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Work From Home – A Great Option for Stay-at-Home Moms

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Motherhood may require many sacrifices to be made. Not every woman is lucky enough to have it all. You need a happy family – you cannot have a career. You have a wonderful career going – you cannot have a happy family. It is as clear as that.

Although most companies today extend maternity leaves and offer flexible work options, there are many who opt to stay at home with their newborns (either by choice or by force).

OK, so you want to be with your child, every minute… you don’t want to miss any of his milestones… you want to make sure your family is well-taken care of.

Every day comes with new surprises… most of the times going out of the house is not even an option.

You get your groceries delivered… do all your shopping online… pay all your bills through the net…. stop going to the theaters…. maybe even to the parlor.

You have quit your job and your bank balance has started to deplete.

Your family is growing and so are your needs.

There are emergencies you need to plan for.

You want a good life for your just-born… you want him to have the best in everything… and all this requires money…. lots of it.

Sometimes I wish money could grow on trees… but it doesn’t.

You need to look for options… identify the right opportunity…. Grab on to it… Work hard, Earn and save enough to make sure you are able to cater to your every need in the best possible way.

All this cannot happen overnight. It may take months or even years, provided you have the right plan. This plan may vary from one person to the other.

First thing you need to keep in mind is to never fall for those work-from-home ads that you find online. I know they are tempting but most of them are scams. You will only end up wasting your time and money. It is always better to carve out your own niche by analyzing your skills, talents, abilities and strengths.

There is always something that you would be able to better than the rest. Find out what it is. Explore that talent in you and market it to the world.

One good way to explore your talent is to look back on your past. What is it that you excelled at? What is it that you were known for? What did you enjoy doing? What was your favorite hobby or pastime?

If you don’t find anything there, take into account, your work experience. Make a list of the skills you have developed, languages you have learnt and knowledge you have gained. These should help you look for the right options.

Now talking about options, there are three ways you can work from home – starting something of your own, freelancing and productizing your knowledge. Let us take these up, one by one…

Entrepreneurship

It doesn’t come to everyone. You may need to have an excellent idea that will help you make money. This requires a lot of market research and planning. You are essentially on your own here. You take your own decisions and lead your own actions. Nevertheless, it does require some amount of investment, depending upon your idea.

For instance, if cooking is your skill, you can start a catering business or open up an online canteen. If you are good at arts and crafts you could build a Facebook page and start selling your ware. Whatever it is that you want to do, make sure you identify your USP so that you move ahead of your competitors.

Your product or service needs to be of excellent quality, while also being affordable. You must be able to understand the needs and expectations of your target audience and cater to them accordingly. You will have to come up with the best ways to market your business in this highly competitive world. Analyze the resources you have, before you take important decisions for your business.

It will take time; but if you have the right plan you can achieve your goals at some point of time.

Freelancing

Freelancing is probably the least risky of all the three options. You have nothing to lose. All that you invest here is your time and efforts. By doing the right amount of homework and research, you can make sure your efforts get rewarded and things start working to your benefit.

Freelance requires you to have a particular skill and experience. For instance, writing is one thing that comes naturally to me. Also, I had about five years of experience working as a content writer. I made use of this experience and expertise and became a freelance content writer.

A few more ideas for freelancing include:

  • Data entry
  • Translation
  • Transcription
  • Web development
  • Graphic Designing
  • Photo Editing

Productizing

Productizing refers to a process of using your knowledge to create something that can be of use to others. This I would say is an advanced level of freelancing.

For instance, if you are into freelance content writing and would wish to productize your knowledge, you could build a website for yourself and create online content writing courses. You can write books on varied topics and sell them on Amazon.

Consultancy also comes under productizing. However, instead of a product, it is essentially a service that you are selling here.

One thing you need to remember here is that you cannot sell something just because you like selling it. It could be an excellent product or service according to you; but would it sell if no one actually needs it? Therefore, it is very important to find out what consumers need before you come up with your own option.

Reaching your customers through the right medium is another thing you need to focus on. You need to make it as convenient as possible for them to reach out to you and buy your products or hire your services.

The last but definitely not the least is the market research. You will have to find out what works and what does not. You will have to identify the going rate before you price your products or services. You will have to focus on highlighting your USP so that the consumers understand why they should choose you over the others. You also need to develop a marketing plan that will promote your business or brand in the right way.

So, what do you think is the best way to work from home? Send in your comments at the earliest. You can also write to me at info@nandithavasudev.com.

