FreelanceWriting.com Has a New Facelift

If you have been following FreelanceWriting.com, you will realise that it has a new facelift.

I find the new facelift attractive and easy to use.

Some of the best articles on FreelanceWriting.com:

1. http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/finding-success-in-writing.php

2. http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/5-tips-to-launch-your-writing-career.php

3. http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/71-ways-for-a-writer-to-make-money.php

If you are looking for a job, check out Freelance Writing job board.

They have a list of Tutorial videos if you want to learn by videos (instead of reading the articles).

Survival Tips for RM5 Freelance Writing Jobs

In Malaysia, it is common to come across freelance writing ads offering as low as RM5/article (or lower amount).

There are times when you just need to grab any freelance writing jobs you can find because you need extra money or because freelance writing is your career.

That would be a time when you can NEVER say no to low paying freelance writing jobs.

What do you do?

How can you survive with such low paying jobs?

1. When you come across such freelance writing ads, you need to read from the beginning to the end of the description. Look out for how many words, topics related and payment method. This helps you choose the best freelance writing jobs for yourself.

2. Some of the jobs are quite reasonable – RM5 for 100-200 words. Some of the jobs can be bad – RM5 for 500 words. Look for reasonable freelance writing jobs.

3. Try to do as many articles possible, if there is no limit. Sometimes, there might be a limit of 20 articles a week and you need to share the 20 articles with other freelance writers. Grab all 20 articles for yourself if you can handle it. This way at least you will get RM100 for yourself.

4. If you can’t grab all 20 articles for yourself, apply for more freelance writing jobs of similar tasks. You can work for two or three clients at the same time – without the guilt (you are a freelancer).

5. You don’t have to spend 30 minutes to complete an article. You just need 10 minutes – especially for 100 – 200 words. If you can get RM10 an article, then you should spend 30 minutes.

6. Apart from local job ads, perhaps you should expand to international job ads. Instead of earning RM5/article, try $5/article – if you are lucky.

7. If you are stuck at RM5/article for a very, very long time, perhaps you should try different clients or at least ask for a raise – maybe RM8/article, if you are good. If the client is not willing to give you a raise, leave!

8. Always put up an ad on Craigslist to let people know you are LOOKING for a freelance writing job – short/long term.

There are many clients out there. You just need to make the best choice.

World Cup & Freelance Writing

Sports writers, good news! World Cup 2010 is finally here, and something good follows.

There are more and more sports related writing jobs waiting for you.

Check out these sports writing jobs.

Some of these jobs are offering up to $20 per article.

Want to earn some extra $$$ ?

Time to polish up your sports knowledge and writing skills.

Meanwhile, you might want to read up these materials to boost your knowledge.

Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey–and Even Iraq–Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport

World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics

The ESPN World Cup Companion: Everything You Need to Know About the Planet’s Biggest Sports Event

The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America

Soccer World Cup Preview 2010

Another 5 Reasons Why Freelancing is Cool

So, I have written about the Top 3 Reasons Why Freelancing is Cool on 11th February 2009.

I would like to continue to add more reasons and here is a list of 5 reasons why I think freelancing is cool.

1. No more paying for transportation

(I used to take the bus to work and it costs me RM2 every working day, so 22 days x RM2 = RM44 a month)

2. No more spending extra money for lunch

(It costs about RM5 per lunch and I work an average 22 days a month, so 22 days x RM5 = RM110 a month)

3. Get to spend more time watching my favourite drama series – I love Charmed and Chuck

4. Friends envy me – It is not my intention to make them envy me, but they do because I work from home. They wish to be me!

5. Even my mum thinks I am unemployed (at first) and she has no idea how I can give her money to spend – which is pretty cool

Until today, most people around me can’t understand the concept of my work. Sometimes, I am getting tired of having to explain many times about what I do, and how I can earn a living.

Extra reason: My income is unpredictable

I really love the fact that I can save some money as I no longer use public transportation and I don’t eat out as often as I used to, which means I can save about RM154 a month, and that is a big deal for me. An extra RM154 every month means I can pay off my debt faster.

What is the coolest reason for you to freelance?

More Than 8 Working Hours

Everyone needs a job to sustain life.

We need money for food, accommodation, transportation and other things in life that stand between our need and desires.

So, we work to earn money, with the hope to change our life around.

Do you work more than 8 hours a day, to make sure that your projects are done on time?

Perhaps you can earn a few more bucks by doing some other jobs, aside from the projects you are working on?

The truth is some people do work 24/7 – with a few hours off to sleep, maybe.

Other than sleeping, everything else is all about work, getting work done and gaining more work, after the previous work is done.

I don’t really work 24 hours, 7 days a week, but I definitely work more than 8 hours.

Sometimes, I find myself going towards the “working 24/7” mode, especially when I have tons of work to be completed.

I don’t seem to be able to take my mind off work, at anytime and anywhere, not even when I am spending time with family and I have no idea why I just can’t leave work where it is supposed to be – in my home office.

However, I do enjoy freelancing even though having to work more than 8 hours, because I get to work at home, using my own laptop and wear whatever I want, without having to worry about wardrobe malfunctions, spending additional money for lunches or paying even more expenses for transportation to and fro the office.

The whole point of me being in the freelancing industry is to avoid working in the office, although I only need to work about 8 hours in the office. Now, I truly enjoy the world of freelancing, even if it means I have to work more than 8 hours a day.

Do you work more than 8 hours a day, or do you set 8 hours as your working hours and the rest of the hours are non-working related?

There is nothing wrong working more than 8 hours except you have to watch your health and sanity.