and working on obtaining my PhD at The University of Hard Knocks.

I started mine because I wanted to help entrepreneurs, writers, and freelancers from starting out knowing little about running a business with little money to put into the business, and learning through the University of Hard Knocks.

It is my desire to help readers of this blog, and highlight my writing in case someone would hire me for writing, editing or reviewing.

Being a real person, posts on this blog may be scheduled for early in the day, they are written  by one person, never curated, no PLR (Private Label Rights), no MRR (Master Resale Rights), only 100 percent original writing.

It is my desire that this blog starts conversations, start thinking about what blogs should offer, and may engage readers with the content. Perhaps hired for one or more of my services by a blog visitor, ask a question about the services or about writing, marketing or social media as I am a believer in paying it forward.

Why did you start a blog?

There are many reasons to start a blog.

  1. Blog about books in progress
  2. Blog about books you have read
  3. Host virtual book tours
  4. Post book reviews
  5. Blog about public figures’ tours, appearances, entertainment … etc.
  6. Blog about your products, new product release date, or your services
  7. Blog about your books with links where to purchase them
  8. Blog about writing to help new writers
  9. Blog about SEO, Marketing, Social Media, Networking … etc.

A blog is about what you choose as your subject. A blog should engage, establish relationships, engage readers, help your readers, and offer information that educates the reader about your product or service, about the subject you choose as the base of your blog.

The blog headline should inform the reader what to expect to find on your blog. It must be relevant to searches performed by searchers on the Internet.

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If you have the money to outsource your marketing, DIY is not something you might care about, for those who cannot afford outsourcing costs, think about DIY marketing.

I call DIY marketing, grassroots marketing. 

DIY obviously means you are doing your own marketing for a reason. The main reason is the expense of outsourcing your marketing, or it might be the fact that you just do not know who should be your outsourcer for marketing.

There are many outsourcers. The question is about experience in relation to cost. No outsourcer can guarantee an infusion of customers, traffic, conversions, or other so-called promises while being ethical in marketing your business, which is your brand reputation.

All brands should stand for honesty, integrity, and quality. 

DIY Marketing is about establishing a brand that is authentic, helpful, respectful of customer’s needs, and transparent.

Marketing is about establishing relationships with potential and existing customers.

What DIY marketing is 

  • About building relationships
  • Building customer loyalty
  • Building customer relationships
  • Customers spreading the word about your product or services
  • Establishing an Internet presence
  • Excellent customer service
  • Helping customers determine the product or service that best suits their needs
  • Integrity in dealing with customers
  • Quality products or services
  • Understanding your customer
  • Understanding your customer’s needs

Unbelievably, word of mouth is still the best way to advertise and grow a business.

Social media is one of the largest wastes of time for any business.

From a personal perspective, social media is getting worse every day. More people are using social media to inform people about lunch, and other worthless non-relevant sharing of tasteless political, religious posts.

Individuals have the right to their opinions, and individuals have the right not read what people have to say.

Do not waste time on non-relevant post wasting your productive time.

Businesses need to be proactive in helping customers and productive.

Any form of marketing takes time and work, DIY marketing is no different except the business owner and employees have total control of the marketing message.

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Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning ethical Marketing
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The University of Hard Knocks teaches many lessons if one is open to learning.

At this stage of life, I have come to realize I just do not have the money needed to allow me to reach some of the goals I have set for myself. Therefore, I have made the decision to continue my writing journey while putting my services on the back burner; since I am not willing to create debt, I cannot afford to see what might happen, if anything does. It has not yet.

If I can help someone with my knowledge so their copy is the best it can be, I am more than happy to do so. There is no free lunch though, my services as editor writer will be available after proving how I might help a manuscript, or web copy.

I have always been inexpensive. For me, it is not about the money, but in helping someone to improve copy where needed.

I have edited manuscripts, worked as a copyeditor for Celebrity Café, written SEO web copy, ghostwritten articles, edited and written PR (Press Release).

Since my money is tight, DIY is the way I have been learning the intricacies of PR, marketing, book promotion, and freelancing from startup. The posts on this blog are about some of the lessons learned.

