BlogTrends – Freelancing 101 – May 21

One topic that comes up often on our forums and in chat is freelancing. What are the pros and cons? How do I get started? Many bloggers have a passion for writing and would love to be able to make some additional income doing what they love but don’t know where to start. Read our most recent discussion about freelancing and find out how you can build your resume in your free time and make some new connections with a bit of income as well!

Q1 What kinds of freelance work might be well suited for a blogger? When do I know I’m ready for freelancing?#BlogTrends

@blackblondeone: A1 Writing, photography, social media would be perfect! #Ghostwriting is also an option! #blogtrends

@chicstripes: @Blog_Trends Q1 – freelance writing should come as a natural extension of what you already do and love. #BlogTrends

@SheLikesRuffles: A1 – blog outreach is definitely something well suited for a blogger: working w/brands to set up partnerships w/sites#BlogTrends

@blackblondeone: A1 You know when you actually have time and energy for more work. I knew when I was approached and wanted to make the time. #blogtrends

@HouseOfJeffers: A1 As a writer, I open myself up to any topic for freelancing. It diversifies my background and builds clips. #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A1 I am going to go out on a limb here and say… writing, blog design/improvement and photography, and social media would work #blogtrends

@lapetitepeach: A-1 I try to stay in my niche when I freelance so anything having to do with being a parent or baby/mama fashion#blogtrends

@REVEenfrancais: A1 I’d say you’re ready when it doesn’t seem like work, and you’re really excited to dive into it and give it your all!#blogtrends

@HerSparkle: Q1:There are lots of freelance writing opportunities out there. You do need to perfect your writing style before you jump in#blogtrends

@justsitpretty: A1: Anything you are passionate about that relates to your blog/brand & audience is a good freelance opportunity#blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A1 One type of freelance work that might suit a blogger is consulting. So many businesses are looking for strategies for blogs #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A1 You know you should freelance when people tell you that you should write professionally. #blogtrends

@ScorchingStyle: A1. Copy editing, translating (if U R fluent in other languages) or writing letters of recommendation, introduction, CVs, etc. #Blogtrends

@pixelhazard: A1: it helps if the writing opportunities and your blog don’t conflict & you can ensure no impact on quality of either#blogtrends

@KatiePetix: A1 Most of my freelance has been styling since that is the focus of my blog, but I’ve also done some social media consulting#blogtrends

@Glam__Slam: A1: I take a lot of time perfecting each post&my blog as a whole so can use it as a “resume” when applying for freelance stuff. #blogtrends

@ScorchingStyle: A1. I do F/L writing & translation work. I started with companies I was familiar with (thru friends & work) to build a base#BlogTrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A1 I do a lot of consulting for social media/blogging and there’s a market for it if you can present people with a strategy#blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A1 Also think outside the box when you consider freelancing – I could probably make $ switching people from Blogger to WordPress #blogtrends

Q2 What are the pros and cons of freelancing? Should I know/do anything specific before starting? #BlogTrends

@DabbleInChic: A2 freelancing allows you to get your name in front of many helping you build your own #brand #blogtrends

@rachelmaleady: @Blog_Trends A2: Pros: Experience, clips for your portfolio, connections made. Cons: Often there is NO pay or little pay#blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A2 Moneys!!! It gives you credibility and something for your resume. It builds your reputation! #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A2 The pros for me have always been my freedom to select the jobs & clients I work with. CON: No steady income#blogtrends

@SheLikesRuffles: A2: Pro – set your own hours! Always nice to have flexibility when you freelance. #BlogTrends

@BeautifullyInv: A2 Don’t undervalue your work and don’t take on projects that don’t fit your personal brand! You don’t want to HURT your imagen #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A2 Pros: $$$, samples for your portfolio/resume. Cons: Eats into your free time and work/life balance. #blogtrends

@smalltwnfashion: A2 Unlike your blog, you’re giving some ownership to the publication – ex., they can edit your words differently than you would. #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A2 On a serious note, I think it gives you klout. Cons? One more task to add to your list. #bloggers #blogtrends

@styledelights: A2. Most common con – time consuming, not much money:-) Pro -Freelancing can open the door for full term employment@Blog_Trends #blogtrends

@SassyDianaMarie: Q2: Pro list far outweighs Con if done right… great for exposure, ability to practice and make perfect as well! Larger circle! #blogtrends

@SassyDianaMarie: A2: Defs have to agree about a con being “balance”… with family this type of work can get tedious and quite consuming! #blogtrends

@BryantDeBerry: @Blog_Trends Be up front about do’s and don’ts. A clear vision will keep both parties on the right track without conflict.#blogtrends

@nouvelle: A2 Since freelancing is unsteady & I have a day job, I keep it to a side gig so my life is somewhat balanced. :} #blogtrends

@HouseOfJeffers: A2 Referrals are another great pro. And the opportunity to meet a variety of people in various industries. #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: Regarding how much to charge, a standard freelance rate is $100 for a 500-word article.Take into account how much time spentn #blogtrends