Achieving Perfection as a Content Writer

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I am a person who believes in achieving excellence and perfection in whatever I do. I try my best to give my clients exactly what they require. There are times when the standards of perfection don’t match (What seems perfect to me may not seem that way to my clients). However, such cases are rare and thankfully getting rarer by the day.

I admit I have not yet achieved perfection as a content writer; but I would definitely like to get there one day. As I try out different techniques, I would love to share them with you so that you and I can grow together and reach the goals that we have set for ourselves.

So, here are a few things I have been doing to achieve perfection as a content writer:

Ask for Feedback from my Clients on a regular basis

As a freelance content writer, I get to work with a lot of clients who have different needs. What works well for one client may not necessarily work for another. Therefore, I make it a point to get feedback from my clients every now and then.

Whether the feedback is positive or negative, I take it as an opportunity to improve myself. This helps me tailor the content according to their needs and make sure they achieve satisfaction. Moreover, this also makes them feel that I really care about their requirements.

It is these small things that go a long way in building long lasting professional relationships that are very important in business.

Use the Resources on the Internet to Improve my Skills

I would like to credit Google for most of the things that I have learnt till date. I am sure you do too. Internet is the perfect resource to improve your writing skills.

Although I have my own style of writing, I make it a point to go through many blogs to understand what makes content share-worthy and readable. I keep taking language proficiency tests to improve upon my grammar and my sentence construction.

Unless you have an open mind to learn you can never be able to achieve perfection. It is important to let go of your ego if you want to achieve your goal.

Try out creating different types of content

Thankfully I have been getting opportunities to create different types of content such as eBooks, Business Plans, Brochures, Company Pitch Presentations and more. Every time I create a new type of content, it gives a boost to my creativity and gets my adrenaline pumping. The satisfaction that I get when I finish it is something that is indescribable.

Whether you get the opportunity or not, it is always better to try your hand at learning something new. After all versatility is always an asset.

Do the right kind of research

Proper research is crucial when it comes to content writing. I know I can generate content by rewriting articles or blog posts that I find on various websites on the internet; but what is the point. That way I will just be taking the same content and giving it in a different form to my client. Do the readers gain anything from that? I don’t think so. Hence I spend most of my time on research and come up with content that is unique, informative, engaging and free of plagiarism (To confess, I do not even have a copyscape account… but I know my content is plagiarism-free. I don’t copy)

Yes, it takes time to research; but at the end it is really worth the time and efforts.

I am sure this must have given you a feel of how I work. Just to make sure you don’t consider me as a braggart, here is something I want to tell you:

I am a content writer just like you and I still have a long way to go towards achieving perfection. I would be glad if any of my sentences here has helped you take one tiny step towards achieving your goal.

Now, let me give you a few tips that can help you achieve perfection as a content writer:

Read, read and read

Reading improves your knowledge, enriches your vocabulary and gives you an idea about how to write. Whether you read a novel or a blog post, make sure you pay attention to details such as the writing style, the words used, the way the author has framed the sentences and so on. Try and make it a point to read a few pages every day before going to bed.

Make sure you get the complete requirements of your clients

While writing for clients, it is very important to understand their requirements completely. One thing you need to understand here is that no one really cares about how good you are as a writer. It is all about how they can benefit from your writing. Unless you give your clients what they need, your writing is of no use, no matter how good you are at English. So, ask questions, send samples and make sure you are on the right track. Apart from helping you achieve 100% client satisfaction, this also saves your rewrite time.

Write from the reader’s point of view

This is one of the most important tips when it comes to content writing. Whether it is web content, blog or a book that you are writing, make sure you know what your readers are looking for. By readers, I do not mean the clients that you are writing for; but the target audience whom your clients serve. If you are giving information you will have to make sure such information is of use to your readers. For instance, if you are writing about buying real estate properties, your readers may not be interested in knowing about the construction process of houses. They would mostly be interested in the finance part…. how the investment can help them… where they can find the finance to buy the property… and so on.

Keep your mind free while writing

Watching TV or thinking about some other thing while writing is going to distract you big time. What you would need is a quiet place where you can focus so that you can come up with the exact kind of content that you are supposed to create.

Improve the readability of your content by keeping it easy and simple

You may have an rich vocabulary with a hundred synonyms for every word. But remember – your readers are not going to refer to a dictionary every time they read what you have written. Complex sentences with too many phrases can drive away your readers. If you want your content to be readable, keep it simple and easy. Use catchy headlines and short sentences. Organize your content into easily readable chunks.

