A Month of No Blogging- This is What happens

Hello All! 

So far, its March, and I KNOW its been a while since I’ve been here. 

I kinda wanted to catch up with my readers and wanted to see what everyone is doing, how are we handling the Daylight Savings time change, and how this is going to affect this Blog, and how its affecting others as well. 

First things first, as you might have noticed, there are a few differences in my blog today. For one, different layout. Two, new colors and three, a new tagline. 

A few people are already wondering: what gives? Well, I kinda was not happy about the (old) layout, and I wanted to try to blend my page together a little bit. 

Whenever I visited my blog, either from my phone or my laptop, I couldn’t help but notice how different it looked every single time. I liked, it was organized and put together, but it did not reflect everything that I wanted this blog to be. 

I’m not going to lie, I do miss the box organization of my blog. You know, how I used to have all of my sections to the right side of my blog organized in small boxes. It was a good idea at the time, but as I’m growing this blog, it seemed to be more BULKY than helpful. That was not good. By any means. 

So, BYE, BYE went THAT layout and now I’m trying another type of layout hoping to not only make my blog seem more inviting, but also Organized without having TOO MUCH on it. 

A few bloggers have also asked me about links to the products listed on the side such as 
The FitBIt, well I happen to REALLY, I mean REALLY like this product, so of course, I wanted to share that with my readers. 

And THANKS to all of the people who liked my blog, that item became a HOT PRODUCT for the month!


Another BIG part of this month BESIDES the new blog layout and everything, is that I have not been able to work as much, however, I have noticed that this blog is up and running better than ever! 

Many people ask: How do you create income from a blog when you don’t work on it everyday?

Well, to be honest, I’m not completely sure. 

Creating a profitable blog, as I have talked before on a blog post before, takes time and effort, and you have to build your audience and give them valuable information as often as possible to create that NEED for that person to keep coming back to your blog. You can read this post right HERE, or click BELOW for another link.
Lets face it, what good is it to have an AMAZING blog, if no one reads it? 

To me, Its kind of like Cooking a great meal, and having NO ONE around to eat it. Except of course for you… and maybe your cat (if you have one). 

You can read that post here: How to create a profitable blog. 

So, what changed for me? Why is my blog working, even though I’m not technically “working” on it every week like I should be?

I like to think I’m doing a few things right.

1. I give my readers ideas on how they can create their own income. 

I’m kind of proud of this, mainly because I know first hand how hard it is to create an income from the comfort of your own home, but also because I know how HARD it can be to make a living from your own BLOG. 

I realized last year, that its great showing bloggers how I created my blog, and profited from it, but its much better when I give them ideas that they can use, to create an income from their own blogs. 

2. I give my readers more OPTIONS. 

As you can tell by now, I have several affiliates on my blog. And they ALL WORK! (YES!!)

One of my biggest movers is of course Amazon Associates, and it has actually become one of my favorite affiliates because of its flexibility. 

I would definitely recommend this affiliate to anyone who has patience, and likes to blog about their experience with making money online. It can be an amazing way to make a buck, if you know what you are doing!

Another Affiliate that I use that is quickly becoming popular is BLUEHOST. I don’t think I need to say more, but just in case you dont know how this beautiful site works, let me give you the short explanation.

Bluehost is THE BEST (in my book) hosting and domain name provider around. You can have unlimited websites, domain names etc.. At ONE LOW PRICE. (applause, applause!)

***The link to Bluehost IS AN AFFILIATE LINK, I will get a small payment from it, but at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! Thanks for the support!***

Like I said, it has been rapidly growing in popularity, not only that BUT many of the people that sign up to the site, do it FROM AFFILIATE links, which means, that if someone signs up to this site from YOUR link, you get paid from that.

I LOVE Amazon Associates because not only can I choose what products to recommend, but I can also choose how I present them to people. 

The beauty with this affiliate program is that it gives you SO MANY choices for recommending, or promoting any product or link. 

Single Product Links.

In the Spotlight!
As you might have noticed, I have a “ON THE SPOTLIGHT” product link on the right side of my blog. This has been a HUGE source of income for me. You don’t need to have hundreds of products for you to make a profit, if you recommend ONE product, and you REALLY love it, then recommend it. Flaunt it, show it off. 

People will invest in something a lot more often when they know that it comes highly recommended. 

The Amazon Search Box
I like to call this the little “magic box” because its wonderful!

I love this specific feature of Amazon because it allows people to search on amazon and I earn a small commission from that! 

I don’t have to tell people anything, they simply search for what they want and shop away! My earnings have increased because of this trick. 

I personally like to keep this widget on the top right corner of my blog, so that people can see it right away. 

So, what does all of this say about my blog?

Its working! Yes!

I appreciate that more people are coming to my blog, and keep coming back! 

This has not always been an easy thing to do. It took me quite a while to establish a presence online, and keep it.

