19 Freelance Writing Niches That Additionally Pay Huge Bucks in 2021

Think it’s impossible to find profitable freelance writing niches in 2021? Here’s the truth: While some niches, like travel, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, other industries are still doing well. In this post, we’ll cover the different niches available to freelance writers, and give you guidance on how to choose the right one for you. Now, before we begin, here’s a warning: Don’t get hung up on the perfect freelance niche for you. That’s a way to procrastinate and never get started. Ready? We’ll begin with a few fundamental questions… What Exactly is a Freelance Writing Niche? A freelance writing niche is a specialization in either a topic or a content type. A topic is “what” you write about, and it’s probably the first thing you think of when you think of a niche. Examples include personal finance, digital marketing, and technology. You also have content type — the “how” you write about it, or the form your writing takes. Some examples are blog posts, case studies, and white papers (we’ll discuss many more in a moment). Which should you focus on when you’re a new freelance writer? In my opinion: content type. In fact, you may not want to specialize in a specific niche topic at all in the early stages of your freelance writing career. Gaining experience should be your first priority. Later, you can, and should, consider specializing. Here’s why: “The Riches Are In The Niches” You can earn more by specializing, by becoming an “expert” in your chosen niche topic or industry. Why? Prospective clients are willing to pay a higher rate to writers who understand their industry and their audience. After all, as a freelance writer, you are providing marketing services to your clients. And to create excellent marketing and blog content for a client, you need to know how to speak directly to their prospects or customers. Plus, specializing helps you write faster. Besides the knowledge in your head, you’ll develop a bank of abundant research resources you can draw on as a niche writer. And the quicker you can write, the higher your hourly rate will be. Also, having a freelance writing niche gives you a starting point in your marketing strategy. You’ll know which businesses to pitch and what writing services to offer them. And pitching businesses, or proactively seeking niche writing projects, will pay more than passively responding to content mills and job board ads. What Makes a Freelance Writing Niche Profitable? Profitable niches can come and go. Depending on what happens in the world, trends can shift at any time. Formerly profitable industries can be crippled overnight, as we’ve seen with COVID-19. Focus on these three key concepts that determine the profitability of a potential niche: The type of freelance writing that pays the most is the writing that has the most substantial impact on a client’s SALES. The more revenue your writing can potentially generate, the higher rates you can earn. The marketing budget or the money clients have available to pay for content or copy, will determine rates. Obviously, if a client can’t afford to pay you, you won’t earn much. However, it’s easy to forget this, especially if you focus only on what you WANT to write about. But if you want to maximize your freelancing earnings, go where the money is —where there are profitable, successful businesses with a marketing budget. Pay rates are influenced by the ratio of the supply of writers to the demand for those writers. Aim for niches with a low supply of writers, but high client demand. For example, there is a high demand for writers who understand search engine optimization (SEO writing). But there aren’t as many writers with this technical skill, so the pay for this type of writing will be higher. Conversely, avoid niches with lots of willing writers, or high supply. For many of the “fun” topics, there’s an ample supply of writers who want to write about them. But since there is only so much demand, the high supply of writers will drive rates down. Editor’s Note: Want a tip to help you determine if a writing niche is popular or not? Follow the money. If you find lots of online ads for freelance writing jobs in a particular niche, chances are the niche is profitable. True, smart clients will continue to hire writers and produce content during a recession (it pays off for them long-term), but unsophisticated clients will stop — unless they’re still making money. So, use this tidbit to your advantage. Because depending on when you’re reading this post, some of the writing niches we discuss will be more profitable than others. Do your homework, see which niches are trending, and you’ll be fine. Okay, so now let’s dive into the most profitable freelance writing niches to consider. We’ll start with the different content types… Freelance Writing Niches: 9 High-Paying Content Types Remember, the more your writing can impact a client’s sales, the higher it pays. So all of these content types are either under the umbrella of content marketing or copywriting. 1. Long-form Blog Posts or Ultimate Guides These types of posts aren’t fluffy 500-word ones written off the top of your head, but instead, detailed, well-researched posts over 2,000 words in length. Ultimate guides provide in-depth information. They contain all the information a reader will need on a subject, all in one post. Long-form content has a conversational and accessible writing style. Making complex topics easy to understand will be a superpower in this lucrative niche. You’ll also want to learn basic SEO tactics to compete. That way, you can do everything you can as an SEO writer to help your posts rank in search engines such as Google. The best part of this content type? Businesses have a never-ending need for blogging content, which creates ongoing demand. Plus, there is the opportunity for retainers. Retainers pay you a fixed amount in return for a set amount of blog posts, for example, $1,200 for 4 blog posts per month. As a freelance writer, this gives you a bit of security and stability, always a plus! 2. E-Books E-books are excellent marketing tools for both large and small businesses. They are used to both generate leads and to position the company as an expert in what they offer. E-books are typically published as PDFs and can be anywhere from 10-20 pages long. Like blog posts, they need to present useful information, such as “how-tos,” on topics that interest the company’s prospects or customers. E-book pricing varies widely and can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the client, industry, and the amount of research necessary. They pay well because they can be lead magnets for your clients. The e-books are free in exchange for prospects’ email addresses. That prospect is then placed in an email sales funnel or will receive the company’s newsletter. The hope is that through “nurturing” that lead and forming a relationship, the company can convert that lead into a paying customer. Here’s an example of an e-book from the Freelance Writer’s Den: Some businesses refer to their e-books as a “white paper,” which leads us to our next profitable niche: 3. White Papers White papers tend to be more formal and serious in tone than content like an e-book or blog post. They may contain technical information. They are popular in the technology niche and are usually written for the B2B or business to business market. White papers present a problem, then explore solutions, one of which will be your client’s product or service. They try to persuade readers without crossing the line into sales. They don’t directly sell anything. Instead, they assist in the sales process. Most of the data will be supplied by your client, although your interviewing skills will come in handy here to get the information you need. White papers can vary in length, although they are typically around 5 to 10 pages long. Like e-books, they are typically used as lead magnets for email lists. Since they can lead to sales, they are more profitable for you as a freelancer. How much do white papers pay? As reported by That White Paper Guy: “According to the biggest industry survey ever taken, it costs $5,000 to $7,000 to hire an experienced white paper writer.” As he notes, the study referencing these amounts is 10 years old, so rates could be even higher now. 4. Case Studies Case studies pay well because they help drive sales. They provide social proof by showcasing stories of customers’ success using the product or service of your client. They demonstrate the transformation a customer experienced. The classic format is: Describe the challenge the customer faced. Explain the solution the company provided. Show the results the customer achieved by using the company’s product/service. Provide a conclusion designed to help prospects make a buying decision. Case studies may involve interviewing both your client and their customers to get the best information. These are long-form testimonials written in story format. These stories need to be interesting and provide value to the reader. 5. Email Writing This profitable freelance writing niche sounds easy, but it’s challenging to do well. You’ll need to create content that can gain readers’ attention, in direct competition with all the noise in their email in-box. You’ll need a background in copywriting or at least a solid grasp of copywriting principles and formulas. After all, the primary purpose of email is to sell, but carefully. You need to engage the reader first, before attempting to sell them anything. Email has an excellent return on investment for your client. According to HubSpot: “You might be wondering if email is still a worthwhile marketing strategy. In fact, email generates $38 for every $1 spent, which is an astounding 3,800% ROI, making it one of the most effective options available.” This means that clients can afford to pay you! But to earn well, you need to be able to convert your clients’ leads into customers. You could create email sequences or emails for sales funnels. You’ll want to take your email readers on a buyer’s journey from the awareness stage to acquisition, or the point where they make a purchase. You could also write email newsletters for your clients. These help keep subscribers engaged with your clients and informed about their business. Consistently producing newsletters help your clients build a relationship and trust with their subscribers. And since your client will need to communicate regularly, newsletters can be an excellent retainer project. 6. Sales Pages or Landing Pages Source: Enchanting Copywriting This content type requires you to write compelling copy, so put on your copywriter hat! You could write website copy for a company’s home page, for their “About Us” page, or for product pages. You could also create the opt-in pages for lead magnets (like the e-books or white papers we covered). You’ll write copy designed to either convert visitors to customers, to get prospects to buy, or to capture leads. Writing copy for web pages is a challenging form of copywriting, so you’ll want to start by establishing yourself and becoming an expert in a topic first. 7. Video Script Writing Video is becoming one of the best ways for businesses to reach potential customers. In a recent Forbes article about four content marketing trends to watch, video was number one: “Video is wildly popular, and mobile video consumption increases every year. (…) When you work video into your marketing plans, it should accomplish two main objectives: Sell your products or services in a compelling way, and share your brand story.” Businesses need scripts for website videos on their home pages, their sales pages, or for product tours. They may also need scripts for webinars, another sales tool. YouTube is now a top search engine, and someone has to write all that spoken content. Why not you? Companies need to both tell their stories and to create information-rich videos to attract potential customers. 8. Online or E-Learning Courses Online courses and online education is a field that’s booming, and so are opportunities for educational content creators. Especially if you have a background in teaching or understand how people learn, this can be an excellent freelance writing gig for you. Here you will write content for courses. Most courses involve a mix of text and video, so be prepared to write video scripts as part of this writing job. 9. Book Writing (Ghostwriting) “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anais Nin Ghostwriting books is one of the highest-paying niches on the list, but, of course, it’s also time-consuming and challenging. You help your client get their story, or their ideas, out of their head, and into a book. The books you’d write could range from short e-books to self-published books (like on Amazon), to even traditionally published full-length books (for experienced writers). As a ghostwriter, you do all the writing work, but your name would not be on the cover. All the credit goes to the client. Also, the book needs to be in the client’s voice or style, not your own. You could be hired by either individuals or businesses who need high-quality content written under their names or brands. For example, people such as business executives, business owners, and other professionals who aren’t writers and have no interest in writing the books themselves. For this, you’ll earn a sweet fee, and it is not unreasonable to start around $10,000 depending on the size and scope of the book. Freelance Writing Niches: 8 High-Paying Topics Before we dive into the list of profitable niches, realize that almost any topic can be profitable depending on a combination of your skills and a client’s budget for writers. However, the more expertise that is required to write well on a topic, the higher it will pay. For a helpful list of possibilities, here are some of the most profitable freelance niches. 1. Finance / Personal Finance If you can write about financial topics, well, this is where the money is. In some cases, literally, this is where the actual money is. You’ll need to be detail-oriented and careful to check your facts in this space! You’ll want to bring potentially dry topics to life by adding human touches like stories or case studies, but without “fluff.” You could write for personal finance blogs, and right now, content about budgeting is in demand! Even more profitable are banks, credit card companies, and mortgage lenders. They all need you to educate their consumers, and many have impressive blogs you could write for or training materials you could help them develop. Other prospects in this space are accounting firms, financial planning firms, or investment companies. All of these financial businesses need your writing skills to provide useful information and help form relationships with prospects and customers. 2. Cryptocurrency / Blockchain Cryptocurrency and blockchain are hot topics related to finance. It involves a good bit of technical writing and know-how, and you’ll need to learn a lot of jargon. But if you understand blockchain technology and can explain it to others in a way they can understand, you definitely want to look into this niche. 3. Technology Writing This is another area where you’ll need specialized knowledge to land writing gigs. Also, if you can write in a way that engages the reader in this potentially dry area, you’ll be an in-demand freelancer! You’d be writing about technology such as computers and smartphones. Cybersecurity is also a hot field and one that will only grow as more businesses move online. 4. Digital Marketing As more and more businesses are moving online, digital marketing companies need content to explain their products and services to prospects. They are usually looking for long-form, in-depth guides, designed to teach both concepts and tactics. There’s a wide variety of subtopics in this area. Here’s a few to think about: Content marketing Email marketing Social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) Search engine optimization Affiliate marketing A great way to learn about this niche is by starting your own blog and experimenting with these techniques. 5. SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) Companies that sell their software-as-a-service need to explain their product to prospects and customers. Not only do they need copy, like website copy, and email newsletters, but they also need long-form blog posts in tutorial and how-to formats. For example, ConvertKit has a blog designed to help you get the best results from their software: SaaS is a high-margin (profitable) business model, so these companies can afford to pay you well. 6. Alternative Health / CBD Products Writing about health and wellness, in general, is a solid niche topic, but alternative health products are an especially hot area right now. If you are knowledgeable about CBD products, you could target dispensaries, CBD stores, or even cannabis blogs. 7. Education In a rapidly changing world, education and skill training is more important than ever. People are looking for education and training to develop skills for either obtaining new jobs or to create new businesses. Online course providers, universities, and student loan lenders are a few potential clients that need your writing skills. 8. Real Estate If you want local clients, realtors could use your writing expertise. You could create home buying guides, information pieces about local laws and ordinances, and even some fun articles about home decor and how to stage houses for sale. Here’s an example from a local realtor’s website: How to Pick the Best Freelance Writing Niche for You As explained here, you want to choose a niche that uses your expertise, that you enjoy writing about, and that will pay you well. At the intersection lies your ideal freelance writing niche. Let’s look at each of these in more detail. What is Your Area of Expertise? (Or What Are You Willing to Learn About?) It’s always best to start with what you know. Look at the industries you’ve either worked in or are currently working in. If you start with the knowledge you have, this will provide the quickest payoff for your freelance career. But you can learn as you go. By reading content in your niche and staying up to date with industry news, you can develop your expertise. You’ll want to learn the industry jargon and learn the “language” or preferred vocabulary of your target audience. So either start with something you are already an expert in, or choose an area where you are willing to spend the time to read and learn all about it. What Are You Passionate About? (Or What Do You Enjoy Writing About?) Be cautious in choosing a niche only because it might pay well. A lack of passion will show up in your writing, and readers will pick that up and lose interest themselves. At a minimum, make sure you have a keen interest in the topic. Look at what you enjoy writing about, or the topics you gravitate towards when there is no profit motive. If you aren’t sure what you want to write about, don’t worry about specializing yet. By staying open to writing about anything, you may discover interests or passions you didn’t know you had. How To Validate and Test Your Freelance Writing Niche Now that you have some ideas of what you want to write about, it’s time to validate and test it. Is There a Market For It (And Does It Pay Enough For Your Needs)? If you want to earn well as a freelance writer, make sure there is a market for the type of content you’d like to write. You need to find businesses with budgets. Remember, you are selling the results you get clients as a freelance writer. You aren’t paid to write, you are paid to sell. A good way to test the market is to see what’s advertised on job boards. As a reminder, to get the highest pay rates, you’ll want to pitch companies directly, but job boards can help with the research. The Ultimate Freelance Writing Niche Test “Work is the bridge between dreams and reality.” – Jared Leto There’s always a difference between what you think something will be like and what it is actually like. Said another way, you can’t truly know what you want to write about until you start writing about it. So, to test it out, create a writing sample. This is a low-risk way to try out a different niche. As an example, maybe you think you’d love to write B2B SaaS content for Content Management Solution providers. But then you read about “headless CMS solutions” (yes, that’s a thing), and your eyes glaze over. Not a good sign. You’ll need a sample anyway for potential clients, so this solves two issues at once. Create a sample to both test the niche and to have something to show prospects. Bonus Tip: An excellent way to test a different niche is to write a guest post. This is a three-for-one deal, as not only can you test the waters, provide proof you can write in that niche, but you could also gain exposure to potential clients. If Nothing Else, Just Get Started Take a deep breath. If you are new to the freelance writing biz, don’t worry about specific niches yet. It’s okay to be a generalist. Start exploring these profitable freelance writing niches. But think of this process as a series of experiments to unfold over time. Use this information to pick a few topic niches to position yourself in, and get started. The important part is to begin working on your freelance writing business. And as you gain experience, be ready to niche down and specialize. But decide to make a decision. Start experimenting today. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

