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10 Things You Can Do to Get Bulk Work As a Freelance Content Writer

Getting work as a freelance content writer is easy if you follow the below guidelines

One of the major concerns for a content writer is always, “How do I reach out to a company or agency for bulk freelance content writing work?” It seems a daunting task but is actually quite easy. You can be at peace knowing that there is enough work for everybody – all digital marketing agencies and corporate sites today need to outsource their work.

Here, are the steps you should follow to reach out to the best companies and get content writing assignments:

  1. Research the Companies
  • Do a Google search for the best digital marketing companies
  • Check out the sites for quality of language and clients
  • Read reviews to know how the company treats it freelancers – people not getting paid are sure to talk about it
  1. Contact People Who Can Help
  • Use your LinkedIn profile or any social media group to reach out to people working in the company you are interested in
  • Ask to be introduced to the right person
  • If your contact list cannot be of help, go to the next step
  1. Check Contact Information on the Website
  • Go to the contact page on the website, and send in an email to the mentioned email ID.
  • Try a variation of the site addresses, if you do not want to reach out to a salesperson – Check the address – is it .com, .org, .in, Then use hrd or content@companyname.com. You are sure to get a response
  • There is no harm in reaching out to multiple people on the same email
  1. Reach Out to the Concerned Person
  • A simple Hi will suffice if there is no name.
  • Don’t try and guess the gender of the person
  • In the subject line add – looking for an opportunity as a freelance writer
  • Your email should reflect your language skills – it should be error-free
  1. Share Your Details
  • Share a professional summary like your experience, the niche you are comfortable in, the cost, and the amount of work you can complete in a day.
  • Share personal information such as your phone number, the email ID which can be used to reach you, your working hours, etc.
  • Attach a resume, if you have one
  1. Sharing Samples
  • If possible, attach samples of your work in the original email.
  • Use your best samples, which are error-free and will get instant approval.
  • Send samples of the niches you are most comfortable with
  • It is Ok, not to share samples in the first contact mail, and let the person-in-charge ask for them
  1. Follow Up For Work
  • Remember, the response may take 1–3 working days.
  • If you do not get a response, send a reminder. You can send up to 3 reminders.
  • Reach out to a separate ID, if the response is still not received
  1. Get the Conversation Flowing
  • Despite the sharing of details in the first mail, you may be asked to write a sample.
  • I am of the view, why not? However – if they are using the content, you get paid, if not, you go ahead and use it on your website
  • Ask questions – what kind of work will I get, how much will I get, and what are the payment terms.
  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price. But, this is tricky, because some agencies have a limit on the price they can pay, while others are willing to pay a high-cost, but then their quality standards will be stricter.
  1. Sign A Contract
  • Most companies will ask you to sign a contract and NDA.
  • Read the terms and conditions carefully and take a decision
  • Once the contract is signed you will not be allowed to reach out to clients of the company you are working with for a certain period.
  • Once the contract is signed, you are bound by that decision
  1. Commit to Quality
  • Be ready for rejections and revisions if you are not able to meet their standards of quality. You cannot have a ‘bad day at work’ and expect the work to keep coming
  • Companies want work delivered as per their deadlines. They are more than willing to let good writers go if the content is not delivered as per timelines
  • Clients have expectations from their freelance content writer.

In conclusion, reaching out to a client for a bulk order is the easy part. It is also easy to convince them that let you come on board. The actual difficulty arises, when you are required to start delivering content. Most companies will give you a monthly timeline, along with details of their requirements, Fulfilling the requirements in terms of quality and timelines is what will get you bulk work, repeatedly!

 

10 Skills Every Homemaker Should Know!

The world is forever letting women know what they can and cannot do. A few years ago, it was – You are meant to take care of the home and kids. And, today, it is, you should be working outside the home to truly contribute. No, it is a choice, both men and women should be given. Happiness and peace come from doing things you like and enjoy. Of course, getting appreciation also matters!

So, if you are a housewife or a househusband, or are planning to be one, here are the 10 Skills you should absolutely know.