In future posts, I’ll explain how I have grown my traffic from 10 views a week, to a thousand views a day! 

so, stay tuned!!

New Schedule, and New Ideas

Hello there!

So far, this new month has brought in a new schedule for me, and new ideas for this blog.

For one, I am planning on writing more, but NOT just about business and freelancing, but more of future projects that I want to tackle, and maybe produce a few marketing plans, so that writers who want to take their business to the next level, can do so, and be successful right away.

This new Idea may or may not work, but i’m hoping people will see it as useful because I have done my research, and it takes a lot to create an “easy” marketing guide. 

There is so much to know!

So, i’m hoping to simplify your work, and create something amazing that everyone will be able to use at some point in their business or career. 

Given that my business is a lot different than others, and you might not necessarily need all of the information I will give in my marketing plans, so people will be able to change it to fit their own business.

That’s so far one plan..

My second idea is to maybe go back to writing in content mills, and share how to create a second source of income from them. 

A few years ago, I started my freelance career writing in sites such as Helium, Hubpages and Triond. I got VERY GOOD RESULTS! 

Since I started this blog, I found it to be very hard, if not difficult to keep up with one site, let alone two or three. So, I stopped. 

So, Why do I want to continue writing for those websites?

Well, to be honest, I’m still making money from them. 

Taken that it is NOT the same amount of money I used to receive from these websites, but it is still money, and a good amount.

I have found out, that many of the articles that I wrote, still generate a good source of traffic, and because of that I have been able to grow this blogs’ traffic, and increase sales in Amazon, and other Affiliate links as well. 

Some of my most popular articles from Helium:

Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas for Your Siblings
How to Develop Public Speaking Skills and Confidence in Young Students
Career Opportunities Education Experience- Education
Is it Better to Have a Small Wedding and Spend More per Head- NO

You can find many more of my articles on Helium HERE.

I have been wanting to do this project for quite some time now, because many people who read my stuff constantly ask me: 

Do you really make money from those websites? and, How

So I’m hoping that by me doing this, I’ll be able to show you guys how I’m creating a buzz for my stuff, how i’m marketing my content, and if I’m making it or failing miserably..

If you want to follow my work on Helium, you can do so HERE.

I will also be sharing some of my articles from Hubpages, and stay tuned for a special post about why Hubpages is so important if you want to increase your amazon earnings.

Is there something that you would like to read about? 

Let me know!

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I Got Paid Today- So Why Am I Not Happy?

Hello All!

Happy Friday!

As you can tell, this is going to be quite a different blog post than usual!

Technically, I did not get paid today, per say, I got paid Yesterday. 
So, If I got paid (and just in time for the weekend mind you!), why am I not happy today?
Well, in general I am happy with having success this month. Not many people can say that they are making money from their blog, so in a way, I not only feel happy, but also very lucky. 

HOWEVER! And this is a very big BUT, in a way. 

I don’t feel happy, or as happy as I should feel because I wasn’t aware that I would be getting paid from this particular source.. Until today.
I love making money online, and trying new things, but up until recently, I have been seeing a real turn around with all of my affiliating links, especially those I signed up for Years ago. One of them being E-junkie. 

Let me break it down for you a bit. 

It is no secret that I run several affiliate links on my blog. Its one of the many things I love about blogging the most. That and the freedom to tell people all of my experiences blogging. 

I signed up for E-junkie about two years ago, as an experiment. Mainly, because I had NO IDEA what I was doing, and secondly because It was one of the very first affiliates that I had heard so much about. Later came Amazon, and much later came Bluehost and Adsense. 

Up until Yesterday I realized I have never made a dime from this site until this month. 

So, this is where I’m a little disappointed and happy at the same time.

Now, I’m asking myself this question- What did I do differently this month, that I have not done in the past, for me to make money from this site?
While I am happy that I made a small amount of pocket change from E-junkie, I want to know what I did to make that money, and make sure I keep making money in the future, and learn how to grow my investment.

The Change, Design and Domain
It hasn’t taken me long to figure out that the layout, and the design change in my blog has a lot to do with the recent spike in my traffic, e-mails and now apparently my earnings.

I added more information ABOUT ME, My Blog, and now my Resources page, that helps me direct my readers’ attention to where they can find the information they want for their own business. 

Has this helped me increase my income? I like to think so!

It’s more than just a simple design that’s helped me attract more visitors and increase my income, its also the new Domain name, and the change in my blog.

I recently purchased a new domain name for this blog, and it has helped change the way I blog in general. 

This blog is no longer called: Beyond Words, it is now called-
 The Beyond Words Blog.

Slight difference, and yet it’s given me quite the turn around in my traffic. 

If anyone wants to change their domain name, transfer or buy a new name, please use Bluehost. I cant emphasize how easy it is to use this service. 

You can then, design your blog your way, and create the appearance you want. 

Lastly, I changed the design of the blog itself. 