75+ Shocking Freelance Statistics That’ll Waste Your Thoughts (2021)

Looking for the latest freelance statistics? Whether you’re seeking data to back up a blog post, whitepaper, or sales letter, or you’re just curious about the state of freelancing in 2021, we’ve got you covered. Our comprehensive list of statistics will paint you a vivid picture of today’s gig economy. Read on to learn the latest trends in freelancing. Ready? Let’s dig in! U.S. Freelance Statistics Signal Consistent Growth Freelance workforce statistics issued by Upwork show that the freelance economy made up nearly 5% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product, outpacing construction, transportation, and mining. Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Freelance jobs have become a legitimate option for a significant number of U.S. workers.  And that trend continues to grow. But don’t take our word for it. Check out these statistics taken from Upwork (and others as cited). Fifty-nine million American workers freelanced in the past year. That number translates to 36% of the total U.S. workforce. Figures are up 8% from the previous year; that’s 2 million new self-employed workers! American freelancers earned $1.2 trillion in annual payouts. The majority (51%) of freelancers say that no amount of money would entice them to take a traditional job. Freelance job postings rose by 41% during the second quarter of 2020 due mainly to the global pandemic. According to a CNBC article, freelancers performing skilled services earned more per hour than 70% of workers in the overall U.S. economy. Are you looking for more encouraging reasons to freelance? These statistics offer additional evidence: For example, 63% of freelancers and 70% of skilled freelancers state that the freelance job market has changed significantly compared to three years ago. Nearly 77% of freelancers and 80% of skilled freelancers believe technology makes it easier to find freelance work. Another 70% of freelancers and 77% of skilled freelancers say perceptions of freelancing as a career are more favorable than in previous years. Roughly 66% of freelancers and 71% of skilled freelancers noted a more significant demand for freelancers. Increasingly, workers want to work on their terms. And some find that working as an independent contractor or part-time solopreneur eases the transition to full-time gig work. Freelancing offers the flexibility to do just that. So, what’s the key takeaway here? The freelance workforce is alive and well in the United States, and growth in this space shows no sign of slowing down. Freelance Demographics So, who is freelancing in the United States? Check out these figures from Statistica.com. Nearly 60% of gig workers started freelancing by choice. Another 40% of freelancers perform independent work out of necessity. Freelancers commonly provide skilled services, with 45% offering programming, marketing, and consulting.  GenZ workers (18-22) comprise 53% of the freelance workforce. 40% of millennials (ages 23-38) freelance. About 31% of Gen X (ages 39-54) workers are freelancers. Working baby boomers (55+), to the tune of 29%, are freelancers. 59% identify as male freelancers, and 40% as female freelancers. More than half of freelancers are younger than 38. The average age of freelancers is 40. Education seems to play a role as well: 35% of people with a high school education (or less) are freelancers. About 35% of people with some college and an associate degree freelance. A solid third of those earning a Bachelor’s degree (33%) are freelancers. Post-grads are most likely to freelance, with 41% of this group participating. Not surprisingly, a key reason people freelance is flexibility: An astounding 46% agree that a skilled freelancer enjoys more freedom than the traditional worker. A majority of freelancers (71%) agree that freelancing allows them to work wherever they choose. Another 43% cite health issues as the root cause of their need for flexibility. 1 in 5 freelancers has a health issue that prevents them from working for a traditional employer. 40% of freelancers cite personal circumstances as driving a need for flexibility. Nearly half (46%) of freelancers are caregivers versus 38% of U.S. workers overall. About 40% of freelancers have children under 18 versus 35% of U.S. workers overall. What Do Freelancers Earn? When it comes to average pay (more from LinkedIn) a skilled freelancer can do well: The median hourly rate among skilled freelancers is $28. Skilled gig workers make more per hour than 70% of workers overall in the U.S. Among freelancers overall, the median hourly rate is $20. Based on data from payscale, the average freelance writer earns $23.57/hour. To understand the earnings potential for remote workers, consider this research by CNBC showing the average pay for: Network and system administration: Average wage of $69/hour. Search engine marketing: Average hourly wage of $66. Product design: Average wage of $61/hour. Mobile development: Average hourly wage of $58. Email and marketing automation: Average wage of $61/hour. These in-demand and high-paying opportunities can command six-figure salaries. Specific segments of freelancers certainly have high earnings potential! In general, an independent professional makes more money than they did when traditionally employed. As you will see, not all reported the same experience. For example, 60% of freelance professionals reported making more money. On the other hand, 30% did make less while working as an independent gig worker. An additional 10% noted no difference in pay. More than half of freelancers make at least as much as they did working for an employer within the first six months of quitting a job to freelance. 1 in 4 freelancers quit or left a job with an employer to freelance. Freelancers get paid in various ways (often working with a large portfolio of clients). Roughly 48% of freelancers receive compensation on a fixed fee basis. Another 29% of gig workers generate pay hourly. And about 23% of independent workers enjoy both fixed and hourly fees. Top Platforms to Find Freelance Work The growth in freelancing job opportunities resulted in a surge of online job sites and marketplaces focused on freelance employment. These online platforms include: Upwork Upwork is a popular job site for over 17 million users in the freelancer industry, and here’s why: The professional community earned over $2.3 billion on Upwork in 2020 across more than 10,000 skills.  About 40% of clients hired talent in multiple categories. Roughly 50% of Fortune 500 companies are Upwork clients. 73% of job seekers have college degrees, making this a good choice for skilled freelancers. LinkedIn LinkedIn is the platform of choice for many professionals in the freelance industry. Expert LinkedIn freelancers (powers users) leverage their knowledge to get better results than non-freelancers performing the same job functions. Freelancers received two times as many recommendations. Freelance professionals belong to 1.4 times as many groups. Freelancers receive 1.3 times as many endorsements. A quick search of LinkedIn’s job postings using ‘Freelance’ and ‘Worldwide’ generated over 55,000 results. FlexJobs FlexJobs distinguishes itself from other platforms in that they are a membership site that charges a weekly or monthly membership fee. FlexJobs proclaims itself as the #1 site worldwide for finding remote, work-from-home flexible job opportunities since 2007. The platform lists job opportunities spanning 50 categories in positions ranging from entry-level to Executive in multiple career fields. Freelancer Freelancer is a massive, free-to-use crowdsourcing and freelancing marketplace. Users bid on jobs posted by employers located all over the world. This marketplace connects over 53 million employers and global freelancers from over 247 countries, regions, and territories. Freelancer has grown through acquisition. They snatched up at least nine other marketplace segments to create a truly global source for freelancers in diverse career fields looking for gig work. The Exciting Future of Freelance The current demand for gig workers is solid. But what does the future look like for freelancers? Ever-increasing amounts of work are sourced online, with 68% of skilled freelancers saying the percentage of work obtained online has increased in the past year. 66% of skilled freelancers currently obtain projects online. Previous clients offer impressive new projects that skilled freelancers take on, with 41% saying they found new work through these channels. 67% of full-time freelancers agreed with the statement ‘I expect my income from freelancing to increase in the next year’. A solid 91% of freelancers believe the best days are ahead! Among freelancers who are moonlighting (they haven’t quit their day job), 40% consider leaving their job to freelance full time. And 8 of 10 non-freelancers said they would do additional work if available and if it enabled them to make more money. About 6 of 10 non-freelancers say it is likely they will do freelance work in the future. Bonus Freelance Facts & Statistics Are you wondering what industries or niches recently performed the best? A recent FlexJobs report taps several job categories that may surprise you! Healthcare services, such as billing, scheduling, and providing medical care, are popular. Therapists, both physical and mental, are increasingly providing treatment plans and rehabilitation on a freelance basis. Freelance mortgage and real estate professionals independently help people buy, sell, or rent properties. A few final fun facts about freelancing to round out our collection of mind-blowing statistics : Gig workers tend to be more politically active than non-freelancers. This is especially true of younger, skilled, and full-time freelancers. Freelancers participate in diverse work options: 45% offer skilled services/labor, 30% unskilled, 28% sell goods, and 29% engage in other activities. Freelancing is hard work! In a 2020 survey by freelancemap.com, 57% admitted to working over 40 hours per week. Alright! If you are surprised, but not overwhelmed, we have achieved our goal. So, what is the next step in your journey? How Will YOU Use these Freelance Statistics? You came seeking the most up-to-date freelance statistics. You asked, and we delivered by showing you the expanding landscape of the gig economy by the numbers. But what will you do with this compelling data? Whether you’re looking for hard facts to back up your next blog post, whitepaper, or sales video, or you’re just curious about the changing face of the new economy, the next step is yours. Let’s see what you can produce with this great resource! ShareTweetPinShareEmail

Find out how to make easy a Hyperlink (Create Clickable Hyperlinks to three Steps)

