The World of a Freelance Writer

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Oh my goodness- that should be one of the best jobs in the world.

This is something you might hear quite often if you are a freelance writer. I certainly am not talking up this profession, but it is just how it is. Most of the freelance writers think they have one of the best jobs in the world.

Seemingly, a freelance career more so a freelance writer profession does sound pretty cool. You get paid to write on anything under the sun. More so, the pay is higher if you have enough experience under your belt on the topic you are asked to write on. You get to work with different clients from different parts of the world. You get to become your own boss, calling your own shots. You get to strike a good balance between work and life, better than you did at your last 9 to 5 job. You get to meet clients that never cease to amaze you, and you proudly get to call it your profession.

The whole universe thinks of freelance writing as something incredible.

Maybe not.

The reason being that, to put it shortly, the pay is not always handsome, there is not enough work coming in all the time, and there are thousands of freelance writers out there who are all set to do your job for I-can-absolutely-do-this-do-that- free.

That hurts.

What’s true?

Is this really that good a job as it is touted to be? Is it the best? Or is it ridiculously overrated?

Nevertheless, there is absolutely no dearth of interest in people to become a top-notch freelance writer, so I just thought I might give you a tinge of reality about this profession.

It is one of the best jobs in the world. Not quite.

Let us look at the good bits first.

  • As a freelance writer, you get to decide how much is too much. That’s cool. You also decide when you want to work. There is absolutely no trace of office politics involved, and there is no boss micromanaging you. Work from the cafe or go home, change into your underpants, lock yourself in your bedroom and start cranking them out at your own pace.
  • A freelance writing position with a reputed media outlet is good to all those who are looking to achieve work-life balance.
  • A freelance writer with better-paying gigs will be able to cut their work schedule down to say 25 to 30 hours per week, freeing up a lot of time for other important things in life.
  • A freelance career allows people to spend time on their hobbies, volunteering in between work assignments and other commitments.
  • More good things: You do get to pick the work you want to do. You can drop the copywriting work if it has become too redundant of late and focus more on magazine articles if that is where your interest lies. Further, if your hands are full and you think of turning much of the work away, you are free to choose what to work on and what to turn down.

But there is more to freelance writing than you think. Yes, there are a few downsides you need to understand.

  • There’s the pay- not all freelance writes make as much as they would like. The income is not always stable to fall back on. Word rates that publishing companies and media agencies pay freelance writers have not gone up, budgets are no more attractive, and more importantly, potential media outlets that used to offer work to freelance writers are shutting shops.
  • Secondly, things don’t happen at a fast pace. You may not land lucrative assignments from high-paying editorial agencies as soon as you become a freelance writer. In this field, one things lead to another so you have to be patient enough until things take off.

A freelance writer that I know stumbled onto a website called thepensters where many contributors were needed. Though she wanted to pursue a freelance career, she had no experience to show. However, she figured an English major should have no trouble stringing two sentences together. She did not get as many gigs as she’d have liked to, but after some shaky weeks, she started to take home a decent income as a freelance writer. Another freelance writer started out at thepensters picking up the odd contract of freelance academic writing on top of his regular 9-to-5 job at a copywriting agency, and there’s no looking back. He says he enjoys being able to do what he wants to do, and it is certainly useful to not to have to commit to anything. A surge in demand for writing talent and broadband ubiquity have actually colluded well to make freelance career a very feasible option for such writers.

Ask any freelance veteran about their freelance career they would say it is not perfect. A freelance writer job is not the best in the world. However, even with all those negative points, for someone who loves to write and loves to be their own commander-in-chief, this is a pretty good job.

Sadly, such jobs do not come along easily.

Investment Tips For Beginners

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Venturing out into the world of investment can be quite a frightening thing: if you are a complete beginner, you will not even know how to start, what to look for, and how to save yourself from disaster. The stakes might be quite high: if you choose the wrong stock to invest in, you might end up with even less money then you started out with, a second mortgage may reside in your imminent future, and in today’s market you never know what else might hit you. Having the right information is key, which is why you should read up on the subject of investing, the stock market, and finances in general, before you even start contemplating your desired investment goals. While this may take up a lot of your time, if you do not wish to consult an expert, you will have to ensure that you know exactly where you are placing your money, and how secure it is.

How to start?

First of all, you will need to gain control over the money you already own and you ought to keep it that way. Do not rush into it, take your time, stay attentive and keep your eyes wide open in order not to miss any opportunities. When it comes to investing, it is really important to seize the right moment. Knowing when the right moment is may be more difficult, and the only advice to give is to make sure you are comfortable with the investment you are about to make. If it does not feel right, for any reason, you can always find another stock option. Superstition plays a somewhat dubious role for many investors, so don’t worry if you have spells of uncertainty too – it’s completely natural.

