Sunday, August 17, 2008
More Ways To Invest In Your Writing Business
Your name in freelance writing is your brand. I've written in the past about investing in your business. Beyond getting educated and starting a website, there are other things you can do such as: paying for advertising on high traffic sites, buying books or e-books to help you get information, taking courses to learn new skills, joining groups and organizations that can further your writing career, doing advertising locally and taking the time to do some self-promotion.
If you're not already doing it, try to spend time each and every week working on your own stuff. I try to do this on Saturdays unless I'm already working on a deadline.
If you're not already social networking, here are a few places where you can do it for free to build your brand.
Professional profile and resume.
Blogger or WordPress
Free blogs and get a Google Adsense account (Blogger only) and start placing ads on your page to generate an income.
MySpace and FaceBook
Online Article Directories like e-zinearticles.com.
Not only might you find gigs but you can build your portfolio and search engine optimization with links to your work elsewhere. Also, don't hesitate to advertise your writing services for hire on places like CraigsList or join a bidding site like ELance or Guru.
Some of these sites are ones that I utilise at times and some of them are areas writer friends of mine use. Not everything works for everyone but it is necessary for those wanting a freelance writing career to continually build their online presence and create their brand. Doing so will establish you as an expert in your niche, bring you writing work and enable you to raise your rates.