Here you are, scratching your head and trying to figure out how to make a hyperlink. Maybe you want to link to authoritative content from your new blog. Or perhaps you need a quick reminder on how to make a clickable link in HTML. Either way, we have you covered. What Is a Hyperlink? Hyperlinks are clickable words or images that navigate to other web content. They can connect with almost any resource on the web. When clicked, they’ll either take you to a web address immediately or, for certain types of files, give you the option to open a document with an app (like Adobe Reader to open a PDF). Hyperlinks navigate to: Another web address (URL) Images Audio files Videos HTML files Text files or other documents (PDFs, for example) A location within the same webpage Let’s look at a couple methods for inserting hyperlinks. How To Make a Hyperlink Hyperlinks are fundamental to web navigation, and using them is second nature for most of us. They show up in blog posts, word documents, PDFs, and emails. Only when it’s time to embed a link in text do we give them any thought. There are two ways to embed hyperlinks: Using a visual editor Using HTML How Do I Make a Clickable Link in WordPress? Let’s look at how to embed a link in text using the visual editor on your website: Highlight the text you want to link. Click the Add Link icon within the text editing bar, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+K. This opens a field where you’ll enter the location you want to create a link to. Enter the full address (including HTTPS) or existing file location you want the link to navigate to in the field, and press Enter. Now you have a hyperlinked text. How to insert links in images: Select the image by clicking on it. Now click the Add Link icon in the bar (or Ctrl+K) to open the field. Enter the location you want to link to (like our previous example). In this example, I’ve linked to a PDF document stored on my Google Drive. Readers can open or download the page using an app of their choice. The same process applies whether you’re editing a Post or a Page within WordPress. How to Make a Link Clickable in Email Here is how you create a hyperlink in Gmail: Highlight the text you want to link. Click on the Add Link icon in the text editing bar (or Ctrl+K). Paste or type the URL you want to link to in the field and click “OK.” Now you have your hyperlink. The process is similar in Microsoft Outlook and other email clients. How To Create a Hyperlink in Word To embed a link in text within a Microsoft Word document, start by highlighting the text. Then click Insert on the upper menu bar. Now click: Links → Link → Insert Link (a window will appear). You can then add a URL to the Address field or link to: Another document Another place on the same document Or an Email address How Do You Make a Clickable Link with HTML? When building a link in HTML, use the  and  elements to designate the beginning and end of the link. Designate the target you’re linking to by using the href attribute:   As an example, let’s say you wanted to create the following: Smart Blogger has a popular post about blogging. This is what the HTML code would look like in the WordPress text editor: For adding a hyperlink to an image, the basic snippet is: To learn more about adding hyperlinks to images using HTML, check out this post. Happy Hyperlinking Now you know how to make a hyperlink. Most of the time you won’t need HTML and can simply add a link by clicking the icon in the text editing toolbar. Whether you’re creating a hyperlink on a webpage to someone else’s blog or linking to a PDF or a podcast recording on your own site, now you have the information to create this fundamental element of web navigation. Have fun with your new superpower! ShareTweetPinShareEmail

Ghostwriting 101: Tips on how to Get Paid Massive Bucks As offering a Ghostwriter

Learn the ins and outs of being a ghostwriter. Updated for 2021. You want to make money as a writer, right? You’ve told everyone on Facebook (including your weird aunt) that you’re available to write. You’ve been writing guest post after guest post to showcase your talent and get your name out there. Maybe you’ve even landed a few freelance writing jobs already. (Good for you!) But then a prospective client emails you with the question, “Do you offer ghostwriting services?” And you’re stumped. Maybe you’ve heard of ghostwriting. Maybe you have some idea what a ghostwriter is. Or maybe you wonder if it involves ouija boards in some way. You don’t want to look like an idiot by emailing back to say, “Err… what do you mean?” That sounds like a good way to send your potential client running for the hills. But don’t worry — I’m about to tell you everything you need to know about ghostwriting, starting with… Table of Contents What IS Ghostwriting? But Why Would You Let Someone Else Take Credit for YOUR Writing? The Counterpoint: Why You Might NOT Want to Be a Ghostwriter How to Become a Ghostwriter Ghostwriting 101: A Quick Recap Will You Give Ghostwriting a Try? Back to Top What IS Ghostwriting? You might already have some hazy ideas about ghostwriting. When I first heard of ghostwriting, I thought it was just used for celebrity memoirs. It turns out memoirs are just the tip of the iceberg. Ghostwriting is everywhere — from independent authors using Amazon’s Kindle book publishing to popular bloggers using WordPress. So what is it? When you ghostwrite, you let someone else put their name on your work. That is, you don’t get any authorship credit — at all. Typically, the person who commissions the work will own the copyright, which also means they can modify or republish the work in any way they see fit. So why would someone hire a professional ghostwriter? Are they too lazy to write their own book or come up with original work or ideas? Not necessarily. People hire ghostwriters for many different reasons, but the most common ones are: Their business has grown so much that they no longer have time to write (all) their own material. They have a wealth of expertise or an exciting story to tell, but they don’t enjoy the writing process or they’re not very good at it. It’s nothing new, either: ghostwriting has been around, in one form or another, for centuries. To give you a better idea of what being a ghostwriter may involve, my own ghostwriting has included: Taking a rough draft, editing it heavily, and expanding on it where necessary. Taking a blogger’s rough notes and transcribing them. Putting together short, functional blog posts (e.g., announcing a new writing podcast). Taking an assigned topic and very brief outline, then writing a post in the client’s voice and writing style. Writing a post based on a title and nothing more. Coming up with ideas, getting them approved, then ghostwriting the posts (though this is rare!). As you can see, ghostwriting has a spectrum from something akin to an editing relationship to writing a piece from scratch. Download 100+ Writing Resources(free, ginormous bonus) And it’s growing in popularity. The demand for high-quality ghostwriters is so high it’s now taught in schools — California State University, Long Beach offers a Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program led by Claudia Suzanne. Of course, I’ve only ghostwritten for blogs. Authors like Roz Morris and others have written whole books (nonfiction books, New York Times’ bestsellers, etc.) as ghostwriters, which is a far more involved process that includes extensive interviews with the ghostwriting client. Back to Top But Why Would You Let Someone Else Take Credit for YOUR Writing? Assuming you want to build up your own brand as a professional writer, why would you want to be a ghostwriter? After all, you won’t get any of the credit. Your name won’t appear anywhere on the piece, and you probably can’t tell anyone you wrote it. So why do so many writers ghostwrite, and why do so many love it? Well, because there are major benefits: Benefit #1: Being a Ghostwriter Pays Exceptionally Well One huge reason to get into the ghostwriting business is money. Ghostwriting tends to pay better than regular freelancing. After all, having your name attached to your words is valuable for you as a writer. When you have a byline, you can use that piece of work to showcase your talent, build your reputation, and potentially attract new clients. So it’s appropriate (and standard practice) to increase your hourly rate to compensate for the loss of these advantages. There’s no exact rule of thumb for how much extra you should charge for a ghostwriting gig over regular freelancing. Personally, I tend to increase my fee by about 15%–20%. On top of that, once you’ve established a ghostwriting relationship with someone, it often results in ongoing work for you. Most people want their writing to be consistent, so it makes sense to stick with the same writer. In other words, you have consistent work at a higher rate than usual. That’s quite a plus, isn’t it? Benefit #2: Ghostwriting Lets You Develop Closer Relationships with Big Names in Your Field As a ghostwriter, you’ll normally work quite closely with your client. You may be privy to their rough notes or mind maps, or you might interview them on the phone or in person. Chances are, you’re also focusing your ghostwriting on a particular area of expertise (especially if you’re writing for a blog). This means you’ve got a brilliant opportunity to get to know and be affiliated with someone well-established in your field. You’ll find that you get valuable insights into the “behind the scenes” of a top blog, or you get a clearer idea of how a big-name book author works and thinks. This may be eye-opening! It could give you some ideas for how best to move forward with your own business when you start your own blog. And as you build up closer relationships, or even friendships, with your client, they might share your other work on social media, bringing you a lot of extra traffic. (Several of the people I ghostwrite for have supported me in that way.) If you ever need a favor or need some advice, there’s a good chance they’ll be very happy to help. So much of blogging success depends on getting a helping hand from other bloggers — particularly those with a large audience and a great reputation in their field. Ghostwriting brings you into close contact with exactly those people. Back to Top The Counterpoint: Why You Might NOT Want to Be a Ghostwriter There are a couple of big concerns that writers have about ghostwriting: “But surely that’s not ethical?” “But why should they benefit from my hard work?” “But what about building my platform?” These are real, valid concerns. And for you, they may be deal-breakers. So let’s dig into them. Objection #1: “When You’re a Ghostwriter, You’re Helping Someone Fool Their Readers — That’s Unethical” When you’re a ghostwriter for someone, they pass your words off as their own. Which begs the question… Is ghostwriting ethical? The authors who hire ghostwriters certainly think it is! But not all writers or readers agree. Many feel that some types of ghostwriting are more ethical than others. For instance, think about these two scenarios, which are on opposite ends of the ghostwriting spectrum: A big-name blogger hires a ghostwriter to write an e-book on their behalf. The blogger talks to the ghostwriter for an hour and provides a detailed outline. Once the e-book is complete, the big-name blogger reads it, edits it, and puts his or her name on it. A big-name blogger hires a ghostwriter to write an e-book on their behalf. They give the ghostwriter free rein to come up with the topic and outline, and they don’t supply any help. When it’s done, the blogger puts his or her name on it without giving it a second look. Personally, as a reader, I’d feel comfortable with situation #1. The thoughts in the e-book belong to the blogger, but the ghostwriter has helped shape them. Situation #2, however, seems a lot thornier. As a reader, I’d feel cheated by that. I’m buying the e-book because I want the blogger’s expertise — not that of a ghostwriter I don’t know. If you’re thinking of ghostwriting, you have to make up your own mind about what is — and isn’t — ethical. Where would you personally draw the line as a ghostwriter, if at all? For more thoughts on the rights and wrongs of ghostwriting, check out Patty Podnar’s post Is Ghostwriting Ethical? Also, Amanda Montell’s Your Favorite Influencers Aren’t Writing Their Own Content—These Women Are is quite eye-opening about some of the less ethical practices in the ghostwriting world. Objection #2: “It’s Too Painful Watching Someone Else Get Praised for YOUR Work” It may sound silly, but not getting recognition for your writing can be quite painful — unbearable to some. I have to admit that, as a writer, it can sometimes sting a little to see a blogger receive lots of lovely praise for a post that I wrote every word of. And I’m not alone; many writers find themselves missing the attention and craving the recognition. It’s no fun watching someone bask in glory that should be yours. But think of it this way: All that praise is a sign you did a great job. You can be proud of that, and you can feel confident you’ll get hired again! Also, as experienced ghostwriter Roz Morris points out in an interview with whitefox, it’s not just ghostwriters who go unnoticed by readers: There are many unsung heroes in the creative industries, and ghostwriters are only one of them. Editors can also make a huge difference to [book writing] and are rarely credited. So, if you can’t stand watching someone else take the praise, that’s okay. Many writers feel that way. But maybe we should also keep things in perspective. Objection #3: “Ghostwriting Keeps You from Building Your Platform” Even if you’re okay with someone else getting the praise, you may still oppose the idea of letting them take credit. Some writers feel that, to become a successful freelance writer, you need to take credit for every powerful word you write and create an impressive body of work with your name on it. They believe that ghostwriting is essentially a waste of time. After all, when you’ve got a bio (or at least your name) on every blog post you write, each of those posts helps raise your profile. You’ll be bringing in new readers and potentially new clients through your work — without any additional marketing. This is essentially the argument that Demian Farnworth puts forward in The Brutally Honest Truth About Ghostwriting: The first thing every writer should ask is this: What do you want to accomplish as a writer? Is building a personal and visible platform important to you? Will it help you in the long run? If you have to ghostwrite to make ends meet, fine. But beat a hasty path out of the business as soon as possible. It’s your turn to run the show. I certainly think it’s worth putting some serious thought into how best to make ghostwriting work for you. It might be that you want to solely focus on your own platform (heck, you might even hire ghostwriters of your own, someday down the line!). But there’s no shame in taking ghostwriting jobs to generate a steady income while you build your platform. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can do both at the same time. Ghostwriting takes some focus away, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. By the way: We’ve created a handy visual summarizing this post that you can share and embed on your own site. Check out the image below (click to see a larger view): Embed This Infographic On Your Site Ghostwriting 101: How to Get Paid Big Bucks As a Ghostwriter from SmartBlogger.com Back to Top How to Become a Ghostwriter If you’ve been nodding your head while reading this post, you’re probably wondering… “Okay, but how do I become a ghostwriter?” Answer: The same way you become a freelance writer. Here are the keys: #1. Build Your Content Creation Skills If you want to be a ghostwriter, you have to learn how to create quality content. What’s this mean? It means: Mastering content frameworks Learning how to write solid headlines Knowing how to support your points with examples Keeping your readers emotionally engaged …and more. Nothing will impact your ability to earn real, tangible income as an aspiring ghostwriter more than your ability to create amazing content. So, if you don’t know how, learn. Further Reading: Check out our resources 18 Writing Tips That’ll Actually Make You a Better Writer and How to Write a Blog Post – The Ultimate Guide. Once you’ve mastered the basics, read Evergreen Content 2.0: Timeless Posts People Will Actually Remember. #2. Learn the Ins and Outs of SEO If you can create content that will rank on Google, clients will pay you. Happily. Heck, they’ll throw money at you. So how can you help your content rank on Google? By learning all you can about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and applying what you learn to the content you create. Further Reading: Don’t know SEO? Brian Dean has a great guide that will help you learn the basics of SEO fast. #3. Build an Awesome Portfolio of Sample Content Ideally, you’ll have three levels of portfolios: A portfolio that shows you know how to write, a portfolio that shows you’re a subject matter expert of a given topic, and a portfolio that shows documented success for clients. But when you’re just starting out, you need to focus on the first level: A writing portfolio that proves you know how to create a decent piece of content. If you don’t already have your own blog or website, create an account on a free blogging platform like Medium. Two or three writing samples are enough, and you can get started right away. #4. Find Your First Paying Client In the early days, finding those first few clients will be difficult. Even with solid content creation and writing skills, SEO know-how, and a great portfolio proving you know how to write, finding paying clients without word of mouth and referrals won’t be easy. Here’s what you’ll need to do: Keep checking job agency postings. Pitch to software company blogs like HubSpot, Sumo, and Ahrefs. Do as much self-promotion as you can, including mentioning your ghostwriting service in the byline of your blog or Medium posts. It’ll be a slow process at first, but once you get those first few clients you’ll be set. Do a great job, make your clients happy, and referrals will happen. Further Reading: Bookmark this giant list of content marketing agencies. It’ll come in handy. Back to Top Ghostwriting 101: A Quick Recap We’ve covered a lot, so let’s review: What Is Ghostwriting?Ghostwriting is when a writer (“ghostwriter”) is hired to create a piece of content for a company or individual, who will then publish the work as their own. Do Ghostwriters Get Credit for Their Work?Ghostwriters are paid to let someone else put their name on their work — they do not receive any credit, and they usually cannot tell anyone they wrote it. Why Do People Hire Ghostwriters?There are numerous reasons why someone would want to hire a ghostwriter, but two big reasons are time restraints and a lack of desire (or ability). Regardless of their reason, parties who choose to hire ghostwriters do so because it’s advantageous. (They’re getting something out of it, in other words!) What Are the Benefits of Being a Ghostwriter? There are two huge benefits to ghostwriting: Exceptional pay, and business relationships. Because they miss out on auxiliary perks like bylines and having their name attached to the content, ghostwriters are usually well compensated. Also, ghostwriting brings ghostwriters into close contact with bloggers, authors, and influencers with large audiences. These connections can sometimes be worth more than the commission itself. How Much Do Ghostwriters Make?It varies from writer to writer, but an increased fee of 15% or more from their standard freelancer rate is reasonable when ghostwriting. What Are the Typical Objections to Ghostwriting?Those who throw shade at ghostwriting typically do so for one of three reasons: Ethical concerns, not wanting to see someone else get credit for their work, and the worry ghostwriting will keep the writer from building up his or her own platform. We’ve covered each of these objections in detail. Whether any of them are deal-breakers is up to you. How to Become a GhostwriterThe process is very similar to the one for becoming a regular freelance writer: Build Your Content Creation Skills Learn the Ins and Outs of SEO Build an Awesome Portfolio of Sample Content Find Your First Paying Client In short: Learn how to create awesome content, learn the ins and outs of SEO so the content you produce can rank on Google, create a portfolio of 2 or 3 posts that prove you’re a good writer, and pound the pavement so you can secure those first few paying clients. Will You Give Ghostwriting a Try? Ultimately, ghostwriting can be a little divisive. Some writers feel — passionately — that readers deserve to know exactly who wrote the words they’re reading. Others feel building your platform is too important to let someone else take credit. But ghostwriting is a good way to make money as a writer — whether you’re working full-time on various ghostwriting projects, or part-time with the occasional ghostwriting client. And it doesn’t mean your platform is off the table. You can be a ghostwriter and have a writing career under your own name. Many writers, including me, simply use ghostwriting as a way to supplement or support their writing passions. Personally, I think it’s worth it. Only you can decide whether it’s right for you. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

