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Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.”  ~Sholem Asch

With this latest social media tool raking up in popularity, do you wonder how freelance writers can use Google+? As a freelance writer, I’ve been using this new social networking platform for a while now and thought to share my views about how freelance writers can use Google+. I have to admit that I love it, as it offers real advantages for freelance writers, or for that matter even authors, bloggers, journalists, or just about anyone!

Google+ is different from Facebook or Twitter, as neither is it a hyper-open network like Twitter, nor a closed network like Facebook. Instead, it has the best of both worlds and fits into the middle ground, which allows the user to maintain a vibrant public persona if they choose, and still keep information private for family and friends.

Similar to Twitter, the “pulser” can follow as many people as they like, or decide to only share information with their “circles”, which can be divided into as many forms as the user desires, like family, friends, work, fellow writers, etc.

I have often heard writers ask as to how freelance writers can use Google+. Well, let me share some ways that freelance writers can use Google+.
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Flat-Rates vs. Hourly-Rates: Pros and Cons
“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.” ~ Mark Twain

The question you are likely to face as you begin your career as a freelance writer is whether to charge a flat-rate or an hourly-rate. There are many pros and cons concerning flat-rates vs. hourly-rates, as solid controversies exist in favor of both options.

Freelance writers remain in a dilemma whether the payment should be calculated by the project or by the hour, although in either case they try to build a long lasting relationship based on trust with the client.

In this article, I will discuss my experiences regarding the pros and cons of flat rates vs hourly rates, to help you decide which is better. [click to continue…]


setting your freelance writing rates

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” Jules Renard

Setting your freelance writing rates is one of the hardest decisions for you as a freelance writer. Since the freelance writing rates vary widely, it becomes difficult to work out what to charge for your writing services. You could end up paying and repenting lifelong if you get this decision wrong, as the wrong rates could even cause your freelance writing business to fail.

Things that count while setting your freelance writing rates include your years of writing experience, your writing skills, location, uniqueness, professional reputation, and how fast you can deliver your services.

As a freelance writer, you would be competing with many writers who are more than or as talented as you are, or writers who write poorly and offer their writing services at low fees. Such writers do manage to get jobs, and tempt us also to lower our rates! However, being a professional freelance writer you should not lower your rates.

There are various opinions for setting your freelance writing rates, as no one rate fits every situation or every freelancing specialty. Based on the job at hand, freelance writers ought to know what they can charge, which varies depending on the marketplace.

You need to keep the following points in mind before setting your freelance writing rates, which may vary as per your experience and specialization. [click to continue…]