I hope this post has been of some help to you.

I am a Freelance Content Writer from India with more than seven years of experience in writing web content, blogs, eBooks, business plans, company profiles and more. If you like my style of writing and would want to get in touch with me, please send me an email on info@nandithavasudev.com.

Nanditha Vasudev

6 Types of Freelance Content Writers – Which One Would you Hire?

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Content is something that everyone needs; yet the content requirements differ from one business to the other.

Not every freelance content writer will be able to cater to all kinds of content requirements unless he/she is a versatile writer with extensive experience in generating various types of content.

The first thing you need to do before taking a step towards getting your content written is to determine your content requirements. Once you identify the same, you will have to start looking for the right kind of freelance content writer. However, are you aware of the different types of content writers?

Here are 6 different types of freelance content writers for you to choose from:

Type #1: Web content writer

web-contentThis is the person who can come up with excellent content for your website, create engaging posts for your blog and design your social media content in the best way. Such a writer can also generate white papers and full-length search engine optimized articles.

Specialty is one thing you need to check out while hiring a freelance web content writer. While some may be experienced in fields such as finance and technology, there are others who would be specialized in offering content for medical and entertainment related businesses. If you are lucky you might even find one who, through his/her mad research skills, can write on just about anything under the sun.

Freelance Web content writers are experts in creating content that drives traffic to your website. They are aware of all SEO techniques and can come up with the exact keywords that can help you rank higher on search engine result pages. The content they write is compelling enough to inspire your readers towards taking the action you want them to take.

So, while looking for a freelance web content writer who:

  • creates content that is informative, relevant and engaging
  • meets deadlines
  • uses best web copy practices
  • weaves in keywords skilfully
  • sticks to word counts specified by you
  • offers excellent value for money

Type #2: The Technical writer

characteristics_of_effective_contentTechnical writers are those who write user manuals for different kinds of software programs, hardware and consumer electronics. They also generate procedure manuals that are used by various high-tech industries, such as aeronautics, robotics and engineering.

The best quality you need to look for in a technical writer is to be able to put into simple words, technical procedures, explanations and descriptions that are basically complex by nature. The main aim is to help a layman consume what has been published.

While looking for a freelance technical writer, make sure you hire someone who:

  • has exceptional communication skills
  • acts with complete professionalism and integrity
  • possesses rich industry-specific knowledge and skills
  • has the aptitude and desire to learn new skills
  • is organized and logical

Type #3: The Business writer

presentation-tipsA Freelance Business writer is one who drafts business proposals and business plans, prepares speeches and reports, tackles white papers, comes up with press releases and articles and prepares presentations depending upon your requirements. He/she can also create copies for your advertisements. The aim is to help you communicate well and stay ahead of your competition.

A few things that you need to look for in a freelance business writer are:

  • experience
  • availability
  • ability to understand and analyse your requirements
  • aptitude to create content that looks absolutely professional
  • creativity

Type #4: The Newspaper or periodical writer

editorThese are writers with journalism background who work on newspaper and periodical publications. Apart from writing about the event, these writers are well-informed to write about the different facts that surround such events. While being objective in their writing, they are also very much unbiased.

If need be, freelance periodical writers can also express their opinions as editorial writers. They are experts in interpreting and analyzing economic, political as well as various other current events for their audience. They also write reviews for books, music and movies. Human interest stories are what they generally focus upon.

While hiring a freelance periodical writer, you need to look for things such as:

  • Knowledge about current events
  • Proficiency in English Language
  • Communicative skills
  • Experience in journalism
  • Experience in editorial management
  • Social Media savvy

Type #5: The Educational or Instructional Writer

bigstock_school_text_books_2420162These are writers who write text books and course material, prepare tutorials and online lessons and draft courses and curriculum. Their expertise and experience can be very useful to educational and academic institutions and various companies that wish to offer different kinds of online courses.

Things to look for in a freelance educational writer include:

  • Course Development skills
  • Research Skills
  • Experience in educational writing
  • Ability to compose accurate and informative copies
  • Teaching experience or a passion for writing

Type #6: The Ghostwriter

ghost-writerThis is the writer who will write articles, blogs, books and other works that you can publish in your name. They are satisfied with what they get paid for and do not take official credit for their writing. Many politicians as well as celebrities hire these freelance ghostwriters to write their autobiographies. In fact there are authors who outsource their work to these writers.

