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December 5, 2019, 9:39 am

How to make money as a freelance writer. A beginners guide

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging,Make Money Online

So, you have a passion and flair for writing, and you want to make a little money with your talents. The freelance writing industry is absolutely booming right now, which means that it’s easier than ever to find work and to put your writing skills to the test. Believe it or not, you don’t need an English degree or a background in professional writing to make it as a skilled writer. What you will need however are some good basic writing skills, creativity, time and familiarity with plagiarism and apa citations and formats – such as the Modern Language Association standard format

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There are lots of prospective writing options that you could make money from, so with this in mind read on for how you can make money as a freelance writer. 

Start a blog

You’ll find that most freelance writers host and write their very own blogs. Why? Well, it’s good writing practice for a start. It’s also a good way for prospective employees to find out more about you. They can see how you write, your style and get a measure of how dedicated and passionate you are about writing. Your blog could also be a source of advice for other freelance writers, which in turn can provide you with access to the freelance community and further job leads. 

In addition, you may have the opportunity to make money from your blog itself by selling advertising space or even reviewing relevant products from third parties.   

Get paid for writing listicles 

We all enjoy reading listicles. Whether it’s the top ten moments from Friends, or 15 of the best celebrity Halloween costumes this year. Listicles are usually filled with images and gifs as well as being based on your own opinions, so if you’re already thinking of the answers to the examples above, then why not get paid for it instead! Pop culture sites such as Buzzfeed and Mashable are bursting with listicles! Complete a quick google search and find out who’s hiring. 

Self-publish

Sitting on a really good novel idea but worried about being rejected by a publisher? You’re not alone. Due to the high rejection rate and slow paced approach of traditional publishing, more and more writers are turning to Amazon direct publishing to realise their dreams of becoming published authors.  It doesn’t have to be a fantasy novel, it can be anything – a collection of poetry, funny anecdotes or even a subject that you’re truly passionate about. Don’t forget to update your blog and let everyone know you have a book available

Try your luck at a writing contest

Forget those old writing contests you’d try to win at school. Real writing contests are a whole different ball game where it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional writer or a beginner. Search for free entry writing contests online and try your luck at bagging some of the cash prizes! Even if you don’t win, it’s a good opportunity to practice your writing style and present your work to a different audience.  

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December 19, 2018, 7:40 am

5 Quickest Ways to Increase Your Website Traffic

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging

Have you been struggling to increase your website’s traffic? Are you looking for ways to resolve this issue? It seems that no matter what you do, your site’s traffic does not budge. As a result, you are not making enough money or converting sales.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert in SEO or even at copywriting. There are quick ways to increase website traffic, and all of them can return with satisfactory results. So, without further ado, here they are.

#1. Optimize Your Website Content

This method is the very foundation of the system; hence, it’s important that you dedicate time to cultivate this method. If you really want to increase your site’s traffic, it’s imperative that you optimize your website’s content. This is where you need to use relevant keywords that are within your industry or niche. Also, you need to be more interesting with every article or blog you post. Make sure that readers’ interest will be piqued whenever they read your original and unique write-ups.

#2. Start Email Marketing        

Do you want to find a way to get in touch with your customers and help them stay updated with whatever products or services your website has to offer? If so, then start email marketing now. You can do this by sending out regular informative newsletters or promotional discounts and special offers. Doing so can drive traffic straight to your website. For instance, you want to inform your customers about digital advertising strategies or talk about specific topics like marketing platforms, such as the Bannertbit.com platform. This is where you are going to use email marketing to your advantage, by sending them directly to this newly peace of content or promotion.

#3. Guest Blog

Believe it or not, guest posting can help you drive more traffic to your website. Many business owners fail to realize the importance of this practice. Just because you’re writing content for another website doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from it. The idea here is to use an authoritative site’s to put your content in front of its established readers or visitors. Your goal is to let these people know that you exist – and your golden ticket here is the authoritative site (or sites). Make sure that you follow the guidelines of the blog or website you are hoping to post your content on. Otherwise, you won’t be given the approval to do so.

