Being a Woman Should not Stop you From Pursuing Your Passion

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Go, Get Education

Be self-reliant, be industrious

Work, gather wisdom and riches,

All gets lost without knowledge

We become animal without wisdom,

Sit idle no more, go, get education

End misery of the oppressed and forsaken,

You’ve got a golden chance to learn

So learn and break the chains of caste.

Throw away the Brahman’s scriptures fast

These were the words of Savitribai Phule, a social and educational reformer, who fought for women’s rights during the latter part of 19th century. Married at the age of 9 to the 12 year old Jyotirao Phule, Savitribai went on to be educated by her husband. She later worked as a teacher in the first women’s school that her husband started in Bhide Wadai, Pune.

She started a care centre called Balhatya Pratibandhan Griha (Infanticide prohibition house) for pregnant rape victims, helping them deliver their babies.

In 1868, she opened up a well in her house so that the untouchables, who were prohibited by the upper castes to take drinking water from their wells, could use the same.

She opened up a clinic in Hadaspur, Pune, along with her adopted son Yashwant, in order to treat plague victims in 1897. Unfortunately she herself contracted the disease and died in March.

Her fight against discrimination was evident in the poems that she wrote. Two of her poem books, Kavya Phule (1934) and Bavan Kashi Subodh Ratnakar (1982) were published posthumously. She advised women to get educated through these poems.

Today, being her 186th birthday, it seems right to remember this forgotten liberator, who fought against all odds to support a noble cause. If not for people like her, India would not have seen so many women entrepreneurs, politicians, educators, social reformers, bankers or industrialists.

As women, we end up facing many more challenges in life. We need to take care of our family members, instill values in our children, make sure they become responsible citizens and be an invaluable source of support to everyone around us, no matter what state we are in.

When things start becoming tough to handle we take up jobs and try our best to gain respectable positions in a man’s world, despite our other responsibilities.

We get up early in the morning to make breakfast and pack tiffin boxes for our children…

We make sure they are ready for school before the school bus starts honking…

Apart from cooking and cleaning, we also take up the responsibilities of paying up the utility bills, and doing other chores that are important for existence…

We have no holidays or sick leaves…

We need to work irrespective of our condition…

It is truly a tough job – quite unimaginable for a man.

Yet, all that we get are a few words of criticism from our spouses and children about how bad the food was or about something that wasn’t done up to their expectations.

This probably is the story of every married woman in India. Nevertheless, it is no reason to get depressed or subdued in life.

Our world is not just our kitchens and homes. We need to widen our perspectives…. pursue our dreams… achieve our goals…. establish our identities… and work towards gaining fulfillment and happiness.

Here are a few things you may have to keep in mind before you put your foot forward towards financial independence, wealth and success:

Taking care of your Family is not your sole responsibility

This responsibility can be shared by your family members. Your work can be delegated. Distribute a few chores making sure no one gets overloaded with work. It might be difficult during the initial days; but once they get used to it, it will be a cake walk.

It is fine if things are not up to your expectations

Years of experience in home making and housekeeping make us maintain things in a particular way. We tend to get frustrated when things don’t go as per our expectations. However, it is not such a big deal. You may have to make a few compromises to make sure you find time to work towards making your dream a reality.

You need to look at the bigger picture

Your decision to get independent financially is for sure going to throw you out of your comfort zone for a few days. It might take a while to get adjusted to your new lifestyle. Nevertheless, always look at the bigger picture. See what you can gain by doing all this. The fulfillment, the satisfaction and the happiness that you get to achieve is definitely worth all your efforts.

Gaining Financial Independence need not mean going out of the house and sitting at a desk in a workplace from 9 to 5. In fact many of us cannot do this because of a few responsibilities such as taking care of an infant, a sick or an aged individual or even a disabled person. In such cases ‘working from home’ seems to be the best option.

There are quite a few ‘work-from-home’ options available to anyone who would like to earn some money without having to leave the comfort of their home. You can choose any from the options mentioned below:

  • Based on your abilities and skill sets, you can get in touch with a relevant company, discuss your situation and request for a work from home option. The pay might be lesser than what regular employees would get; but you do save on a lot of things such as commuting, food, etc.
  • You can freelance as a content writer, data entry operator, virtual assistant, graphic designer, etc.
  • You can productize your knowledge and come up with eBooks or course materials that you can sell online
  • You can start an online business by registering with eCommerce websites like Amazon

I am a stay-at-home mom with a passion for writing and music. I work from home as a freelance content writer and I write top-quality, original and error-free content for websites, blogs and more. You can think of a way to pursue your passion too.

