30
Dec 09

New Year Gifts

New Year is coming up. Why not get some special gifts for your loved ones and of course yourself.

New Year is a time for change. Why wait any longer when you can be better at something?

Perhaps you are looking for last minute New Year’s gifts for your family.

Why not get something nice for your kids?

Here are some recommendations:

1. P. Bear’s New Year’s Party: A Counting Book (Paperback)

2. The Night Before New Year’s (Reading Railroad) (Paperback)

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3. New Clothes for New Year’s Day (Hardcover)

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4. Aurora Verde – New Year Holiday Cards, Box of 10 cards and envelopes

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5. Bringing in the New Year (Hardcover)

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29
Dec 09

Plagiarism Detect

Plagiarism Detect is a popular plagiarism checker (online checker / MS Word plug in).

I always recommend Plagiarism Detect for checking articles especially if you are a freelance writer or a blogger to avoid plagiarism issue. This is because you will get to check which sites are using your articles (or part of the articles).

The best thing about PD is that you can choose to sign up for a free basic account or sign up for premium accounts with more services (if you are a professional).

There are five types of accounts available:

1. Free account – register

2. Advanced account for students/freelance writers – coming soon

3. Advanced account for academic staff – coming soon

4. Advanced account for publishers – coming soon

5. MS Word 2007 Plug In (you still need to register to get this plug in)

Refer to this image for comparison between the accounts:

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(click on the image for larger image)

This is what a free account looks like:

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Give it a try!


29
Dec 09

Freelance Writing Jobs – Where To Find Them, How To Get Jobs That Pay (Update)

I have posted this here [freelance writing job] before. This is an update (with more info).

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Looking for freelance writing jobs internationally? Here are some sites available for you to try:

  1. WebProJobs
  2. SoloGig
  3. NoAgenciesPlease
  4. Programmer meet Designer
  5. Blog Posts For Sale
  6. SimplyHired
  7. WritingCareer
  8. WriterLance
  9. Guru
  10. FreelanceWriting
  11. AboutFreelanceWriting
  12. SunOasis Freelance Writing
  13. Burryman
  14. CraigsList

You can also use Indeed to help you narrow down your search for jobs. All you need to do is type in “freelance” or “freelance writing” into the search box.

If you want to bid for a job, you can try these sites:

  1. GetAFreelancer – not recommended but you can give it a try (most writers are under paid)
    * GAF has recently launched a new layout. It looks much better now.
  2. eLance
  3. iFreelance
  4. Project4Hire
  5. ScriptLance
  6. LimeExchange

If you want to earn royalty from blogging sites, try these:

  1. Triond
  2. Bukisa

When you bid for a job, make sure you don’t sell out yourself. Place a bid with a rate that is reasonable. Don’t bid as if you are dying to get the job (this will only benefit the clients and NOT you). Remember there are many other jobs and if you are being offered a low paying job, try to find others before you accept it.

Now that you know where to get the jobs you want, how do you make sure you get the job?

  • When you apply for a job, make sure you submit your resume that covers your expertise and mention your experience (if applicable). You don’t need a long resume, a short one will do as long as you have all the important facts in it.[What you should write in your resume? Your personal details, your education (if applicable) and your experience.]
  • If you are bidding for a job, mention briefly how you are going to get the job done and of course, don’t forget to put in your rate for the whole project and perhaps explain why you set such a rate.[You don’t need to lower your rate for the sake of getting a project. Downgrading your rate is like downgrading your work quality. Don’t do that.]
  • If you are being asked for a sample through the bidding sites, ask the client if your sample work will be paid. (Usually, some clients won’t pay and when you submit your work, they use it freely for their own advantage – you are at the losing end)[This is why you should have an online portfolio. Gather all your writing examples and direct your potential clients to the link that has your portfolio.]
  • Special tip: When you register at bidding sites or freelance writing job sites / forums, be sure to register a professional user name rather than using funny names. This might be a small gesture but it has a big effect on your success.

So, how do YOU get your freelance jobs?

Feel free to share with us!


26
Dec 09

2010 Freelance Writing Plan

2010 is just a few days away.

With a whole new year coming up, there must be a whole new plan for your freelance writing career.

Have you make your plan for 2010?

What I have in store for 2010?

  1. I am planning on having different blogs for different purposes.
  2. Explore new areas of writing to expand my business.
  3. Write more often on this blog (and other blogs).
  4. Read more about freelance writing / writing / editing / fiction.

What about plans that are non-related to freelance writing?

  1. I would like to save money to buy a property (it is not comfortable to live with parents after getting married).
  2. I really need to save up some emergency money.
  3. Redesign the rooms in my mum’s house so that I can have an office.

What about you? Are you going to make any big changes in 2010?


22
Dec 09

Top 10 Freelance Writing Sites Around The World

We are always in need of more resources especially for those who are new towards freelancing.

Here we have top 10 freelance writing sites for your reference.

Have fun!

1. About.com (Freelancewrite)

2. World Wide Freelance

3. Freelance Writing

4. All Freelance Writing

5. About Freelance Writing

6. The Freelance Writer

7. Writing Career

8. Write From Home

9. Writer’s Weekly

10. Poewar