Before this design, my blog itself was more business than anything. This would have been great, except for the small problem that I already have a business blog, and It felt like It was unclear as to what blog was for what business. 

Basically, I had two blogs for the same topic. 

This would have been great, except like I mentioned above, it was very confusing!

Not just for me, but for my READERS. And that, was not good. 

You could see the confusion everywhere- my traffic, my comments, earnings.. 
Now that everything is clearer, and direct, I was surprised to see a new payment yesterday, but I’m a little bit upset that I did not that that affiliate more seriously in earlier. 

Now, I’m not only going to work on my blog, but really dive into affiliate marketing!

Stay tuned for more!

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New Blog Idea- Is It a Good Idea?

Hello All!

I cant believe it’s almost February! 

This month has been a lot of fun, and It’s given me some time to think about everything I want to achieve this year. 

I have so many plans, and so many ideas for future projects, I really think this year is going to be completely from last year. 

Last year, I published a lot of posts about how to be a freelance writer, what it takes to succeed, but I felt like I completely left out how I prepared for the freelancing business, and what I personally did to land so many jobs. 

This year, I have a goal to write more about my personal experiences, and give you an insight of how I run my business.

This is going to be completely different, and very new to me. 

This new approach to my blog, brings up one of my ideas on how to expand this blog, and even add to my freelancing career. 

I have been toying with the idea, of “starting” a new blog. 

If you caught the “quote unquote” starting, is because I already have the blog, I’m just not sure about what I will be posting on there. 

Let me explain. 

Before I started blogging for a profit back in 2011, I was actually a full-time freelance writer. I set up my blog/ website and my goal, back then was to write about different subjects in order to grow my online portfolio. 

This worked out AMAZING for me, until I decided to take my blogging work more seriously, and create a profitable blog. 

At first I thought- Oh darn, HUGE pay cut! But, incredibly enough, It wasn’t a pay cut, it was actually a big step, that turned into a BIG profit. 

Since then, I have been a full-time blogger, making money online, and now that I have this blog, I’m wondering- Is it time to start OR re-examine an older blog?

Here are some of my concerns about having another blog:

Will I be able to keep up with another blog?

What will my content be?

Am I going to have to set up separate social networks for this new blog?

Will I attract any readers?

With so many questions and doubts going through my head, all I can is try. 

If you are anything like me, then this part can be kind of scary, but then again, it is necessary if you want to find out if your idea is “good enough” to create another form of income.

And, that’s another BIG question mark I have right now, HOW will I be able to create an income from this new site? Am I going to have affiliates, a new book or writing clients again?

For those of you who don’t know, I used to be a full-time freelance writer. Now, I’ve become more like an occasional freelancer ever since I’ve started blogging for profit. 

I know what it’s like to try new things and struggle. Been there, done that.

However, now I’m more prepared, and I know more. But the question still stands- Will I be able to keep up with it? And If I can, what am I going to be offering?

As of right now, I’m just playing around with the idea, trying to decide if the new blog is going to work out or not…

If you would like to check out the new blog, please do so HERE. 

Let me know what you think. 

Do you love it? Hate it? Is it good enough? Would you go for it? 

I would love some advice!

The Problem With Having Too Many Ideas

If you have hundreds of ideas to grow your blog, that’s FANTASTIC. 

It really is. The problem with having one too many ideas for your blog or business, is that it will probably get you sidetracked from doing any actual productive work.

The majority of the time I’m on my blog, I spend it typing blog posts, and adding more ideas for future posts. When I am not blogging, I usually promote my posts on social networks, or focus on helping other writers.

I like to call this the “80-20 blogging rule” for me (stay tuned for a detailed blog post about this rule for blogging).

I write one weeks’ worth of blogs before hand, and the rest of the time, I promote my work, and interact with my readers. 

Whenever I get an idea for my blog, it takes me quite some time to actually put it to work. 

There is a lot of planning. 

Many of the projects that bloggers try to get into are fairly simple, while others take up more energy and resources.

For example- starting a new book, working on a new website, freelancers often try to promote new services. The list can go on and on, really. 

The time I put into working on my new idea, takes away from the time I set for my blog posts, because I also focus on other areas of writing. 

Here are some reasons why it can be bad to have too many ideas for your blog, and some ideas on how to make the most out of your ideas WITHOUT having any problems.

You can go over your budget, trying to work on other projects

While having ideas for your blog can be great, it can get you side tracked from doing any actual work for your blog, which already makes you money. Too many bloggers, try to tackle hundreds of ideas at the same time, and end up investing more money than what they have, and not seeing any actual results right away. 

This can be a problem over time. If you are spending too much time and money, working on an idea that will eventually make you money, you need to set a budget for your projects, and try to tackle less expensive projects, one by one to keep from having to borrow money, or look for investors.

One of my personal rules of thumb when I take on a new project is simple- I only invest a small portion of money from my own pocket for the basics, and continue investing money into my new project, once I start seeing the results from my work. 

