Nathan Barry is a web designer who quit his job at a software company in October 2011 in order to work for himself.
In 2012, his first year of being self-employed, Nathan managed to make $145,471 USD, which is more than double of what he used to make in his last job. Interesting thing here is that over $85,000 out of that was income from his two e-books, “App Design Handbook” and “Designing Web Applications”. Want to know how it all started and how you can have similar success?
Let’s take a look at the launch of Nathan’s first e-book, “App Design Handbook”, with which he made over $12,000 in the first 24 hours, and uncover what he did right. Continue Reading
For most self-published writers, Amazon is the first port of call when it comes to selling their books. There’s a good reason for this: Amazon is where the readers are.
Another reason is Amazon’s KDP Select program, which gives self-published writers an opportunity to punch above their weight when it comes to marketing their books.
In this tutorial, I’ll give you the lowdown on how KDP Select works, and tips and tricks on how to use it to give your book the best chance possible of finding readers and sales. Continue Reading
Is writing agony for you? Do you struggle over every word, lugging words like weights around your mind before putting them to paper?
I know how that feels. I used to live in that place. There are days when laziness drags me back there. But there is another way.
Writing can be a breeze. You can move beyond the struggle and find a new freedom and ease in your writing. That’s not to say it will always be easy. You’ll have good days and bad days, just like anyone doing any job. But you can put an end to the banes of the writer’s life. You can say goodbye to writer’s block. You no longer have to suffer for your art – or your business – unless you want to.
Fast writing isn’t easy. As I implied above, slow writing is the lazy way. Slow writing involves giving into the constant distractions of the Internet, TV, and co-workers. Fast writing, by contrast, requires concentration and focus. But the more you write fast, the more energy you’ll find in your writing. Slow writing drags on your energy and drains your creativity. Fast writing creates an upwards spiral of inspiration and imagination.
Most writers who’ve yet to be introduced to fast writing techniques can easily double their writing speed within a few days. If you can do that, you’ll also double your daily word count. If you’re paid per word, you’ll double your earning potential too. Continue Reading
Blogging can be complicated when you’re a freelancer.
That’s because a freelancer’s blog can serve two different goals — it can help you find clients, and it can be a niche business of its own, on a topic unrelated to your freelance services.
But it’s tricky to combine those two. Slather your blog with ad banners and affiliate links, and prospective freelance clients may be turned off.
They also may conclude you’ve got your own blog-based business going and probably don’t have time for their assignment.
Still, it’s possible to earn well from your blog while also using it to attract new clients. Here are a few approaches that work well: Continue Reading
Planning to write an ebook? Good job! Ebooks are a fantastic way for freelancers to demonstrate their expertise. They’re also good lead generators, as people who read your ebook are likely to need your services.
Ask me the easiest way to write and format an ebook, and I’ll point you to Scrivener. Scrivener makes everything easy, from composing a draft, to giving your book a structure, to exporting your final manuscript as a Kindle compatible ebook.
But Scrivener’s not for everyone. Maybe you don’t have the cash to splash on yet another piece of writing software. Or perhaps you’ve already written your ebook, and just want to know how to format it ready for Kindle publishing.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to format your eBook using Microsoft Word, plus free online tools provided by Amazon. It’s a little more complicated than using Scrivener, but nothing to be intimidated by.
Having your book properly formatted is essential. If you have formatting errors in your book, readers will assume your work is below par in all areas of your business, no matter how good the content of your book is. Continue Reading
So you want to write and publish an ebook? Good for you! With the writing tools and online publishing platforms available today, there’s never been a better time to write a book.
Whatever kind of freelancer you are, publishing an ebook can only be good for your business. It shows you’re a thought-leader in your field. You wrote the book, clients will reason, so you must know what you’re doing. It boosts the visibility of your business, making every reader a potential lead. Finally, it provides a source of passive income. Once it’s written, the work is done.
Knowing how to write a book can be intimidating. Of course, if you feel unsure about your writing skills, you can work with a ghostwriter or editor to make sure your book reflects the high quality of work you do for your clients.
That said, I highly recommend giving writing a go yourself. You’ll find it hard to go wrong if you give Scrivener a try.
What’s so great about Scrivener? Scrivener makes writing a breeze. As well as providing one of the best writing experiences, it helps with the heavy lifting of giving your ebook a solid structure, and it will format your ebook ready for self-publishing. Continue Reading
Is your blog a lonely place? Often, freelancers start a blog about the type of work they do, in hopes of attracting clients with their posts.
But nothing happens.
