Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of listening in on a webinar led by fellow “Top Ten Blogger for Writers” Carol Tice of Make A Living Writing. I was so enlightened by the webinar that I decided to share my experience with you today and give Carol some much-needed attention for what she’s doing for writers over at her blog. (Not that Carol really needs it, she’s already swamped with writers who want to take her webinars and coaching services.)
There’s a big reason why I love Carol. Although it may seem as if our blogs our world’s apart in terms of the kind of content we provide our readers, both of us have something very important in common:
We both seek to empower writers.
The only difference between Carol and me is that I have chosen to empower writers by sharing my personal story, and Carol chooses to empower writers by helping them gain a proper footing financially.
I choose to empower writers by giving them the inspiration, motivation, and information they need to keep going; while Carol empowers writers by doing the same AND by telling them how to make an honest living through their writing.
The Growing Trend That Every Writing Looking For A Job Should Know About
The biggest lesson I learned from Carol’s webinar, How to Make Good Money Writing Online, was that there’s a growing trend that every writer looking for a job ought to know about. The growing trend is this: more and more businesses and organizations are seeking to increase their online presence, and the more they do this, the more online content needs to be written. The more online content that needs to be written, the more writers will be in high demand.
What that means is that more websites are looking to hire freelance writers, and this demand will only increase as time goes on. Why do you need to know this? Well, if you already have a full-time job you are happy with it, this probably won’t mean much to you. But if you’ve ever dreamed of making a living off of being a writer–either now, or in the future–then now is the time to begin gathering “clips,” or samples of your work, to show potential clients.
Freelance writing would be flexible enough to allow you to work on your fiction novel whenever and wherever you want to. And as guests Carol Tice, Linda Formachelli, and Linda Chavez have discussed on the C2C before, freelance writing is also a great way to gain experience and exposure as a writer.
Many of you know that one of the things I’m focusing on this year is improving my writing career. One of the ways I’m doing this is by taking on more freelance work. You’d be happy to know that I’ve already started to freelance frequently for one client and I’m working to increase my client base–and I’ve only just begun freelancing! So it’s not entirely impossible.
If you’re looking to know more about freelancing and how to be competitive in this field, make sure to check out Carol’s site and the services she offers.
What I Learned From Carol’s Webinar
To give you an idea of what Carol’s services are like, here’s a list of things I learned from her webinar last week:
- How to avoid scams when looking for freelance writing gigs
- That many online job ads for freelancing are a waste of my time, and I’d have a better chance utilizing the strategies that Carol and other experienced freelancers suggest to find jobs
- How to begin freelancing and get clients when I have no previous experience freelancing
- That you DON’T need a college degree to make a living as a freelancer–you just have to be a great writer
- That a successful freelancer utilizes “active” marketing techniques to get legitimate, high paying freelancing jobs
- What rate I should charge clients
- That I need to make sure I have a contract and read it before I sign up to take on any freelance writing job
- How to narrow my search down so I find the kind of freelance gigs that are right for me
- That I can turn down a job if I don’t like it, if they treat me badly, or if they refuse to pay me what I know I’m worth.
- What a “content mill” is, why I should avoid them, and why they’re really bad for writers
- How to uncover higher-paying freelancing gigs
- That magazines are NOT collapsing or disappearing, they’re just taking on a different form–and that “form” is online content, and yes writers will still be needed to write this kind of content
I also like to give constructive criticism any time I review a book, or in this case, a webinar:
My only issue was the technical difficulties, which often stalled or delayed the webinar as it was progressing. I actually don’t blame Carol for this. In the past, I gave a blogging consultation service through my site, and found that using technology to reach my clients was often time-consuming and filled with glitches and problems. Hopefully Carol and other bloggers (including myself) can find a platform that works without any glitches.
Empower Yourself Financially
But, in the end, if you’re a writer looking for a job and you haven’t been following Carol, you need to. Carol gives straightforward, practical, no-nonsense advice you won’t find anywhere else. It’s clear that she shares her tips with an eye out to protect writers from scammers and making sure they are treated fairly and respectfully. Finally, her years of experience as a successful freelancer make her an expert whose brain you want to pick for hours on end. I left her webinar feeling enlightened, confident, and more courageous about my freelance writing strategy.
I encourage you to take her services and webinars. Don’t do it for Carol–her services are in high demand already–do it for you and your career. Learn everything you can from her wisdom. Because the growing trend is clear: more and more companies and organizations are hiring writers to write content for their websites.
I can’t think of anyone else who should benefit from this growing trend than fiction writers looking to empower themselves financially.
If you’re on a freelancing journey yourself, let me know, and maybe we can share our highs and lows with each other.
Here’s to empowering writers!
Have you thought of freelancing to help fund your fiction writing dreams? Any lessons you’ve learned about freelancing that’d you’d like to share with the rest of us? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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