This way can take a while to achieve, but every business owner and blogger knows that it can take a while to see the results from their hard work, unless you put the time into a new project. 

Your projects can come out completely different than how you originally planned

When you put your ideas into action, sometimes things can get “lost in translation”. One of your ideas might be simple and self-explanatory in paper, however, when you actually begin working on your ideas online, it can be a little bit different than how you expected it to work out. 

One thing that I have learned from starting a new business venture, is to test out my idea before taking on any actual work. 

I start out with blogging. Adding new content to my blog every other day, marketing this new blog and seeing how people respond to my work. 

Sometimes we are so excited about building something new, that we forget how much work and planning new projects take.

Your actual work can get left in the back burner

If your start spending more time working on a new idea, then I can almost guarantee something is going to get left in the back burner. 

Oh, this is so bad! Don’t let it happen to you!

While there is nothing wrong with investing a little bit of time to work on a new business idea, it can take its toll when your work starts to suffer. Remember, you want to continue making money in your business, and these new ideas you are working on are supposed to be on the side. Not your main income. That is something many bloggers forget about, and it comes as a shock to them, when its time to see if the time invested in starting a new business has actually paid off. 

If your new idea is not yet making you money, you have increase your income from your current job. 

You can lose track of time

This actually happens to me all the time, so I’m here to tell you how to avoid this. There are several ways of making sure this does not happen to you. Stick around, i’ll tell you how not to lose track of time working on a new business idea.

Working on a new business idea can take a lot of time, energy and resources you might not have, yet. Because of this it can be almost painful when you feel you have worked more, to make very little or nothing at all, at first. 

If you lose track of time, you can easily make up for it, by setting a time limit on your business idea. It might be hard, but this way, even if you are not making very much, or any income, you can feel better knowing that you are still making money on your own business.

You might not see your investment right away.

I mentioned part of this problem above, when I explained how you might not be able to stick to a budget for your new business idea.

One thing about working on a new business idea, is knowing that you have to invest money for things such as: hosting, website, designer, branding etc. All this means, unless you make money the very first month, you might be spending more money than what you are making. 

This means, that unfortunately you might not see a return on your investments right away. Some bloggers can take this as a loss, and as blogger who has invested a fair share of time and money into projects, I can tell you that it can be a very good investment… In the long run.

So far we have seen some negative notions of having too many business ideas, and why it can be bad. But what about the positive side of having so many business ideas? Do they get left behind?

Nope! There are some unique ways, that I have personally found to be useful when building very different businesses online. 

Here are some things that have helped me out. A lot

Try multiple Ideas at the same time

If you know how to multitask, this might be the way to go for you. The positive side of multitasking (when its done correctly) is knowing that you can get a lot done in a short amount of time. The bad side of multitasking is that you might feel unbalanced and overwhelmed most of the time, trying to get as much done as possible. 

Here are some ways of making the most out of your time:

  • Make a daily schedule and write down everything you need to do for your business, and side business. 
  • Write down what works and what doesn’t on a notepad, and keep track of your work and your results.
  • Do as much research as possible on your area of business, and surround yourself by people who are doing the same thing that you are doing. This can bring you a huge amount of support.
  • Take some time out of the week to just focus on yourself. This is very important, because you do not want to get burned out. 
  • Lastly, have fun working on your business. Make your work fun. If its more stress than fun, then there is something very wrong there!
Only invest money you make

Earlier I wrote about how starting a new business idea can get expensive. There is a lot to consider. You have to invest in web hosting, domain names, website designer (unless you know how to design your own website), etc.. Well there are some tricks to starting a business on a budget, while waiting for your new business idea to make you money. 

On an earlier post- How to start a business when you are broke, I talked about how freelance writers can start their own business when they are on a budget, or have no money to start out with. 

Some of those points can be applied here to, so I thought I would share them with you. 
  1. Domain hosting– If you are looking to host website online, then use Bluehost. This service is by far, the best hosting service online. You cant go wrong here. If you are looking to add more websites, more domains, this service not only lets you do all this, but it helps you along the way. I write about this service a lot, because honestly, I have never had any problems with them. This is an extremely affordable, and incredibly easy way to host your website, and add new domains if you chose to in the future. All at a very affordable price.
  2. Only spend money on the basics. This can be a little bit hard for those of us that want to go all out on our businesses, but if money is tight, and you can only afford so much, then stick to the basics of business. Purchase a domain name, try a free blogging platform (at first), and go from there. It can be hard to try it this way, but once you do start making money, you can re-invest it into your business and build from there
  3. Lastly- don’t forget to save money in the process! Creating something new is not only about investing money, but saving money. Even if at first its only pennies at a time, save your money. It will come in handy in the future, and this way, when unexpected expenses come up, you can easily cover them without stressing out.
List of the resources and useful tools mentioned in this post

Top 3 Book Recommendations and How They Have Changed My Business Perspective

Do you read?

