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If you work in any capacity of freelancing, do you have a contract in place for any work performed for your clients?

Why or Why Not?

Do you need a freelance contract signed by your client for your records?

Has a client ever requested that you sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) for work you have performed?

Why all Freelancers need to have a “Freelance Contract” in place before beginning any work for a client.

  • Do you like getting paid for your work?
  • Before you begin work, shouldn’t you know what the client is expecting?
  • Shouldn’t you know what the project entails and any required research?
  • Does the client know what much the completed project will cost?
  • Are there expectations when and how are you to keep the client updated on the project?
  • Are there designated payment milestones on the project?
  • Is there an expected due date for completion?
  • Are there provisions for any editing of the project or extra research costs?

There may be more that may come up when consulting with any client about an upcoming project.

You Need a “Freelance Contract”.

The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.”  — Robert Benchley

Ask any freelancer, what happens if a client doesn’t pay them? Without a “Freelance Contract”, not much.

With a Freelance Contract in place, a non-paying client can be taken to claims court and forced to pay the amount within the contract.

Why Freelancers should always establish payment milestones in the contract.

  1. The Freelancer can receive a certain percentage of the total amount to check out how the client pays, Check, PayPal or some other form agreed upon.
  2. As the Freelancer completes a portion of the project he/she will receive another percentage of the project established in the contract.
  3. Any extras if research is required.
  4. Both client and Freelancer can follow the progress of the project.
  5. Offers the client and Freelancer deadlines.
  6. Assurance the both client and Freelancer are on the same page.
  7. A legal agreement that can be used in a court of law for non-payment.
  8. Protects the Freelancer.

8 clauses every Freelance Contract should include:

  1. Pricing/Rates
  2. Payment/Invoicing
  3. Single Point of Contact
  4. Kill Fee
  5. Revision and Rewrites
  6. “Scope Creep” The project is good but would be better if A, B, and C were added.
  7. Copyrights: For freelance writers and web designers.
  8. Deadline

There is no, one contract fits all. Therefore, create a basic template that is easily adjustable to the current client’s needs and project.

Freelancers do the work but may not be able to talk about it; always ask for referrals and a testimonial.

NOTE: Testimonials are good for branding.

Author:

Robert Medak

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, Reviewer

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Many People Want to Work from Home

Unfortunately, working from home isn’t as easy as some portray. Many individuals and companies are willing to tell you it is, if only you buy this book, program or software, their agenda is to make money from you.

A Bit about Who I am

I have no agenda other than to help people by what I have learned from nine plus years working from home trying to build a business online. I began this journey three years after retiring from a job I held with a company for thirty-seven years.

The company was downsizing and wanted older employees to retire with a package that was hard not to accept.

Because of medical conditions, my wife and I decided it was time to take PacBell up on their offer. I retired in December of 2003 and began my journey my way in February 2006.

Along my journey, I added other services because the company I was contract with asked me to edit a manuscript besides the reviews I was writing for them. Through that company, I began to contract for another company as a reader and writer.

I would read books and determine if a book was worthy of being printed and to write a review if my opinion was yes the story should be considered for publication. Almost the duties of an acquisitions editor.

I have interned as a copy editor for and online site and worked freelance from job boards. I mention this only as a bit of background of what I’ve done from home.

Work from Home

First, ask yourself why you want to work from home.

  1. Freedom
  2. Money
  3. Be your own boss
  4. More time for life (Family, friends … etc.)
  5. Something you feel qualified to do (Would you do it if you never received money for it? This is what passion is all about.)
  6. Make some extra money

Second, forget about life work balance if you want to grow your business and be able to afford to quit your 9 to 5 job. Until your work from home scheme is able to pay for your present lifestyle, don’t quit your day job.

Third and perhaps the most important, how many hats you are willing wear in your business.

Hats? Yes, hats. Let me list a few hats unless you have deep enough pockets to outsource them.

  1. Office manager
  2. Accountant
  3. Business plan writer
  4. Content writer
  5. Data Processor
  6. Entrepreneur
  7. HTML manager
  8. Marketer
  9. Networker
  10. Programmer
  11. SEO manager
  12. Social media manager
  13. Web designer

There may also have to wear other hats that may crop up while running a business. You must be quick on your feet and flexible. There are always challenges and opportunities to learn more about being a contract employee.

There may be state, county, and local licenses and taxes that may be required to run a business from home.

As a work from home freelancer, you will be responsible for health insurance, business insurance, records, keeping books for the IRS if you are in America. You will be paying quarterly taxes.

How will you conduct your business? You will need to consult an attorney to make a decision to be a DBA (Doing Business As), LLC (Limited Liability Corporation), or an S or C Corporation.

Each has pros and cons. I highly recommend you consult an attorney to explain the differences to you so can make an informed decision.

What do you need to Work from Home?

