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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. 

Author
Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning ethical Marketing
follow the author at http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak

If you need help making your writing better or have any writing questions, please use my contact form and we will work together making your writing the best it can be.

 

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).

Author
Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing
follow the author at http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak

If you need help making your copy better or have any questions, please use my contact form and we will work together.

If you can afford the cost of mentorship, good for you, because you may get your business online and offline faster than someone who cannot afford a mentor to help them.

With or without a mentor, the Entrepreneur is required to work hard at learning, and applying the lessons to practical situations for their business model.

Education is useless without the ability to apply the concepts to the situations dictated when running a business.

For those without deep pockets, therefore unable to afford a mentor, it is DIY time.

The lessons learned with or without a mentor are the same for all Entrepreneurs,

• Accounting
• Blog
• Branding
• Business Insurance
• Business Plan
• Business Regulations for State, County, and Local
• Fully Optimized Website
• Inbound and Outbound Marketing
• Marketing Strategy
• Offline and Online Marketing
• Offline and Online Networking
• Promotion
• Record Keeping
• Running a Business
• SEO
• Social Media
• Taxes, Federal, State, and local

When working with a mentor, is the mentor you are working with able to tailor the information to your business model.

Not all mentors are equal.

• Do they walk the talk?
• What is their background?
• What do they know about your business niche?
• What are they selling beside their time?
• Are they readily available for questions?
• How long have they been mentoring?
• Are they easy to work with?
• Are they teaching how to apply their knowledge?
• Do you understand what they are teaching?
• Do they teach customer service?

Working without a mentor is not as easy as working with a mentor, but the lessons are the same, and it takes time and hard work to make any business a success.

You can find a plethora of people that are ascribing that you should outsource much of the daily chores of a business, the problem is in the fact that they don’t tell you how to pay for outsourcing, in addition, not all outsources are of the caliber to perform with honesty, integrity, and quality.

Bad outsourcers are a reflection of your business, not the outsourcers since their name is not mentioned, your business, which is you, is the one whose reputation suffers.

A business is a reflection of the person running it. You are the brand, you are branding your morals and integrity; do it wrong and your business will suffer.

Author
Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing
Follow the author: http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak

Scenography for the movie Greed. 1926.

Scenography for the movie Greed. 1926. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Businesses that travel the high road, believe in two things, authenticity and transparency.

 

Honesty and integrity are part of the moral ground of the high road when dealing with customers, and competitors. While there are many opportunities to use special software, and various tools to garner traffic; does your business have what it takes to turn visitors into customer?

 

If your business doesn’t deliver on its promises, your business won’t succeed, and neither will you. You are the brand behind your business. Your moral compass should drive your business in dealing with the day-to-day operations.

 

If you have employees, you set the tone of the business by setting an example to the employees, not by demands or threats. Being a leader is being the one in charge by example. If your employees see you setting the tone and recognizing those employees following your lead, other employees will follow suit.

 

All businesses should represent the owner’s moral compass, not just out for the money, but delivering what the customer is looking for, and over delivering on the promise.

 

Over delivering on promises is the way of building customers into raving and loyal customers that will spread the word about your business to their friends and possible business connections.

 

Taking the moral high road isn’t easy, neither is running a responsible business that put customers first, and profits second. With customers first, profits will build.

 

It is up to each business to start taking the moral high road by placing customer needs above being all about the money.

 

“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.” — Mwai Kibaki

 

Author

 

Robert Medak

 

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing

 

Follow the author: http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak

 

 

 

You hear the terms authenticity and transparency tossed around when talking about social media and business.

What does authenticity and transparency mean in plain English?

Using a program called WordWeb PRO, which I use frequently.

Authenticity: Undisputed credibility

Transparency: The quality of being clear and transparent

How do you not exhibit authenticity and transparency?

  1. Buying followers and likes
  2. Using PLR or MRR
  3. Using scheduling software for posting updates
  4. Curating information software for blogs

How do you exhibit authenticity and transparency?

  1. Using only original content
  2. Using software to posts to multiple sites if you are online at the time
  3. Be real, helpful, and engaging when interacting with people
  4. Stand 100% behind your work
  5. Deal honestly, integrally, and with quality in all you do
  6. Work ethically in all you do
  7. Giving credit where credit is do
  8. Be ready to respond quickly

You cannot create true success by taking shortcuts. True success comes from being real, ethical, and open with everyone you deal with. This is what true success and real credibility are all about.

It takes time to build credibility by your actions. You cannot demand it, it does not happen overnight, y you have to earn respect as a person of authenticity and transparency.

Are you a person of authenticity and transparency?

You might just profit from being a person of authenticity and transparency.

It is up to you and only you if you chose authenticity and transparency as a way of living your life.

About the author:

Robert Medak  is a retired Communications Technician turned freelance writer, blogger, editor, proofreader, and reviewer learning marketing.

He was born in southern California, and lived in Kansas until moving to southern West Virginia with his wife and their cats and dogs. While in California, he and his wife Connie ran an animal rescue where Robert wrote job descriptions, flyers, and was treasurer.

Many people offer PLR (Private Label Right) eBooks, reports, and more for rebranding to build lists and build a business.

As a writer, in my opinion, this is plagiarism and I never use it. I also don’t rewrite articles or use article spinning or submitting software of any kind.

I do use the program WordWeb Pro on occasion when writing. It’s a dictionary program where you can highlight any word on a page and get the definition and more. If the word isn’t in WordWeb Pro, the program allows Web search to find it. Not being the world’s best speller, when in doubt I check a dictionary. WordWeb Pro is handy since it’s on my computer.

Book cover (Dust jacket) for the 15th edition ...

Book cover (Dust jacket) for the 15th edition of the The Chicago Manual of Style (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Close by is a copy of The Chicago Manual of Style 15th Edition, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition, and The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2011.

For further reference are copies of Writing for the Web, Managing Content Marketing, and various article writing guides. Being a writer means there is always homework required.

Writers have their own way of working; my philosophy is and shall remain 100 percent original quality over quantity. Each piece of copy must be better than previous copy. It is a contest against my other copy. All writers should strive to improve their writing with each new piece.

Although each writer is free to use any material they choose, ethically using PLR or rewriting articles is ultimately their choice. Personally doing this type of work isn’t work that follows ethical standards for a business offering 100 percent original copy to all clients.

This may be a limited view, as a freelance writer who signed a Business Ethics Pledge, quality over quantity, prohibits the use of PLR.

All businesses, which include writing, should operate based on honesty, integrity, and quality.

Robert Medak

Published Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing

http://xeeme.com/RobertMedak 

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