9 Reasons Why Making Friends with Clients is Important

Why Making Friends with Clients is Important

Making friends with clients is important, despite what “they” say about not mixing business with pleasure!

In fact, there are many benefits to establishing good relationships with other bloggers, authors, writers, freelancers, and business owners online.

Not only will they help you share your posts with their audiences, but they will help you out in other ways, too.

A perfect example of this happened in the summer (a few months ago, in 2018) after I took almost three months off, almost ran out of money, and had one of my client-friends come to my rescue.

Why I Ran Out of Money

I had been living off my savings for the month of June, July, and August.

I decided to take the summer off (for me, summer is July and August, as I live in Canada, in a city where it is winter for most of the year).

I made this decision at the beginning of June, when I got out of the hospital. I went to the emergency room on May 29th, 2018, because I was having trouble breathing. This event actually marked my second near-death experience. (I nearly died in August 2012, when my appendix burst.)

The cause of my shortness of breath was due to having blood clots in my lungs. I was in the hospital from May 29th until June 4th. I was put on blood thinners and had many follow-up appointments with my doctors.

I was also put on a new medication on June 19th. Then I contracted a stomach bug on June 26th. I had an upset stomach and a sore back for two weeks. I thought these were side effects of my new medication, so I spoke to my doctor and he advised me to stop taking it.

When I didn’t get better right away, I knew it was something else that was making me sick. It wasn’t until the second week of July that I really started feeling good again.

Because I was feeling so great, I decided to start taking that new medication again, which I did, on August 1st, after consulting with my doctor. For the most part, I am okay now, and my body has adjusted to the new medication, which is actually a cholesterol pill.

I still had to keep up with my appointments to get my blood checked because of the blood thinners I am on. In fact, I am still being monitored to this day, and will be for months to come.

When August rolled around, however, I noticed that my bank account balances were dwindling. I started to panic. I have not been broke for a very long time (years, actually) and I didn’t want to be broke again! I was down to my last $150 and knew I needed at least three times that amount to make it through the month!

I also have not had to make a budget in a very long time, either. I simply pay my bills when they come in, buy groceries whenever I need them, and go out when I feel like it, without having to worry about money, because there’s always money in the bank!

I have worked very hard for this freedom, and I have enjoyed it for years. 

That is one of the 12 benefits of being a freelance editor!

But, when I got sick and decided to take the summer off, I didn’t take the time to see if I could actually afford it. I did not draw up a budget. I simply thought my funds would last me until September, which is when I had my next editing gig booked for!

When I almost ran out of money, I didn’t know what to do.

In the past, when I was a prostitute, anytime I needed money, I would simply go out and stand on the street and sell myself. Those days are long gone. I stopped doing that years ago! (FYI, I’m much happier now, and most of my happiness stems from using positive affirmations.)

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How to Make Money as a Writer (Infographic)

How to Make Money as a Writer in 2018

People wonder if freelancing is a lucrative career or if they can make money from writing.

I know many freelancers who support themselves simply by writing, so the answer is YES!

YOU CAN EARN A LIVING FROM WRITING!

There are the tons of people who contributed to my “Freelancer in the Spotlight” series. They ALL make a living from freelance writing!

And I’m sure you’ve heard the stories about all the bloggers who make a million dollars a minute or the copywriters who are able to write from their second home in Mexico? You see their friendly faces in advertisements that pop up in your Facebook feed, promising to give you instant riches if you just sign up to a program for a gazillion dollars a month.

But you don’t need to take their programs. You can take ones that have been PROVEN to work.

Take Elna Cain, for example. She teaches others how to make a living from freelance writing. (Look at her course, How to Write Your Way to Your First 1K.)

Then there’s Gina Horkey. She teaches people how to achieve freelancing success in 30 DAYS OR LESS! She also teaches people how to make a living from being a virtual assistant… also in 30 days or less!

Can you do both? Sure, you can!