If you wish to publish perfect content in your name, you will have to look for ghostwriters who are:

  • experienced
  • reliable
  • reputed
  • able to manage large projects
  • expert communicators

With time your content requirements keep changing. However, it is not advisable to keep changing your freelance content writer ever now and then as you would require additional time to build up a good rapport. It is therefore better to hire a writer who has experience in providing all kinds of writing projects.

In my seven years of content writing experience I have written web content, blogs, articles, eBooks, course materials, business plans, company profiles, user manuals, press releases and even created professional presentations that match the requirements of the clients. My passion for writing enables me to walk that extra mile to learn and adopt a new skill every time I take up a new project.

Send in your requirements to info@nandithavasudev.com and ask me for a free sample.

I am a Freelance Content Writer from India with more than seven years of experience in writing web content, blogs, eBooks, business plans, company profiles and more. If you like my style of writing and would want to get in touch with me, please send me an email on info@nandithavasudev.com.

Top Qualities to Look for in a Freelance Content Writer

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Are you ready to take the risk of getting an amateur to write content for your website or blog?

If yes, go ahead and hire any random content writer. Or you can even decide to write all your content by yourself.

However, if you want it to be professional, optimized for the search engines and engaging enough to convert your visitors into your customers, your choice should be to go for an expert freelance content writer.

If you try to look for one such writer, you are sure to find hundreds of them. Most of these have impressive profiles that seem good enough to you. So, whom would you pick and how?

Here are a few things you can look for, while hiring one:

 

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Language Proficiency

The writer you hire should have high proficiency in the language you want your content written in. He/she should have excellent command over grammar with exceptional ability to create meaningful and well-structured sentences. He/she should have the capacity to understand your requirements and adopt the right tone or style that appeals to your target audience.

With language proficiency you will be able to convey your message in the exact way you want.

 

Research Skills

Once you give your requirements, a freelance content writer should be able to search for the right information that is relevant to your domain or niche. Well-researched facts can make your content rich, informative and useful to your target audience. The writer should be able to research on different topics that are related to your niche and draft content that flows naturally.

It is good research that makes an article really interesting to read.

 

Experience in Search Engine Optimizationseo-content

If you want your website to rank high on the top page of Google, you will have to generate the right content. You will have to use a few hyper links and internal links too. Professional freelance content writers will have all the experience and expertise with regard to creating content that is optimized for various search engines.

The right keywords, used in the right way in your content can help drive maximum traffic to your website.

 

Versatility

Your content needs will change as your business grows. Apart from web content and blogs, you may need press releases, SEO articles, business letters, company profiles, Brochures, Flyers, Content for social media campaigns, eBooks, business plans and presentations too. A freelance content writer who is versatile will be able to cater to all your content needs in the right way.

Versatility of content is the name of the game to survive in the digital world

 

Domain Expertise

The best thing about hiring an expert Freelance content writer is the experience they have across various topics and domains. They would have already conducted in-depth research on various topics related to your domain and will be at ease while writing. The result is always great content delivered within time.

A writer with expertise in your domain can be like a gold mine for your business

 

Quick Turnaround Time

Deadlines are one thing content writers will have to stick to, if they want to grow in their profession. Content marketing runs on schedules and the freelance content writer that you, hire should help you keep up with your schedule on a consistent basis. A professional and experienced writer will understand how important it is for you to publish content as per your schedule and will deliver on time. Your job is to find such a writer.

Content posted as per schedule can help you maintain your ranking on Google

 

Perfectionism

You would be extremely lucky if you can find a freelance content writer who is a perfectionist. Such a person can be trusted completely with closed eyes. Once you assign content to this writer, he/she will make sure the content is well-researched, original, keyword-rich, informative, engaging, error-free, original, organized and optimized for the search engines.

Perfect content helps you achieve your objectives, without you having to work on it

 

Creativity

A content writer with a high level of creativity can be an asset to any organization. He/she will be able to help you achieve any objective, however complicated it might be. You can count on such a writer for any type of content you may want. Even content writing agencies that cater to the different content requirements of different clients can make the best use of a freelance content writer who is extremely creative.

 

“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought”

 

It is very important to build up an excellent rapport with the freelance content writer you hire, after considering all the above qualities. This will help him/her in understanding your requirements and catering to them effectively.

I am a Freelance Content Writer from India with more than seven years of experience in writing web content, blogs, eBooks, business plans, company profiles and more. If you like my style of writing and would want to get in touch with me, please send me an email on info@nandithavasudev.com.