#4. Engage Online     

Given today’s Internet technology, you have all means to engage people online. You can do so via social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among many others. Post relevant content, share stories about your business and reply to inquiries or comments. The basic idea is to be proactive online, so people will notice your existence. Once you get to pique their interest, they will eventually want to know more about you or website.

#5. Get Listed   

Yes, that’s right – getting listed on various online directories and review sites can help you increase your website’s traffic. These sites give you the means to create a profile that is linked directly to your website. In order to be efficient, you must constantly update your profile every once in a while. Your goal is to receive positive reviews, which is something that can be achieved by responding to inquiries or answering simple questions related to your topic or niche.

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September 22, 2017, 9:00 am

How to Reduce the Cost of Running an Online Business

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging,Business

Do you feel that you are spending too much money on your online business? If you look into the costs in your online venture in more detail, you may find that you are wasting a lot of money every year that could be used in more productive ways. Below are some tips that will help you to avoid making these mistakes.

Improve Your Business and Financial Skills

To start with, you need to become more of a business person and not treat your online business like a hobby. You can do this by completing a business-related course, such as a masters in business administration online. An online MBA program or similar course will help you to improve your business skills and financial skills.

Typical skills you will develop include your financial management skills, forecasting, organizational skills and planning skills. Each of these skills is crucial, especially when you want to take control of the financial aspect of your online venture.

Only Pay for the Products and Services You Really Need

It’s tempting to want to purchase every new product or service you see on the internet that promises to help your online business. For example, you may be paying for subscriptions for training courses that you don’t really use that often. For every monthly subscription or payment you make, you should always ask yourself whether your business depends on it. If not, cancel the payments straight away.

Do It Yourself If You Can

Graphic design, web design, content and online marketing are some of the activities that can be expensive, all of which increase your online business costs. However, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, you could do much of this work yourself.

This is not as daunting a task as you may think. There are plenty of training resources such as video sharing websites and high-quality training courses that can help you develop these skills quickly. As well as this, there are many online tools and generators that are a much more cost-effective option for online entrepreneurs who have a tight budget.

Reduce Customer Product Returns and Refunds

If you sell products or services over the internet, it’s essential to keep your shoppers and customers satisfied. If there are a lot of returns, this can cost your business a large sum of money over the course of a year.

To avoid this situation, make sure you provide a better service and better products. You should also create better product or service descriptions so that your customers know exactly what they are getting from you.

Look for Free Alternatives on the Internet

Certain tools such as graphic design packages are required by modern online businesses. Instead of spending money on these products, there are many free alternatives available. The same thing is true for other tools you may need.

Every online business owner should look for ways to reduce their running costs. Following these tips will go a long way towards helping you achieve this important goal.

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March 22, 2017, 10:14 am

5 Ways You Can Make Money Online While Pursuing a Career in Business Administration

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Alternative Income,Blogging,Make Money Online

If you currently work as a business administrator, you will be happy to know that you can also earn a second income using a variety of methods. Having an online MBA degree, which was obtained using one of the many online MBA programs with Northeastern University, will pay dividends for your future, and not just on the career ladder. If you are looking to take advantage of your business administration experience by trying to earn a second income online, have a look at some of the ways below that will let you do exactly that.

1. Become a Part-Time Writer

All websites online require good quality written content to entertain their readers, and that means there is plenty of space for you to offer your writing services. Even if you do not have sufficient experience when it comes to writing, there are still many websites out there related to business that are crying out for people just like you. Have a look online for writing jobs and find out for yourself how much money can be made from offering your business administration experience to readers.

2. Start Your Own Online Business

With business administration experience, you already have experience of being able to run a business, so why not take your experience online and start your own? Whether it’s an ecommerce business selling the latest clothing trends, or a simple blog that offers readers your business administration experience in return for donations, there are plenty of business opportunities online that don’t have to take up all of your time, so you can still concentrate on your full-time job.