There are many opportunities to make money as a writer in 2018. You just need to know where to look!

Opportunities for Writers in 2018 and Beyond

From blogging and copywriting to editing and freelancing, there are jobs to suit all different types of writing skill and interest.

The infographic by Global English Editing (below) shows you all the opportunities you have as a writer in 2018 and beyond. It provides you with a detailed summary of your options, as well as examples of just how those successful writers make their money consistently.

You will notice that blogging is mentioned too. That’s because blogging is a means to an end (the end being MAKING MONEY, of course)!

You might enjoy the related posts:

7 Common Blunders to Avoid when Business Blogging

Blogging Resources + How To Start a Blog (if you don’t already have one)

The Essence of Blogging (+ How to Earn Money Online)

Whatever you do, you’ll be able to find the path that feels right for you and venture down it. And who knows where it will take you? With a lot of hard work, it might just be all the way to that second home in Mexico. 😉

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How Blogging and Freelancing Go Hand-in-Hand

How Blogging and Freelancing Go Hand-in-Hand

I’m pleased to present you with a guest post today from Ryan Biddulph, the nomadic dude who lives all over the world… island-hopping, traveling to new and exciting places, encountering strange people (like the guy who stole his $1 flip-flops!) and living life on his terms as a blogger, an author, and a freelance writer.

I met Ryan online when he first became an author. Ryan and I have a lot in common. We are both authors, bloggers, and freelance writers.

He, however, is a bit more famous than I am (wink wink!) because he has been featured on Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, John Chows Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com.

Ryan has also written and self-published 126 bite-sized e-books, which he sells on Amazon! 

Some of his top-sellers include:

7 Steps to Build a Full-Time Income-Earning Blog

How to Land Guest Posts on Authority Blogs

6 Tips for Work-at-Home Entrepreneurs

10 Tips to Be a Smarter (and Richer) Blogger

How to Become a Successful Home Based Marketer

How to Build a Profitable Blog through Twitter

How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer

How to Find Your Writing Voice

How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook

7 Tips for First Time eBook Authors

10 Strategies for Increasing Blog Traffic through Automation 

6 Tips to Grow a Rabidly Loyal Blog Community

… and many more!

Be sure to check out his books later, after you read this post!

Take it away, Ryan!

Ryan Biddulph headshot

Peanut butter and jelly.

Frick and Frack.

Bert and Ernie.

We all love a good match.

Blogging and freelance writing, like the above duos, are perfect together.

When I asked my buddies if they wanted me to write a guest post for them, Lorraine was all over the opportunity like bees to honey. Or like feisty critters to the house where Kelly and I are currently living in Thailand, with centipedes, scorpions, tarantulas and foot-long Tokay geckos!

Anyway, I love the blog topic we both agreed on because Lorraine and I are freelance writers as well as bloggers. I see a few parallels between running a thriving freelance writing business and a successful blog.

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CV and Résumé FAQs for Freelancers

 CV and Résumé FAQs for Freelancers

At some point in your life, if you are a looking for a job, you will get asked to submit a CV to an employer.

If you have a CV, that’s great! If you don’t have one, then you need to create one.

If you’re a freelancer, you should have an updated CV on hand at all times. You never know when you will need it!

Some job seekers – freelancers included – don’t know what a CV is. Or they don’t have one.

So today I will tell you everything you need to know about CVs.

I will answer the most commonly asked questions, too.

CV and Résumé FAQs 

In this article, you will find answers to:

  • What is a CV?
  • Why Do You Need One?
  • Why Do Employers Ask for One?
  • What are the components of a CV?
  • How can you create a CV?
  • What if you have no work experience?
  • Can you show me some samples of CVs?
  • Which tools and/or services can you use to create a CV?

By the end of this article, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to apply for a job using your CV.

And all of your CV or Résumé FAQs will have been answered!

You’ll even get access to a free template!

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