Leaving Work Behind

How to Start Freelancing While Keeping Your Day Job

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 22, 2017. 5 Comments

A man working on a laptop.Jumping headfirst into freelancing may be exhilarating, but leaves you open to a myriad of unnecessary risks. The first few months as a freelance can be incredibly tough, so you may quickly find yourself in an uncomfortable position without a safety net in place.

Of course, you can still give freelancing a fair shot! I recommend freelancing on the side at first, waiting for the opportune moment to quit your nine-to-five job. It doesn’t sound as sexy, but offers some stability while you get your freelance career off the ground. In fact, that’s exactly what I did when I started freelancing a long time ago.

In this article, we’re going to talk about how to know if you’re ready to start freelancing full time and how to balance your new career with your ‘normal’ job. Let’s jump right in! Keep Reading

4 Techniques to Improve Your Writing Speed and Earn More Per Hour

Written by Anne Dorko on August 17, 2017. 1 Comments

Typing hands on a laptopWhen you’re paid per word, you can earn more money by writing blog posts quickly. That’s great in theory, but what happens if you’re a slow typist and struggle to get your ideas down quickly in the first place?

Improving your typing speed is a straightforward solution for bumping up your hourly income. If you set aside time to practice, you can train with free tools and go from an average 38-40 Words Per Minute (WPM) to upwards of 75 or more. I can personally type at a (ridiculous) 115 WPM with 98% accuracy, and this singular skill significantly improves my experience as a freelance writer.

In this article, I will introduce you to four techniques and resources you can use to improve your typing speed. By the end, I hope you’ll feel confident about taking your typing skills to the next level. Let’s get cracking! Keep Reading

3 Ways to Choose a Niche for an Affiliate Site

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 15, 2017. 0 Comments

Multiple paint brushes.Affiliate websites are a way for anyone to pick a topic, start writing, and hopefully see a decent passive income down the line. Unfortunately, choosing the a niche without enough potential could leave you with meager results for hundreds of hours of effort.

I’ve given affiliate blogging several chances in my day, and I’ve had a moderate amount of success. Along the way, I’ve learned how to spot niches with some potential, which is a valuable skill.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three ways to choose a profitable niche, the differences between each tactic, and why they work. Time is money, so let’s get started!

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4 Essential Pages for a Blog to Build Authority and Earn Subscribers

Written by Anne Dorko on August 10, 2017. 4 Comments

Book pages flying openNavigation is one of the most important aspects of your website, as it enables users to get around your blog. Without including the right types of pages, you may lose visitors and potential subscribers.

There are a few critical pages you can use to ultimately convert more of your visitors into loyal subscribers. Though it may go without saying, having more subscribers will help you become more successful as a blogger, whether you are aiming to monetize your blog or build a strong platform to earn clients with.

In this article, I’ll discuss the importance of navigation on a website, and show you a few vital pages you should consider using. Let’s get started! Keep Reading

3 Elements Your Freelance Portfolio Should Include

Written by Alexander Cordova on August 8, 2017. 0 Comments

Someone writing a resume.Every freelancer needs his own portfolio. It’s a great way to tell the world that you are available for work and showcase your past projects, all while enabling clients to reach you. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that without a portfolio, landing serious clients will be hard for new freelancers.

Sure, you can always rely on word of mouth, but creating a freelance portfolio shouldn’t take long and requires hardly any upkeep. All you need to do is add the occasional new project, keep your information up to date, and you’re in business (hopefully soon, anyways!).

In this article, we’ll walk through three essential elements every freelancer’s portfolio should include. I’ll explain what makes them critical, and give you a few tips to set you on the right path. Let’s get started! Keep Reading