11+ Technical Writing Jobs That Pay out out Nicely (Even for Inexperienced persons)

Think technical writing jobs are out of reach? Think again! Maybe you’re not sure what technical writing is or what you do as a technical writer. Or perhaps you’re wondering if technical writers need a degree, can make good money, or if this niche is even for you. Read on and we’ll answer all those questions (and more). And by the time you reach the end of this post, you’ll know if searching for these writing jobs is a good use of your time. Ready? What is Technical Writing? Technical writing translates technical information into content that is easily understood by customers, employees, investors, and others. It includes manuals, training materials, policies, and other documentation. And even though you’ll find plenty of technical writing on the web, some of it continues to live entirely offline. But just how much technical writing work is out there? Technical Documentation is in Demand Technical documentation is needed more than ever by product managers, sales teams, and new hires, to name just a few. And the need for technical writing is always high in software development and information technology companies. Have a degree in computer science? Know what api and xml mean? Or maybe you’re an avid consumer of a particular type of software or brand, like Microsoft, and have a detailed understanding of it. If so, then you could be a shoo-in. Plenty of other industries need writers with technical skills too. So, even if you’re not a tech wizard or rocket scientist, the good news is that there are still plenty of technical writing jobs out there. And technical writing is a great way to niche down and make more money, even if you have little or no experience. Not only that, but the pool of qualified candidates (i.e. the competition) is smaller when compared to other writing niches. Plus, this work is typically well paid because of the expertise required to knock these assignments out of the park. Let’s have a look at the opportunities. The 11 Best Technical Writing Jobs 1. Healthcare What industry has deep pockets and needs to translate complex information into layman’s terms? Healthcare! This industry needs a wide variety of technical writing, including white papers, case studies, brochures, and copywriting. That means a steady stream of well-paying jobs if you have the right background and skills to deliver. Does technical writing pay well? The opportunities in IT and healthcare alone prove that it can! Best Background for the Job Do you have a science or medical degree? Years of experience working in a healthcare setting or a related field? If so, you’re a competitive candidate for technical writing jobs in healthcare. Choosing this niche can be lucrative, as the industry is characterized by stable businesses with high profits. A great example of a stand-out writer in this niche is Sarah Turner, a freelance copywriter who used her background in biology to build a successful freelance copywriting agency targeting the healthcare industry. 2. Technical Communication You’re scanning LinkedIn for writing gigs, and you see a profile with the job title: “Technical Communication Consultant.” What does that mean? Technical communication encompasses work in user experience (UX) design, onboarding, training, instructional materials, and even technical illustrations, to give a few examples. Best Background for the Job Technical communication requires technical writers with strong communication skills. Maybe you have a background in education and love the idea of designing instructional programs in your area of expertise. In that case, branding yourself as a technical communicator could set you apart. Skilled at writing web copy or designing websites? You may have a future as a UX writer, a key member of the design team who maps out what a user is exposed to as they navigate a website or mobile app. The opportunities are broad but have the common goal of creating accessible information for a specific audience. 3. Instruction Manuals and User Guides If nothing has grabbed you yet, don’t despair. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a great technical writing job in your future. Think about how many new products are unleashed on the market every day. They all need a user guide or instruction manual, and that’s a big market! What products do you use every day? Is there a game or app you’re obsessed with? What do you spend a big chunk of your hard-earned cash on? The writing for end-user documentation is dry, but if you hate word vomit and can write tight and concise content, this might be your technical writing superpower. Companies pay well for an easy-to-follow instruction manual that helps customers get the most out of their purchases. Best Background for the Job The awesome thing about this type of technical writing is that the required skills have more to do with your writing style than anything else. As a passionate end-user, you have what it takes to identify products or industries that you could write end-user documentation for. Who better to explain the benefits of a product or service than an avid consumer? Just know that this kind of writing takes a special kind of writer. You have to be detail-oriented and willing to put yourself in the customer’s shoes. It’s an iterative process that’s heavy on editing. If you’re fine with that, this can be a great opportunity. 4. Technical Copywriting Technical copywriting is focused on attracting customers and making sales. You’ll find this type of technical writing in landing pages, sales videos, website copy, and more. Remember Sarah Turner? The successful medical copywriter who used her biology background to define her niche and stand out as a subject matter expert? All businesses need good copywriting. Focusing on technical copywriting differentiates you and creates an opportunity to develop expertise, which can make you more money. Best Background for the Job There are great technical copywriting opportunities for tech writers with medical, finance, IT, or other expertise and plenty of ways to learn the trade. If you have the expertise and a desire to pursue a marketing role centered in a specific industry, this could be a profitable path for you. 5. Technical Content Writing Demand for content marketing is increasing every year. It’s not hard to see why once you understand that this marketing channel makes all other marketing efforts more effective. How does it do that? By cultivating trust and credibility through sharing information that audiences find valuable. And how does this apply to technical writing? Technical writers with specific expertise on technical topics like IT have countless opportunities to communicate complex topics in easy-to-understand terms, like this article about HTTP requests from Neil Patel’s blog. Best Background for the Job Chances are that you’ve probably brushed up against technical content without even realizing it. Ever searched for articles comparing web hosting? Or asked Google a question like how do you make a hyperlink? Incorporating some technical content into your portfolio is not a big stretch and is an easy way to build some technical writing skills. And if you already have content writing experience, it’s a great jumping-off point into technical writing. 6. White Papers White papers are a perennial favorite across many industries. Often used to demonstrate how a business solved a particular problem, they can be used to generate leads (as an opt-in offer) and sales. White papers are a great place to take a complex problem and simplify it so the reader can quickly understand the problem and its solution. They often include a table of contents and data illustrated by charts, tables, and graphs. ADP’s white paper, “5 Steps to Ride Your Business of Payroll Stress,” was listed as one of the best B2B white papers written in 2020. Best Background for the Job Given the formal tone and extensive use of graphs, charts, and data, white paper writers will benefit from having a science, business, or tech background. This type of writing can be particularly lucrative, but you’ll have to work for it. In addition to time spent writing, this type of document requires plenty of design time to bring all the elements together. 7. Case Studies Case studies walk readers through real-life examples of successfully solving problems. Done well, they are incredibly effective at building trust with consumers and clients, gaining credibility for the solution provider. Because of this, they are often part of a bigger marketing plan. Although similar to white papers, they tend to be shorter and less formal documents. Fractl, a content marketing and growth agency, effectively uses case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach. Best Background for the Job A general business background can’t hurt, but comfort in using and interpreting data is more important. If you’re a data-head and have a passion for a certain type of product or service, you could have a profitable niche on your hands. 8. Technical Finance Writing Technical finance writers explain complex financial topics, like global stock market performance or insurance coverages. Assignments can range from writing copy for a bank’s sales page to writing a news article that explains how to set up a retirement portfolio. Businesses use technical finance writers to craft informative presentations, produce annual financial reports, or create consumer brochures. Best Background for the Job If you have a background in accounting or finance, you’ve got a leg up on the competition for technical finance writing jobs. A solid writer with an avid passion for personal finance or investing can also build a competitive portfolio. 9. Product Reviews Writing product reviews is a lucrative niche. According to the Spiegel Research Center: The purchase likelihood for a product with five reviews is 280% higher than a product with none Nearly 95% of shoppers read online reviews before purchasing a product Given those numbers, it’s not hard to see why companies are willing to pay good money for reviews. Best Background for the Job An advantage of this niche is that you don’t need a technical background. Yes, if you are reviewing Apple’s newest and greatest iPhone you should have some technical prowess, as Apple’s consumers are going to expect that. However, there are countless other products where reviews can be written by just about anyone. To get a paid assignment, you need to build solid writing skills and produce great samples. Have a strong social media presence and lots of followers? Think about leveraging those channels to review and recommend products you love as an easy way to make some extra side income. 10. Proposals and Pitches Technical writers play an important role in teams that deliver proposals or pitches to win projects. Some writers niche down, building a solid income by helping not-for-profits get grants or helping software companies land implementation jobs. In this niche, you’re usually writing to other businesses, rather than the general consumer. This means that the writing is less layman-focused and understanding business language is more important. Best Background for the Job Are you someone who has B2B experience, knows industry-specific lingo and practices, and is familiar with the workflow that supports building proposals or making pitches? If so, it can be lucrative because the pool of qualified candidates will be small, meaning you have a great chance of standing out. 11. Other Technical Documents in High Demand The opportunities are truly endless! Some final examples to drive home the amazing variety of assignments that exist for technical writers: Business plans and grant proposals Standard operating procedures and checklists Business status reports Academic and scientific research papers Operations guides Technical books Ready to Pursue Technical Writing Jobs? If you’re looking for a more profitable niche, shifting focus to technical writing might be the answer you’ve been looking for. The process is the same as becoming any other niched-down freelance writer. Scan job postings for assignments and update your LinkedIn profile, making sure to indicate your niche. Voraciously consume resources, cultivate your skills, build out your portfolio, and start landing clients. Stop thinking you aren’t qualified and get out of your own way. There’s plenty of room for you in the lucrative world of technical writing. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