Even before you start investing, everything could seem a bit overwhelming and difficult, but you only need time to get the hang of things. Do not lose hope and keep your head up at all times, no matter what the situation may look like. Of course, it is essential not to put all your eggs in one basket, so never invest everything you have in a single hopeful project. No matter how promising it may look, it is always better to play safe. You should always keep some money and probably invest in a few projects. Also, right at the start, you need to know that there will surely be ups and downs, so prepare yourself for facing them and do not let them dampen your enthusiasm.

Where to start?

If you are wondering where to start, it is for the best that you aim for something you are familiar with, so that you cannot be easily tricked and led astray by ignorance. Should you want to invest in a company, make sure that it is one that looks secure. You should choose a company whose services you already use on a daily basis or a company you are certain is trustworthy. For instance, you could go for McDonalds’ or Apple’s stocks. Make sure you are up-to-date with the company’s website, read about them in the daily news, and browse the Internet for as much information you can find. Also bear in mind that not everything you read is true, so use your own judgment to evaluate your investment options. That is probably the safest route to take, when you are only just starting out. However, it is crucial to diversify and not invest everything in a single company, since it is way too risky and you do not want to take any risks in the beginning. You might gain a lot, but you could lose much more, as well. Remember, you are not gambling, there are casinos for that. You also may not earn tons of money, but your income will steadily increase, which is what you have hopefully been aiming at.

Another great idea is to invest in the often profitable penny stock market, because it is highly likely that your starting budget is fairly low. If you are not yet familiar with the penny stock market, this infographic will help you learn the basis of how it works, so you can dive into this option as well. Before investing, it is advised to always talk to someone who is acquainted with or well informed on the subject and this should to be a person whom you absolutely trust. Otherwise, you will have to do some research on your own, because the people who are into investments get really sensitive when you mention the topic to them and there is a great chance they will not say anything you can benefit from or can even mislead you on purpose. Weigh every advice you receive and make sure to double-check all your facts.

All of this should be enough for a good, sturdy start, but everything else is completely up to you and your skills. Even if you feel like you lack the required skills, do not despair, no one really knows enough about investing before they seriously dig into it. So, it is extremely important to learn as much as you can, gather information along the way and, by all means, control your emotions, because let’s face it, feeling down will get you nowhere. Last, but not least, you need to set long-term goals and as long as you are getting closer to them, even if this may seem incredibly slow or inefficient, you should be on your way to being satisfied with your results.

Courses and Careers: The Smartest Moves in the Beauty Industry

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The beauty industry is going through a very positive spell globally. Given the fact that it’s also largely unregulated, it’s becoming increasingly easy for unqualified practitioners to start their own beauty businesses without much of a qualification.

Deregulation stems from the fact that most non-surgical cosmetic treatments are unlikely to have a permanent impact on the patient’s health, yet it still pays to obtain a qualification. Without one you will struggle to obtain an insurance when opening up your own salon and you won’t be able to join a professional trade association. And the more qualifications you own, the more clients you’ll get and the higher they’ll pay.

Laser technique is where the big bucks are in this industry, so starting a course in this area could be a very wise way to kick off your career.  More specifically, here three areas you might consider specialising in.

Hair removal

Laser hair removal targets the base of the follicle and it can take 4 to 6 sessions for it to work satisfactorily, with costs varying between £100 and £300 per session.

It is one of the most popular and advanced techniques and it can be a little tricky to master, especially since bad handling can have disastrous consequences on the skin.

It’s therefore strongly recommended to think about learning the tricks of the trade before setting up a business or adding the service onto your price list. Enquire about your chosen course and make sure they are up to date with the latest techniques. Your certificate will take pride of place on your salon’s wall and act in your favour in case you ever need to call the insurance company following a painful or unsightly skin reaction that was caused by bad practice.

Tattoo removal

Tattoos have been enjoying their time in the spotlight for a few years now, and as a direct consequence the number of poorly made and embarrassing tattoos also keep rising.

The tattoo removal business owes much to such situation, with laser being the only technique that doesn’t damage the skin in the process. This rather clever treatment works by warming up the tattoo’s pigments until they disintegrate. The body then gets rid of the microparticles by itself.

Since colours such as green, turquoise blue and yellow are notoriously very hard to erase, it can take between 6 and 40 sessions to do the job, which means this is also a very profitable sector.

In both the UK and the US you’re not required to be a dermatologist to start a business in this sector, so look out for a number of in-depth courses that give you all the practical knowledge needed to kick off a successful career in tattoo removal.

Skin resurfacing

For this very popular cosmetic procedure, a laser is used to combat wrinkles, acne and age spots. It has been getting a bit of a bad name  in recent years, with cases of really strong customer complaints. The best way to avoid such issues and protect both your business and your patients would be to attend a recognised course. Current UK regulation requires you to become a cosmetic professional or doctor before specialising in skin resurfacing. If you would like to follow a quicker path instead, you will find it easier to attend courses and train to use lower powered laser machines.