The posts are about being a freelancer, and running a business with limited funds. Unfortunately, my funds are limited to the point that I must apply my energy and time to the pursuit of my own writing.

I have writing projects that need my attention:

  1. A book about freelancing
  2. A book of quotes for writers
  3. A book of resources for writers
  4. A Sci-Fi with a hint of paranormal
  5. My four blogs
  6. Other subjects floating in my head
  7. Getting back to free verse

This post is neither a rant nor sour grapes about my life as you might think; it is a reality check by the person that is Robert Medak Freelance Writer, who tries to live a life of honesty, integrity, and a unique moral code, unique to me.

I try to live a life that has meaning for me, for I am the person that sees his reflection in the mirror every morning, faced with one provocative question, “Am I satisfied that I did my best the day before?”

Each day is a day to pay it forward and to help people rather than chase the “almighty buck.”

Can I improve my writing with each piece I write?

When I began writing, I would compare myself to other writers. That was a huge mistake on my part. I am an individual, and my writing will never be like someone else. That does however; mean that I should not strive to improve every time I put my posterior anatomy in the chair.

I can only compare me to myself, and I can demand I improve daily as a writer and a person.

Therefore, I shall move my writing to the front burner and work on my WIPs (Works In Progress).

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Productivity is the key to completing your story, website design, or whatever your project is about; it is about completing it before the deadline, and about never missing a deadline you given yourself for a project.

First, consider the fact that there are only twenty-four hours in a day. This is finite, what you complete during this finite time frame is up to you.

If you are running a small business or working as a freelancer, both entrepreneurs, wasting time worrying about social media, networking, a website, a blog, SEO, and administrating your business, when are you going to be productive?

Reducing your twenty-four hours significantly when you factor in sleep, eating, personal time, family time, etc, how can you be productive?

What are you willing to give up or can afford to delegate to become more productive?

If you cannot afford to hire a virtual assistant, then email, and social media are up to you.

Limiting the time you spend focusing on your business is a loss of productivity.

As a businessperson, you should never spend money you cannot afford to spend without going into debt. Do not use your credit cards to pay for your business, you will never succeed if you spend money at high interest rates, or outside your business budget.

Many businesses fail because of financial problems. The money your business makes is money you need to grow your business, do not think you can use it any way you wish, think again; it is not yours, and it is the businesses’ money.

If you have a blog or website, you may find more internet trolls than qualified leads for your business visiting your sites. There are some people who seem to gather satisfaction from hacking websites, and doing what they can to sell you software or training you do not need.

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Words are labels for the things we see and the things we feel. Without such labels we are lost or at least confused.” ~ Garrad Beck

Words are important. If you cannot say what you mean, you will never mean what you say. And you should always mean what you say.”

Paraphrased from the film, The Last Emperor

Written by Mark Peploe & Bernardo Bertolucci

(The line was based on a quotation from George Bernard Shaw.)

Everyone wishing to write needs to work on their vocabulary by reading all manner of the written word from periodicals, books, and even the lexicon.

As Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” 

It behooves every writer to grow their vocabulary and not always rely on the same words when writing for the web, poetry, or prose.

Writers by nature must also be avid readers. While listening to Ray Bradbury speaking at a meeting of the writers group, Southwest Manuscriptors, Mr. Bradbury told everyone in attendance to read everything they could get their hands on, the classics, good writing, and even bad writing.

By reading the work of others, it is that writers learn how to write. By reading, do writers find out how to construct sentences, learn tenses, and fine tune consistency while writing.

Commanding a large vocabulary comes with a caveat. The responsibility to use words that intelligibly and distinctly convey your meaning to the reader. You must choose your words wisely from your vocabulary that is well suited for the educational level of the reader.

When writing for most audiences, forget using jargon, use plain English unless you are writing about technology to engineers, or a legal paper read by attorneys. Your language must fit the audience.

During the 1960s, Army technical manuals were written for a person with only an eighth grade education.

With knowledge comes great responsibility in using said knowledge wisely.

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Where do you start once you make the decision to become a Freelance Writer?

First, double check your reason why you want to be a freelance writer.

