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Blog Writing is Real Work

Blogging as a Hobby When it first began, blogging was seen as a hobby. Weblogs or online diaries started out as a bit of fun. I remember ten years back, keeping a blog. People would come and comment on my blog and I’d go over and comment on theirs. From my home in India, I made friends all over the world. But then over time, something became noticeable. Some blogs were making money. Others were not. Why was this?
The World Moves Online As the world moved online, many companies started up websites. After some time, blogs were an intrinsic part of the website. A blog was an updatable, interactive part of the site. Many companies discovered that sharing valuable content affected their conversion rates.
Blog Reading Broadens the Mind A blog can still be a hobby. It’s fascinating to read the blogs of different people. It could be the musings of a farmer’s wife in Australia. Or the blog of a minimalist homemaker in California. A blog can take you out of your everyday life and into another world.…
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Freelance Writer Woes

Where To Find Freelance Writing Work?

Like many freelance writers, I am signed up to several content writing marketplaces. But today, to my utmost surprise, there is simply no work. This is something new for me. A few months ago, I was making a regular amount of money every month. Now I'm lucky if I can make even half of that. amount in twice the amount of time.  I wonder what happened? I'm signed up with three platforms. Two of them never showed me a single job, but that didn't matter because the third one gave me as much I could handle. But now, the well of work appears to have completely dried up.


Content Writing Marketplaces

Many freelance writing experts warn newer writers against signing up for the 'content mills'.I've heard all the arguments. 'It's a race to the bottom. You'll never make money', they say. But I've also come across people online who claim to be making thousands of dollars a month writing for these sites. Now, who is tel…

A Rotten Apple

Was I Fooled?

Did you ever feel that someone or something had deceived you? That you'd gone out in all sincerity to make something happen, only to find someone had misled you? Yep, that's what happened to me. It seems I'm a rare type of person. Someone who's unhappy with a certain company named after a tempting fruit. This company has a great reputation for outstanding products and world class service. A company which has left me with a very bad aftertaste.

What Happened?
I'd never bought myself an Apple product before. Those products are rather pricey and I'm watching every rupee . But I recently bought an Apple iPhone SE for my 17 year old daughter, who had done well in her Class 10 Examinations. She'd been longing for an iPhone, so when I found one within reach of my budget, I went for it. So one day last April (2018), the iPhone SE arrived. My daughter was happy, so I was too. But unfortunately, the happy ending didn't last for long. Sometime in mid-A…

Why Freelancers Need Contracts

Freelancing Is The New Permanent Job
As the world evolves and changes daily with the many new innovations coming about, one thing is perfectly clear. For many of us, the ‘job for life’ is gone. I earned my bread as a secretary or ‘personal assistant’ in days gone by. With the advent of online work, secretarial jobs are outsourced nowadays to ‘virtual assistants’. Instead of being the ‘girl Friday’ who makes it all happen, your secretary is likely to be a businesswoman who is engaged to perform several tasks for you under contract. So the business person doesn’t have to take on a full-time employee and pay them a living wage or salary. They simply outsource tasks and pay accordingly. The Virtual Assistant (VA) is free to do the same work for other business people. She simply has to organise her time in order to accommodate tasks for various clients.

Learn How To Be A Good Self-Employee
So freelancing is the way to go, for writers, editors, secretaries and so many other types of work. It’s…