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The Great Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 101+ Tips, Resources, Guides & Tools

If you're good at writing then you can become a freelance writer and make money out of it. But if you're totally new to freelancing then you may be confused about where to start and that's the reason why I’m writing this blog post. The Freelance Writer’s Handbook 101+ Freelance Resources, Tips, Guides, & Tools My…

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101 Quotes About Writing That Will Inspire You To Write More (And Even More)

Write. Write more. Write even more. Write even more than that.

First Published: April 27, 2016; Last Updated: Sunday, January 10, 2021.

I love inspirational quotes. I really do. Over the past several years, I have published many lists of my favorite quotes collection — on  life, success, innovationperfection, and entrepreneurship. I have been saving quotes that I found on writing for a while now, and I do feel that there is enough to make it into a list. It's very focused and is targeting writers (including bloggers ;) ). Words (especially in quotes) are powerful, in fact so powerful that it can give you goosebumps. So here I'm listing some of the famous quotes on writing — for you and for me — I really hope it helps you stay focused and stay inspired all the time. Wait, do remember one thing:
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." — Thomas Alva Edison
I truly believe these quote will inspire you to perspire to write more, even more, and even more than that.

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Freelance Writing Tips: Everything (Almost) You Need To Know

Freelance Writing Tips There are not enough freelance writers. Seriously. Whenever I come up with a freelance writing based topic, I  mention that it's extremely competitive. If there's a writing gig on a freelance writing marketplace such as Upwork.com (formerly oDesk.com), Fiverr.com, or elsewhere then there will be a ton of applicants --- even if it's just a micro-project. Today I have a perspective that contradicts the statement "freelance writing is extremely competitive". Over the past many months I have successfully failed to hire an affordable writer for this very blog --- no, It's not that I am going to make my blog multi-authored ---  I just happen to want to write and publish blog posts in a consistent way. You might already have noticed that neither do I write regularly nor do I focus on a single topic. I only write about things that I find interesting at that point of time. Therefore I don't have any plans to hire an army of content writers to publish 100s of blog posts a month --- like the Mashables and BuzzFeeds of the world are doing. I was just looking for someone --- preferably a contributor or an editor --- who could help me finish a blog post much faster. Because now I take several days to finish an in-depth or lengthy blog post (like this one). So I thought I could outsource the "writing" process and focus only on research and editing by myself --- to save a lot of my time and effort. And you know what happened? It never worked --- at least for me!

If you have been following my freelance topics then you probably know that I'm not a freelance writer myself --- but I wish I were one. However, as you can see I can write for myself but definitely not the way someone wants me to. And yet, I got a ton of writing opportunities in the past --- by way of guest blogging, SEO writing, web content, etc. and I was forced to deny all of it. :(

So what's the point?

Simple! You don't have to be a native English speaker or a best selling author to make money writing.

If you can write, then money can be made. Absolutely!

But no, that doesn't really mean that you can become a six-figure writer in few months/years just because you know how to write few sentences. It doesn't work that way at all!

The real questions are... Can you write quality content? Can you write content that meets the criteria or guidelines set by your client? Can you write error free (both grammatically and technically) content? If your answer is 'Yes' to all the above questions then you can become a successful freelance writer. Guaranteed!

Don't Miss: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 75+ Tips, Resources & Guides

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21 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer

21 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer I love reading blogs that offers tips for freelancers (especially freelance writers). Primarily because these blogs publish awesome content on productivity, writing tips, and marketing tips too. So many interesting blog posts are there on these blogs, which might interest you as a writer or even as a marketer. Do you want to become a better writer? Then start reading a lot. I mean a lot.

21 Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers

In this post, I have decided to feature some of the blogs that I care to read any time. These blogs lets ideas to flow. Infact, there is never a dull moment when you read any of them. I've also included some blog posts from each blog, so that you can get started. It doesn't matter whether you're a newbie or an experienced writer. They have immense value.

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Make Money Writing Articles: 37 Blogs That Pay Up To $300 For Your Guest Posts

Make Money Writing Articles

First Published: June 25, 2012; Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2018

Freelance blogging is a great way to make money writing articles online because there is immense demand for awesome blog posts, always! But that doesn't make it easy! The problem is... finding high-paying freelance writing jobs will take time and loads of efforts, especially if you're a newbie. In fact, if you visit any of those freelance marketplaces or job sites, you can see that it's crowded with hundreds of thousands of writers/bloggers. And if you don't have an author profile or pricing that is not  attractive enough then your would be clients can easily find a dozen of other writers. Another problem is, content agencies or clients on freelance sites do not pay much. Even if you meet their criteria you may not earn more than $10-$15 per 500 words (unless you are a native English speaker).

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Freelance Writing Jobs: Over 51 Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs That Pays

Freelance Writing Jobs I know you are here because you are looking for freelance writing jobs and want to make money by becoming a freelance writer, right? Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money online from home and you don’t even need a website to get started. That said, if you own a blog (or even a portfolio website) it gives you instant credibility and a lot more exposure because you will be able to showcase your skills and your portfolio. Okay, let's get to the basics. Who is a freelance writer? Well, a freelance writer can be anyone who writes content for another individual or for a company. And the content can be blog posts, web content, press releases, infographics, ebooks, whitepapers, product descriptions, etc.

