A Freelance Writer’s Basic Guide to SEO

Hands up all those freelance writers who, when scanning the job boards recently, have seen writing gigs looking for copywriters with SEO experience? (should be everyone). Keep your hands up if you don’t understand what SEO is, or if you do, were confused the first time you saw it used? (should still be everyone). And … Read more

Top 5 Freelance Mistakes To Avoid

The road of freelance writing is fraught with pot-holes, sharp bends, and hidden horizons, so it pays to know a few of the mistakes in advance to help make the journey go that little bit smoother. It’s easy to make mistakes when working as a self-employed person, and even the smallest error may have a … Read more

Top 5 Tips When Bidding For Freelance Work

One way of obtaining freelance work is by bidding for work through websites like GetAFreelancer.com, Guru.com or Elance.com. This route to contract work is a handy tool for stop-gap work but can be a minefield for the uninitiated. The idea is based on the eBay model, where clients post the type of work they are … Read more

Experts and Editors

In a previous article we looked at generalisation as opposed to specialising in specific subject matter. We looked at the pros and cons of each, and it provoked a lot of feedback from our readers. One question that popped up involved the amount of knowledge one should attain in order to be considered a qualified … Read more

Surviving The Midnight Oil: 6 Practical Tips for Freelance Writers

Freelance writers often suffer from a condition known as ‘workaholism’, or an inability to know when to quit for the day. I’ve often found myself at the computer and thought I would call it a night after the next draft of an article, or completed the next chapter of a novel. Then before you know … Read more

The Generalist vs. The Specialist

One of the biggest problems facing modern day freelance writers is whether to spread out and write on a variety of subjects, or whether to specialise in markets they are able to “expert” in. It’s a problem both for established writers as well as those starting out, because while it may be the route to … Read more