@ScorchingStyle: A2. Know at what point you will walk away. I’ve no problem turning down work if it interferes with my family or job IRL.#BlogTrends

Q3 How do I get started and find freelancing positions? Is it like a traditional job search? #BlogTrends

@ScorchingStyle: A3. Start with your circle of friends/family and build from there. #BlogTrends

@rachelmaleady: @blog_trends A3: I was approached to do freelance work via the contact form on my blog. Put yourself out there!#blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A3 research! Don’t wait for companies to approach you. seek out the ones that interest you. Establish connections. Use LinkedIn #blogtrends

@DabbleInChic: A3 easy 1st level reach out to other blogs you #connect with 2nd do a #collaboration put yourself in front of #brands#blogtrends

@ErinScandalous: Q3 I was contacted via my blog for some freelance work as well. Came from out of nowhere. You never know who is watching you! #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A3 Sites where you bid for contracts, local businesses, also connecting with web designers who need content peeps for projects. #blogtrends

@chicstripes: @Blog_Trends A3- take a few unpaid gigs, bc they will be the first to come to u when they can pay #BlogTrends

@Nigel_Isaiah: A3). With twitter it’s so easy to find these independent mag and just tweet and ask them “do you take contributing writers”#blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A3 Networking is KEY. Network with people you know and figure out who can help you reach your goals! #blogtrends

@CreativelyYours: A3. ID publications you want to write for,reach out send samples. Contact fav bloggers re guest posting&intern if you can#Blogtrends

@BryantDeBerry: @Blog_Trends Q3- Ask yourself Who you want to freelance for and Why? Also Network and Social media. There are hidden gems. #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A3 I say its traditional in that you still want to be professional, present a resume & portfolio. #blogtrends

@HouseOfJeffers: A3 Sending out pitches that cater to the company/brand specifically. Don’t send out generic letters. Customize.#blogtrends

@KayTeeinVA: RT @CM_Writer: A3: Send out your #mediakit to small brands, check out listings on career sites, referrals #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A3 Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback when someone says no, knowing where to improve will help tremendously!#blogtrends

Q4 What’s the best way to present my work for freelance jobs? How can I figure out how much to charge for my work?#BlogTrends

@SheLikesRuffles: A4: to determine price, I think in terms of an hourly rate. What is reasonable per hour+how many hrs will it take?#BlogTrends

@gritandglamour: A4 A well-organized online portfolio is key. And a solid, complete Linked In profile with a proper photo is important!#blogtrends

@HouseOfJeffers: A4 Send your pitch/intro w/ your resume and clips upfront. Don’t wait for them to ask. Being proactive saves you & them time #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A4 For $, I think about my time, the difficulty level, & how much it’ll benefit employer. #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: RT @gritandglamour: A4 well-organized online portfolio is key. And solid, complete LinkedIn profile w/proper photo is important! #blogtrends

@smalltwnfashion: A4 It sounds really obvious – but good grammar and proofreading go a long way! #blogtrends

@ClosetFix: A4 it might be helpful to research what the going rate is in the field. That might be a good place to start #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A4 Consider where you stand. I’ll be a #fashionmerchandising grad tomorrow. My rate just went up. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A4 I use a WP blog template as my portfolio because I clips other than my blog. It has a resume page, samples & more.#blogtrends

@BryantDeBerry: @Blog_Trends Q4- Include what you offer, why you stand out and a new POV. Include a sample of your work aesthetic and links. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A4 Aside from samples and numbers, you should demonstrate engagement–comment averages, retweets, shares & more. #blogtrends

@BryantDeBerry: @Blog_Trends Q4- Don’t sell short. If a rate is offered that seems unfair, consider how else you are being compensated.#blogtrends

Q5 What are the best resources for finding paid freelance work? Do you have any favorite tools/apps for freelancers?#BlogTrends

@SheLikesRuffles: A5: referrals and keeping connected! I’ve found many opportunities via Twitter! True life. #BlogTrends

@backngroovemom: @Blog_Trends just signing on a5: write good content, promote it, freelance will come…just did for me #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A5 All my freelance gigs have come through someone I’ve met…never underestimate attending events! #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A5 I LOVE @Freshbooks for invoicing and managing expenses. So professional and easy! @Dropbox is also awesome for sharing docs. #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A5 someone mentioned mediabistro earlier, they have a freelance marketplace – #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A5 Don’t underestimate relationships – you may get a freelance gig from stranger, but you can leverage a relationship too#blogtrends

@styledelights: A5. I get leads from my network- bloggers, friends, ex colleagues and Job search sites Simplehired, MediaBistro, Elance#blogtrends

@BryantDeBerry: @Blog_Trends Q5- Get from behind the laptop & show the face behind the work. Opportunities can come from face to face networks. #blogtrends

@HouseOfJeffers: A5 and sometimes have freelance jobs #blogtrends


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