  1. Become aware of nutrition – Are you surprised that cooking is not the first! Well, to me, knowing and understanding nutrition is much more important than knowing how to cook. Every person needs to eat 4-5 meals in a day, and you will be the person responsible for preparing these meals. As such, it is necessary for you to know how to make tasty dishes which are nutritious. Get knowledge of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, etc. to ensure you are all physically fit.
  2. Learn how to sew – You have to get ready to take on the responsibility of mending torn socks, sewing loose buttons or hems. Keeping your sewing kit ready for an emergency will come in handy for the smooth running of a home, and subduing tempers and tantrums. But, knowing how to stitch a skirt out of a bed-sheet or patching a quilt out of old coats, is a bonus. You can even learn how to knit or tat, to save money and create beautiful, cardigans, scarves, shawls or even tops!
  3. Brush up portfolio management skills – Project managers, rise to program managers and then become portfolio managers. Do you realize what this means? You have to learn the ten commandments of project management, learn how to fit every project into a program and manage them all together under the portfolio – keeping the house and the people living in it together as a happy, wholesome, bunch. People, finance and time management are the most crucial, as are planning, execution, and analysis.
  4. Master arts and crafts – Please do not think this is for school assignments only. You can decorate your home with self-made paintings, or crafts work. If this is not of interest to you, cultivate a hobby. Reading, dancing, writing poetry, video-gaming, there are so many things to choose from.  These are the lifelines of a homemaker, giving you the freedom to express various moods, even if the end result is for your eyes only.
  5. Cultivate deep friendships – You will make many friends in the future, friends of spouses, parents from school, neighbors, and more. And, then there are friendships of your childhood and with cousins or other family members. Learn to call people home, go out for a coffee, or take time out to chat. Remember, you have to learn to love each friend as they will give you social standing, emotional support or tips, and tricks to make your life simple. You too can learn to support them, and that is a trait of a good homemaker, letting people know they can count on you.
  6. Be prepared for stress – Being a homemaker is a relentless job. You can switch off from an office, but you can never say Goodbye to your household duties. The pressure to keep everyone happy, and losing out on things you once considered important is going to happen. It is life, it happens to everybody, and you will be no exception. You have to prepare to take on the stresses of life with deep breathing, laughter, physical exercise and keeping your mind active and positive.
  7. Basic sciences are a necessity – Did you know home science or home economics graduates undergo training in basic sciences? Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Economics? This is apart from your basic food & nutrition, textiles, home cleaning, and child development! The basics are necessary to help you understand how an acid will react on a hard floor, or why certain foods will taste better with some ingredients.
  8. Child development is the key – Some homemakers choose the profession because they do not want to leave the kids with strangers. There are many parenting books and sites to help you understand and manage the different stages of your child’s growth. You can learn about their behaviors at every age, how to do CPR, treat illnesses, manage tantrums, entertain their friends ‘correctly’, face bruises. fractures, or even minor electrocution require immediate attention from a doctor. Apart from physical fitness, you also need to know how to challenge the young minds and keep them growing well.
  9. Learn how to drive – Believe me, despite all the public transportation you have, knowing how to drive a car is a necessity for a homemaker. Don’t treat this lightly. Dropping a child to school for a test or to the doctor’s clinic for inoculation is a task will more than likely be your responsibility. You should also know how to ride a bike, skip a rope, play hopscotch, throw a ball – the list is quite endless. These are skills you will use to interact with your kids and have a good time while doing so.
  10. Develop the happiness gene – I know scientific breakthrough still has not discovered the art of human genome interchangeability or enhancement. But, you have to convert your DNA into the happy gene. You have to learn how to remain happy, even when everything in life is going wrong, and days seem like endless minutes of chores. Your positive attitude will rub off on your partner, kids, plants, and the overall environment of your home.

Time will slip through your fingers, when you are preparing meals, looking for keys, driving kids to school, etc. Keep yourself happy, your friends around, and pursue a hobby, and you will enjoy the journey immensely.

Blinds, Awnings

Blinds and Awnings for Your Home During the Summer

Jute chiks (traditional blinds of India) were popular additions to Indian homes to battle the onslaught of summers. Jute, as everybody knows, is used for twining and ropes and the fiber from the young shoots was used to create window and door shades from the scorching Indian sun.

Why was Jute popular?

First of all, it was abundantly available, making it an option for the rich and the not-so-rich. The straws were strung together tightly to reduce the effects of the hot, dry and dusty summer in the homes. Palaces had jute curtains hanging from crevices and columns, and there were people tasked to keep sprinkling water onto them. The reason – whatever dry air passed through the curtain, it absorbed moisture, cooling the indoor air temperature. Others sprinkled water themselves, but even without the water, the jute chiks were a barrier against the hot winds. Borders were added and different colors were used to paint the straws to give them a stylish element.

Jute chiks lost their sheen

Even when electricity and fans came, people continued to use jute chiks. With the advent of air conditioners, the role of jute chiks diminished, as people moved to the more ‘cooler’ option. But with power cuts a permanent fixture in nearly every city of India, the air conditioner, just becomes a unit on the wall, which is not even pretty. Temperatures in North Indian cities can reach up to 48 degrees, binding people indoors. Despite the most modern cooling units, and uninterrupted supply of electricity, windows and doors need to be covered.

