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This article is by guest blogger Sarah Lam and moderated by Wong Sook Chin.
So, you have finally decided to be a blogger. Do you know the real reason why you want to be a blogger. For some people, it might be because they want to have an online diary to express themselves while others want to share their hobbies such as reading or playing games.
There are actually several reasons why one wants to be a blogger.
1. You want to earn money
Many people start a blog in the hope to earn money through the blog. The only problem is they might not know how they can earn money from their blog except by using Google Adsense. Money being a factor to start a blog is either a make or a break in the blogosphere.
2. You think you know something
It is obvious that when you blog, you are sharing knowledge with people. In this case, you must have known something that you can teach other people about. For example, you know how to play World of Warcraft and increase your character’s level faster than anyone else so you start a blog to share your tips.
3. Learn something
You will be surprised at how much knowledge you can learn when you start to blog. Imagine having to integrate writing and communication skills when you blog, thus helping you to improve your writing skills and communication skills at one go.
4. Inspire someone
Are you a cancer survivor? Perhaps you can start a blog and talk about your journey through recovering from cancer from surgery to chemotherapy. This will inspire other people with the same fate as you and motivate them to be strong so that they can heal just like you did.
5. The love for writing
You love to write and share it with the whole world about what you have written. You can have a blog to store all your great masterpieces, be it the next ‘Harry Potter’ series or simply poems and short stories that you have written. Mind you, someone might approach you to publish your work if you are lucky!
6. Freelancing portfolio
If you have a website dedicated to your services, that would be great but if you just want a small space on the web to promote your portfolio, a blog would be convenient and easy to set up. Whether you want to showcase your latest designs or writing samples, create a blog and spread them around to your potential clients and friends.
Have you found the real reason to have a blog?
Wishing you all the best from us.
This article is guest blog by Sarah Lam.
Freelancing is not as easy as it seems. From quitting your day job to finding freelance projects that pay well, you need be careful in everything you do. Since freelancing is rather new in Malaysia, you might not know that there are many sites that you can try your luck in getting the best projects.
Common Malaysian sites such as Lowyat Forum and AsiaPartTime provide local opportunities but what if you want to try international projects that can be more difficult and yet more fulfilling, where do you go?
There are sites that require biddings while others are more flexible in terms of applying for the projects.
If you want to try bidding for projects you never dreamed of working on before, Elance is the best place to start.
- Elance provides three free bids for you every month. Upgrade your membership if you want up to 20 bids or more. (It is not compulsory to upgrade since registration is free).
- Elance is using escrow to process payment so you are well protected from scammers.
- Elance has a huge database with thousands of projects to choose from so you can browse through the projects and pick the best three to bid on.
- Elance connects you to international clients and if you are successful, you stand a chance to have a long lasting relationship with your clients.
Other bidding sites include:
However, apart from having to apply for projects, you can get potential clients to approach you in a simple way.
By using Malaysia Craigslist, you can advertise your services and potential clients will be able to contact you should they be interested in your services. While this is not a guaranteed way to score freelance projects, but it is worth a try. At least I managed to get a job through my ad on Malaysia Craigslist.
The key is to post your ad in the suitable category and the right country (I.e.: Malaysia).
Wish you all the best form us.
21. Be Updated
There are plenty of freelance sties are coming into existence basically everyday. Some of them containing really useful and different kind of tools that may really help in your work. Thus always keep an open eye about what great new thing that are coming out that can be relevant to your projects.
22. Do Not Forget the Old Clients (80/20 Rule)
There is a saying that 80% business will be done from the existing list of clients who you served already. The remaining 20% will be the new persons that are being added in the list of happy customer smile. Thus you should master the art of keeping them up-to-date about your projects and services and at the same time keep an open eye on the opportunities that they may bring along.
23. Get Referral Business
Referrals are the key personnel who will push your business forward by referring to you in places that they see fit. Many of them will do it for free out of satisfaction from your work or many of them will exchange some deal with you. All in all, you should have a large base of effective referrals.
16. Team up
It is often a good approach to partner up with other freelancers for a single project or you may partner them for you own need. For example if you are working online, the you may develop a tie with other type of service provider such as designer, SEOs, writer, marketer etc. It is kind of work delegation but in this approach you are directly dealing with someone professional and at the same time, freelancer. So correspondence becomes easier and more effective.
17. Be Professional
Being professional is one of the key factors that needs to be attained to be successful in any attempt. So a professional approach could helps to close a contract.
18. Effective Invoice Management
If you do not send your invoice timely as set before, you will get a delayed payment. So you should use various online and offline tools that let you have a sound invoice management facilities. Also, if you exchange money through online, always use the notable options such as AlertPay or PayPal.
11. Use Your Time
It is vitally important that you make every possible attempt to make use of your work hours to achieve some progress with the project in hand. If you squander away the work hours on a regular basis, then it is very difficult to catch up later on. So try to focus and prioritise the working hours for useful work only.
12. Being a Blogger
This is always a good idea to publish your work related stuffs that may help you promote your business in a better and globalise manner. Write about the nature of your work and also publish contents showing how your service can help the customers to grow their business. This will eventually attract the customers if the content is catchy enough.
It is a good and effective idea to network as much as you can with common mass and fellow freelancers. This will surely help in spreading words about your work and thus getting the leads. The fellow freelancers can also help you in passing their own project if they are too busy or if they lack the required skill set. All in all it doesn’t at all hurt to have an expanding network of people, both clients and other freelancers.
14. Save Ideas
You should save any creative idea that may flitter through your mind during a project or you find from some other place. Though it may not be needed for the running project, it may help you in future projects thus greatly saving your time and reducing your effort. More importantly, by doing this you are using your thoughts and creativeness in an optimum way.