Exactly is RSS? (& How RSS Feeds Work)

What is RSS? And what are RSS feeds (and how the heck do they work)? Whether you’re starting a blog or just love to consume content, it’s a good idea to understand why so many web users prefer this technology to get regular updates with the latest information from their favorite sites. In this post, we’ll take a look at the benefits of using RSS, how to get set up with an RSS feed reader, and some examples of readers you can begin using today. Ready? Let’s go. What is RSS? Before we get started, you’re probably asking, “what does RSS stand for?” Depending on who you ask, it’s an acronym for one of the following: Really Simple Syndication Rich Site Summary RDF Site Summary Whichever option you go with, they all represent the same process. So, what does RSS mean? Let’s take a closer look. RSS Meaning RSS Definition: RSS uses a simple text format that is easily read by computers (called XML) to efficiently share updates from websites, including summaries, links, podcasts, weather, news, and more. An application called a news aggregator then reads the XML file, organizing the web content into an easy-to-read format (typically a newsfeed). This feed is chronologically ordered, with new content at the top. As you can see in the example above, Feedly’s RSS feed reader app translates those text files into a human-friendly list of articles. What is an RSS Feed and How Does It Work? The RSS feed refers to a document on a website continuously updated with XML text files that represent the latest content published on a site. They contain meta-data (things like publish date, name of author, title, description, etc.), links to the original content, a summary, and sometimes full articles or podcasts. This document shares real-time updates that can be subscribed to and viewed via email or an RSS reader. At this point you’re probably asking, “That’s all good, but why bother?” After all, can’t we simply scroll through our Facebook newsfeed where we already follow many of the sites we enjoy? And doesn’t Google do a fine job of curating the latest news stories for us? Although many people share those sentiments, some still love RSS. Here’s why: Benefits of RSS Although less popular these days, RSS feeds continue to see use by many who want to stay abreast of the latest content from their favorite news sites, blogs, and podcasts. There are good reasons to use this technology in today’s sea of information. RSS allows you to subscribe to the latest content from each site without having to regularly revisit multiple websites one by one (via bookmarks, for example). You can simply visit your inbox or news reader to see all the latest content in one convenient location. This is especially handy when you consider all the sites you follow typically have different publishing schedules. But what about social media? After all, most blogs and podcasts share their content via Facebook or Twitter, right? It’s true that these are the preferred and seemingly most convenient ways to keep track of the latest content. But many people are increasingly choosing to limit their time on these platforms. And, because of the algorithms’ selective sharing of content, there’s a good possibility you’re going to miss a lot. The goods news is that RSS allows you to avoid getting hypnotized by an algorithm or being pulled into a political debate with Uncle Bob. Instead, you can create your own distraction-free news feed from only your favorite sites. You can also use RSS to email newsletter converters to share the personalized content from your favorite websites with your friends, customers, colleagues, etc. in case they wish to receive personalized curated content in their inboxes. Although you can choose to receive syndicated content in your inbox, with RSS you’re not required to provide your email to see updates. Let’s look at how RSS works. How to Use RSS Getting started is easy. You can use what’s called an RSS feed reader (also known as an RSS aggregator), or you can subscribe to feeds and receive updates directly to your inbox. RSS content can be subscribed to and read via apps or through browser extensions like this one from Feeder.co for Google Chrome: With this Chrome extension, it’s as simple as: Going to a site and clicking on the orange RSS button on your browser’s toolbar. Then click “+” to add the site to your list to begin receiving content updates. You can also search for the name of a site from within a feed reader app. I searched for the Tim Ferriss podcast from within Inoreader, and then it gave me the option to “Subscribe.” Each app presents a variety of different layouts and methods for organizing information. Don’t worry, they’re all fairly straightforward to figure out. At this point you may be wondering what some of your options are. Below is a list of popular RSS feed readers for you to explore. RSS Feed Reader Apps & Extensions 1. Google’s RSS Subscriptions Extension Google’s RSS Subscriptions Extension allows for simple and convenient RSS subscription with one click right from your browser’s toolbar. It can be integrated with web-based feed readers like Feeder, The Old Reader, and Feedly. 2. Feeder Advanced filters in Feeder allow you to block specific keywords and topics. Download their app or get the web browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. 3. The Old Reader If you want a hybrid social media/feed reader experience, use the “Find Friends” feature to see which of your Facebook or Google connections are also active on The Old Reader, and then comment on each others’ posts. 4. Feedly Train Feedly’s AI bot “Leo” to prioritize specific keywords, trends, and topics to show you only the most relevant and interesting content. 5. FeedReader FeedReader works with other web-based RSS accounts and integrates with apps like Instapaper and Pocket. You can also share articles to Telegram or listen to podcasts within the app. 6. Newsblur NewsBlur comes with plenty of features that make organizing your information pain-free, including full-text search, story tagging, and the ability to track changes made to articles over time. You can also share stories with friends on your own public “blurblog.” 7. Inoreader Inoreader allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds, blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter searches, email newsletters, and podcasts. Set up rules, monitor keywords, and set filters to control the flow of content into your newsfeed. 8. RSS Owl RSS Owl works across all devices and platforms. It comes with all the standard features like labels, notifications, saved searches, and filters. 9. Feedbro Feedbro allows you to follow your favorite social media sites and RSS feeds. Robust options include tagging, keyboard shortcuts, partial to full article conversion, and plenty of viewing modes to suit your preferences. Make RSS Work for You Although not as popular as they once were, many internet users still find RSS feeds valuable. In this post, we explained how a number of apps and extensions make it easy to follow RSS feeds. If you want more control over the content you consume, without the interference of algorithms or the dangers of distraction that come with social media, then give some of these readers a try. Good luck. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

A few of the 15 Finest Search Engines within the World (Google, Bing, & Extra)

Let’s talk search engines. Did you know there are search engines other than Google? And that using a different search engine might actually suit you better? Perhaps you prefer a well-seasoned and reliable search tool. Or gravitate toward more socially conscious and green options. Or maybe privacy is your biggest concern. Whatever your reasons, you have a choice. While Google is the most popular search engine, with over 80% of the global market, there are plenty of Google alternatives out there. This post will highlight the 15 best search engines, some of which may surprise you. But first, have you ever stopped to think about what a search engine is? According to Techopedia, “A search engine is a service that allows Internet users to search for content via the World Wide Web (WWW).” Simple, right? So, with that definition in mind… let’s check them out! 15 Top Search Engines 1. Google Google focused on giving people what they want, quickly becoming the #1 search engine in the world with 87% of the market share. Google’s algorithm learns users’ habits and desires to deliver targeted information fast. Bloggers optimize for these Google algorithms to make money from their blog writing. Part of what makes Google so effective is the collection of users’ browsing data (that it shares with marketers). Clearly, privacy is not their priority. Noteworthy Features Filters (Books, Images, Google Scholar) help fine-tune search results. “Local Search” and “Google Maps” enable users to find local businesses on the go. “I’m feeling lucky” takes the searcher straight into their #1-ranked article. 2. Microsoft Bing Microsoft Bing is the default search engine for Windows PCs. With fewer bells and whistles than Google, Bing provides great search results while ensuring more privacy and security. Bing’s uncluttered appearance makes for a pleasant user experience, especially for its older audience. Noteworthy Features Their reward program allows users to accumulate points for products like apps and movies while surfing the internet for information. Searchers can use their voice, an image, or text to search from the toolbar. “My Saves” acts as a bookmarking tool. 3. Baidu With features similar to Google, Baidu is China’s most popular search engine, serving 72% of the Chinese market. Originally funded by Silicon Valley investors, Baidu is a Chinese company, compliant with China’s laws and censorship. This search engine is focused on the needs of the local (not global) market and, although accessible worldwide, Baidu’s search results are displayed only in Chinese. Their first page results are mainly ads, profiting from the commonly-held Chinese belief that the ability to pay for ads indicates a reliable company. Noteworthy Features “Baidu Maps” covers the Greater China region. “Baidu Knows” provides a site for registered members to post and answer questions in order to share their knowledge and experience. “Baidu Translate” supports 200 languages. 4. Yahoo Yahoo! (Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle) is a web portal that provides multiple services, including a search engine, email, online forums, news, entertainment, and a whole lot more. One of the oldest web search engines, Yahoo! is a favorite with the 65+ crowd. It’s the default search engine for the Firefox browser. Noteworthy Features The “Hotel” tool allows users to compare hotel availability and rates. “Price Tracker” automatically compares prices to help users get the best deal. “Safe Search” blocks mature and sexually explicit content. 5. Yandex Yandex (Yet Another iNDEXer) is a Russian search engine used mainly in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Ukraine. 43% of the Russian people use Yandex. Its simple homepage displays favicons that make search channels obvious. Search results are available in 10 languages. And if you’re not happy with Yandex’s results, you can click on the Google or Bing option at the bottom of each search results page. Noteworthy Features “Quick Answers” responds to user queries with details related to each search query. Filtering modes (no filter, moderate, family search) help avoid unwanted content. “Video Timestamp” starts videos at precise “search term” locations, skipping irrelevant content. 6. Ask Originally known as Ask Jeeves, this website rebranded to Ask in 2006 with a focus on culture, travel, and entertainment information. Their mission is “to enable curious people to find the information they need.” Ask.com owns Ask.fm, a Q&A site where people can ask and answer controversial questions anonymously. Notable Features The Ask home page is full of current and trending articles. Results are based on subject-specific popularity which adds an editorial flavor. Minimal ads create a pleasant user experience. 7. DuckDuckGo If you love privacy, check out DuckDuckGo. This open-source search engine doesn’t collect, store, or pass on user information. And since they don’t profile their users, everybody sees the same results. The downside to this privacy is the ads shown aren’t as relevant to the searcher, and search results may be of lower quality. Noteworthy Features “Instant Answers” gives you a quick answer at the top of the page, “!bangs” shortcuts allow you to search within 13,564 websites directly from DuckDuckGo, Search results scroll infinitely, so no need to click “next page.” 8. Naver Naver (derived from navigate) is a web portal and Korea’s #1 search engine. It sports a busy Yahoo!-type home page with trending news stories, weather reports, and plenty of ads. Its search results are Google-esque, displayed in Korean and English. Like Google, Naver focuses on the user experience. Noteworthy Features Searchers see 10 – 15 sponsored ads per page. “Comprehensive Search” splits results into sections for easy browsing. “Naver Knowledge” finds snippets of useful information based on a user’s query and displays it in either text, list, or table format. 9. AOL Like Yahoo!, AOL is an American web portal and online service provider. It’s best known from the early days when you “dialed up” your internet connection. The search engine feature is aptly called AOL Search. Noteworthy Features Homepage displays the latest news on a variety of topics. AOL Search results look like an old-fashioned Google page: many organic links with a smattering of paid ads. AOL’s “SafeSearch” prevents sites with sexually explicit content from appearing in your search results. Both AOL and Yahoo are being sold to Apollo Group in 2021 so big changes may be coming to this search engine soon. 10. Ecosia Ecosia is known as “the search engine that plants trees.” This German-based company generates revenue through ads which then pays for tree-planting, forest restoration, and social projects. Powered by Bing, this alternative search engine has a clean, easy-to-navigate layout. Like DuckDuckGo, Ecosia doesn’t track or sell data. If privacy is important to you and climate change is your cause, give Ecosia a try. Noteworthy Features They vow to be transparent about profits, are carbon-neutral, and are privacy-friendly. Approximately 45 searches generate enough revenue for one tree; Ecosia funds a tree a second. “Green Search” icons indicate whether a website is planet-friendly (a green leaf) or if it contributes to climate change (a fossil fuel factory). 11. YouTube YouTube is a video social media platform that happens to be the 2nd most popular search engine — right behind its parent company Google. YouTube’s 2.3 billion users watch over 1 billion hours of video each day.  With over 500 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute, searchers can find a video on just about anything. Noteworthy Features Hashtags make finding videos on a specific topic super simple. “YouTube Music” is the leading music streaming platform. “YouTube Go” allows videos to be downloaded and viewed offline. “YouTube Originals” presents original content (series, movies, events), often awarding exclusive access to bonus content (ie, director’s cuts and extra scenes). “Content ID” identifies and manages copyrighted content on YouTube. 12. Amazon Amazon started as a small online bookstore and has grown into a powerful e-commerce search engine. In fact, 63% of buyers start their online shopping searches on Amazon. If you’re looking to buy or research a product, it’s hard to beat Amazon. Noteworthy Features In-depth descriptions, images, videos, Q&A, customer reviews, and pricing make it easy to discover, learn and compare products. Amazon matches consumers with relevant products based on their search term. More than 1.9 million small and medium-sized businesses sell on Amazon, making up almost 60% of Amazon’s retail sales. 13. Facebook Facebook is both a social media site AND a powerful search engine. The 3rd most visited website in the world, Facebook claims more than 2 billion searches a day. Keyword queries find results from friends, people your friends have interacted with, or pages you like. Noteworthy Features Filters target relevant information (posts, groups, videos, events, etc). “Places” is a powerful local business directory. 600 million people visit Facebook business pages each day. 14. Twitter Twitter, an easy-to-use social media platform, also functions as a powerful search engine. With 326 million monthly users and 500 million daily tweets, you’ll find real-time information on almost any topic. Noteworthy Features “List” keeps the subjects and people you follow easily accessible. “Bookmark” saves tweets too good to lose. During a crisis or emergency, Tweeters close to the action often provide the most up-to-date news. 15. Internet Archive Internet Archive, a legitimate and safe-to-use site, is an American search engine with a mission for “universal access to all knowledge.” It’s also a member of the American Library Association. Noteworthy Features Free, public access to digitized materials, including websites, software apps and games, music, movies and videos, images, and books. Home to the Wayback Machine, a tool that documents the history and changes of websites. It’s been taking snapshots of the internet since the 1990s. Most of the information is under creative commons licenses or in the public domain, making downloading generally legal. Which Search Engines Will You Try Next? So there you have it: the top 15 search engines. Some similar, some different, and some surprising. Now that you know about search engines other than Google, give one or two a try. If privacy is your concern, hang out with DuckDuckGo or Ecosia. Need to translate a document, try Yandex. Interested in the Asian market, check out Baidu or Naver. With so many great options, the world is truly at your fingertips. Happy searching! ShareTweetPinShareEmail

