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#10Things for Freelancers

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.

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.

#10Things About Crazy GFs And BFFs That The Movie Veere Di Wedding Got Right

There is nothing like school and college best friends or bffs as I like to call them. You meet them when you are young. At that age, minds are impressionable and social obligations low. Together there is the indulgence, laughter, and general happiness as entire days and night are spent chatting with them – f2f or messaging, it does not matter. Veere di wedding brought most of those feelings and emotions of friendships out in the open.

Here are the #10Things the movie got right about female friendships

  1. They are not alike

From crazy as a bat Sakshi Soni to the prim and propah Avni, friends are never alike. They come together because the Universe wants them to know there is someone you can love the moon and back. There is no blood-bonding or other obligations, they are as the saying goes, “A family you get to  choose.”

  1. All the parents know they are a crazy bunch

Avni’s Mom, “All your friends are crazy.”

Avni, “Don’t say anything about my friends.”

My take, “I know that but I can never acknowledge that to anyone. Because then I have to acknowledge, I am crazy as a bat too.”

  1. Their relatives are your relatives

Chacha, buas, didis of the cousin all know you and you know them all. If you are living in the same town, you get invited to all parties with open arms. This Family-Bandhan extends to in-laws too!

  1. Parents know each other but keep a distance

Yes, parents of the bffs know each other well, but you will hardly see them socializing together, except for the important events. My suspicion, ignorance is bliss and parents are not interested in knowing the crazy things their angels are up to.

  1. There is one parent the whole gang is scared of

Yes, bade papa in the movie is not a myth. He or she exists, that one parent, bffs will hide from and react with nervousness on spotting them unexpectedly.  The whole group is scared of them, collectively. To balance things out there is that one cool parent who is willing to look the other way to help deepen friendships, not all the times, but sometimes.

  1. Bffs always keep secrets from each other 

From troubles faced by parents to marital discomforts or in-law problems, most bffs will sweep their sorrow under the carpet and show only the sunny side. White lies are there but serious stuff also gets hidden. But, when one person opens the floodgates of sorrow, the others get the confidence to follow suit. 

  1. They shame mercilessly but support without condition

When the character of Meera was raving about putting on weight, her friend told her, “tu crab kha” but when the same friend is shy about her swimsuit, everybody gets her to relax and enjoy. They will tease without mercy, kick butt without reason, be rude when you stray and pull your ears when required. Even if you tell them to stop, the only reaction you can accept is “hein” with a look of sheer incomprehensibility.

  1. Husbands know how important your friends are

At first, they are bemused, then amused, then irritated, followed by wondering and finally acceptance. These are the five steps for husband’s to finally realise, bffs matter as much as parents and siblings if not more.  Maybe not at the wedding, when they leave you on stage to enjoy the party, but every year after, they do. You could say Rishabh knew Kalindi’s close-knit circle of friends, but they had been living together for 2 years. 

  1. Laughter is never a short commodity when you are together

Giggles, smiles, joy, laughter, from the bottom of the heart, is something you experience with them. It’s free to be silly, to not have words misinterpreted or misunderstood. Speaking without a filter and friends forgiving you for speaking under the duress of stress or stress busters such as alcohol is what makes them your bffs.

  1. In the end, they respect each other

They may have seen each other at their worst and said some things in heat of the moment that are regrettable. Except for that one heated or troublesome moment, they respect each other tremendously and are each other’s biggest support system. 

Bonus:

There is one thing Veere di Wedding did not mention as all had access to designer wear:

11. Sharing is all about caring

Sharing clothes, shoes and jewellery when you are young or old is inherent to BFFs, Clothes get passed around as they gain or lose weight, and designer wear gets booked in advance – especially if you made these friends in hostels!

#10Things Clients Expect From Freelance Writers

You are in freelance content writing for the long-haul, aren’t you? If yes, then the question is – are you aware of the things clients expect from their freelance writers? do you know how important it is to think of your client as a long-term business partner? Meet them on an equal footing, even though you are the vendor, but don’t ever compromise on the #10Things clients expect from freelance content creators.

Here are a few harsh truths for you to digest:

1. Accept the fact, quality is treasured by all – This one is a no-brainer, nobody likes to deal with writers who cannot provide the quality expected. If you deliver, you get the work, if you don’t, you get left out.
2. Research is a win-win for all – If you cannot research, change your profession. From non-fiction to fiction to online content, research is the backbone of the final write-up.
3. Writing about the client gets applause – They are paying to get publicity for their brand, and if you start writing about products and services they don’t provide, then what is the point of paying you.
4. Insightful words will get you the praise – True that, but if you are unable to meet the demand of the type of content required, be ready to receive only one type of content writing assignment or none at all.
5. Reach your users, smartly and simply – Flowery language is perfect if you are describing a lover in a poem, but try that for your online content and you will be dropped like a hot stone.
6. SEO is the foundation to increase reach – Intent is the first brick of a search. If your content does not show up on search, the whole exercise of thinking, creating and editing is a waste.
7. Talk with candour, listen with respect – Ask all the questions you want, even the stupid ones, and you will get the answers, but have the intelligence to listen and embrace the requirement.
8. Today, timeliness is next to Godliness – Success for a freelance writer is totally dependent on the ability to deliver on time, every time.
9. Billing requires a dedicated will – If you do not raise your invoice as required, be prepared for delayed payments and the client’s unwillingness to work with you, however, brilliant you are.
10. Original is not a word, it is a way of life – If you cannot live and work by this belief of providing unique, original content, understand one thing right now, you may get work, but never repeat work.

Bonus
11. Steady is the step reaching the path of success – Keep working steadily and honestly to become the best writer for the client.

 

©A.G.

Meeting, Manners, Professionals

#10Things for Choosing the Best Company to Purchase From

Word-of-mouth is important for the shop-o-system survival and is a buyer’s advantage. Advertisements mattered, they pushed a new product or concept, but you would try the product once, and in the end, it had to stand on its merit to become a consumer’s favourite. Today, however, things are different – peddling on the streets has moved to peddling on the mobile. There is no longer a hoarse call from the streets or a bell ringing announcing the ice-cream man. Instead, you have the notification going off telling you which product you can explore and buy. But, keeping these #10Things in mind before finalising a company can save you heartburn and cash-burn.

1. Team size – A bigger does not mean better services, it can also mean chaos, In the long run, a well-managed team can be more efficient.
2. Skillset – Creativity or practical knowledge, both matter during a service purchase. The consumer holds the power of the decision.
3. Overall Experience – A start-up may lack the experience, but can make up with their dedication, enthusiasm and innovativeness.
4. Industry knowledge – Saves time and resources as the deliverers have the knowledge to perform as per expected standards.
5. Open Communication – Both the seller and the purchaser need to articulate expectations clearly. This holds true even for listening.
6. Results Discussion – Ask for clear-cut results if it is a campaign. Don’t trust salespersons who give you ambiguous answers.
7. People’s Reviews – Word-of-mouth and online reviews matter, but remember, every company will have disappointed and happy customers. Look at averages.
8. Their Demeanor – Relaxed and happy people ready to speak their minds should be the first reference as partners when shopping for products and services. .
9. Services Included – Ask for clear-cut document detailing what services the seller will provide and which will cost extra.
10. Costs Shared – Budget is one of the most important factors. Be sure to have the money to pay the charges, or else opt for lighter services.

The above the #10things you need to consider to survive the modern shop-of-system to partner with the best seller. These are just the basics, do your homework, after all, a purchase may be returnable, but will require an expenditure of time and energy.