There are many writers trying to make a living writing, unfortunately, there are also many writers who must have a second source of income to cover bills, mortgage, living expenses, and cover medical and business insurance.

The jobs do not come to you; you need to hustle for jobs, price the project, administrate the entrepreneurship, build a portfolio of work, obtain testimonials, create a brand, build a reputation, and obtain referrals from clients at the minimum.

You should know your way around a website, how to update your site, and how to promote it via multichannel marketing.

Not what you were thinking is it.

Working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since February of 2006, and having published a Christmas short story, written over 300 web articles, worked as a web copyeditor, manuscript editor, PR writer, book reviewer with over 120 reviews, and earning a degree from the University of Hard Knocks.

Any type of freelancing is not something where you can hang out a shingle which states you are a freelancer, and expect clients to beat a path to your door with fists full of money for you.

Many job boards are not free and you will be competing for low paying writing jobs while posting a bid and competing with people from around the world and willing to work for peanuts.

Second, as a freelance writer, what type of writing projects you wish to do.

Choose whether you are a generalist, or a specialist. You can find so-called gurus that prefer one type to another. Personally, it is up to the individual writer as to the type of writing projects they choose to write.

It is up to every freelancer to find their own path determined by their personality, moral fiber, hard work, and how they choose the assignments.

Third, freelance writing is about constantly writing and making each piece better than your last.

Never compare yourself to another writer, be the best writer you can and always try to improve your writing by reading other authors to gain insights about what works and what does not work for the reader.

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Robert Medak

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“I also turn down work because of my stand on honesty, integrity, and quality.

Authenticity and originality are my primary goals in everything I do.

To do less is to diminish me as a person, and brand. “ 

Is the word integrity, overused by businesses of all sizes?

As a freelance writer and editor, integrity is the core of being an entrepreneur. If it is you, than how can it be overused? All businesses should be authentic, open, and transparent.

Does integrity exist in today’s world?

As an entrepreneur working solo, honesty, integrity, and quality are foremost in the concept of being a freelance writer, blogger, editor, and reviewer learning ethical marketing.

As a business, signed a business ethics pledge.

What does integrity mean?

Per WordWeb ProTM, Integrity = Moral soundness.

Is your business a reflection of your moral compass? If not, why not? It should be if you believe in a type of morality that exemplifies you as a person.

When branding your business, you are the brand. What you stand for should be what your business stands for.

Should businesses maintain integrity?

All businesses should maintain a policy of integrity to remain in business, especially small to medium sized businesses.

As an entrepreneur or small business, what do you stand for?

All businesses should represent the owner’s philosophy, and moral code.

If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.” ~ Henry Kravis

As entrepreneurs, working with customers, is offering you, and your moral soundness.

Business is not just about money, it is about helping your customer and building a loyal advocate for your business.

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From personal experience, the answer is still obscure.

Many of the posts on Google + will remind one of being on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter with all of the inane personal posts.

From a purely personal perspective, over 80 percent of messages received are not relevant to learning, connecting, or helping any entrepreneur with their business. This statistic does not bode well for making connections and marketing your business.

A piece of advice for Google + users, choose the people you follow wisely and make sure their posts are relevant to your business, if they are not, do not waste your time reading their posts.

Social media is NOT about followers, it is however, about relevant followers, please do yourself a favor, NEVER buy followers or likes, which can make you look desperate and penalized in Google ratings or worse.

No business or entrepreneur sets up to look desperate for customers. Desperation ruins reputation faster than client’s bad opinions of a business.

Any business must be authentic, if nothing you do or use is not relevant to your business, how authentic is it.

From personal examination, as far as social media platforms go, more businesses are on Google + than many of the other social platforms.

The role of social media it to engage like minds or to follow thought leaders, you do not have to follow everyone that follows you. Only follow those that have something to say that is relevant to you or your business. Social media is not about what you had for lunch or trying to sell you followers or something else you are not interested in, social media is about establishing relationships and learning.

If you garner anything from this post, let it be this; social media platforms are meant to engage, build relationships, and most importantly, help people.

This is this author’s opinion, and not meant to be for everyone. Think about what is best for your purposes when using social media.

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