What could possibly be Content material Advertising? (An Straightforward Spray for Newcomers)

Have you been Googling “what is content marketing” and keep finding lightweight fluff or, worse, ultimate guides packed with so much info that reading them is like drinking through a water hose? If so, this simple, thorough primer is just what you need. How does this sound? A marketing channel that… Stands the test of time. You can do it for years without the channel going out of style or your work becoming less effective. Provides a compounding positive return on investment that improves as it ages. You put in $100, and by the end of year three, it’s made $10,000. Helps you attract, convert, and retain customers. It does triple duty without triple the work or investment. If it sounds too good to be true, I have good news. It’s not. This marketing channel exists. It’s not just for online influencers. It’s almost free to kick off and run. And you don’t have to do anything illegal to start it. It’s content marketing. What is Content Marketing? Content marketing is a strategic marketing channel that drives user and customer acquisition and retention through the consistent development and distribution of digital content. All types of businesses use content marketing, from individual consultants and solopreneurs, to large media and ecommerce companies. Back to Top Why Is Content Marketing Important? Many marketing teams new to the content marketing process will publish a few articles, track their performance for a few weeks, and then throw up their hands in frustration when Google Analytics shows that they didn’t make any sales. “We tried content marketing and it didn’t work” they’ll say, and then move onto the next channel experiment to find their golden ticket to marketing nirvana. But the truth is, they didn’t give content marketing a fair shake. Content Marketing Acts as the Engine for All Other Marketing Efforts The majority of content-driven sales won’t show up as “last touch” conversions. That’s because content marketing rarely gets the credit for the sales it has a big hand in driving. Not sure what I mean? Consider the following customer journey scenario: You’re traveling to Europe for business, and when you arrive at your destination, you need to be on your A-game, as you’re meeting a potential customer that would be career-making if you were to land their business. The problem? Between the dehydration, jet lag, bloating, and headaches, you never feel good when you fly. But because this is such an important business trip, and you know it’s extra important to stay healthy while you’re traveling, you try to find solutions on Google. You type in “healthy travel tips” and find this article with 12 strategies to stay healthy and feel better before, during, and after your flight. After reading the blog post, you continue planning your trip. The next day, you’re browsing Facebook or LinkedIn and you see an ad for a health supplement to support your body while traveling. When you click on the ad, you’re brought to the same site you visited the day before. When you go to leave the page, a form slides in offering you a 10% discount in exchange for your email. You enter your email address and then go back to browsing social media. The next day, you open your inbox and find an email with your coupon code for 10% off the drink mix. You use the coupon at checkout and feel prepared for the long flight ahead of you. Now, when the company’s marketing team reviews their metrics, your purchase will likely be attributed to email marketing. That’s because you bought the product from the follow-up email they sent you. However, without good content marketing, you never would have been retargeted on Facebook or LinkedIn with the advertisement that led you to become a subscriber to their email list. In other words: A content marketing campaign is often a customer’s first interaction with you. Back to Top What are the Benefits of Content Marketing? Of the many marketing channels available to digital marketers, content marketing is one of the channels with the widest-reaching benefits, because it enables many other channels to be more effective. A successful content marketing program will also benefit all stages of the marketing funnel. Here’s how: 1. Drives Sales Conversions As with any inbound marketing channel, the main purpose of any content marketing effort is to drive sales and conversions. Some content closer to the bottom of the marketing funnel, such as sales pages and landing pages, will drive direct conversions, but the majority of content captures users at the awareness and interest stages of the funnel, so they assist in driving sales, as mentioned in the earlier scenario. 2. Increases Website Traffic With a few exceptions, you can’t convert people who never land on your website. Experienced marketers look to content marketing to drive traffic to their websites and grow their customer base. The best part about content marketing is that the traffic a good content strategy can drive is targeted and qualified. You create valuable content that is highly relevant to your products or business, and your new visitors are seeking that content, so they’re more likely to be warmer leads. The warmer the lead, the more likely the lead will become a new customer. 3. Improves Brand Awareness Say you were to launch a new yoga gear brand from scratch. You have no traffic, no customers, and no brand awareness. Nobody knows who you are. But then, you begin publishing consistent content that’s high quality. And your ideal customers — beginner yogis and yoga enthusiasts — start to see your brand name when they’re searching for yoga content. On YouTube, the 5-Minute Morning Yoga video content you developed is popping up when they’re searching for guided yoga videos. On Google, the content you developed about the different poses, and the benefits and types of yoga begins to show up in their search results. They begin to see your brandmark on the infographic you developed that’s been shared on social media. As you create and publish more relevant content, your target audience begins seeing your brand everywhere — you build brand awareness. That’s because content marketing is extremely powerful in building brand awareness online. So powerful, a whopping 81% of survey respondents in a recent CMI report touted content marketing’s effectiveness in boosting brand awareness. In short, it works. 4. Enables Other Marketing Channels Because content marketing is effective in driving traffic and brand awareness, a solid content marketing strategy can enable and drive a return on investment for other marketing channels. For example, when you attract visitors to your website via an informative, valuable piece of engaging content, you can then capture their email address, thereby activating your email marketing strategy. If you don’t capture their email address, you may be able to retarget them with a social media marketing or PPC advertisement, driving them back to your website to convert later. 5. Acts as a Backlink Magnet Whether valid or not, backlinks are still often viewed as the holy grail of digital marketing. “If we had more backlinks, we’d be able to rank for this search term, have a better domain authority, and be more trustworthy.” “If we had more backlinks, we’d be able to attract more partners, affiliates, and influencers.” But “link building” should not be used as a verb. It’s not something you should go out and do. After all, the sites that are willing to link to your article because you reached out to them and asked them to, or in exchange for a monetary reward or reciprocal action, are probably not the type of websites you want links from. Those who write for or operate the websites that you want links from — the media sites, popular bloggers, and influencers — link to the best, most relevant content, because they don’t want to waste their audience’s attention on anything else. When you publish the best content on the internet about your topic, you’re building a backlink magnet. Backlinks will come to you. You won’t have to seek them. 6. Builds Your Email List Aside from content marketing, email marketing is the channel well known for having one of the highest return on investments available. It makes sense too. A list of people who wanted to hear from you enough to give you their email address are far more likely to convert than anybody else — besides maybe your mom. Content marketing provides ample opportunity not only to drive qualified traffic from whom to capture emails, as mentioned above, but also to incentivize visitors to subscribe to your email list. Back to Top What are the Different Types of Content Marketing? When many people think of content marketing, they think mainly of written content, such as blog posts. While this is the most widely-known content type, there are different mediums through which to deliver content, including audio, visual, written, and video. 1. Written Content Written content is the most widely known form of content, and is what you’re consuming right now as you read this guide. This includes: Blogging (articles and posts) Ebooks Whitepapers Swipe files Case studies PDFs Written content is the most popular form of content for good reason: it allows you to target relevant keywords in hopes of ranking on the first page in search results for that search term. For example, the SEO (search engine optimization) friendly Happiest Baby website, which sells products to help newborns sleep, ranks #1 for the popular search term “baby sleep schedule”: This undoubtedly brings in plenty of traffic. It’ll happen eventually, but Google’s not yet savvy enough to identify these keywords in audio or video content beyond listing data, so when you’re creating a good content strategy, written content is where most content marketers start. 2. Audio Content Most of us consume audio content regularly, in the car on our way to work, on the treadmill, or in the kitchen cooking. Examples of content in audio format include: Podcasts Audiobooks Radio shows If you’re a regular listener of podcasts, you probably feel like you know the show host somewhat personally. That’s because it’s hard not to feel friendly with somebody when you hear their voice talking about something that matters to you every day! Audio content allows you to connect with your audience more personally. Many marketers supplement their audio content with written content like a blog post or transcript to help rank for relevant keywords. 3. Video Content When you think of search engines, you probably think of Google, Bing, and Yahoo, right? But believe it or not, YouTube is one of the largest search engines in the world. Every time you watch something online, you’re consuming video content. Video content exists on: YouTube Tiktok Instagram (IGTV, Instagram Story, and feed videos) Facebook (Facebook Watch, Facebook Live) Recorded webinars Digital course sites (Skillshare, Creative Live, Lynda.com, etc.) As our friends over at Ahrefs prove, video content can be highly effective in educating, converting, and building brand awareness: 4. Visual Content Another common type of content marketing is visual. Content marketing examples of visual content include: Infographics Slide decks GIFs Memes, etc. High-quality visual content often is developed to supplement and enhance written or video content, though it can also be consumed by itself. Back to Top What is Content Marketing? A Marketing Force Multiplier Abraham Lincoln has been quoted as saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Applied to marketing, high-quality content marketing is like sharpening your axe. It makes all of your other marketing more effective. It’s sustainable, strategic, and provides long-term growth. It provides an unreal return on investment. And it’s completely organic. It’s one of the only marketing channels you don’t have to “pay to play.” Bottom line? If you’re ready to increase your traffic, improve your brand awareness, grow your email list, and make more sales; you should start building a great content marketing strategy today. 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8 Methods to Construct Robust Consumer Contact (+ 6 Professional Suggestions)