I am only asking this question, because for a really long time, I did not pay attention to any of the books I read. I realize now, that it’s not only important to read, and everyday, but its also important to practice what you learn in books. 

Reading to me, is not only important to my business, its vital. It gives me such a satisfaction learning amazing new concepts, many of which I use on my own blogs. 

If you knew me, you would know that If I love something, I will recommend it. Lately, I have been on a literally high. I say “high” because I have been reading a lot lately. 

Over the past few months, I have been really looking forward to doing new things as part of my new years resolution. 

One objective on my list: Read more, and write more. 

I have taken it upon myself, to read more and try to influence others to do the same, if I really love a book. Well, today I have 3 amazing new books to share with you!

One of my all-time favorite books to date which teaches me why its so important for me to take my business seriously is Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!, by Robert T. Kiyosaki. 

When I started blogging, I did it for fun. I wanted to get out there with other bloggers, and share my own personal experience as a blogger, of what its like to be a blogger and a parent at the same time. It wasn’t long until I saw all of the potential that blogging had, such as being able to land private clients, and build my very own portfolio online, so that I could write my own salary one day. 

It took me a months to completely get out of my comfort zone, so that I could be able to go for the jobs that the Pro writers were going for. It wasn’t easy, but I did it and now looking back, I am very glad I did it, but I regret waiting so long for me to start my career. 

One thing that I learned from this book, is why it is so important to 
“Think outside the box”. Plain and simple. 

It is so important, and at the same time, it is incredibly important to teach our kids that (to those that have kids). 

I want to teach my son to be better. To think about creating and building something of his own. However, I am teaching him that by leading by example. You will find that in the book!

Deluxe Executive Envelope System (Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University) 

this is another book that not only have I lived by, but its helped me achieve financial freedom through my work. I think it was quite interesting, especially when it came down to seeing how people manage their money. When I began blogging, i’m actually ashamed to say that I was in debt. Not much, but enough to have me take my blogging more seriously, when I started to land paying clients. 

Slowly, I began to notice how even though I was making a considerable amount of money, I was still always short on cash. It was one of those things that make you wonder. You know?

I came across this book, because a really good friend of mine recommended it for me, once she heard about my financial problems. She told me and I quote “it will change the way you see money, and how you spend it”. I’ll admit, its scary how right she was. 

I don’t know about any one else out there, but I was shocked to see where all my money was going. I hated counting my paychecks to the penny, but now, I realize how important it is to do that if you want a deeper control of your finances. 

Here is a small preview of what I have learned from the book: If we took a look at our finances, and saw where all of the money we work for is going, we would all have more savings than debt.

I’m not going to ruin the book for you (you might hurt me!), but I do recommend it, especially if you are making more money, and you want to think about investments, or you are starting to think about investing more in your business.

Read the book!

One of the books that I am constantly referring back to whenever I make a financial decision is More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny. I have not been very smart about my finances in the past, and to this day I regret a lot of the decisions that I made when it came to money. 

Dave Ramsey is really a fantastic Author who will open up your mind and answer a lot of the questions that you may have about money, spending habits, investments. etc. I recommend his books if you want to read more about how to be more financially secure!

Here is a link to all of the books mentioned in the post. I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did!

More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Deluxe Executive Envelope System (Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University)

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10 Things I Wish I Knew BEFORE I started My Freelance Business

I don’t know about every other writer out there, but I wish I had done the proper research on the freelance business before I took it seriously. 

When I started blogging for a living, I had a lot of doubts, and a lot of questions.

One of the biggest questions I had was- How exactly was I supposed to make a living from my blog??

Better yet- How can work from home in my spare time?

I had a lot of questions, that in time, I slowly started to answer, but to be brutally honest, I really wish I had more information when I began my career. 

The freelance business is quite simple when you think about it:

There are hundreds if not thousands of opportunities for writers who are looking to make cash from their work online. Whether its blogging, selling ebooks, landing private clients etc.. All of these are ways for writers to create an income from home, in their own time.

And, its all great. Until its not. 

Here is the honest truth: 

There are A LOT of opportunities for bloggers and writers to make money from their creativity, but you have to know how to search for the jobs you want, and land the job.

Suddenly, the excitement of creating an income as a writer, at least for me, diminished when I found out another side of the freelance business- The Competition.

Just like me, there were hundreds if not THOUSANDS of other writers trying to make a name for themselves, and trying to land those high paying clients -which by the way, only picked the lowest bids- and create an income for the day. 

One of the many, many things I wish I knew when I started my freelance business, was the amount of time it takes to get started as a writer. It is much more complex than starting a blog, writing two or three blog posts in it, and watching the traffic flood your posts. 

I WISH! But no. Unfortunately it takes more work than that. A LOT more. 

So, Here are the 10 things I wish BEFORE I started my freelance business. 

