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My issue with many freelance writing jobs

I have been a freelancer for a couple of years now and this life definitely has its ups and downs. But the ups outweigh the downs massively for my current life, which is why I am still freelance. I truly enjoy the freedom being my own boss brings but sometimes it can get really frustrating. It is getting harder and harder to find good paying freelance writing jobs these days. Many of the writing job opportunities I find online are offering to pay the writers peanuts and some of these websites were the jobs are posted want a commission from the fees as well, which makes it even more frustrating.

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My issue with many freelance writing jobs

I don’t bother applying for low paying freelance jobs. The money has to be worth my time, effort and experience, or I wouldn’t apply for it. There is no point accepting low paying freelance writing jobs just to survive. I rather focus on other streams of income than do that.  At the end of the day, I am offering well written and researched articles. So if you want them, you would need to pay a fee I am happy to accept. I see a lot of ridiculous offers online, like $5 for a 500 word article or £10 for a 500 word article. That is just mad. I can’t imagine working for such low fees. I won’t be able to survive in the United Kingdom earning even £20 for a 500 word article. That is just way too low but I know that amount may be good money in other parts of the world, which is why these low paying freelance writing jobs exist in the first place.

These days I don’t bother applying for freelance writing jobs. Many of the jobs come to me through Fashion and Style Police and my social media platforms, and that works great for me. I rather have a few clients that pay good money than many low paying clients paying peanuts. The fact that I have other streams of income helps massively. I am not under so much stress because I know I have other avenues to make money. This may not be the case if I was a full time freelance writer. Which is why I always advise people to have as many streams of income when they are self employed. Relying on just one way of making money may be dangerous long term.

Do you freelance?  How are you finding it?

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How to sell on eBay UK

I set up my eBay UK account in 2015 and I have been selling on and off on eBay for many years. Although I took a long break from selling on the platform, I am now back on there and enjoying it all now. It is now a lot easy to list items on there thanks to the smart tools eBay has put in place. I can now easily add photos on the eBay UK app on my phone and list items quickly. This used to take ages years ago so I am pleased to see the company has moved along with the times. It is now a lot easy to sell on eBay.

 

 

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I currently have about 15 items listed on my eBay account. I sold 2 items the other day and I was happy to see they were wanted by many. My experience with eBay these last couple of weeks has been very motivating. I know I will be selling loads of items on there going forward. At the moment, I am only seeing brand new items. I used to sell pre loved items but I discovered the money I got off the items was not worth the hassle. So going forward it is brand new items only or luxury pre loved items.

Selling on eBay UK can be a full time online business for you if you have an eye for products that will be in high demand and if you understand how the online market works. Here are some tips if you may find useful if you want to sell on eBay –

 

Do your research

Like every other business, a good research is required before you venture into selling on eBay. The first thing to do before starting a home business selling on Ebay is to research products you plan on selling and who is selling it already. This will give you information on pricing and how popular the products you are interested in selling are. A good research will also open your eyes to how to SEO the description and title of the items you plan on selling.

 

Sampling

Once your research is done, the next step is to test the waters in the form of sampling. This is very important so you have an idea of how sales may go before you invest a lot of money in products.

 

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Take great photos

Make sure you take great quality photos that showcase the items from all angles. You have the opportunity to upload up to 12 free pictures so make the most of the allowance. I won’t buy a product if I can’t see it from all angles and if the photos are not bright and clear.

 

Get your pricing right

It is important you get your pricing right.  You don’t want it too high or too low, you want it just right for the product and your time/effort. Also, remember to take into account the eBay and Paypal fees that would be taken off. Many new sellers forget this bit and are shocked to find they are a bit short after selling.

 

Buy it now

I like the buy it now feature, which is why I sell on my items like that. The auction style doesn’t work for me. I have had issues in the past with cheeky buyers so I stopped selling auction style. Plus I don’t like the uncertainty of not knowing what price a product is sold.

 

Do you sell on eBay UK? How are you finding it? Do you have any tried and tested tips to share?

 

Why you should hire a copywriter

Running a business is very hard and can be time consuming. Which is why I see many abandoned blogs and websites with little or no content. Their owners are too busy running their business, and have forgotten to keep their websites updated. I know it can be hard juggling all the needs of your business, especially when you have no clue on how to go about writing engaging articles. This is why you need a copywriter.

A good copywriter will be able to easily create articles regularly in line with your business. I have been a copywriter for some years now, and many of my clients still wonder how quickly I can shoot a content idea over to them and get the article written a few hours later. The simple answer is because it is my job to do so.

 

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Here are some reasons why you should hire a copywriter –

 

It gives you time to run your business

This to me is the main reason why you should hire a copywriter. Once you hand over the content strategy to your copywriter, you can then focus on running your business. Creating constant quality content takes time and effort. So handing that bit over to a content writer will give you hours to do other jobs.

 

You can focus on what you CAN do

Many business owners are not copywriters. They have no idea on how to write engaging articles. Which is why they should hire a copywriter to do the job for them. This will allow them focus on jobs they can do properly.

 

A good copywriter can hep you rank on search engines

A good copywriter can write engaging SEO articles that will help you rank on search engines. This is good for business because your prospective customers will find your website a lot quicker. Generating organic traffic is very important and well written articles can do just that for your website.

 

 

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Your business gets a social media presence

Having a social media presence is vital for a successful business. A copywriter can help you have a social media presence. Many of them like myself are also social media managers, so you can get 2 services for the price of 1 if you are a good negotiator. A good copywriter/social media manager can help you create engaging content for your social media platforms.

 

Stand out from the rest

Hiring a copywriter will help your website and overall business stand out from the rest. It is one way of stepping ahead of your competitors because it means you are taking your business seriously. The best way to stand out from the many businesses online is to have amazing content. That already puts you ahead of millions. A well updated website/blog makes your business appear more present and trustworthy.

 

These are just a few reasons why you should hire a copywriter. You can always get in touch with me if you need copywriting services. My email address is – fashionandstylepolice@gmail.com, or you can drop me a line on Twitter – fashionstylepol

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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