Most people today who frequent the internet are very familiar with social media sites–and as a business owner or manager, you cannot afford to ignore them. Facebook alone has over one billion users. Even small local businesses need to have an online presence; customers expect to find you easily online! The following article contains tips you can use when trying to increase your online presence, and ultimately your bottom line.
1. Frequently update all your information and posts on your social networking website. Many followers in social media have an expectation of frequent updates, and if you aren’t offering this to the consumers, they will end up going elsewhere and you will end up losing lots of customers. Aim for updating your content several times a week. Read the rest of this entry »
I know that I have been slacking (A LOT) lately on this blog and I am determined to change that— starting right now! My goal is to post at least three times a week, even if some of the posts are simply short blurbs about something interesting I have found that I think would be helpful for some of you.
Have had a crazy few months, but it is time to kick all that craziness to the curb and get back to business. So, here is a roundup of some good articles I have found this week that are helpful for writers. Let me know what you think about them….what would you like to know more about? That will help guide me in the information I bring you.
This post talks about what NOT to do if you want to make money with your blog….and consequently points out what you should be doing instead.
This article will introduce you to some writer’s tools that you might not know about. In fact, even though I spend a lot of time every week writing, there are several in this article I was not aware of, and will be trying myself.
Yes, you can learn something from a business that does not make it, and you must remember that failure is not permanent. It teaches you what does not work and guides you toward what will.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston Churchill
This Style Matters article delves into using the crowdfunding platform called Kickstarter to raise the funds for your self-publishing efforts. People pledge money for your project because they want to see it completed, and often the rewards that you set up for donors make the difference between success and failure of funding your project.
This is an article with some common sense tips about working on Freelance Websites like Freelancer and ODesk. They can be frustrating for beginning writers, but there are so many projects there– and you will meet some great people on these sites as well.
This is a good article about creating content that for affiliate marketing purposes. Affiliate marketing is writing a post to help a third party sell that product or service; in return they pay you when they make a sale due to your help. This is something that I really have not done to this point; it is on my “To Do” list for the rest of the year– I just need to find some services/products that I believe in so that I can sell them! (Wonder if New Balance needs help selling their athletic shoes??!!)
Well, those are some of the interesting articles I have read this week about writing and making money. How about you? Have you seen an amazing article that I may have missed? If so, please do share so that we can all be more successful!
It is time for another article for beginners. If there is one question I get asked more than any other, it is “How do I get started as a writer?” The good news is that there is so much work out there it is often overwhelming, and that there does not seem to be any slowing in this area…you just need to be prepared, know where to look and how to approach people. Today I am going to talk about preparing to write professionally.
Step One: Preparation
Almost every business manager or owner that you might talk to, whether in person, on the phone, or over the Internet– will want to see some samples of your writing work. Your number one priority if you want to “write and get paid” is to put together at least five writing pieces that you can use for marketing. Make them about different topics to appeal to a wider audience and show your versatility.
What to write about?
Business issues, marketing, social media, travel, autos, home, design, making money, starting a business are always popular topics. Look around a little bit on the Internet, do a few searches and see what people are interested in that you know a lot about— and write about it. If you have a blog, you already have lots of articles written; look it over and pull out your best pieces, polishing them up if needed.
Everyone has something to tell others— maybe you can teach somebody how to make graphic design logos, bake a cheesecake, make a bedroom look fabulous or give them something interesting to think about. Whatever it is, make it interesting and something people want to read; we know from studies that readers decide in about a minute whether or not to finish reading something they started… so give them good reasons to do that!
Is your righting gud?
Make sure your writing is good, and error-free. It should flow from beginning to end, and have a purpose in mind from the outset. I still remember our basic English classes from middle school– your articles should follow an easy pattern. Introduction– tell your readers what you are going to tell them. Body– tell them! Give them the information. Conclusion–Tell them what you told them, reinforce the important points.
Check your Work
Have someone with good spelling and grammar knowledge that you trust look it over and suggest improvements if you are not sure of yourself. Use your software’s spell check tool and take note of any issues that it points out. You could also check it with a tool like Grammarly that will point out grammar or spelling issues you and the processor may have missed. Of course, nothing beats having someone read over your work. Have your work proofread by another writer; I do a lot of proofreading and editing and charge a nominal fee per page. ($5 per page, or each 500 words.) If you want my help and more personal feedback, you can email me at email@example.com.
Improve your Skills
There are lots of great websites on the Internet that can help with your writing. Grammar Girl is one of my favorites as they go over a lot of the common problems that we all have. If you have issues with spelling, try this quick quiz: Spelling Quiz . To enhance your vocabulary, check out a great site called Free Rice. The site tests your vocabulary in a fun way, while also contributing to world hunger the more you use it. Win-win!
If English is not your native language, you might have some additional challenges with your grammar. See this post I wrote for help: 15 Tips for Improvement for ESL Writers.
You can also review some of the articles here on the blog about improving your writing skills and getting started writing. Try to put together at least one or two full-page articles in the next day or so. Do not agonize over what to write about at this point— just find something interesting and get it down on paper.
There you have it– the first step to beginning to make money as a writer is to write! Put together some articles, check with software, have someone read them over and critique them, and polish them up. Improve your skills, and polish them some more till they are perfect. This might seem pretty simplistic, but the writing I am discussing here and that you will find most abundant is informational writing for businesses. This type of writing doesn’t need a plot, or character development…just the facts, Ma’am!
Tomorrow, I will post the next step– Marketing, or finding outlets for your writing skills that will pay you:) We will be using those polished gems that you put together to show people just what you can do!