You need Window Coverings to battle the summer heat

Modern window blinds and awnings play a pivotal role during summers. They disallow intense sun rays to enter through glass windows and doors. They also enhance the style quotient of your interiors and exteriors.

Window blinds are used inside the homes, and when drawn down, they keep the piercing light of the sun from entering your room.

· Blackout Roller Blinds allow you to completely block sun rays, making them ideal for windows that receive more than their fair share of the Indian sun.

· Wooden Venetian Blinds have slats you can tilt to control the rays entering your home.

· You can opt for Honeycomb Blinds, designed to keep cool in summers.

Awnings, on the other hand, are designed for your home exteriors. They are placed on top of windows and doors to protect you from sun, wind, and rain.

· Drop Arm Awnings, Window Awnings, and Fixed Awnings ensure that your windows and doors remain shaded.

· Terrace Awnings, Vertical Awnings, Drop Arm Awnings, and Gazebos are perfect add-ons to your terraces, gardens, and balconies.

Lots of options to choose from

Today, there are the stylish and dazzling array of colors, fabrics, and designs you can add to your home to battle the summers. Express yourself with the choices available. The best part is you do not need to step out in the heat to look at their offerings. Just give them a call and most manufacturers and retailers are willing to send a sales executive to your home with a set of samples.

Meeting, Manners, Professionals

The Meeting Manners

Manners and mannerisms define a person, especially in the office space. No manager is averse to the negative impact that bad manners can have on his team and its future. Each manager has an example to set and certain unsaid rules and regulations are accepted as part of a leader’s mannerism, especially while planning and conducting meetings. They ultimately affect the team morale and all the entire team is expected to follow them. Five of the basic manners that every professional leader should have in their armoury while conducting a meeting is discussed here

Be on Time: Time is money, time once lost cannot be regained, etc., etc.; every person has grown up hearing some variation of these proverbs. But, their essentiality is everlasting. The team leader has to be on time and should expect every team member to be on time. There can be no second guesses or laxity regarding this basic manner. Most mannerism experts suggest arriving 5-15 minutes early for a business meeting. Being on time defines you as a responsible person who values his own time and that of others.

Dress Appropriately: Accept the fact that your dress and shoes make an impact. You have to know the written, or guess the unwritten code, and dress accordingly. You may argue it is a business meeting and performance matters, more. You are right, but there is a public image that your company needs to adhere and present. You should portray yourself as capable of meeting those demands. Flamboyancy works only for entertainers and people with the chutzpah to pull it off.

Switch off you Mobile: Meetings are scheduled for face-to-face interactions, therefore, eliminating the need for any phone calls. Attending calls, sending messages or any other disturbance from your mobile phone during meetings is considered rude. Switch off your mobile or keep it on vibrating mode. Don’t even for a moment think that if you are playing or chatting under the table, others at the table will not notice. You will be branded as careless and irresponsible.

Measure your Words: You are in a meeting, not a bar where casual or foul language is acceptable. You will get a chance to be heard so you do not need to either interrupt or shout. At every business meeting, speak softly and measure your words. The best way forward is to be prepared for the meeting, knowing your subject thoroughly and having prepared answers for questions that may arise. This will help you answer sensibly and correctly. Be firm, not aggressive to gain the respect of your peers and seniors.

Listen Attentively: Listening as a mannerism is a trait sadly lacking in many a gentleman and gentlewoman. I use the words gentle because listeners are considered sensitive and more in tune with the mood of the meeting, which is absolutely true. The more you listen, the more you have a chance to observe, learn and understand what the other person is saying. Listening is a skill but it also is a basic mannerism that requires you to let the other person complete sentences and thoughts.

If you are not adhering to even one of the basic mannerisms mentioned above, your reputation, operations and career are both in trouble. These manners are not only demanded of you as a professional but will help you build your personal brand and enhance its value! 

Life has the right fit

The Right Fit Awaits

There comes a time in life,

When nothing seems to pass,

It is the time my friend,

To don on some class.

Life does not wait,

It moves at its speed,

Slow, steady or swift

Leaving you adrift

 

Poison your words not,

Nor become a dour fool,

Contemplate all you want,

But, love is your best tool.

Love is but a struggle,

To let you what to do,

Slow, steady or swift,

Just enjoy the gift!

 

Happy smiles seem distant,

When the heart is sad,

Anger, Envy or Ire,

Just add to the dire,

Joy is what you need,

Right there for you to seek,

Slow, steady or swift,

Ready to give you a lift.

