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Freelance writing is a growing at home business anyone with the desire can begin. With a basic writing knowledge you can expand your skills and publish articles across the web. There are a few websites that cater to beginning writers and offer pay per click incentives to keep publishing. The more you write, the more you earn, the better you improve your skills.

A few tips for beginner freelance writers:

  • Put together a well written article on your selected subject and one that relates to the site you are interested in writing for. These articles will be used as part of your application.
  • When editing your articles, utilize a grammar and spell checker like Grammarly. This will help you to hone your writing skills. Read the reasons for the edit changes and make note. The next time you write an article for the publication sites, you will be one up on the writing rules.
  • Don’t know what you want to write? Research using a keyword tool like Google’s or WordTracker. Both offer free options and allow you to utilize the long keyword phrase search. Select the top searched for, but the lower competition keyword phrases and single words.
  • Take advantage of the free tips and tools freelance writer sites available. Copyblogger is one, Freelance Writers Directory and check your local library for books such as The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E. B. White. Writing for publications is not the same as writing for yourself. Another great book is the AP Style Manual, since most publications prefer it.
  • Research the topic, learn to write in sections concerning the chosen topic. Find appropriate pictures and develop a personal style that will fit with the publication’s audience.

Following are a few of the sites that pay writers to publish to their sites. Each one has a different requirement, so read the fine print.

  • Academia-Research
    Freelance online writing jobs are available from a freelance writing company. We offer well-paid freelance job opportunities for academic writers, content writers and resume writers.
    If you intend to write academic and research content, get very familiar with what it means. College level writing is not the same as article writing. Dissertations, essays, information to educate is thoroughly researched and uses a different style. If you have what it takes, then begin here.
  • Academic Experts
    How to become a freelance writer with AcademExperts.us. Apply for an online writing job free and start earning up to 20$ per page immediately. Academic writers needed.
    You absolutely have to have experience as an academic writer. To learn more and get started, click here.
  • Auction Bytes
    EcommerceBytes. Independent news and resources for online retailers.
    Writers for AuctionBytes and Collectors Corners should gear the content towards how to, reviews, tips and tricks, and other similar topics. Get started here.
  • CloudCrowd
    We’re working on it. Lots of us.
    Companies provide a project; Cloud Crowd breaks the project into bite size tasks. Upon approval, payment is immediate. Work your hours and tasks you want. Start here to learn more and apply. You will need a Facebook profile.

This is a beginning list. There are over a hundred sources to write for. As a beginner in freelance writing, your selection is well rounded. What are your interests? What gets you fired up and excited? Hobbies, education, pets, and a list of other topics are always in need of writers. You can create “How To,” instructional, informative, or educational articles to publish. There is no limit to the topics or styles. Be creative and have fun. The more you write the better you get and the more you earn.

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With the close of businesses over the past few years, working for self is grown to a strong way of life. Understanding the many options for home based employment is important. There are so many scams and hustles that only provide the originator with a solid and vast income stream. The person on the low end of the pyramid does not stand much of a chance getting ahead.

It is so important to gain an understanding of the terms and how they may be used interchangeably.

Just a short and quick insight to the difference between home-based businesses and working from home. The terms are not interchangeable and yet they are. A bit of a paradox.

When you operate a home based business you are working from and in your home. The difference depends on the choice of business. Developing a business that serves moms, like childcare or laundry service, can be operated in your home. Or you can set up a home business office and go out to see clients.

Home based businesses include network/multilevel marketing, clerical services, medical transcriptionists/billers, virtual office and personal assistants, there is no end to the titles and types. Most home based business requires some training and a monetary investment. There are those who pay very well per hour, per sale, per project. The options are about as unlimited as the type of home-based business opportunities.

Working from home means that no matter what you do, telecommuting or operating your own business, you have a home office. Again you may operate any number of businesses. Mostly working at home entails finding a job, like customer service, writing, web designing, etc. This usually means that the company hires you as an employee to work from your home and they pay you an hourly wage. Benefits are not usually included, sometimes the equipment is, but not always. In some cases you may be required to commute to an office or the client’s home once a week to meet, review and deliver your work.

Making a decision about which option you would like to pursue includes deciding on whether or not you have what it takes to do the job you are interested in. Are you comfortable with sales? Making cold calls? Answering phones and helping someone fix their computer? Can you handle the complaints and discontented customers for the company you hire on with? Do you have what it takes to sit on the phone or at a computer all day?

