My Sweet November: Day 10 Charge Your Worth

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Writing for the web can be very lucrative. Starting an online business can lead to other areas that can help you expand. Finding a nice source of passive income is the Holy Grail I work toward. And as soon as I find it, you’ll be the first to know. more My Sweet November: Day 10 Charge Your Worth

My Sweet November: Day 9 Bootstrapping Your Website

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Many of you may have noticed I decided to start a WordPress blog and not a regular website. Why is this? It’s because I’m bootstrapping my online business from the ground up!

There’s no question I need one. But I’m not going to take from my family’s income to build one. It can, and will, wait.

In the meantime, I use several resources available online through social media, email, and this blog. I learned much of this from Gina Horkey’s 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. In Lesson 11: 3 Options for Your Web, she describes easy ways to pull this off.

Here’s what I took away from it. more My Sweet November: Day 9 Bootstrapping Your Website

My Sweet November: Day 6 The Internet Like Never Before

Web content is something most of us never think about. Yes, we like and share at will what we approve of and find useful. But, when have you thought about the format and set up of the text behind that which you like and share?

Before beginning this journey I hadn’t either. But if you’re like me and you want to earn your living doing this, it’s time to start.

Unlike some other forms of writing in which the author stretches their creative muscle, web content is written for the reader. It must be clear enough that it can be read on a phone screen. Learning the process of properly doing it requires research and practice. more My Sweet November: Day 6 The Internet Like Never Before

My Sweet November: Day 5 The Googlization Will Not Be Televised

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Once upon a time, Google was the new guy in a class full of search engines popping up uncontrollably almost overnight. Poor Google was plain, a white page with an address bar and its name. Yahoo! cast a big shadow, and little Google would stand under it for shade.

As a freelance ghostwriter (at the time) and editor, I would warn other people not to get into freelance work. Back then, technology was expensive, and even if you had the cash to buy a computer and Microsoft Office, it would be a long time before you recuperated your initial investment.

This was 2007, and Microsoft was king. If a brand newbie set out to buy just a laptop and a Microsoft Office license, it’d have the potential to set the would-be writer back almost two grand! And with no guarantee of work, the freelance world was not a smart place to plant your flag.

Eight years later, with Internet Explorer long gone and Chrome running the show on all my apps, I’m thrilled at this shift in power in favor of the consumer!

It’s Google Day around here! more My Sweet November: Day 5 The Googlization Will Not Be Televised

My Sweet November: Day 4 Startup a Budget

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Hi, again! I just wrapped up Lesson 6: How to Bootstrap Your Business. I think it’s one of my favorite lessons in Gina Horkey’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.

What is Bootstrapping?

The absolute best thing you can do for your business at this stage (the beginning) is to spend as little money as possible on the start up.

“Boot Strapping Your Business,” refers to spending as little money as possible. The business survives and exists because it depends on itself for capital. Metaphorically, it’s pulling itself up by its own bootstraps without depending on anyone for support. I won’t spend my family’s limited resources my business.

You do not have to spend money to make money! more My Sweet November: Day 4 Startup a Budget

My Sweet November: Day 3 When in Doubt, Take Action!

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Good afternoon! In almost every post, I talk about the importance of having a sharp focus on progressing forward in business. At the end of yesterday’s post, I chose to aim my primary focus at blog posts. Secondarily, I’ll be working on magazine articles.

Today is my third day simultaneously studying and blogging about Gina Horkey’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.

Awhile ago, was tasked with identifying a niche or four for myself. Out of a list of 25 categories, I chose Science/Medicine, Freelancing/Entrepreneurship, and Education.

Choosing a specialty, and doing it right at the beginning, is crucial to getting work sooner. more My Sweet November: Day 3 When in Doubt, Take Action!

My Sweet November: Day 2 Choosing the Write Dance

2012-02-09manual-typewriter-0209stockWelcome back! Yesterday’s, The Motivational Trifecta, is nothing short of effective! I briefly read over some of its content this morning. I’m motivated. My focus is fine-tuned to studying this course.

It’s been a very busy few days around here. My Yahoo! Style Guide arrived today. I haven’t been able to do more than flip it open. I need to set aside time to study it properly. Just like I’m studying 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. I’ll get there.

Having wrapped on The Motivational Trifecta, we’ll begin the technical portion of 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.

Today, I’ll be covering the fourth lesson in the course, 8 Different Types of Writing You Can Do. Non-writers and those new to it will learn all about these different types of works. more My Sweet November: Day 2 Choosing the Write Dance

My Sweet November: Day 1 The Motivational Trifecta

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Welcome to my first official day! My journey blogging my way through Gina Horkey’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success starts here. It only took two-and-a-half months to get here, but oh man! Was it worth it!

In my earlier post, I introduced and outlined my plan to study the email course and blog about it.

Back when I first received it in my inbox, I spent four days reading the content on my smartphone. I didn’t take notes that time; I just read. By saving the analytical stuff for later, I opened myself up to the process and the story and behind it.

By the second go-round, I felt ready to dissect it. I made a list of the lessons’ assigned numbers and names. Then, proceeded to expose the inner workings of the first three lessons. more My Sweet November: Day 1 The Motivational Trifecta