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.

5 Mistakes I Have Done as a Freelance Writer

I hate to say this but it is true. I have done many mistakes in life, especially when I first started as a freelance writer. Freelancing world is a very tough world. There will be rocks, pebbles and sands along the way. It is very important to be careful but as a new freelance writer, I had no choice but to learn from mistakes.

So, here I present to you in post #261, five mistakes I have done as a freelance writer.

Mistake #1

I willingly agreed to a project rate without initiating a negotiation for a higher rate. Seriously, I thought that I wasn’t in the position to negotiate for a better rate, but I was wrong. As a new freelance writer, we have every right (not “write”) to get a better rate, if the client is offering a very low rate for our hard work. At least negotiate for a reasonable rate. Do not settle for a rate fit for slave.

Mistake #2

Agreed to add in more work but didn’t raise the rate. Silly me! I didn’t know how I can make such a mistake, but I made a mistake and it was a very costly mistake.

Mistake #3

I didn’t request for a deposit. In the end, I didn’t get a full payment at all. I didn’t get paid for the work I have done. Always request for a deposit, for your own financial security.

Mistake #4

I didn’t know I have the right to say “NO”. Seriously, as a freelancer, I have the right to say “NO” :

  • when I don’t want to take any projects
  • when the projects are not suitable / not in line with my work
  • when the projects are not rewarding and time consuming
  • whenever I feel like saying “NO”

You don’t have to say “Yes” all the time.

Mistake #5

Not making a stand about what I do and will not do in a project. I should have stated that my job is to write, not to edit or design anything. When I failed to mention that in a contract or something, I had to do everything way beyond my job description. Be specific about what you do, as you are getting paid to do only what you are told to do in the first place. If your client requires you to add in more work, please refer my Mistake #2.

5 Easy Ways To Promote Your Services For Free

You have a blog. You need to get the word out about your blog. You have no budget for advertising. How do you promote your blog (i.e. your business) to the world without having to pay a dime?

There are 5 ways you can promote your services for free.

1. Blog commenting. I am sure you know blog hopping. While you are blog hopping, why not leave a comment or two on interesting blogs. Make sure you post useful comments, not just spam.

2. Ezine Articles and other article directories. Write free to publish articles and submit to these directories to gain exposure for your blog (business).

3. Guest blog on other related blogs. There are many blogs out there that you can guest blog. A guest blog is to post your blog post with a back link to your blog on other blogs.

4. Craigslist. Post your services in craigslist and you might get some surprises. It is free.

5. Social networking. Join sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter and get the exposure you need. You never know what you might get from social networking sites like these but one thing for sure, you can get a word out about your services.

Get started right now!

Laptops For Writers

If you are using a laptop for work, I am sure you would prefer to have a laptop that provides comfortable keypad and sufficient hard drive capacity for all your files. Usually, when you buy a laptop, you should always go for the fastest RAM, highest hard drive capacity, largest screen, longest battery life and the most accessories port.

However, not everyone can afford these as they cost a bomb. Bear in mind that it is very difficult to upgrade laptops. Not to mention that you should get a laptop that is of high quality to avoid constant break down which in turn will ruin your work schedule and delay your work. If you can afford, invest in a good laptop so that you can use it for a long time.

Today, we are going to have a look at two laptops that are suitable for writing.

Most people prefer Apple. I would recommend the Apple Macbook Pro 17″.

Apple Macbook Pro

Yes, it has a large screen which is easier for you to read whatever you have written.

Other specifications:

  • 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperDrive
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Operating System
  • NVIDIA Geforce 9400M + 9600M GT Graphics, 17 inch LED Display

Basically, this is an ideal laptop for online business entrepreneur or writers. With this gadget, you will be smiling throughout your working hours. You get soft keypads, which provide comfort for your fingers. The UI is absolutely amazing and easy to navigate. You can bring your Macbook along to anywhere you want to go. This is a luxury and of course, you will need to sacrifice in order to get the best.

Apple MacBook Pro MC226LL/A 17-Inch Laptop

Apart from Apple, Microsoft powered laptops are also popular. Windows have always provide reliable OS and the latest they have is Windows 7. However, I am using Windows Vista and it never gives me any troubles at all. I am using a rather old laptop: Acer Aspire 4710 that comes with Windows Vista Home Basic.

Acer is a popular brand offering high quality products that you should check out.

Introducing Acer Aspire Timeline AS4810T-8480 14-Inch Aluminum laptop.

Acer laptop

Specifications:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core2 Solo SU3500 Processor
  • 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR3 1066MHz Memory
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive, 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (64 bit, SP1), Over 8 Hours of Battery Life (6-Cell 5600 mAh)
  • 14″ HD Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

This is a divine gadget for any writers and it is cheaper than Apple Macbook Pro 17″. You get high quality laptop at an affordable price. Work comfortably without having to break your bank account. This is for those who are looking for cheap laptop.

Acer Aspire Timeline AS4810T-8480 14-Inch Aluminum Laptop – 8+ Hours Battery Life

With two examples of laptops, I am sure you will be able to make the best decision when it comes to buying a new laptop to start your writing career.

Check out more laptops for writing or online business

Writing Emails – The Do’s and Don’ts

emails

Writing an email is not as easy as you think. There are many things to consider before you can press ‘send’.

Learn to write the perfect email by following these tips.

The Do’s

1. Have a Header.

I am sure you want the recipient to have a clue when they see the email in the inbox. Otherwise, your email might be in the risk of getting deleted since there is no appropriate header.

2. Use the BCC to send to more than one recipient.

This is to make sure that any replies to the email will be sent to you (only you).

3. Proofread before you hit ‘send’.

This is very important. Imagine getting an email from a self-claimed professional writer who can’t even spell correctly. The truth is sometimes, the built-in spellchecker can be a pain in the butt. Don’t rely too much on spellchecker. Instead, rely on your reading. Proofread.

4. Keep it simple and professional.

There is no reason to add smiley especially if you are writing an email for job application. Watch your language as well. Abbreviations are not recommended because not everyone can understand them.

5. Straight to the point.

Why you need to talk about something irrelevant when you can just mention the reason you send the email straight away from the beginning? Avoid using too much words to explain your intention. No one likes to read long emails and certainly no one has too much time for emails.

6. Remember to sign your name at the end.

I am sure if you are writing a letter, you would have signed your name. It is the same in emails, even though you can’t practically sign the emails, you need to put in your name so that the recipients know it is you. Don’t expect everyone to remember your email address (especially if you have an email such as lovely_lady@yahoo.com).

The Don’ts

1. Don’t set fancy formatting.

It is best to just use the default format. There is no need to set different fonts and colours as these will only confuse the reader and to be honest, fancy formatting is childish.

2. Don’t send attachments without permission.

If you need to send attachments, always ask first. It doesn’t hurt to ask but it is hurt if your attachments caused virus infection to the recipient.

3. Don’t use ALL CAPS.

This problem is less prevalent than it used to be, but there are occasional newcomers to the Internet who don’t understand that typing in all uppercase comes across as shouting in an e-mail message.

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Still having problems writing the perfect email?

Check these out:

4 Tips For Writing Better Emails

Email: The Manual: Everything You Should Know About Email Etiquette, Policies and Legal Liability Before You Hit Send

E-Mail: A Write It Well Guide–How to Write and Manage E-Mail in the Workplace