Will Writing

Someone asked whether I do will writing.

The truth is, I do not do will writing. However, Rockwills is a popular will writing company you should check out, if you want to have your will written by a professional.

Not everyone can be a will writer. You need a certain qualification to write a will professionally.

Usually will writing is done by a lawyer – someone with knowledge of law especially inheritance or trust funding.

Conclusion.

Writing is a very vast industry and unfortunately not many people understand the nature of freelance writing.

I am not a will writer but I might elaborate more on how to be a will writer some time soon after researching on this subject.

What To Do When Server Down

I know there is a maximum of 99.9% of uptime for all hosting companies.

However, when the server goes down, our site data goes down.

What we should do BEFORE the server is down?

  1. Always back up. Remember data are stored on the host. If the host is down, the data is down. Worst of all, if the host is damaged, the data will be gone forever, unless if you have a back up in your hard drive.
  2. Learn everything about the hosting company. You need to know who to contact in case you need an answer, who to contact for technical issues and everything else related.

What we should do DURING server down?

  1. Grab a coffee.
  2. Work on something else.
  3. Watch TV.
  4. Social networking.
  5. Keep on checking Down for Everyone or Just Me.

What we should do AFTER the server is up?

  1. Back up once again, just in case.
  2. Check if everything is in the right order.

Picky Customers: How To Handle Them

How to handle picky customers:

  • do as you are told
  • fire your customer

Seriously there isn’t many choices to choose. This is because most “picky customers” love to edit your work and present to you as a “sample” although it is not a sample.

It is what they expect you to do, which they have done it for you so that you can follow exactly what they have done (and they pay you to do this).

Why hire you in the first place, if they can do everything?

p/s: I am thinking about picky freelancers. Might write something about this soon.

Is This Project For You?

Anyone would be happy to get a freelance project. At least I was over the moon when I first scored my first writing project.

However, the question to ask yourself is whether the project is the right one for you. Why?

Simple. You wouldn’t want to work on a project that is non educational and non profitable.

Questions you have to ask yourself before you accept any projects.

[Sources from Sitepoint]

1. Will You Learn From This Gig?

Surely you want to learn something when you work on a project. Whether you are writing or doing blog design, you can improve on your skills when you work on more projects. However, sometimes, there are projects that won’t help you in any way. Analyse what can you learn from the projects you apply so that you gain benefit from the projects you work on.

2. Is The Money Good?

The main purpose to work on projects is to earn money. Would you work on a project that pays peanuts and expect more from you? Think about it for a moment.

3. Do You Trust The Client?

Why you need to ask this? It is because you want to know whether you will get paid or not in the end. To be honest you won’t know until you are actually getting paid but your instinct will always tell you the truth. If you are suspicious about your clients, either back off or think of another way to figure out whether they are lying or not. The best way is to request advance payment. If the clients are trying to fool you surely they won’t be willing to pay in advance.

4. Does The Project Fit With Your Moral Code?

Most people ignore this because of the money factor. However, if there are certain things that you won’t do for your clients, make it clear.

5. Will This Gig Help Build Your Contact List?

Networking is important. When you have a large contact list, surely it would be much easier to score your next project.

6. Will This Job Lead to Widespread Exposure of Your Services?

If you are new in your industry (i.e.: writing), by working on projects acknowledged by many people would automatically spread your services across the world. Of course, not all projects are popular but in some way if the projects have a strong influence on the net, surely you will be credited by it.

7. Does This Job Interest You?

Back to the most important question of all, are you interested to work on this project? There is no point doing something that you have no interest. In the end, you will end up doing the job badly and gain even worse reputation.

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Is it time for some thinking? Try this out when you are applying for your next project.

Top 5 Articles On Business You Should Read

Freelance writing is a business. Therefore, apart from knowing how to write, you should know how to deal with this business as well. Most of us, including me have problems understanding the true meaning of business and the many aspects of business. Therefore, I present the top 5 articles on business everyone should read especially if you are thinking about starting a business.

These articles are not just focusing on freelance writing but they cover a vast range of ideas for all kinds of business you might want to embark in the future.

1. Sitepoint: Best Practices For Freelance Business Part One

You get to learn all sorts of business strategies and everything else about business.

2. Sitepoint: Best Practices For Freelance Business Part Two

The continuation of Part One.

3. Wikipedia: Business

Wiki offers great internal and external links for all aspects and things that are related to business.

4. Entrepreneur: Starting An Online Business

Learn all you need to know about online businesses.

5. Entrepreneur: Online Business Ideas

When you need ideas on starting an online business, this page offers you a few great ideas to start off your business.

Enjoy the articles!

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