  1. You have to be committed and you have to be persistent. There is no other way to achieve success in your own business, if you are not persistent. I’ve had my fair share of success, but I have also failed. I know that it takes more than just posting once or twice a week to catch the attention of prospects. You also have to be willing to search for jobs sometimes hours at a time, then keep up with your blog, and reach out to people you know and promote your services. This is one of the things that keep many freelancers from achieving many of their goals. 
  2. Private clients are not going to search for YOU, YOU have to search for them.Let me break this down for you! When I started my freelance business, I started posting on my blog in June 2010, but I did not land my first writing job until late July of the same year. Which means that for a full month, I was blogging without making a single profit. OUCH! I thought that I would automatically be Indexed by Google, and that clients were going to find me online, because I created a Blog. For those of you laughing at the moment… Ok, its kind of funny NOW, but it wasn’t years ago. I wanted to make money, but I thought I had to wait my time until someone found me, and offered me a job. It really does not work like that.
  3. There are HIGH paying clients, and then there are LOW paying clients. I talk a lot about how to land clients, and How to market your freelance services online. Looking back now, I wish I would have know all of the information I know NOW, because then I would have landed more high paying clients, instead of a bunch of low paying clients. Dont get me wrong, all of the clients I had in the beginning helped me tremendously, especially when I needed the money the most, but now, compared to 3 years ago, I really wish I knew that I could land bigger clients, so that I had more time to grow my blog.
  4. It is NOT impossible to land private clients right away. It just takes time and practice. Landing private clients is a skill. I like to call it this because it takes time to do. For one, you have to know where to search for clients, and then you have to know how to approach them. Not every client you meet will like your work, and not every client will want to continue to work with you after you complete a project. This is why its a skill, and you can get better at it. One of the easiest ways to search for private clients and land them, is to create an amazing proposal of what your skills are. 
  5. You don’t need a whole lot of High-Tech. In the beginning of my writing career, I may have made the mistake of thinking that I needed a lot of technology to start my own business. My ultimate goal, was to save enough money to buy a new laptop, maybe a new cell phone so that I would grow my business.. Well, as I started my business I realized I also needed a lot of money for my expenses. I started out really simple. I am talking about a good ol’ fashion legal pad and pen, and a simple laptop. As I started landing more and more clients, I realized that I didn’t need my cell phone as much, and I didn’t need seem to need an extremely expensive laptop to get my business going. Yes, a new laptop did help. A LOT, but I kept it simple too. 
  6. Just because you have a blog, does not mean that you are automatically indexed. What a shocker for me! The dream of bloggers is to be searchable online. As in, search for your name and BOOM, you are the first result on Google. Unfortunately, this does not happen to every blog. If you want to get Indexed by Google, you have to create keyword friendly content, and LOTS OF IT! Producing amazing content is just ONE way to get Indexed by Google, you also have to constantly update your blog and keep up with it. 
  7. Taking on Multiple Projects Can Be FUN. The majority of freelance writers that I know, are currently working on more than one project. Taking on multiple projects can be fun, if you are organized, and have a specific goal in mind. Taking on multiple projects can also be profitable if you are planning on creating an income from your work. Whenever I take on more than one project, I HAVE TO write everything down. Getting organized using Apps online is great, BUT I really hate being tied down to my computer or cell phone all the time. So, I have my go to daily planner and organizer, and calendar handy so whenever an idea strikes me, I’ll quickly jot it down!
  8. Building your brand online does not have to be hard. A brand is the name by which your company or business is known for. For example, my business is Beyond Words. That’s my brand. For writers its important to have fun whenever you are trying to build your own business for the first time. Yes, owning a business can be time consuming and difficult, but making the work FUN can make the work seem painless. Try different ways of letting your creativity flow.
  9. You can build a profitable Blog during your first year. Sometimes it can seem pointless to stick to a blog, or a project that you had great hopes for once upon a time, but it is worth it. I started this blog with one objective- to create a form of income from my home. Two years later, I have done just that. But it was not always simple, and there were a lot of times when I doubted if I would ever be able to make money. But, I stuck to my original idea, continued to create content and now, I’m slowly living off of my results. And you can too!
  10. There is more than one place to search for jobs. Looking back at when I first started to write for a living, let me tell you, I stuck to only ONE freelance writing site to search for jobs. It was great, lots of opportunities, but I also felt like I was being defined as a freelancer. Whenever prospects would find me, all I could show them was the work I’ve done for past clients. Sometimes the work would match, and other times I would miss out on really great opportunities because I stuck to only a certain types of projects. Now, I do a variety of projects. From social networking, to SEO. You name it, I probably do it. But, it took me a while. So, to summarize get out there and search for different areas of work. Dont stick to only ONE website, search the whole industry for different options!
  11. BONUS! I write a lot about organization, and staying ahead in my work. Honestly, keeping organized helps a lot! ESPECIALLY when you start to get more work, and start working on more projects, and create your own schedule. 
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Pen and Paper VS Technology: Do you REALLY need technology for everything?