Building strong client relationships isn’t rocket science. In fact, cultivating a strong relationship with any client boils down to just two things: Good communication; Offering lots — and I mean lots — of value with the aim of improving your client’s experience. Of course, it’s easier said than done. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide. In it, you’ll learn how to: Set clear expectations from the get-go Position yourself as a strategic partner Build trust from the start Always meet your deadlines Impress your client with results Make the entire working process smooth Ask for repeat work Ready to learn more about building successful business relationships and landing repeat work? Let’s jump in. 1. Set Expectations from the Outset Understanding your clients’ expectations from the very beginning puts you in a better position to fulfill their requirements than if you were trying to serve them based only on guesswork. Adrienne Barnes, a SaaS Consultant and Content Marketer who has worked with her longest client for over a year, is of the same view. Barnes shares: “One of the most important things that I do to create a better experience for my clients is to very clearly communicate my expectations and truly understand their expectations. I ask a lot of questions early on, and I make zero assumptions.” Talk about building a great client relationship! Here’s what you can do to dig into your client’s expectations and build a positive relationship based on what you learn: Jump On a Call With Your Client Sometimes, email communications can help you learn your clients’ expectations. However, nothing beats the effectiveness of a good ol’ phone call for building rapport and getting to know the other person — their business goals, challenges, and so much more. And if a face-to-face client communication is needed, Zoom is a great (and free) option. Settle On a brief This 2-3-page document bears all the important details of a project. It’s the foundation of any smooth sailing project. The information included in a brief clarifies what both parties expect — getting them on the same page and minimizing the odds of unfulfilled expectations. If your client doesn’t already have a brief or it doesn’t answer all your questions, share your brief template or send over the remaining questions before you get to work. Ask Lots of Questions As a rookie small business owner, it can be daunting to question new clients. I’ve been there myself. But, my feelings on this changed when I realized that asking clients good questions reflects your interest in the job at hand. Asking the right questions also shows you know the ins and outs of your job well. Explain Your Working Process This helps set expectations for each phase of the project. Your client learns what they’re investing in and how you’re going to be working. How you work is a burning question that most clients have, so they tend to inquire about it themselves. If they don’t, take the initiative and share how you work, the steps involved, and how it has all played out with past clients. Alternatively, you can outline your working process on your site like Barnes does: Source: ANB SaaS Consulting Back to Top 2. Position Yourself as a Strategic Partner Think about this for a second: Would you like to work with someone with whom you have a purely transactional business relationship? Or, would you rather work with someone who wants to help you succeed by offering the most value to you? It’s the latter, isn’t it? New clients and old ones alike appreciate the extra value that you offer. Here’s a simple example: As a freelance writer, my job is to write research-backed content. However, in several cases, I go the extra step and share what I’ve written with my audience. By doing so, I help promote my clients’ content. Source: Twitter For B2B SaaS writer, Kat Ambrose, building positive client relationships is based on the same. She shares: “The moment I realized that I needed to be more than just someone who could write blog posts for my clients was the moment I started seeing a difference in retaining them.” So how can you position yourself as a strategic business partner? Here are some helpful tips: Research Your Client Before you get back to your potential customers’ queries, take a few minutes to research them. Even just a quick Google search helps! If you find the prospect is a good fit for your business, dig deeper. Go through their website thoroughly. Don’t forget to check their LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media accounts to understand their goals. All this research will prove handy in understanding what the potential client’s goals are and how you can go above and beyond to help reach them. Give Free Advice The idea is to increase the value you provide to improve your client’s experience with you. For instance, Ambrose shares that she: “Offers[s] guidance based on my experience and knowledge of the industry, tell clients what they *actually need* instead of what they think they need, and be a sounding board for ideas especially in the early stages of a project. That initial collaboration sets the tone.” Monfa C. ex-freelance designer did the same and ended up working with his client, Visme, a DIY infographic-making software, full time. Monfa explains: “In my case, I always try to maintain the same level of professionalism, accessibility and emotion with all clients, but there are clients who excel at making you feel comfortable. With these clients you feel the need to offer more than what is asked of you.” The folks over at Visme made Monfa feel comfortable and maintained good communication from their side as they worked on design projects together. Consequently, Monfa adds: “I looked for a way to give him [his client] confidence, fulfilling and improving my delivery times. Sharing ideas even when they were not requested of me and maintaining clear communication and organization in my work.” Back to Top 3. Build Trust from Before the Prospect Knocks on Your Door As in any other lasting relationship, a solid business relationship stands on trust. When prospects know you as someone reliable and authoritative in the industry, they’re more open to the idea of striking a long-term relationship with you. But you can’t build trust overnight. Instead, it’s a slow process to become your potential client’s trusted advisor, guiding them through each stage of their journey until they decide to work with you. Put on your client relationship management hat and get to work by taking these steps: Build Yourself as an Authority in Your Field Start with building a relevant writing portfolio and a trusty website that’s easy to navigate, clearly explains what you do, shares your bio, and answers questions that prospects may have in their mind. Want some more ways to gain your visitors’ trust? Share client testimonials, businesses you’ve worked with in the past, results you’ve achieved for them, and case studies. Share social proof with your clients. Next, go on to offer freebies (such as an eBook) or share valuable content on your website and/or social media to build authority. Get Back to Your Potential Customers Right Away Respond to queries as soon as you can. You can also set an estimated response time on your website to set expectations. Lastly, build trust by sharing how you’ve helped other clients with whom you did similar projects for and the results you achieved. Gain Your Clients’ Trust Further as You Work Together Keep your client looped throughout the process by sharing project updates weekly. This destresses your client as they don’t have to worry about how things are going. Back to Top 4. Always Meet Your Deadlines By meeting deadlines, you tell your client you value their time, which improves their experience working with you. Unfortunately, freelancers and other service-based business owners have developed a bad reputation when it comes to deadlines. On the bright side, this leaves you with a long hanging opportunity to impress your clients and further your business relationship. In fact, B2B Freelance Writer for SaaS, Elise Dopson, shares delivering work before the deadline as her “best tip for improving a client’s experience.” She explains: “I usually set my own deadlines once a client comes to me with a brief — usually within 5-7 working days. However, I try to deliver the draft at least one day before the deadline I’ve said. It doesn’t sound like much, but it surprises them and sets me apart.” Some steps you can take to honor deadlines: Use a Project Management Software to Map Out All Your Work When you have a visual understanding of all your client work — what’s due, what’s in progress, and what’s delivered — you’ll be able to follow through with your schedule. The following four project management tools can help you keep an eye on your ongoing projects: Trello: Gives you ten free, Kanban-style boards that you can use to manage your work. On my main Trello work board, I have the following four columns: To-do, In progress, Review/Edits required, Done. Notion: This one’s completely free for personal use. You can create Kanban boards as well as task lists, and jot down project notes. Todoist: While I use Trello to track each project’s progress, I use Todoist as my daily to-do list app so I have a clear idea of what I’ve to work on each day. HubSpot CRM: Depending on the size of your team, a versatile CRM (customer relationship manager) tool like HubSpot’s free option could come in very handy. Only Take On Work that You Can Deliver On Time Remember that retaining existing clients is far less expensive than getting new business. And, no, I’m not the only one saying so. 70% of businesses say it’s more cost-effective to retain customers than acquire new ones. So, prioritize completing pending projects within their due dates instead of working on landing more work than you can handle. Give Yourself Fake Deadlines This one’s my favorite way to reach my deadlines. If a content piece is due on the 20th of the month, I’ll add 15th to my calendar. This way, even if I’m unable to finish all the work, I still have time to deliver the project on time. Back to Top 5. Impress Clients with Results Not only will delivering the results you promised enhance the client experience, but it also boosts the likelihood of them turning into repeat customers. For example, as a freelance writer, I take the time to understand clients’ brand voice and formatting style closely, which means they get an end product that doesn’t require extra edits. Here are some ways you can achieve results for your clients: Set Up Results Tracking Metrics This one’s a hat tip to Michael Kennan, another SaaS writer and content refreshing expert. Kennan explains: “You want to know exactly how many leads, conversions, sign-ups, or traffic your articles are getting month over month. Build a case for how you contribute to the company’s business objectives. If your articles perform well, it’s an easy up sell to get more, higher-priced work than just sending articles into the void without any check-up.” Keep the Results You Want to Achieve in Mind This way, you have the results you want to achieve on the top of your mind. But, instead of writing elaborate paragraphs of what you want to accomplish, summarize your goal in two lines and keep it front and center. Back to Top 6. Make the Entire Work Process Smooth Building relationships boils down to giving your client’s a smooth experience. All the tips I’ve shared so far have this idea at their heart. When everything is effortless and straightforward for your clients, their experience working with you is A1, making you their go-to person for more work. So, in addition to sticking to the tips above, consider taking these steps too: Make it Easy for Clients to Work With You This extends to both before potential customers reach you and once they’re working with you. For the former, make it easy to contact you. How? By sharing your contact info clearly on your website. And, make sure you make contacting you an easy decision. Share one email address instead of making them think about which one to use in case of multiple addresses. As for the latter, be communicative. You already know that you should keep your client updated. Other than that, complete any edits requested with 1-2 business days, 3 at most. If your schedule is packed and you can’t get back with the edits any sooner, specify the time you’ll take to do so. Have a Clear Process for Onboarding Clients Have a checklist of questions you need to ask so you can ask them in one go. For instance, I ask some of these questions each time I work with a new client: “What exactly do you need my help with?” (This will help you better understand the client’s needs.) “Who will be my point of contact for the project?” “How in-depth is the brief (or do you need me to make one)?” “What turnaround time do you’ve in mind for this work?” “Are there any specific payment terms you have in place?” “How do you prefer making payments?” Also, know the raw material that you’d require, so you can request it all at once instead of getting your client to exchange tons of emails. Communicate Clearly This means you need to write no-fluff emails that instantly get to the point. Remember: your clients are pressed for time, so make things mindless for them. Have a question you forgot to ask? Get straight to it in your email. Have a few things to ask or bring to their attention? Use bullet points to share them in your email. This makes your message easy to read and, therefore, easy to respond to for your client. Lastly, if you find yourself writing a page-long email, consider creating an audio explainer or Loom video. Back to Top 7. Ask for Repeat Work If you’ve done everything right, there’s no shame in asking for repeat work. I like to ask my clients how their experience was or if they liked the work to see how they felt. Often, I also go on to ask them if there’s something that I could have done better. In several instances, clients will themselves ask you to work long-term with them. Michelle Garrett, PR Consultant and Writer, says: “Once they see that they can trust you and that you deliver quality work, they may ask you to take on additional tasks.” So, how do you ask for repeat business? Ask How the Client’s Working Experience Was (and If You Could Help them More) Garrett suggests you ask: “’Is there anything else I could be helping you with?” or suggest something. For example: ‘I’m writing blog posts for you now, but would it be helpful if I also wrote social media posts?’” You can also try: “I’m planning my work schedule for next month, should I save a spot for you?” or “It was a pleasure working with you. Would you be interested in working together further?” Follow-Up with Clients After a Few Months A good retention program doesn’t need to be complicated. Setting up a simple calendar reminder that tells you to check in with your client and ask if you could help them with more work will do the trick. Back to Top Start Building Strong Client Relationships Right Away There you have it! You’re now armed with tips to build good client relationships — ones that can win you repeat work or even referrals. Admittedly, in the beginning, putting all this work into relationship-building can feel overwhelming. But remember: lasting client relationships can take you from rags to riches. Simply focus on giving your clients a smooth experience and you’re all set. To recap: start building trust, take the time to understand and set client expectations, and make working with you smooth sailing. Don’t forget to meet your deadlines. And, most importantly, never be afraid of asking for repeat work. So what are you waiting for? Go build new relationships. Here’s to your list of happy clients. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

