How Freelancing Changed My Life

how freelancing changed my life

I love freelancing. I love everything about freelancing. The best thing about freelancing? FREEDOM! My life is changed when I started freelancing and I love the changes!

Here’s how freelancing has changed my life, so far:

Time Management

I think this is the most important aspect of all. I can manage time better when I get to control my own working hours. I get to do more every day!

Health Improvement

I used to get ill really often when I was working in retail, and it was terrible (who wants to get ill anyway?). I spent quite a fortune on medical expenses and I hated it. Now, my health has improved tremendously, physically and mentally. Truly loving my life!

Relationship Improvement

I hardly had any time to spend with my family when I was working in retail due to the long working hours but now I get to hang out with family and friends all the time. It is very important for me to spend time with my parents (after all, we are not getting any younger!).

Personal Growth

I have always wanted to study Psychology and I got the chance two years after I started freelancing. I am taking it slow and steady but I am definitely getting there! Apart from that, I have learned so much from mentors around the world such as Problogger. I truly enjoyed the experience and happy to gain more knowledge every day.

New Opportunities

Freelancing has opened many doors for me, and it never ceases to amaze me. It is a wonderful journey and I get to meet many new friends around the world.

CONCLUSION

Freelancing has much to offer to those who seek freedom and change of lifestyle. If you are considering a change of career, it is never too late to start freelancing.

 

Do You See Yourself as a Freelance Writer?

No doubt there are many people who love to write for a living.

Just how many of you have the courage and the skills to stay in the freelance writing industry?

Freelance writing industry can be a very harsh place especially for newbies.

Not only you get rejected, sometimes you get humiliated to a point that you would beg for jobs in forums (willing to do any writing jobs for a few cents!).

That is just so wrong but that is reality.

You can be a great writer or you can be one of those desperate writers, begging for jobs in forums like Digital Point.

So what type of freelance writers are you?

Do you see yourself as a freelance writer or are you just another so-called writer? (think Digital Point)

You know you can be a great freelance writer.

Which path are you taking?

Freelance Writing Books For the Soul

You might be new at freelance writing. You might have just completed your very first project.

No matter, who you are, freelance writing books are never outdated. In fact, you might learn a few tips and tricks about the writing industry.

Here are some of the best freelance writing books in the market.

1. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Learn all the secrets so that you can earn a six-figure income through blogging.

2. Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments

This book is the guru to win all your top assignments that pay high.

3. Starting Your Career As a Freelance Writer

If you are a rookie, this is the best for you.

4. Getting Started as a Freelance Writer, Expanded Edition

Another great book for a rookie.

5. The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success

This is from The Renegade Writer’s Freelance Writing series.

6. Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

Learn how to brainstorm creative article ideas magazine editors will find irresistible.

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!

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