For all those of you women who have established your identities in the world of today, let us join hands and create opportunities for those who are yet to come out of their kitchens to find a life of their own.

When Savitribai Phule could fight for women’s rights despite the challenges of those days, we for sure can work towards women empowerment in today’s world, which is highly advanced with superior technologies.

After all, it is Happy Women that make Happy Families!

 

Top 12 Secrets of Professional Content Writers Revealed

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The toughest part of being a freelance content writer is to generate enough content on a daily basis, without compromising on the quality.

Here are a few secrets of professional freelance content writers that can help you in producing high-quality content in a consistent way:

Secret #1: Be in Research Mode Always

Not all content ideas come from within; you will have to look for external sources. This means you will have to keep doing your research continuously. By doing so, new ideas keep popping into your head and the quality of your content will keep increasing in a substantial way.

Secret #2: Keep jotting down ideas as and when you get them

It is often very difficult to get ideas when you sit to produce content. So keep writing them down whenever you get them and think about how you can develop on them. These are a few things you need to note here:

  • Main points about the topic
  • URLs where you can find additional information
  • URLs that can help you explain your points well

Secret #3: Come up with your own Style of Writing

There is no point in trying to copy someone else’s style when it comes to content writing. It may require a lot of reading and studying before you come up with a style that is unique to your brand or personality. Once you develop your style, you will have to start working on honing your skills on a continuous basis.

Secret #4: Talk about one thing at a time

Actually it is better to start with a bottom-line point. This will put your thoughts in the right direction and help you focus on one main thing while creating content. If there is anything that does not fit in, it will have to go, no matter how interesting or engaging it may be.

Secret #5: Match the depth with the length

When writing content there is a specific length you need to stick to. However, you also have to make it easier for your readers to read and understand your content. This means you should give enough detail, without going overboard. There is a certain depth that your length allows and you need to stick to that.

Secret #6: Come up with a Title that Connects with your Readers

Title is the main thing that will lead your readers towards reading your content. While creating interest, it should also forecast what information your readers can find in your content, when they click through. It is fine even if you take some time to come up with right title because at the end of the day it is absolutely worth. A few interesting titles include:

  • How to….. (do something that is interesting or useful)
  • Top #…. (list)
  • Why…. (your readers need to do something that you want them to)

Secret #7: Make an impression with that first sentence

Once your readers have gone through the title, you have only three seconds to get them hooked to reading what you have written. Hence, you need to concentrate all your efforts on drafting your first sentence. Make sure the sentence is not misleading. It should take your reader towards the main point in a very smooth way. Nevertheless, it should capture their attention.

Secret #8: Craft an introduction that is irresistible

Writers call this as the lead. It is the first 100 words of your blog, first chapter of your book or the very first paragraph of your article. Although short, it needs to be compelling. It is like a teaser that gives an idea what is going to come; but it doesn’t give away the gold. You can start with:

  • A Fascinating story
  • Some interesting statistics
  • A piece of breaking news
  • A contrarian viewpoint
  • A promise that you are going to keep up with

Secret #9: Generate Content that is accurate and believable

Creating content that is not true or trustworthy is just a waste of time as no one would want to waste their time reading it. Don’t create any hype. Write something that will add value. Keep it informative and engaging. If you are presenting a figure or a fact, make sure you mention the source. If you are using a quote, mention the author’s name. This will help you gain the trust of your readers.

Secret #10: Close it well

Any piece of content should not be ended abruptly. You may have run out of ideas; but you can’t let your content lose steam. Always close your write-up by summarizing your main point and then letting your readers understand how they can benefit from reading your content. If possible emphasize the main point that you made in your lead.

Secret #11: Keep it plain and simple

You may have a rich vocabulary that when used, might make you look like a linguistic professional. Nevertheless, there is no point if your readers have to refer to a dictionary or google up every second word that you have used.

