Why My Focus is on Freelance Editing (+ Why I Stopped Freelance Writing)

Why My Focus is on Freelance Editing (+ Why I Stopped Freelance Writing)

Freelance editing is what I am made to do! 

My focus is now on freelance editing instead of freelance writing.

Do you think you’re made for editing instead of writing?

I have always loved words and I have always loved writing.

When I first started blogging and got an offer to write an article a month for Dear Blogger, I decided to try my hand at freelance writing. This was all before Wording Well was born… back in 2013. 

When I founded Wording Well in 2014, I started out offering only freelance writing services. It wasn’t until later that I began offering editing services. Looking back, I realize that I should’ve had my focus on freelance editing all along. It’s what I love to do most of all!

Is freelance editing “your thing”?

If you want to become a freelance editor, check this out!

There are so many awesome things about being an editor. These are 12 benefits of being a freelance editor that I get to enjoy EVERY DAY.

How I Built Up My Freelance Editing Reputation

I used to get free books from authors I met online in exchange for my promise to write a book review for them.

I did this for many authors. Most of them were relatively unknown… but I really lucked out when the famous author, Lisa Jackson, saw that blog post, sent me a Tweet, and then took me up on this offer!

I was thrilled when she sent me an autographed book because she has been one of my favorite authors for years!

Lisa Jackson's autograph on my copy of "Tell Me"

While reading books published by authors I met online, I noticed that many of them didn’t have a good editor. I ended up editing their books for them!

At first, I did this for free. This is how I started to build my reputation as an editor. (Remember, I was an unknown editor back then!)

Why I Began to Diversify My Services to Focus on Freelance Editing

After editing for free for a while, I realized two things:

1: It takes a lot of time to edit a novel. (It takes longer to edit a novel than reading it does!)

2: My time was valuable. Read More

Everything You Need to Know about Page Jumps

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAGE JUMPS

Page jumps are not hard to create and they are very, very useful.

What are they? What do they do?

Why should bloggers use them, and when?

This post will answer all of these questions. I promise. Plus, I will make the whole concept of page jumps easy for you to understand, and teach you how to create them.

By the end of this article, I bet you will want to try experimenting with some of your own!

Everything you need to know about them can be found in this article!

To help demonstrate how page jumps work, I have prepared a list of the contents of this article. Whichever link you click on will bring you to that particular section of the page!

Contents:

Behind the scenes: This marks the spot of a page jump! Read More

Guest Posting and Guest Hosting: Best Practices

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Guest posting. What is it, and why do it? What are the pros and cons?

What is guest hosting? Why host guest bloggers?

What qualities do great guests and hosts have? What are the rules? Who makes them up?

These are some of the questions you may have about guest posting and hosting and, whatever your experience with it—as guest, host, both, or neither—you will have answers to these questions by the time you finish this post. Guaranteed.

Today I will:

1: Define guest posting and guest hosting.

2: Tell you some pros and cons about guest posting and guest hosting.

3: Provide you with some guest-i-quette and host-i-quette best practices (etiquette that guests and hosts should follow).

A Brief Intro to Guest Posting

Guests don’t always follow proper guest posting etiquette, and hosts don’t always provide clear guidelines for guests to follow. As a result, more time is often spent emailing each other back and forth instead of on the post itself, trying to figure out what’s going on, what’s expected of them, and resolving problems.

How can this situation be rectified?

The solution is actually quite simple: Know what is required of you—whether you’re a guest OR a host.

The fact is that there are often many problems that arise simply because many bloggers have not developed their own set of guidelines for their guests to follow and many guests don’t know the best practices of offering someone a guest post.

Definitions of Guest Posting and Guest Hosting

Guest posting is defined as writing a blog post and having that post published on someone else’s website. It is also called guest blogging.

Guest hosting is when you allow someone to write something for you and publish that post on your website.

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G Suite and 5 Ways It Can Benefit Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

5 Ways G Suite Can Benefit Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

Imagine you are running a business or an institution.

Would you use some applications just because they are free, even though they come with annoying advertisements or they have glitches, at times? Probably not. I am sure you will not find it convenient to work with such free applications because those apps give you limited features, very little storage, insufficient security, and come with malware.

If you are an entrepreneur or a blogger, you probably want to achieve entrepreneurial excellence. Therefore, I know you will want your presentations, documents, and/or spreadsheets to be professional. With free apps, you often cannot have that. Moreover, you have to download different applications for documents, spreadsheets, email, etc.

So, as an entrepreneur, you look for a package that gives you all the applications in one platform, with sufficient storage and security so that you do not face issues while using the applications and you can concentrate on other important work.