 

Change is very scary,

But, a monster it is not,

It’s very hard to muster,

Despite the initial fluster,

A new dawn awaits,

Awaken your dreams,

Slow, steady or swift,

Go find the right fit!

 

©A.G.

Life Lessons From Football

#10Things About Life That Football Teaches You.

As the #WorldCup, 2018 is in full swing, there are billions of people across the world watching as 22-players and a referee run across the field trying to score. #Insta #football may be a big hit, but so are the life lessons to all watching.  Here is my take on the lessons learned by Spain vs. Portugal match – #10Things about life each moment of the match brings forth.

Life throws surprises. Everybody expected Ronaldo to score in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018. But within the first five minutes of the match – no way! It is a miracle, and you and I need to learn to appreciate them. Life is like that, you can achieve success with your first attempt but to sustain that constant effort is required, through every playing moment called life. Enjoy that first goal, celebrate it, and indulge your emotions. And,  then get down to work again!

You get kicked around. Just imagine yourself as the football; the only job is to get kicked around. Many times in life, you will feel like that. But, when down and out, don’t stop rolling…others have no game without you. Even the players are grabbing, kicking, elbowing, and generally doing everything in their power to bring the players of the opposite team down. So, what? They don’t lie there, they fight back, and giving the game everything they got for those 90 minutes on the field. Their only aim is to score a goal.

Teams are everything. The captain may be the anchor, but it is the effort of the team that gets results. You may be a star player, but it is your team supporting you, prodding you and pushing you that helps you achieve greatness. Each member on the field, on the sidelines, is important to become a winner. It is the job of the manager and the captain to make sure, there is a shared goal, a common strategy and enough freedom!

Even the best make mistakes. Spain’s goalkeeper Dag is one of the best in the world. But, even he missed a stopping a goal even though the ball came into his hands. This gave the opposite side an edge. It does not diminish his abilities. Many would say his reputation is at stake. But it should act as a spur to be better, not only for him but for the whole team. With this missed goal, Portugal took the lead. But all the player were prepared to be better when the football rolled towards them the next time.

Strong nerves are winners. The same moment also teaches us the man with the nerves remains standing. Cristiano Ronaldo held his nerves while Dega the brilliant goalkeeper did not. Don’t blink when tough ti.es come knocking. Stand up, take a stance and get. The winning moment is awaiting you, don’t lose focus and remain determined to get the work done. Life is the same, remain as cool as a cucumber, keep focused on your work, and the results will follow.

Be cordial with the competition. No hard feeling is always the way forward. On the field, the players on the opposing team are enemies. They are rough, trying to stop each other, but I don’t think the aim is to maim or hurt permanently. You will see players of opposing teams helping each other up, and at the end of the game hugging it out. Another thing to learn here is –  giving your hand to help a person off the ground will not make you weak. It is a sign of healthy competition, pushing each other to become better and achieve success.

You have to move forward. Every business coach will tell you it has to be done with planning and steadily. Watching the Spanish team move the ball forward into the opposing team’s side is the perfect example. One minute they are passing around the ball and in the next, the team has collectively invaded the opponents’ space, ready for an attack. The back and forward movement are what our thoughts and actions are, but the aim is to move forward always, without stopping.

Geniuses inspire us. Cristiano Ronaldo, the lean, mean, machine, is definitely the greatest player. His legwork and precision keep you spellbound. Another hat trick for the genius is great to see at the Russia World Cup. If you have such people around you be Inspired by them, and see carefully to know their brilliance is backed by sheer will and relentless training. Let people praise you, but never ever forget the need to keep improving and bettering yourself.

Self-dependency is important. Diego Costa, scoring the first goal for Spain, is an example of seizing the moment when presented even though your team is playing catch up. If you see his first goal of the match, you will see him surrounded by several players and yet he manages to score, singlehandedly without the help of his team. Similarly, many opportunities will come knocking in life but so will the misgiving, Leave them aside and concentrate on attaining your brilliance.

The wall is just that, a wall. It is standing to block you. In the World Cup, as in life, you will see many such walls. But, you can kick above it and it will crumble in its attempt to stop you. Football players across the world have mastered the art of kicking above the wall to make the ball land in the goal. You can too, after all, the wall of society, the hardships, and everything else, is just a barrier. Put on your thinking cap to beat it, plan the action and then do.

Bonus with the #10Things

Life moves up and down. Sometimes Portugal was on top and for sometime Spain, but the match ended in a draw. Each team kept playing for every moment with the conviction to never give up. So, is life, knocking you about, but ready to support and surround you with love and care. Just count one blessing each day to know what I mean.