Supply-Side Freelance Writing

Written by Archie Sicat

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While you are regularly pitching, you also have to be surfingrepparttar Net as much as possible for opportunities. My daily surfing task entails checkingrepparttar 129929 status for my project bids at,, and once you set up a free account with these sites, you are regularly updated by email onrepparttar 129930 status ofrepparttar 129931 projects that you applied for. Imagine how much time you'll save with these tools!

You ought to keep surfing because you'll never know what turns up. My favorites are andrepparttar 129932 freelance job opportunities at,, and Remember that these opportunities are gone instantly, so apply fast. If you don't, most likely there'll be at least a hundred other writers ahead of you as a rule of thumb. It would also help to have a well-crafted form letter for this purpose but I don't recommend this approach for pitches.

Finally, establish a way of tracking your deadlines in your Filofax to maximize your billable hours. If, say, your target is to earn $2,000 every month from freelancing, you have to consider check cut off dates fromrepparttar 129933 websites you work for., for example, paysrepparttar 129934 first week ofrepparttar 129935 next month afterrepparttar 129936 month that you completedrepparttar 129937 work and they also have a 30-article limit.

Makingrepparttar 129938 most of these constraints mean that if you're paid $20 for each ofrepparttar 129939 30 articles,repparttar 129940 most that you can earn in a month is $600 (i.e., 30 x $20/article)which means you still have $1,400 to worry about for your monthly freelancing. Also consider that you won't get your $600 check withinrepparttar 129941 month that your articles got accepted.

Here are more examples for anticipating your freelance income. If you write for it's not impossible to realize earnings of $400 per month if you write efficiently.

Always dorepparttar 129942 math and you can never go wrong. Never waste you time on non-revenue generating activities such as sites that either don't pay or pay very little unless you are doing this to help advertise your craft or you have extra time in your hands. If however, you can't find sites that will pay you $100 per article or higher during any given month, aim your guns towardsrepparttar 129943 small fry forrepparttar 129944 time being in order to cover your projected shortfall. You will notice that no month isrepparttar 129945 same as you obtain your earnings from many different sources, big and small.

Of course, it never hurts to have some regulars up your sleevesrepparttar 129946 likes of where I coverrepparttar 129947 telecommunications beat. Though I am not allowed to discuss my rate here per article, I must say it's a pretty good rate andrepparttar 129948 editor that I work with is so professional. Work on developing these contacts which will provide you with a regular income stream.

How to get these regulars? I must sayrepparttar 129949 strategy requires a combination of good old detective work (translation: surf a lot) coupled with effective niching, which is concentrating onrepparttar 129950 kind of writing that you do best (i.e., How To's; poetry; Children's books, etc.). You have more chances pitching for subject you are an expert at rather than a subject where you currently have zero knowledge.

Look carefully intorepparttar 129951 details of your pitch. Make your query letter look as professional as possible, which means you have to knowrepparttar 129952 name ofrepparttar 129953 editor; include your full contact information; and, make every effort to make your own voice come through (translation: your own style of writing, includingrepparttar 129954 way you would express yourself if you wroterepparttar 129955 article you are proposing).

Let me end with what I considerrepparttar 129956 most important tip in pitching. Do your homework; always look forrepparttar 129957 writer's submission guidelines found in nearly every site that needs help with their content. I learned thisrepparttar 129958 hard way. Plus, always read sample articles to familiarize you withrepparttar 129959 kind of content needed.

If you write regularly, you do reach that point where it feels like somebody is whispering yourepparttar 129960 words to write. But if you put a sense of strategy intorepparttar 129961 task, you may be hittingrepparttar 129962 beaches in Hawaii more often than you think!

Archie Sicat is a professional Internet content provider. He currently does webmastering for, and is connected with


Written by Bob McElwain

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And There's More.

In a PS, Bill added, "Just now,repparttar week's forecast looks awfully good. Click here forrepparttar 129928 latest." Take this link, and you have a long term forecast forrepparttar 129929 weather at Triangle lake.

And More

Triangle is notrepparttar 129930 only lake Bill follows. And he has this kind of info on all of them. And aboutrepparttar 129931 local streams. Further, he'll be happy to sell you a great fishing rod, wading boots, cooking gear, even camping stuff.

About That Fellow In New York

James Bartell faces yet another major business crisis. But reading Bill's newsletter gives him a thought. He calls to his secretary, "Will you get Joe and Pete in here, please?" Grabbing forrepparttar 129932 phone, he mumbles, "If they can't handle this, I'll find somebody who can." Half way throughrepparttar 129933 sentence,repparttar 129934 phone is ringing at Travel Desk.

Bartell Is Not Alone

Many people who bust it day in and day out are quite willing, now and then, to cut loose for a few days. Bill offers one great way to do it. He gets a commission from Travel Desk. And fromrepparttar 129935 local lodges he refers to. If he chooses to do so, he is in a great position to buy a lodge, thus extending his online business offline. If he targets upscale fisherman like Bartell, such a move could be enormously profitable.

End Tale

Okay, so that's just a yarn. And hey, likely someone already has something like it going. But it's bound to be local, else one can't keep up. Find a local area *not* being covered, one easy to get to, and go for it. The task is simpler if you already know something ofrepparttar 129936 area. But if you love fishing, you can have a lot of fun learning whatever you need.

So Where's The Content?

Measured in total words, there is very little content on this hypothetical site. But inrepparttar 129937 eyes of a devoted fisherman, it's loaded withrepparttar 129938 stuff. Bill needs some good text content for search engine positioning, but that's another matter.

What's Bill Really Selling?

Will anybody visiting this site see it for what it really is? Have you figured it?

What is readily available is great info that matters to fisherman. Behind this, Bill offers everything you need to get to a great fishing spot, catch your limit, and be comfortable while doing so. His visitors will not see this as a trick or con. They may not even recognizerepparttar 129939 site is a selling tool. Products offered will be seen simply as an additional service Bill provides.

A Catch

This is notrepparttar 129940 greatest example, for it's seasonal. You'd have to do very well in order to takerepparttar 129941 rest ofrepparttar 129942 year off. But it's a possibility. If you owned a lodge, you might pick up some off-season business from skiers and hunters.

But I Don't Like Fishing

Is that what I heard you say? If so, joinrepparttar 129943 club. I don't either. Butrepparttar 129944 idea works in many areas and differing products. Competition is fierce inrepparttar 129945 travel business. But how about a site featuring weekend adventures for families or seniors or both? House plans might work well with how-tos about remodeling and interior design.

Home gardeners are a committed bunch. And there's lots of potential here for repeat business. Anything people love to do that requires resources you can provide is a possible target.

Each must be checked with care. Competition needs to be examined in depth. And you must find a niche that sets you above or apart from all of it. But given a defined position and a good business plan, you haverepparttar 129946 basis for a successful online business.

Wrapping Up

There are several errors in Bill's prose. Did you notice them? If so, will they matter to a fellow who wants to catch some fish? Or will he just grab his keys orrepparttar 129947 phone?

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