The reason is usually that your tiny startup blog doesn’t have much traffic. Search engines don’t rank it highly and aren’t sending you many readers off of searches for the key terms you’re using in hopes of catching prospects’ attention.
You’re on page 57 of the Google search for “freelance designer,” and nobody comes.
You can solve this problem, get higher rankings in search and attract more visitors who are prospects by guest posting on more popular blogs.
The bigger, the better. Continue Reading
Lots of freelancers want to promote their services by starting a blog that their prospective clients might read. But soon, most of them sputter out.
It’s not easy keeping up a freelancer blog. You need a lot of ideas for posts! Meanwhile, you’re trying to get your work done for your current client.
It’s tempting to write a thinly disguised (or baldly overt) plea that you be hired.
That doesn’t go over well in the world of blogging and social media, though. It’s likely to backfire and drive away your prospects instead of getting you gigs.
Blogging is not a hard-sell environment. Readers expect to get useful information in posts, not pitches to hire you.
So what can you write about? Quick tip: Provide useful or interesting information your prospects can use, and your readers will keep coming back — and some may end up becoming your clients.
Here are 40 specific ideas for quick-and-easy blog topics that will attract quality prospects and then keep them interested: Continue Reading
Would you like to have a freelance blog that attracts clients? It’s a freelancer’s dream — you dash off short blog posts now and then, prospects read them, get impressed, and ring you right up.
Unfortunately, that often doesn’t happen. Instead, freelancers get into blogging because they feel they have to, and often end up frustrated.
In reviewing hundreds of freelance blogs over the years, I’ve found they tend to come in three typical flavors:
- A blog about your freelance work that you hate writing and rarely update.
- Several different blogs on various topics you started, but then quickly abandoned.
- No blog at all because you “can’t decide what to write about.”
All of these types of freelancer blogs pose a big problem. If you’re investing precious marketing time in writing and styling up your blog it needs to get you clients. Continue Reading
Are you having trouble balancing your project time and pay?
As a freelance writer, I have a horrible tendency to spend way too much time on a single writing project. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I often catch myself still editing long after I should have finished. Simply put, most freelance writing rates simply do not allow room for this extra time. I have to learn how to write faster or be comfortable with my longer pay to time ratio on a given writing task.
Those of you in freelance journalism, and other freelance writing gigs, need to write faster without losing quality. After all, there’s no point in learning how to write faster if you can’t provide the quality of work that real writing jobs require.
The following 10 tips are an expansion of Leo Babauta’s list of ways to crank out articles. Hopefully between Leo and me, you will find which methods work for you in improving both the speed and quality of your writing. It’s time to earn more as freelance writers. Continue Reading
Business writing is one of the most lucrative forms of freelance writing out there. Yet, many writers avoid this niche.
In my experience, that’s often due to a misconception of what it’s like to do business writing. There’s a lot of confusion out there about what it really takes to land business clients and successfully write these assignments.
I know, because once a few years back I was a journalist — and I thought agreeing to do copywriting was equivalent to joining the Dark Side of the Force.
Then, I accidentally did some business writing. I just sort of fell into it.
When I left a staff-writing job, a CEO at a local startup I’d reported on asked if I would ghost his blog. Maybe write a few advertorial articles for his website.
At the time I didn’t honestly know what a blog was, but I said, “Sure, I can do that.”
Then a funny thing happened.
I enjoyed myself. It was fun and challenging, trying to talk in another person’s voice.
The articles weren’t much different from reported stories I’d done in the past, except that the company gave me the topic and pointed me toward experts who knew their company and would say flattering things about their type of solution.
It was all pretty delightful, interesting, challenging work — and I felt no need to take a shower afterwards.
I went on to write for global, $1 billion consultancies, and Fortune 500 retail chains.
It was all pretty delightful, interesting, challenging work — and I felt no need to take a shower afterwards.
Recently, I taught a class on breaking into business writing, and discovered many writers are intimidated by this niche.
Writers also have many misconceptions about this writing niche. So I thought I’d pull back the curtain and bust a few myths about the world of business writing.
Here are the seven myths I hear most: Continue Reading
Here’s something fun about being a freelance writer: If you want a gig writing an article for a magazine or a newsletter for a business, you can get it, even without a lot of experience.
You can send that market a short pitch letter or email and land the assignment.
The trick is knowing exactly how to craft that message, so that it impresses the editor or marketing manager and gets you hired.
I’ve critiqued heaps of these pitch letters…and most of them aren’t very compelling, to put it mildly. I’m not surprised when the writer tells me they’re not getting a lot of responses.
This means if you learn how to write strong pitches, you can stand out and snag a lot of assignments. Continue Reading