You are not here to win any writing awards. Your main goal is to make sure your content gets read and it is easy words that are most readable.

Stick to short sentences and short paragraphs that help you make your point. Make sure it is readable.

Secret #12: Do not forget to edit what you have written

Every piece of content needs to be edited before it gets published. You will never get it right at the first draft. Once you are done with your draft, you will have to review it a couple of times until you are satisfied that your content is of high-quality.

Content writing might sound boring to many; but it involves a great deal of creativity.

It is not always about text; you can create content by making videos and slideshows too.

Before you choose the right format for your content, you may have to conduct a study of your target audience and see what works well. Once your content is ready to be published do not forget to promote it on social media so that it gets maximum visibility and traffic.

So, get creative and start creating your content right away!

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.

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

Content Writing – A Passion to Pursue

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What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of content writing?

Boring???

Too much work???

This is definitely not for me???

Well, it need not be any of these!

As a freelance content writer with a passion for writing, I can tell you from my experience that content writing can be refreshing…. an excellent way to spend your time in a constructive way… a genuine opportunity to work from home and earn your bread!

A passion for writing is all it takes for anyone to become a content writer.

Believe me – it is passion and only passion that can make you do things you never ever thought was possible.

As Steve Jobs said…

“People with passion can change the world for the better”

You can work all your life as a clerk in a bank, a regular employee of an IT company or maybe even as a bellboy, without having a passion… but would that give you success?

If it could, every person could have become successful in this world!

Successful people like Bill Gates, Walt Disney and Larry Page are where they are today only because of one reason – they had a passion and they pursued it!

Passion gives you a dream that you can visualize and see what your future will look like…

Passion fuels your resilience and ignites your desire to learn, grow and become an expert at what you want to do…

Passion empowers you with the ability to focus…

If there is anything that can help you achieve tasks of extreme complexity, it is focus. It is focus that helps you become…

  • a professional
  • a person whom your clients can trust
  • a person that you always wanted to become

Let us assume you have a passion for writing just like I do… So what should you do about it? How do you pursue that passion to make it your profession? Where do you start?

No one becomes a freelance content writer overnight. It took me seven long years to reach where I am today and I still have a long way to go. It might take you lesser than that if you know what to do and how…

Before I tell you how to go about it, let us find out one thing….

How proficient are you in English language?

Not sure?

Take one of the free language proficiency tests online. You will find tons of them online. Go ahead and take the test…. see how many questions you can answer correctly… complete the test… do not cheat… see where you stand

If you think you are not up there, take grammar lessons… also available for free. Do not stop until you get 100% results in every test that you take. Once you do and you know that you are highly proficient in English, there is nothing that can stop you from reaching success.

This is what you need to do to proceed further…

First thing is to gain the experience, develop the right skills and start your journey as a content writer. You can do this only by joining a content writing company where a professional can mentor you into what you want to become.

Here are a few steps that can help you join one…

  • You can find many content writing firms by running an online search. Go into each of these websites. They should have a careers page or a contact us page. Get the email address from any of those pages.
  • Send them your resume along with a few sample pieces that you have written. Write to them saying you are ready to write a free sample for them.
  • Don’t stop at one or two…. You will have to write to at least 20 such companies at one go. Make it a routine until you start getting responses.
  • Soon, a few companies might start responding depending upon the quality of your samples. Yes, these are samples that you need to write for free; but don’t get disheartened. If your sample gets approved you get a job… you get to earn… you will be on your way to pursue your passion.
  • If the sample gets approved, the next step would be to fix the pricing. Content writing agencies usually have standard rates when it comes to paying their employees/freelancers. It may not be adequate; but anything is good for a start. Remember, this is only your stepping stone to success. At this stage I wouldn’t recommend negotiating with the employer as you are still a fresher in the field. Accept the offer and focus on completing the assignments on time.
  • Don’t get disheartened if you get negative feedback on your writing. Take it up as a challenge. Improve upon your writing with every assignment that you take up. Be open to feedbacks and remarks. This is the only way you can go high up there.

It will take a while… a few months or even a few years for you to become an experienced freelance content writer who can provide any kind of content…. websites, blogs, SEO articles, eBooks, Press Releases, Business proposals and anything else that comes your way. Once you do, you are on your own.