If you are an entrepreneur or a blogger, you want to manage your documents, spreadsheet, email or a presentation without any interruption. In such a case, you must get G Suite to overcome issues with free apps.

What is G Suite?

G Suite is a package of different applications like a spreadsheet, documents, email, presentations, etc., that help entrepreneurs or bloggers run their businesses smoothly.

It’s advantageous to get the essential IT services within one package! You will find it very convenient and efficient to have everything in one package that also comes at a low price.

There are many advantages to using G Suite. Here are the 5 most significant benefits that make G-suite a preferred option over the free apps.

5 Ways G Suite Can Benefit Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

1: Enhanced security of your data

Nowadays, data security is the biggest issue for most business owners. If you are a blogger or an entrepreneur, you want your data to be secure because you may end up losing everything if your data is not safe. Cybercrime and cybersecurity for entrepreneurs have become serious challenges, so it is critical to protect important data related to your business. With G Suite, your data is saved in the cloud, so there is no chance of losing data. Not only that, but you can also track your employees’ devices using G Suite.

Related: 4 Simple Ways for Small Businesses to Protect Themselves Online

Related: Security Tips for Freelance Writers and other #Entrepreneurs

2: Get a Business Email

If you are an entrepreneur, don’t you think it is professional to have an email address with the domain name of your company?

Having an email address like [email protected] is very professional. Not only that, but it also brings more confidence to your business partners and clients. Many companies do not provide an email address to the entry-level employees that looks professional, but with G Suite, you can create email addresses for all of your employees with the domain name of your company, and you won’t have to pay anything extra for this. Read More

Why Becoming an Author Can Help Your Business (and How to Become One, Easily!)

Why Becoming an Author Can Help Your Business

Becoming an author can help your business in many ways.

The wonderful thing about today’s digitally advanced world is that anyone can become an author. Yes, ANYONE.

If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, there are 3 reasons why you should consider publishing a book or an e-book (or both!). You will learn these 3 reasons in this article.

You will also see and hear proof of how becoming an author can help your business from 4 real people I know!

Plus, you will learn how to become an author within months, easily!

I will also outline the steps for how to write a book and give you additional information regarding printing and formatting your book.

You can even watch a video of the steps to becoming an author. (This is Video #2. I did a Facebook Live video about the contents of this article before this post was published. This LIVE is Video #1.)

And… you will see that becoming an author is easy if you have help (and patience) and follow these exact steps to becoming a self-published author on Amazon/KDP.

Video #1: Why Becoming an Author Can Help Your Business + How to Become One, Easily!

1: Becoming an author adds credibility (+ several other things)!

The first way that becoming an author can help your business is by adding more credibility to yourself as an expert in your business field—whatever field your entrepreneurial skills happen to lie in.

Becoming an author can help your business because adds prestige to your life and your business.

It also gives you bragging rights and allows you to truthfully say, “I am an author!”

Becoming an author can help your business in other ways, too. It can lead to other opportunities, such as creating more books, having book signings, and even creating courses based on your books, which will help you earn more money!

2: Becoming an author will help your business because you will earn extra passive income by selling your books and/or e-books!

There are three types of income: portfolio income, active income, and passive income.

Portfolio income is income from investments, dividends, interest, and capital gains.

Active income is generally defined as income earned from selling a service.

Passive income is defined as money you can earn on an ongoing basis that doesn’t require any effort except for the initial work, such as rental income, affiliate income, or book/e-book royalties.

It’s always nice to receive an email notification saying that a deposit has been made into your account! If you become an author, this will definitely help your business profits skyrocket!

3: If you don’t publish a book, you are missing out on a huge market, so becoming an author will help your business reach new customers!

A lot of people are on Amazon as readers, not as consumers of your product or your services, but you can easily convert them to consumers if you publish and sell an e-book.

Why and how?

As a business owner, you are probably already on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and you already have a bunch of people on your email list… so you are already reaching a ton of people. That’s great, but you still aren’t reaching the Amazon audience.

There are millions of people on Amazon who are readers. They like digesting stories and learning new information. (People buy books for many reasons.) If you don’t have a book to sell on there, you’re missing out!

If you publish a book that is based on something related to your business, then you can put it on Amazon and tap into that market. You can use your e-book as a funnel to take those readers from Amazon and funnel them to your website to your products, to your services, or to whatever it is that you’re offering! How? Just include some hyperlinks in your e-book and entice readers to click on them!

Amazon will even help you make sales! If you’ve ever bought anything from Amazon, you already know that Amazon recommends certain products by saying, “People who bought this also bought…”

Clearly, Amazon is THE way to go if you want to earn some extra cash and tap into a new market! Becoming an author can help your business become more profitable! Read More