Research the options, take a serious look at your home, ask yourself the important questions. How much money do you need to earn, would like to earn? These are different totals. Can you sit at home all day, nearly every day? Do you need to shuffle between being a parent, caretaker, guardian, or partner and work? What type of schedule are you willing or desire to set for yourself? Actually some jobs require a set schedule so in this case know if it something you can stick with.

I worked as an English tutor for Chinese students who lived in China. Nearly every day I had to get up by 3 or 4 a.m. to be ready to take the first call at 5 a.m. which was about 8 p.m in China. (give or take a few minutes.) I did not mind the hours, but the pay was less than minimum wage p/hr in this country, yet it was a fortune to someone in China. I enjoyed it, but the early morning hours and low pay eventually wore me down.

There are business opportunities and job offers for those who are retired, full time students, or disabled. Search and read, get to know the small print for any organization you are considering doing business with.

Make a list of questions based upon what is important to you. Set aside the financial desperation, this is not the most important aspect to working from home or building a home-based business. When financial desperation gets in the way mistakes are made and money is wasted. So know everything you need about you and the options available.

Do not pay for the right to work, ever. There are those companies that offer you freelance work if you pay just $39.95, but wait that is not all. These offers suck, and you cannot always get your money back. They are designed to make those who own the organization rich. NEVER PAY TO WORK.

Again, set your desperation to the side. Be smart, read, and become informed. Then you can make a decision that is best for you and yours. Give it 90 days. Set a schedule, follow through. Keep learning, asking questions, keeping notes. A work journal will help you to keep track of everything you do in a day.

Need help? Contact me today. Let’s chat about getting you started on a new career.

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stay at home moms

Today’s stay-at-home mom population comes in at approximately five million, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Some may want to work, but find themselves forced to stay home for fear they can’t find a job that pays enough to support childcare and other costs, states NBC News. Sure you can find creative ways to save money at home — you might dive into extreme couponing or read up on expert advice from personal finance pros like Princess Clark-Wendell about teaching your children how to live within a budget. Still, all too often, the savings just aren’t enough. For women seeking to secure an adequately paying position, it may be worthwhile to invest in optimizing your job search and improving your odds.

Invest in Yourself

Education is the gateway to higher-paying career options, and investing in yourself can open doors to more rewarding jobs. For mothers who want to update skills or broaden their knowledge base, distance learning is opening up new higher-learning opportunities. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are enabling an increasing number of students to enjoy the equivalent of remotely auditing courses at major universities for free or a reduced fee, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of course, this is not the same as earning a degree, and for those seeking accreditation, for-credit coursework also is increasingly available online.

Bring Your Own Device

To make it easier for you to attend online classes, you might consider investing in a mobile device. Devices can be quite expensive, but are crucial to long-term success.This can also benefit you when you land a job, since by 2017, half of employers will require workers to bring their own devices to work, research firm Gartner predicts. Many employers are already requiring this, which can conceivably put you in the position of getting offered a job where you need a device you don’t have yet.

Build Your Online Presence

A mobile device can also help you take advantage of job-hunting and recruiting apps, such as those recently released by the business networking site LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the primary online tools used by employment recruiters and job seekers, and creating a profile can help you research employers and make contacts.

You can further build your online resume by getting your own domain and setting up a site showcasing your job qualifications. If you’re on a budget, use a free blogging platform. Or, you can invest in a premium site for more flexible design and app options. Use your site to highlight skills and experience, display certifications and portfolios, post testimonials and create content illustrating knowledge an employer might find impressive.

Author’s Bio

Emily Lawton
Emily is a blogger and stay at home mom. She’s the only woman she knows who can ride a wheelie.

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Today I am attaching an article that hits home for many business owners who are seeking to increase their visibility either through social media, blogs, or website.

Perhaps you are considering incorporating articles from other sources and are unsure of the process to selecting relevant material? Even finding a good source that fits your target audience.

Forbes has an article that fits answers to a few questions I find website owners may ask or are afraid to ask.

What are your goals? What do you believe is relevant in providing content on your sites and social media sites?

This article will help in directing you to consider those goals from a different perspective.

Do you have other goals in mind? Share them in the comments section I would love to hear from you.