30 On-line Proofreading Jobs for Rookies (2021 Information)

Searching for ways to work from home and considering online proofreading jobs? It could be a perfect fit if you have an eye for detail and enjoy polishing other writers’ prose. But how do you get started? This post has all the answers you need to become a professional proofreader, whether you want to work online, remotely, be an employee, or freelancer — it’s your choice. Since proofreading is a major part of the writing process, proofreaders are always in demand. Ready to learn how to become a proofreader, how much proofreading jobs pay, and the top 20 sites for finding legitimate online proofreading jobs? Great, let’s go! What is Proofreading? Proofreading is the process of reading and examining a piece of written work to find errors and mark them for correction. A proofreader is generally the last person to read through a document before publication. Proofreaders scour text for errors missed during the editing process. They look for: Improper grammar Misspelled words Incorrect punctuation Inconsistent spellings of words Formatting errors Incorrect capitalization Typesetting issues Proofreaders work on all kinds of documents for: Academic and student clients Business and professional clients Creative writers, authors, and publishers English as a second language (ESL) writers Now that we have a better understanding of what proofreading entails, let’s see how it compares to editing. Proofreading vs. Copyediting It’s easy to confuse proofreading and editing, as the lines between the two are sometimes blurry. However, they are different. Copy editing involves correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, inconsistencies, and syntax (the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences). Overall, a copyeditor’s main concern is to ensure their documents are clear, coherent, consistent, and correct. Copy editors often have the responsibility of proofreading, as well. Proofreading and copyediting do involve some of the same tasks; however, a copy editor is more likely to change the phrasing or structure of a document, while a proofreader is less likely to significantly alter text before it’s published. In addition, proofreading is considered the final stage of the editing process, so the proofreader can pick up any errors the copy editor may have missed. The Top 20 Sites for Finding Proofreading Jobs Before searching for proofreading jobs, consider your interests and what type of documents you’d enjoy proofreading. This will narrow your options and ensure you find suitable jobs. Some sites listed below include job boards with search bars. Here’s a short list of search terms to start with: Remote proofreading jobs Freelance proofreading jobs Proofreader Copyediting Editing jobs 1. Fiverr Fiverr is a freelance marketplace that connects buyers and sellers while offering high-quality services at every price point, including proofreading services. It’s different from other marketplaces in this post because buyers seek you out, instead of you bidding or applying for jobs. Fiverr is a great place to make money as a beginner because it’s totally acceptable to only charge $5 for your services. And as you gain experience, you can increase your prices. Simply sign up, set up your “Gig,” and offer your services to a worldwide audience. 2. FlexJobs FlexJobs is a job site that offers high-quality remote proofreading jobs (amongst others) for freelancers and employees. You can easily search jobs by keyword, category, or title. Rest assured, all job listings are legitimate since FlexJobs takes extra precautions to protect job seekers from scams. That’s why, in order to view full job details, FlexJobs charges a small (satisfaction guaranteed) membership fee. Don’t hesitate to check their listings first — it may be well worth it! 3. Gramlee Gramlee is a copyediting site that also provides proofreading services done by independent contractors who work from home. Their website says they are always looking for exceptional editors, which could mean you! Applying is simple: fill out the Gramlee Employment Application, and if they like your application, they’ll contact you. 4. Upwork Upwork is one of the largest online job marketplaces. Clients post projects and jobs, ranging from entry-level to expert, for freelancers to choose from. This is beneficial for beginners looking to get started. Sign up for a free account, create your profile, and search for proofreading jobs via the search bar or by selecting the Editing & Proofreading category. Once you find a fun project or remote job, submit a proposal and bid for the job. Just know that Upwork can be highly competitive, so you may initially need to accept low wages and submit multiple proposals before getting hired. 5. ProofreadingPal ProofreadingPal is a proofreading website that offers a variety of professional proofreading services and utilizes a unique two-editor approach, wherein every document is proofread by two skilled proofreaders. This is a benefit for job seekers since it means a higher demand for proofreaders. ProofreadingPal editors can earn between $500 and $3,000 per month, but you must be enrolled as a graduate or postgraduate student (with at least a 3.5 GPA) in an accredited US college/university OR have a graduate degree and five years of experience as a proofreader. 6. Wordvice Wordvice is a global leader in providing editing and proofreading services to academic, admissions, and business customers. They offer remote part-time editing and proofreading jobs to freelancers who are enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree program and have some previous editing experience. To apply, submit an application (include expected pay rate) and resume, complete an editing sample, and then wait for notification of results. 7. American Journal Experts American Journal Experts is a team of former academics and publishing professionals who provide manuscript preparation services. Current proofreader job openings and available freelance job opportunities are listed on the Careers page (scroll down to view contractor opportunities). American Journal Experts is currently looking to hire independent contractors who are affiliated with specific US research institutions. 8. Domainite Domainite is a platform that provides marketing services to business owners, including website design, social media marketing, and reputation management. Before applying to proofread for Domainite, be aware that they may offer low pay. However, if you’re brand new to proofreading, this could be a good opportunity to gain some experience. The application process is simple: Fill out the short Freelance Editing Job Hire Form and edit the sample text provided. 9. EditFast EditFast is a platform where freelancers and clients connect to provide and receive services, including editing and proofreading. Freelancers create their own Web pages (profiles) to promote their skills and talents for clients to view. Clients can either select a freelancer or submit their documents for EditFast to assign an appropriate freelancer for their project. Complete the registration process to get started, and once EditFast approves your information, your Web page will be activated. To be hired, EditFast requires a degree from a recognized university and past proofreading experience. EditFast receives 40% of the project price. 10. ProofreadingServices.com ProofreadingServices.com provides proofreading, translation, publishing, and professional services. When you work with them, you’ll proofread “just about everything under the sun” and have access to part-time and full-time online proofreading jobs that pay between $19 and $46 per hour, depending on turnaround time. To be considered for hire, you’ll need to successfully complete a 20-question proofreading test within 20 minutes and score 95% or above on it. 11. Scribbr Scribbr provides academic proofreading and editing services to help students earn their degrees. They look for editors with a passion for language and a bachelor’s degree. For an editor role, you’ll need to pass Scribbr’s quiz and have your resume reviewed to determine if you’re a good fit. Next, complete an editing assignment, and if you pass, you’ll be invited to join Scribbr Academy to receive training. After successfully completing two to five simulation orders, you’ll be officially welcomed to the Scribbr editor team. 12. Scribe Media Scribe Media helps authors write, publish, and market their own books, which includes proofreading services. Scribe Media offers full-time careers as well as freelance and part-time roles. Full-time employees enjoy plenty of time off, flexible hours, the option to work from home, as well as health and financial benefits. Check Scribe Media’s “Careers” page for a list of available full-time and freelance opportunities. If there are no open proofreading jobs, simply join the Careers List to receive notification of new roles. 13. Scribendi Scribendi provides editing and proofreading services to a variety of clients, including those in business, academia, and publishing fields. They hire both freelancers and in-house employees for editor/proofreader positions. Freelancers make their own schedules, choose interesting assignments, and interact with in-house staff and other freelancers via an online forum. Scribendi looks for experienced proofreaders and editors with a bachelor’s degree or higher who are also native-level English speakers (since much of their work is from ESL students and clients). Simply click on the “Apply Now” button on Scribendi’s Jobs page. 14. LinkedIn LinkedIn is an online business platform for professional networking where you can connect with other professionals to either market your services or find employment. Open an account, create your profile, and start connecting with everyone you know. Search for online proofreading jobs by clicking on the “Jobs” icon. When using the search bar, click on the “City, state, or zip code” bar and select “Remote” from the dropdown menu. If you plan to offer freelance proofreading services to those in your network, be sure to indicate on your profile that you’re providing these services. 15. Polished Paper Polished Paper offers “world-class” proofreading and editing services to business, academic, personal, author, and ESL clients. They look for exceptional editors with diverse educational backgrounds, experiences, and skills. To apply, register for a user account, upload your resume, and take a 35-question editor test. The good news is that Polished Paper encourages the use of outside resources to help you complete this test. 16. Freelancer Freelancer is an online marketplace that connects employers and freelancers worldwide. Employers post projects, receive bids from freelancers, and select the best freelancer to complete the job. Set up your profile and browse proofreading jobs (you can save job searches and get notified when relevant new jobs are posted). Once you find a job opportunity, write your best pitch, get hired, and deliver high-quality work. 17. Guru Guru is a platform where freelancers and employers work together. Employers post a variety of jobs for freelancers to browse and to submit quotes for. You can easily find proofreading jobs by either selecting the Editing & Proofreading subcategory (under the Writing & Translation category) or by simply entering relevant terms into the search bar. Sign up on the website, build your profile, view job listings, and submit quotes for proofreading jobs. Employers evaluate all quotes and choose the best freelancer for the job. 18. Clickworker Clickworker is an online platform that hires independent contractors called Clickworkers to perform small tasks for clients. Clickworker takes large, complex jobs and breaks them down into microtasks that include proofreading and copyediting. These tiny tasks are then completed by Clickworkers on a piece-rate basis. To become a freelance Clickworker, simply sign up on the website, create a user profile, complete some assessments, and then get to work. 19. Get Editing Jobs Get Editing Jobs is an online community of job seekers and employers that includes a job directory with writing, editing, and proofreading positions. To find a list of proofreading jobs, start with search terms like “proofreader,” “proofreading,” and “editor.” It may also be beneficial to create a job seeker account so you can manage your resume, create custom alerts, and receive job notifications. 20. Lionbridge Lionbridge is a global communications platform with a community of talented, remote workers who help customers with their content. They outsource various tasks to their workers and often have online proofreading jobs available. If no proofreading jobs are listed, be sure to join the community, register for proofreading tasks, and take the relevant evaluation tests. Lionbridge will then contact you when proofreading work is available. How Much Do Proofreading Jobs Pay? Can you make decent money proofreading? Salary.com reports that, as of March 29, 2021, the average proofreader salary in the United States was $53,226, with ranges typically falling between $46,709 and $60,779, depending on education, certifications, skills, and number of years in the profession. For hourly rates, as of April 4, 2021, Payscale.com reports the average proofreader hourly pay to be $18.53, with individual pay ranging from $11.84 to $30.17. These numbers are likely for full-time proofreading jobs. When it comes to freelance work, it’s possible to be paid per word, per page, per project, or by the hour. And, as a freelancer, you have the ability to set your own rates. According to the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), freelance proofreaders can charge between $31 and $45 per hour, OR between $0.02 and $0.039 per word, depending on experience level and type of proofreading job. This gives you an idea of what to expect, but ultimately your pay depends on your experience and skills, who you’re working for, and how you’re being paid. Let’s look at the skills and qualifications needed to be a proofreader. Proofreader Skills & Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in English or a related field is sometimes required, but it’s not necessary to find proofreading work. Prior proofreading experience may also be required. If you’re a beginner proofreader, think about your schooling or past employment. For example, did you do any academic editing while attending college? Or, how about friends and family? Did you ever proofread correspondence, resumes, or creative writing for them? Include these experiences in your application or resume. You’ll also need these proofreading skills: Strong language skills to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Attention to detail to spot small errors and inconsistencies, which also requires patience and concentration. Communication skills to work directly with clients and be able to understand and follow instructions. Ability to meet deadlines to submit completed work within specific turnaround times. Computer skills to learn formatting, use software, and utilize the Internet. You should also become familiar with style guides, like The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) and The Associated Press Stylebook (AP). How to Become a Proofreader If you have a natural tendency for finding errors and noticing inconsistencies while reading, this is a great start. And if you enjoyed English class and scored well, this is good too. But if you have no prior proofreading experience, it would serve you well to get some training before applying for jobs. While you don’t necessarily need a college degree, it’d be wise to brush up on those skills you learned in English class. A multitude of online training courses are available, and most are reasonably priced. A simple Google search for “online proofreading courses” will provide a list of high-quality options. Two popular courses are Proofread Anywhere’s General Proofreading and Proofreading Academy’s Becoming a Proofreader. Another option is Udemy.com, which offers many inexpensive editing and proofreading courses-some as little as $11.99 during sales. Once you take a course or two, start updating your resume. As you find jobs, create a portfolio to show prospective employers or clients your work. Next, let’s find out what tools you’ll need to do proofreading work from home. What Tools Do You Need for Remote Proofreading Jobs? Besides a computer and internet access, some other tools are useful for completing remote proofreading jobs. Microsoft Word may be the most common word processing program used for online proofreading jobs. Newer versions of Word include a “Review” menu with useful features for proofreading and editing, such as Editor, New Comment, Track Changes, and Compare. Google Docs works with Google Drive. Drive is like a filing cabinet that stores files, while Docs is the word processing program where you open and work on your files/documents. Drive and Docs allow you to share files (and your work) with your employer or client. Dropbox is similar to Google Drive and can also be used to share files with your employer or client. Spell-check is a feature included with your word processing program. Use it! However, don’t fully rely on this as it’s incapable of picking up every error due to homophones and context, etc. Grammarly (affiliate link) scans your work, points out spelling and grammatical errors, and offers options for correction. ProWritingAid (affiliate link) is another great option, and it comes with a 20% discount. But don’t fully depend on Grammarly or other tools — they’ll miss some errors, depending on context, type of document, etc. Ready to Do Proofreading Jobs from Home? So you’ve found a way to work from home AND make money doing what you love. You’ve also learned how to finally go after and get your dream job. If you’re new to the idea of proofreading, don’t hesitate. Get some training to build your confidence. Then, update your resume and search the sites above for interesting proofreading jobs. If you already have education and experience proofreading, then begin by examining which new skills you can either acquire or improve. Now, get out there and be the best dang proofreader you can be! ShareTweetPinShareEmail