  1. High speed internet
  2. Computer with sufficient RAM and Hard drive space for business only
  3. A dedicated business telephone line
  4. A dedicated workspace free of distractions
  5. A separate business bank account
  6. Voicemail

As you can see, working from home is far from as simple as some think. It is hard work and long hours to create a thriving home based business.

It is not all downside; there are many benefits to working from home, one needs to look at the reality of working for themselves in a home based business.

Any business is hard work and long hours to make is successful.

If you decide to go into business, think about what I’ve said here and be clear about what your motives for going into a home based business are.

Author

Robert Medak

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

Why People Should Care about Net Neutrality

  1. In the United States, the loss of net neutrality is looming and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which oversees licenses and regulations for technicians operating television stations, radio, cell phones, and armature radio technicians. The FCC is presently in the process of determining whether the Internet shall remain free (neutrality); or end users of the Internet should pay a fee to use it to the various Internet Service Providers (ISP).
  2. In the worst do nothing congress and house in history who seems to work on the demise of what was termed “middle class”. To allow politicians to dictate that end users of the Internet should have their Internet connection speeds determined by how much they are willing to pay the ISPs, is to reduce the quality of Internet to subscribers and what type of content they will receive depending strictly on dollars is idiotic. Mark Cuban (Of Shark Tank) has come out against allowing the government to control the Internet.
  3. If you are a cable subscriber, it does not take long to realize that there is no competition, but you must deal with a monopoly that supplies the cable service you must subscribe to if you desire digital services in your home, television, telephone, and Internet.
  4. Some companies are under legal action because their Internet speed is not what subscribers are paying for. Under net neutrality loss, ISPs could charge more for less, which means the subscriber gets the shaft while the ISP gets the money.
  5. More and more companies are buying other companies creating conglomerates, which offer the end user few options for ISPs than currently available. Mergers of companies into larger companies will make it harder as they vie for control of cable offerings and charging producing companies a higher percentage to carry their product and pass on more costs to the end user since they will have a monopoly in certain areas just as phone companies have for close to a century, monopoly by address.
  6. For other than large corporations and 1 percenters, the potential costs to the consumer could possibly price the solopreneur and small business out of the market to the point of losing out to corporations with their Internet speed and content. Web content in general might change the landscape of what the average consumer has access to, and thereby stifle entrepreneurship and the growth of small business that require the Internet for social media, and search engine optimization (SEO). The loss of net neutrality could affect blogs.
  7. Loss of net neutrality has the potential to cost people with smart phone to pay a premium for access to the Web. How is fighting for the end of net neutrality? Cable companies for one. If net neutrality is lost, all ISPs can charge whatever they want for access to information and at whatever speed the consumer is willing to pay. Loss of neutrality means that working poor, on a fixed income, an entrepreneur, or a small business will pay significantly higher rates to have adequate Internet for the speed.

Anyone that accesses the Internet should watch the FCC loosely about the subject of net neutrality. Also, contact your local and national representative and let them know how you feel about net neutrality.

Robert Medak

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

I have seen Freelancers on different social sites asking about various places where they can find freelance jobs.

If you think freelancing will make you more income than your current job, think again, because there are no guarantees in freelancing, just as there are no guarantees in life. It is all about how hard you are willing to put forth the effort and determination.

Some sites where freelancers can bid on jobs are:

Elance – https://www.elance.com/ – Lower budget, highly competitive, money held in escrow account; until job poster accepts work and authorizes payment. Elance takes a percentage.

Employment Crossing – http://www.employmentcrossing.com/# : After a three-day trial, membership is $49.95 per month.

Freelancer – https://www.freelancer.com/ : Low paying, but free to register; highly competitive from bidders in countries around the world.

Guru – http://www.guru.com/ : Low budget, and highly competitive; Guru takes a percentage.

oDesk – https://www.odesk.com/ : Low budget, highly competitive. oDesk works on a percentage basis

MiNeeds – http://www.mineeds.com/ : Standard package is $24.99 per month.

Writing Crossing – http://writingcrossing.com: After a three-day trial, membership is $49.95 per month.

These are only a few notification sites where you can bid on the posted jobs with no guarantee of obtaining work on any of these sites, which are only a small portion of available sites on the internet.

Would you buy something without a warranty? Then, why would you pay for only a chance at seeing posted jobs only to post a bid or offer your services to someone with no guarantee of a job.

It does not seem right to pay only for opportunities to bid without knowing you can actually get freelance work after paying just for a chance.

There are other productive ways of finding freelance jobs locally at first, which will help you build a portfolio and gain experience in your chosen freelance niche.

No matter how much you may hate it, do not be in a hurry to quit your day job, it pays the bills for now and a paycheck is guaranteed if you put in the time.

Think about this: More than 80 percent of freelancers have side jobs accord to The Freelancers Union. Did you think all freelancers made tons of money; well think again, the number of freelancers making self-sufficient income is small.

