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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

How to Use WordPress Plugins to Offer SEO Services to Writing Clients

Written by Anne Dorko on July 27, 2017. 6 Comments

Hands holding pen and writingFreelancer bloggers are often hired with the goal of increasing organic traffic from search engines by building authority through content marketing. You may find it difficult to land a serious writing gig without knowing how to optimize your posts for search engines.

SEO is a valuable skill to add to your freelance writing repertoire. Understanding the concepts behind content marketing and how it connects to SEO will help you land new clients. Additionally, you’ll stand apart as an expert when you can recommend (and use!) the top SEO WordPress plugins for your clients.

In this post, I’ll introduce you to the concepts behind content marketing and SEO for freelance writers. Then, I’ll introduce you to the top SEO plugins for WordPress and how to use them on the job. Let’s get started! Keep Reading

3 Ways to Know if It’s the Right Time to Start Freelancing

Written by Alexander Cordova on July 25, 2017. 5 Comments

A hand holding a wristwatch.Many people will tell you the best way to start freelancing is to stop second-guessing yourself and jump right in. While enthusiasm is always great, going freelance is the type of decision you need to prepare for. After all, we’re talking about a radical life change.

Don’t get me wrong! There are plenty of upsides to being a freelancer, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. That being said, there are a few things I wish I’d taken into consideration before taking the leap myself. Preparing my finances ahead of time, for example, would’ve spared me a lot of headaches during those first few months.

In this article, I’ll walk you through three things you should consider before kicking off your freelance career. We’ll talk about why they’re important and how to know if you’re ready, so let’s get started!

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3 Skills That Can Increase Your Hireability as a Freelance Writer

Written by Alexander Cordova on July 18, 2017. 6 Comments

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Becoming a successful freelance writer is an intense challenge. Sure, it gets easier once you land a few long-term contracts, but the road to get there can be rocky. If you hope to succeed, you’ll need to find a way to stand out among the other writers and increase your hireability.

While there is a lot of competition out there, it isn’t always fierce! This means it doesn’t need to take much to differentiate yourself. When you commit to doing good work and focus on sharpening your talents, there’s no telling where your freelance career might take you.

In this article, I’ll reveal three vital skills that helped me grow my freelance writing career to the point where I no longer worry about finding new clients. For each of these skills, I’ll explain how to learn and use them as a competitive advantage. Let’s get down to business!

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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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