Leaving Work Behind

3 Clauses Your Freelance Writing Contract Should Include (And Why)

Written by Alexander Cordova on June 27, 2017. 6 Comments

A pen next to an agreement.If you’re a freelance writer and you’re not using contracts, you could be taking on unnecessary risks. A good contract can (and should!) protect you from not-so-trustworthy clients and give you peace of mind. However, what clauses should yours include?

I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve been around long enough to know a few basic clauses every freelance writing contract should include. The most important thing is to protect yourself from clients who don’t want to pay, and from those who could waste your time.

In this article, I’m going to talk to you about three key clauses your next freelance writing contract should include, and how I learned about them the hard way. I’ll even throw in some tips to get you started, so let’s get on with it!

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3 Mistakes I Made When I Started Freelancing (And How to Avoid Them)

Written by Alexander Cordova on May 30, 2017. 0 Comments

A boy with his head on his hands.A lot of people jump straight into freelancing in the hopes of striking it big quickly and quitting their day jobs – myself included. However, what they often find is people looking to take advantage of their work, which causes them to feel disillusioned.

My first year or two as a freelancer wasn’t what I would call ‘peachy’. I made a living, but if I didn’t make certain mistakes along the way, the whole process could’ve been much easier. There’s no doubt they’ve impacted my income over time.

In this article, I’m going to walk you through the biggest mistakes I made when I started freelancing, tell you why you should avoid falling into the same traps, and how to go about doing things in a smarter way. Let’s get started!

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3 Perks of Writing For a Living (And Why You Should Consider It)

Written by Alexander Cordova on April 4, 2017. 5 Comments

A typewriter.

Plenty of people dream about writing for a living, but not everyone gets to achieve it. However, as anyone in the business will tell you, writing for a living isn’t all rainbows and sunny days.

As a freelance writer, your work experiences can be very different from those with nine-to-five jobs. For example, you may get to write about an exciting new app one day, only to then follow that up with a book review. Best of all, you get paid for it.

In this article, I’ll talk to you about three perks of writing for a living. We’ll discuss the benefits they can bring you, how to implement them on your end, and how to get your start in the field if it interests you. Let’s jump right in!

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The Best Kept Secret That Leads to Success as a Blogger

Written by Anne Dorko on March 21, 2017. 2 Comments

A woman holding a finger over her mouth, epitomizing the secrets of successful bloggers.

It seems every superhero has a secret power that helped them become who they were truly meant to be. For example, Superman isn’t bound to earth’s physical rules, Spiderman has spider powers (obviously), and full-time bloggers are free from the confines of the standard office – yes, I see successful bloggers as superheroes!

Well, we know Superman is an alien from Krypton, and Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider, but how do the bloggers do it? The key factor, it turns out, is that they often teamed up with a mentor.

When I was first advised to get a blogging mentor, I scoffed at the idea – largely out of pride. I’ve since changed my tune! To spare you the same heartache, I’ll share three ways a mentor could have helped advance my blogging career from the beginning, then discuss how you can find a mentor of your own. However, before that, let’s look at why having a mentor is a good idea. Keep Reading

How to Increase Your Revenue by Outsourcing to Freelancers

Written by Guest Author on December 13, 2016. 4 Comments

A world map, with pegs and elastic bands.Tom: The following is a guest post by David Attard of DART Creations. David has been fascinated by, and has actively used, the internet since the days of 28k modems. With an extensive background in software and web development (and still very much interested in anything web related), David manages new SaaS products (such as BeeWits!) for Switch Digital after previously managing a web filtering product for an international software company. He frequently writes on several influential web design sites.

Are you one of those freelancers leaving thousands of dollars on the table because of one simple thing? As you read through this post, you might think it’s blindingly obvious. There’s one simple reason for that: it is!

Most freelancers seem to be happy to leave money on the table each month, simply because they’re not willing to go the extra mile by upselling their services, and outsourcing the additional work to other freelancers.

In this post, I’ll take a look at how to increase your revenue by upselling, then move onto five steps for finding quality freelancers. However, firstly, let’s look at the type of client you’ll want to target.

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