Take freelancing slowly; build your reputation, because YOU are your brand. Freelancing is a big business and you need to learn the business part of freelancing as well as what your specific freelance niche is all about, this takes time and a good deal of reading about your niche so you are educated in what it takes to be a successful freelancer in that niche.

The more you know the better equipped you will be to understand the clients pain points and be able to address them. If you cannot understand a client’s needs, how will you be able to handle their needs?

Author
Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning ethical Marketing
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The world doesn’t owe you anything;

 You make the world around you by the choices you make.” 

Everyone makes mistakes; taking responsibility for them creates character, and the person you become.

Accepting responsibility is not easy, but essential to move on in life and not let the past haunt you into the future.

Living life in the moment is the only way to find true happiness and emotional well-being. Happiness will not come for material possessions, money, or other people until you are first happy with yourself.

Is it possible for you stay in a quiet room with just you and like who you are? Is it possible for you to find peace, and satisfaction in what you’ve accomplished during the day? If you cannot be happy with the day, or like the person, you are, how will happiness come from other people, or around your possessions? If inner happiness is not present, and happiness, nothing will make you happy; you will become a “What if”, or an “Only if” person that nothing can satisfy.

You must find the road to happiness within before you can find it outside yourself. There are myriad paths on can travel in learning self; each has its pros and cons. The main point is to look inward and adjust your thinking as needed to find inner peace, and happiness; the method you choose isn’t as important as delving inward regularly.

One may have health issues as one ages, it is not the end of your peace, just something to deal with. Many people have health issues they deal with, so can everyone else.

Respect 

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.”  ~ Baltasar Gracian 

Respect is not a right, but a privilege earned by the choices you make from a position of self-respect. If you do not respect yourself, why should others respect you?

Self-respect guides the choices you make showing your integrity by doing what is right, not choosing to go along with others to make them happy. If they can’t respect that, maybe they don’t need to be around you.

Author
Robert Medak
Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning ethical Marketing
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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.

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 copy better or have any questions, please use my contact form and we will work together.

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.

Author

Robert Medak

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

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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.

Author

Robert Medak

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

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If you need help making your writing better or have any questions about how to improve your writing, please use the contact me, and work together making your writing better.

Time Management

Time Management (Photo credit: Intersection Consulting)

 

Today was a day where running around was unavoidable as far as working was concerned.

 

This post, as part of the ultimate blogging challenge, written later in the evening, because of the challenge, is still written for the challenge, and not skipped because it’s after 8.00 PM.

 

Distractions happen, what you are willing to accomplish because of distractions is what successful completion is about, never let an opportunity escape to successful completion of a project.

 

You must make time during the day to complete your to do list for a given day. By making time during the day is how you get ready for the next day, and not leaving what needs completion today for tomorrow. All that leaving things for tomorrow is how you get overwhelmed and frustrated with your business, especially when starting your business.

 

Leaving things undone is a way for business owners to become so overwhelmed that they consider walking away and closing the business.

 

Patience during overwhelm is essential for success. Slow down, take a breath, organize what needs completion, take them one at a time and finish them before you move one.

 

Once you’re caught up with the projects, be willing to spend extra time in need be for the completion of your to do list, never let them rest for the next day.

 

If your to do list is too large, make your list smaller so that you can complete the to do list for the day, but also be willing to work extra hours to create a successful business.

 

All entrepreneurs want a successful business. What are you willing to do to your business successful? Maybe work some extra hours. Adjust projects so they’re completed on time.

 

There is a good deal of hard work to make a business successful.

 

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

 

 

 

This is the working title of a book about the good, bad, and ugly of being a freelancer from inside the world of freelancing by a freelancer that has and still is learning via the school of hard knocks about being an entrepreneur.

At present, the book has slipped on to the back burner because of other writing, like a blog challenge, reading, learning, marketing, and more.

Finally being caught up on the challenge of a post a day for the month of October 2013, and contemplating a newsletter, but having some problems with the subscription form coming outright on the page of this blog, it’s time to get back to finishing chapters three and four of “Taming the Freelance Market”.

The book is a project to help others learn some of the intricacies of being a freelancer (entrepreneur), from the information, which learning the hard way has taught that would have been nice to know up front.

If you would like to contribute questions about freelancing, perhaps they may end up in the book.

” Taming the Freelance Market” is about paying it forward to help anyone considering entering the world of freelancing as a way of making money and quitting his or her day job, which isn’t recommended for some time. The book will explain why.

If you have a question about writing, business, freelancing, or working as an entrepreneur, please feel free to use the contact form on this blog.

Answers to questions may end up as a post, personal Email, and as a section or chapter of “Taming the Freelance Market”.

Keep reading this blog, and check for the addition of a newsletter subscription form.

Looking forward to the comments, questions, and likes from readers.

Author

Robert Medak

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

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

 

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