In a day and age where everything, and I do mean everything is attached to technology, I cant help but ask the question:

Do we need technology for everything?

Well, Lets think about this critically:

Seeing as how I am typing this blog post on my computer, while checking my cell phone for e-mail updates, and listening to music through another link, I’m thinking; YES! We need technology. BUT not for everything. 

When I started to write for a living, I had an old computer, and I kept a legal pad and pen on me at all times, thinking that if I had one of those “light bulb” ideas, I would quickly write it down before I would forget. 

This worked well for me. I used my laptop to write blog posts, search for clients online, manage my e-mails, everything really. In fact, I would be lying if I said that I did not try to catch up on all the latest hip technology.
True, I cant afford an All-In-One laptop, YET! But, I am working on it..

But any who, back to the point. Do we need all of this technology today? Meaning high tech cell phones, gadgets, laptops, etc.. 

With the EXTREME growth of online apps, widgets, and hundreds of new and different ways to connect, share, keep up with social media, it seems to me that it all points towards writers having the best of the best to keep our businesses growing.

But, is that really the case?

The reason why I started writing was simple: Help provide extra income for my family. A few years ago, it seemed like all I needed was my laptop and BAM! I could start working. Now, everyone has the latest phone, computer or gadget, that makes me wonder, if the basics still even work.

Remembering our Old Friends: Pen and Paper

 Remember when all we needed to work was a pen and paper. I still use my legal pads, they are amazing. Now, whenever I go to the store, I get weird looks from people when I grab my office supplies, and they ask me what I do for a living. 

My answer: Freelance writer!

The looks on people’s faces is priceless! 

Its incredible to think that in the future, we might not even need to write anything down. With the way technology is advancing, all that people will have to do is talk into a microphone or pen and the words will “magically” appear on the screen of their laptops. Its also amazing (and a little sad) to think that in the future, we might not even have or need paper anymore. 

I love technology and everything, but sometimes I think we forget the basic things. The reasons we started writing, and the way many writers FIRST started creating their income. 

So, do we really need technology for everything?

Do we need technology to send a sample to the mail? Or to write a letter to someone, or to tell people that we have our own business and we are looking for new clients? 

No, but I think it makes things easier.

I love to write everything that I need to get done on paper FIRST, then execute my work for the day. I also love to buy personal organizers and keep them handy. I HATE being glued to my cell phone. But, I think people love the idea of having everything in one device, to keep everything together. 

Personally, I would take my notebook over my laptop any day. But, I do need it to answer my e-mails and to check my clients. 

So, i’m asking you. Do we need technology for everything?

Let me know what you think! Comment below! 

30 Goals I am hoping to accomplish next year.

This year is almost over, and I am hoping to welcome the new year with a BANG!

Looking back at this year, I gotta say, I’m a little disappointed that not everything I wanted to accomplish, happened but at the same time, I got to do a lot of things that I didn’t even know were possible. Yet. 

Bottom line, I’m striving to make next year A LOT better than this year, and I am also planning on moving my businesses FORWARD, and really getting out there! To the heart of the freelance business!

I have been working on about 30 things, more or less of things that I WANT to accomplish, working my tail off to get done, and things that have been on my mind for a while.. 

So! Without further ADO! Here’s my list!

  1. Write one or more blog posts a day
  2. Respond to more e-mails
  3. Take a closer look at my traffic, study it more
  4. Start working on book outlines for other book ideas
  5. Think of a new book title
  6. Send out more query letters
  7. Talk to writers about possible guest blogging
  8. ACCEPT guest bloggers
  9. Strive to type at least 1000 a way. If not more
  10. Learn one new skill, apply it to my business
  11. Grow my freelance business by adding at least 5 NEW clients
  12. Coach more clients- expand this part of my business
  13. Go to more networking events
  14. Get NEW and IMPROVED business cards
  15. work on my brand- consistently
  16. Publish my e-book
  17. Increase the number of followers on my blog
  18. Travel more, and create more connections
  19. Work with a designer to change my website, because I have no idea what I’m doing.
  20. Create another form of income from my blog
  21. (possibly) Create another blog, for coaching purposes
  22. Read more books, get creative with my work
  23. Take more pictures and use them on my posts
  24. Add my signature to my blog
  25. Buy a new computer, maybe another phone
  26. Write a play. Or at least read one
  27. Meet more writers- and create a bond
  28. Add more things to this list everyday that I cross one off!
  29. Try to have fun while I accomplish these goals
  30. And finally! Get organized. Buy a personal organizer and WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN! I have a tendency to “think” about things, but I lose all of my best ideas, because I never write anything down.. Well, that’s going to change next year!
Are you making new goals for next year? I would love to hear some of them!

The BRUTAL Truth About Starting a Freelance Business- The “secret” ingredient you need!

Have you ever wondered what you really NEED to start your own freelance business? 

Let me tell you, it’s not that big of a “secret”, but it is also the real reason why many freelancers fail at the beginning of their careers. 