So, this part is for those who have gained the necessary experience in content writing…

One thing you need to focus on here is to promote yourself as a writer.

Start a blog and keep writing posts on a regular basis.

Establish your presence on social media – LinkedIn and Facebook

Publish your posts on these platforms

Join relevant groups where you can find other content writers like you

Look for jobs on social media and apply

Very soon clients will come looking for you…

Make sure you provide the exact content they require and on time.  Charge reasonably – according to the quality you give them. Be open to revisions. It might hurt your ego – but this is important if you want to establish long-term relationship with your clients.

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.

Choosing between a freelance content writer and a content service provider

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I am a freelance content writer by profession; but I don’t want to write this blog post from my point of view. I will place before you two scenarios – one of hiring a freelance content writer (like me) and another where you can go for the services of a content service provider. You get to make the choice depending upon your requirements or specifications.

So, let us start by understanding what each of these terms mean…

A Freelance content writer is an individual who writes content for you based on upon your requirements. These writers usually work from home and take up as many clients as they can, depending upon the kind of time they can dedicate for their work. The resources here are limited since it is a one-man show.

A content service provider, on the other hand, is a firm that has many content writers along with graphic designers and other staff. Such a firm provides many more services other than just content writing – website designing, search engine optimization, brochure designing, digital marketing and so on. The resources are much more than what an individual freelance content writer would have and therefore they have greater ability to take up and deliver more assignments.

Now that you know what each of these terms really mean, let us go on to understand what you need to keep in mind while choosing between the two.

Cost

Cost is one factor that makes many businesses choose a freelance content writer over a content service provider. Freelance content writers would charge less than half of what a content writing company may charge. The reasons are simple:

  • A freelance content writer doesn’t have to pay rent for office since he/she writes from home.
  • He/she doesn’t have to pay salaries to those who work for him/her. Remember… It is a one man show
  • An individual content writer will do everything by himself/herself – designing, researching, writing, editing and so on, while a content service provider will have different people to play these roles

If you do not have enough budget to cater to the financial needs of a content service provider, hiring a freelance content writer could be a wise decision. However, this will only work if you have limited content requirements.

Another idea would be to hire a couple of freelance content writers instead of just one…

You can decide on what you are going to pay them depending upon their experience. Simple pieces of content can be assigned to a fresh freelance content writer, who can give you what you need at a lower price.

Anything that is a little complicated and needs quality will have to be assigned to an expert freelance content writer who has the relevant experience and expertise in writing similar pieces of content. You may have to be ready to pay a little extra for what you get from this kind of writer.

Services

If you have different kinds of requirements it does make sense to hire the services of a professional content service provider. By doing so, you don’t have to have your in-house team of digital marketer, content strategist, SEO specialist and graphic designers. All these people are available with a content providing firm. It is like a complete package of services.

All you need to do is give them your requirements, make the payment as per their schedule and wait for the assignment to be delivered.

However, if you do have people in your team to take care of the search engine optimization, graphic designing and digital marketing services and in case you are only looking to outsource your content needs, it would prove wiser and more economical to go with a freelance content writer.

Deadlines

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If you have strict deadlines to meet it is better not to go for a freelance content writer. The reason is mainly this. Since it is a one-man show, you never know what is going to happen and when.

If the individual freelance content writer you hire is not reliable when it comes to meeting deadlines, you are in a soup. You will have to sit and write the content all by yourself, unless you have a backup plan.

However, if you hire a content writing firm that has many writers, the firm will definitely deliver your assignment within time through their resources.

Quality

I wouldn’t say all freelance content writers are expert writers; there might be a couple of them who are inexperienced and fresh. This means you will have to go through the content that they have created for you and make sure it is free from errors or plagiarism.

A content service provider will always have an editor who goes through these things thoroughly and give you a copy that is absolutely error-free and plagiarism-free.

Terms and Conditions

Content service providers usually have flexible terms and conditions. They have a policy to refund your amount, at least in part, if you are not satisfied with the content they give you. They aim to survive in the market for long and they can do this only if they develop long-lasting relationships with their clients.

Consistency

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A content service provider may have many content writers as against a freelance content writer where there is only one. This one person can understand your requirements better over time and give you consistent content for as long as you hire him/her. On the other hand you cannot expect a content writing company to offer the same consistency for you.