3. Offer Virtual Assistant Services

Businesses are crying out for virtual assistants so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to make a second income offering your services. The job varies greatly – one minute you could be on the phone to a customer and the next you could be entering data into a database.

4. Offer Business Advice as a Freelancer

With a ton of experience in the business industry you will be able to offer advice to people wanting to start their own business. You will likely have the most experience in a certain sector of business, whether that is finance or employment, so there isn’t any reason why you can’t become a freelancer and offer those services professionally.

5. Link Building

All websites need back links to better their search engine presence, and to get those they need to hire people to make it happen. There are many ways you can offer link building services for clients, whether that is through guest posting or by simply entering their link in a link directory.

Earning a second income online isn’t hard at all if you look at the above options. There are many other jobs that can be undertaken online and as the internet grows further, there will be even more opportunities for you to be able to earn money.

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January 6, 2014, 5:00 am

The Longest Pause I Ever Took From Blogging and What It Gave Me

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Blogging

 

 

As a funny way to celebrate my 7th blogging anniversary, I took a one month sabbatical from blogging. In fact, it was more than a month; my last post was dated November 25th.  I received many emails from other bloggers and long-time readers asking me what was wrong.

 

Was I sick?

Did I lose the interest to blog?

 Can I keep up with my career, my kids and my blog at the same time?

 Did I burn out?

 

None of the above.

 

THE PAUSE

 

We usually say that we take a break in order to come back fresh and stronger. In my case, this wasn’t the purpose either. It was a weird feeling as I just took a break because no interesting topics were crossing my mind. I didn’t feel like talking about my finances or business. For the first time, I thought that anything I had to write about was boring and didn’t bring any value. My last post was mentioned by Rob Carrick from the Globe & Mail and I thought it was a good idea to take a break.

 

I’ve had the habit of posting even if I didn’t have much to write about. When the inspiration is low, I used to kick myself and keep writing anyways. The show must go on and people must come back to my site and see fresh content. This is how I used to see it. On the other hand, if I don’t write interesting stuff, what’s the point of having people to come over to my site? To read boring posts as we have already read too many times in a day?

 

This is why I took a break to avoid boring you.

 

WHAT THIS BREAK GAVE ME BACK

 

First, this break was necessary so I could work on another project. A big project. I’ve been talking about it for a while but it’s finally up and running; I now have my membership website in place! I will tell you more about this in future posts as I have planned a whole series about this topic. I started with a soft launch in December and I’ve already exceeded my expectations. The site is already profitable (meaning Ive covered both my costs in terms of investment and time worked on the site). To put this project together, I worked on it for the past four months, reviewed all the little details at least 5 times each to make it perfect and finally, concentrated all my efforts in the last month to execute the soft launch. I also had to plan my official launch… which is today (also more on that next week! Hahaha!).

 

Then, as this break wasn’t only about launching my first membership project. It was about giving a direction to project Y. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know how much I care about thinking about future goals. Each year, I set specific goals and work on them throughout the year. This is how I’ve managed to build a successful online business at the same time as being a father of three while pushing my career to higher levels. So between a game of battleship and going ice skating by the lake, I’ve setup my goals both personally and for my business.

 

GOING FORWARD

 

I think taking a break from time to time is not only good for your brain as it gives you more time to think but it also provides you with a new perspective on your life. If you keep going all the time, it’s like running in the woods without looking at where you are going and where you have been. If you dont know where you stand and still keep going, how will you know where you are heading?

 

And I’ll tell you a secret: I even took a break at work too! All right, not as long as one month. Most of the time, I didn’t even take a day off. But leaving early during a day of “unproductiveness” is ten times more efficient than continuing working when you are not concentrated and all you will produce is mediocre work.

 

This is what I suggest you do today: take a break! Take some time for yourself to think, to relax… and to play battleship 😉 hahahaha!

 

I’ll be back on Wednesday with more valuable stuff. Don’t worry, I’m back for good ;-D

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