Don't Miss: The Freelance Writer’s Handbook — 101+ Tips, Resources & Guides

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You Have Started Blogging When ‘They’ Are Quitting It

Why Do You Blog? Are you getting it? Yes, I am absolutely talking about bloggers --- professional bloggers to be more specific and not hobby bloggers. If you are a regular reader of Minterest (which I refuse to believe :D) then you probably know that I don't stop criticizing bloggers (especially the so-called professional bloggers) when they are running a blog only to make money and then branding themselves as an "I love to connect/help...". Perhaps you should check out: 30 Things I Absolutely Hate About Your Blog.  Or, maybe this screenshot (an excerpt from the aforementioned blog post) should summarize everything:

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Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow!

If you have just one reader and your blog changes their life your blog is big enough. — Darren Rowse A blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this very blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years. Yes!
That’s how long it took him, writing blog posts almost every day, to build a big enough community to reach his Kickstarter target in 3 hours.
You know what? It applies to blogging as well.

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51 Blogging And Publishing Platforms To Showcase Your Awesomeness

Blogging & Publishing Platforms I first started creating web pages on Yahoo GeoCities, Tripod, etc. back in early 2000s. It was fun. Later, I tried blogging platforms like Blogger.com and WordPress.org and also started creating HTML web pages without any coding skills (thanks to Microsoft FrontPage). And that's how I started web development. Now with the advent of web 2.0 people want more. People no longer like static HTML web pages with dull designs. They want rich features with a great user experience. That's how blogging platforms became massively popular. I get a lot of emails (because of this Make Money Writing blog post) from my readers asking for a platform to share their articles or work online. And I used to recommend a blog -- a WordPress blog to be more specific. But then I realized that a blog may not be relevant for everyone as things changes from one person to another. If you're a technology enthusiast then starting a blog makes sense. But if you're a writer and want to contribute articles randomly, then publishing on Medium.com makes better sense -- yeah,  you don't have to be a tech-savvy person for that!

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Over 501 Blogging Tools (Free & Premium) You’ll Ever Need

Blogging Tools 501 Bloggers can't live without tools! I mean, without their favorite blogging tools. And you probably know that there are hundreds of thousands of free and premium blogging tools on the web that lets you streamline your research, writing, and publishing process. Over the past several months I have published a variety of tools lists: Productivity Tools 101Social Media Tools 101Internet Marketing Tools 101Content Marketing Tools 101Search Engine Optimization Tools 101, etc. But today, I just want to focus on only one thing --- "Blogging". The idea is to list some of the best blogging tools out there. And the good thing..... most of them are free or freemium or at least comes with a free trial (there are exceptions too, btw). Also, you almost definitely won't need all the tools that are listed here but over time you will see yourself trying many of them (as they are all related in one way or the other). And that's why I have perfectly organized all of them into categories and subcategories --- to make the list easy to scan.

The Best Of The Best Blogging Tools — Curated!

A few years ago I tried to come up with a similar list, as a web directory for bloggers and marketers, but then I found it difficult to update as the list was not properly organized or categorized. And that's how I started working on this list. It's your ultimate blogging tools and resources (or at least I think so). However, it's very, very likely that I might have missed your favorite blogging tool as most of the tools that I have mentioned on this list are my personal favorites or something that I already knew existed.

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The Best Dictation (Voice To Text) Software Is Here (And It’s Free!)

“Voice typing…” on Google Docs I'm a desktop kind of person who almost always prefer a computer over a phone --- unless I'm away from my desk. I have already mentioned on several blog posts that I take a lot of time to create a blog post --- from researching to writing to editing to formatting. And that's why I'm always trying to find a way to streamline my content creation process --- to make it more consistent, stress-free, and efficient. Obviously, the biggest task involved in publishing a blog post is actually the writing process itself. Once the first draft gets done, the rest happens like magic!

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Over the past several months/years, I tried several dictation or voice to text software --- including the super-popular Dragon Speech Recognition Software (but I tried it several years back) --- and nothing really worked for me. Not anymore!

Meet "Voice typing..." On Google Docs

I was an active Google Docs user until few months back and then almost stopped using it. A couple of weeks back I noticed that Google introduced "Voice typing..." to Google Docs. However, it's not supported in its iOS (on iPhone and iPad) apps, yet.

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The 100 Best Tech & Marketing Blogs You Should Be Following

The 100 Best Blogs I have always wanted to create a list of blogs that I love to read, share and link to because I think it'd be nice to see them in a listicle rather than just adding them to Feedly (my favorite RSS reader). Moreover, I didn't want to add tons of blogs to my RSS reader as I hate to see hundreds of unread items. And hey, you should also have a list of your favorite blogs. You know why? Because if you are a blogger, or marketer, or whatever you are supposed to stay updated about what's happening in your industry. The idea is to stay focused all the time. By the way, you DO NOT have to follow hundreds of blogs in your niche. Just a dozen of them is pretty enough. Because you will see yourself landing on more and more related blogs and blog posts as you go. For instance, it's been a month since I checked my Feedly feeds and now it's got over 600 unread items (and counting). The problem is I was reading less and less all these days and weeks as I already had enough research stuff in my Evernote and saved for later articles in my Pocket. And yet, I was landing on a lot of interesting blogs and blog posts and whatnot. In fact, that's what inspired me to write this very blog post.

Don't Miss: The Fantastic Ten Productivity Tools (Free) To Get Things Done

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