Writers keep leaving and joining here and the quality of content might differ. It takes time for these writers to understand your requirements and cater to them accordingly.

So, the bottom line is this:

If you don’t want to spend too much on hiring a content service provider to offer you the content that you need, here is what you need to do:

  • Hire two or more freelance content writers, out of which at least one is an expert whom you can rely upon
  • Make sure all these writers have different kinds of talents – one may be good at producing web content, while another may be an expert at blogging. This way you have your own talent pool.
  • Develop a great rapport with your freelance content writers so that they know exactly what you want when you assign them work.
  • Ensure the writers or at least one of the writers that you hire is open to learning new skills, which can be of use to you in future.

Now that you know what is to be done, it is up to you to make your choice.

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.

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.

6 Reasons Why you should Outsource your Content

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Want to generate content that your customers will love?

Consider outsourcing your content creation!

Any day it is better to outsource your content creation to a professional freelance content writer or a content writing company than to hire your own content writer. The reasons are many:

The Professional Touch

midas-touchA Freelance content writer or a content writing company would have a vast experience in writing content for different kinds of clients.

They will be well-aware of how to optimize your content for the search engines.

By making your content informative and engaging, they can help you achieve your objectives easily.

Outsourcing your content will help you utilize the knowledge and expertise of professional content writers that your team members may not have.

By hiring an outside writing service, you will be able to see your Brand through the eyes of your audience. This will help in establishing your Brand presence, while building your appeal.

Most such services offer ghost-writing, which means you get 100% rights to publish content in your own name or even edit it to your liking.

Amazing Results for your Business

Outsourcing your content creation would mean excellent content for your website/blog. This can help in:

Driving more traffic to your website / blogonlineprofit2-top-right

Creating engaged readers

Generating more leads for your business

Increasing your chances of conversions

Improving your revenues and profits

You may or may not achieve this with your own in-house team of content writers; but by outsourcing your content creation it is almost assured that you will get there.

Standardized and Consistent Content for all your projects

Outsourcing your content creation can help you in maintaining a standard quality and consistency in all types of content that you publish. Professional freelance content writers or content writing services are well-aware of:

The industry best practices

The right standardization to maintain so as to keep up the reputation of your business

The perfect style of writing to adopt based on your target audience

They generally have stringent quality checks in place to make sure you get error-free content. They also revise the content as per your suggestions until you are completely satisfied with the content.

Strong Content Marketing Strategy

By outsourcing your content creation to a reputed content writing agency or a freelance content writer can strengthen your content marketing strategy even if you don’t have one as yet. This is because these people know exactly:

What type of content should be created to achieve different goals…?

Which tools are to be used to promote the same…?

What needs to be changed in order to achieve results on a consistent basis…?

How to measure the performance of the content…?

With the help of these professional content strategies, it becomes easier to plan and execute important techniques and make sure the content is as effective as desired.

Different Types of Content

Outsourcing your content creation gives you a chance to experiment with different types of content that come with different benefits.

Content writing companies generally have specialists for all departments, be it content strategists, copy writers or designers. Through these resources they can create multiple types of content for you.

They know what type of content your customers would prefer and make sure you get maximum visibility

Lots of Time and Money to be Saved

Hiring a content writing agency or a freelance content writer would mean saving lots of money on office space, infrastructure, equipment, furniture and employee benefits.

save-time-and-moneyGenerally, the turnaround time that the professional writers take is much lesser when compared to your own in-house fresh content writing team.

You can get your content when you need it, according to your content marketing calendar.

Many professional writing services accept urgent requirements, which can make things easier and more convenient for you.

You can even get multiple projects completed with the help of an outside writing service.

Before you hire such a service, find out how long it takes for you or your team to search for information, create an outline and generate the required content for a blog. Compare this with the length of time taken by the professional service. Check for yourself how much time you would be saving by outsourcing your content. If satisfied, you can go for it.

You can even partly outsource your content creation if not fully. For this, it makes good sense to hire a freelance content writer, who can promise:

Quality Content Tailored to your Requirement

Quick Turnaround Time

Different Types of Content to Achieve Different Objectives

Adherence to an excellent content marketing strategy

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.