Ask any writer, and they will tell you that the reason they began their writing careers is because:

  1. They love to write, and
  2. They wanted to create a income working part-time/full-time
Well, that’s just it! You need Money!

No matter how you put it, there is always the question of HOW you can create a successful business, without having to spend (Too much) money! 
Well, here is some brutal truth for Yah!

You need to SPEND money, to MAKE money! There is no other way. 

Unfortunately, for the majority of freelance writers who have a hard enough time, making ends meet for themselves, spending anything “Extra” might be out of the question.

Well, this is where it gets difficult, but it really does not have to be.

On one of my previous blog posts: 

Can you achieve success during your first year as a freelance writer? I explain what it takes to create a successful business the first year, writers commit to writing for a living. 

Many writers find success in the freelance business after learning the ropes, and facing a lot of rejection, and failure. The first year can be hard, but its the first couple of months that a lot of writers face the harsh reality of what it takes to be a writer.

The brutally honest truth is that Freelance writers need to have a cushion to help them through the first couple of months (maybe longer) in order to build a profitable business.
It takes time to build a good, solid business. It can be done, but writers need to take their business seriously, if they want to be able to pay their bills on time, and also keep up with the demands as writers. 

In other words, you have to work really hard at first, and really put energy into your business in order to get real results out of it during your first month. 

We are talking about:
  • setting schedules, 
  • cold calling
  • e-mailing prospects daily
  • marketing your business like your life depends on it, etc
These are just a couple of examples of what writers need to do in order to see some results. 

So, here is what you can do TODAY, to get faster results in your business, and not feel the pinch of starting your own business. 

List your expenses, and find out how much money you need every single month.

Right down to the pennies. Trust me, it will come in handy!

This will allow you to see where every dollar that make goes, and where you can cut back, until your business is profitable enough for you to stop fretting over bills all the time. 
It can take a while for you to see thousands of dollars right away, but remember, every little job ADDS up! But you also have to remember, that you have to think about bigger bills, now that you work from home. 

Electricity is one of the most important things to remember when you start your own business. Remember, you are going to be plugged in online for quite some time, and you are also going to be working on your computer for a large chunk of time. Gas if you drive a lot, or meet new clients. Food, water, mortgage or rent and everything else that you need in order to survive. 

Once you have written down your everyday expenses, now starting adding all of the NEW expenses you have. 

For example: 
  • Electricity bill
  • internet (if you have not already)- many writers already do this
  • stamps
  • office supplies
  • work supplies (if a client needs something specific)
  • Traveling fund (photographers often add this)
  • anything else that you might need…
There are so many things that can add up, that make freelancers often wonder if they can handle all of this. But, truth be told: you can, it just takes time. 

Now that you have figured out all of your new expenses, now you have an idea of how much money you need to get started, and put away, to begin your business. 

If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can always start your business without setting up a financial safety net, and trust your business to do really, really well that first month. This would be gutsy, and you would need to know about business to make this happen. 

How to get past your first month as a freelance writer.

The first month of working as a freelance writer can be a shock to many people. First off, there is the difference in the schedule. For one, you have your own schedule, and two you have to push yourself to work. 

Then, there is the issue of your income and then your expenses. You always hope that your income is bigger than your expenses, but sometimes it comes up a bit short..

This is where your safety net (if you have one) comes in. 

If your expectations working as a freelance writer, comes up short, then you always rely on your financial safety, or you can rev up your business the following month. During your first month, it can be a little shocking to see how hard it can be to land a writing gig, or land a returning client. This is when you should make a list of everything you want to accomplish during your second month of freelancing, set clear goals and really work towards them.

It can be so easy to get discouraged when you find out what it really takes to be successful in the freelance business. During the first month, all that writers want to do is find those high paying gigs that will help them make ends meet, yet when they hit the market, they find themselves competing with others, and finding out just how hard it can be to land a descent job.

As a writer, you have to know where to find great gigs, and even if you are desperate to pay off bills, stay away from those low paying gigs. 

So, here is what you can do:
  • Call friends, family members, friends of friends and promote your services left and right! Someone is bound to need a writer, or something written down, so offer your services right away.
  • Check out job boards, freelance writing sites, Facebook and twitter for job updates. On a daily basis, thousands of jobs are offered and only a few hundred are taken. Learn how to search for jobs on these sites!
  • Update your blog regularly, and write about topics that you know. When you are working on establishing your freelance business, you need to create a presence online. The only way to do this, is to show that you are passionate about writing, and showing off your skills as a writer. Take the time to update your blog at least once a day, and promote your work online. 
  • No matter what: KEEP GOING! If you are feeling overwhelmed with setting up social media accounts, keeping up with emails, or applying to jobs, just remember why are starting your business and what you hope to accomplish.
Needles to say, once you start your business, the only way to create an income, is to work on your business DAILY. This is where many people get stuck!

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