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So You Want To Be A Reputable Journalist?

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When you want to become a journalist, it’s safe to say that you’re never really going to want to be any old writer. You want to be successful, well-known, and great at your job too. And more importantly, you want to be reputable. A reputable journalist is famous for being good at their job. Here’s how you can do it.

 

Learn The Ropes

 To start with, you’re going to want to learn the ropes as much as you can – and as quickly as you can. When you graduate from college, get an internship – or even while you’re at college. A summer job would be great too. Even when you get your first job, learning the ropes is important, so that you can begin to establish yourself in the right ways.

 

Practice Your Craft

But then also, you need to dedicate yourself to this. It’s really not just enough for you to learn in college and then never look at a piece or writing education ever again. The best writers are those that are constantly learning. So make sure that you’re reading leading work, and that you’re practicing your craft constantly too. Practice makes perfect! Never forget that. 

 

Avoid Fake News

Finally, as tempting as it can be to get suckered in by different news articles and sensationalism. But if you know that you want to be a reputable journalist, then you just cannot get sucked in by it all. Instead, you have to make sure that you’re picking out fake news, as seen in the infographic below, and aiming to make your work a lot better. This will make sure that your career is not only successful but rewarding too. Reporting fake news never ends well. Don’t be tempted no matter what. 

 


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Freelance Careers for the People Person

Working freelance can be an excellent way to take the reins of your career, to be self-sustaining, and to build a business that you reap the full benefits from in time. However, a common issue faced by many working for themselves is a sense of isolation and loneliness. A lot of freelancing involves spending plenty of time without human contact, so here we’re going to look at the careers that put you in touch with others to make use of those people skills.

 

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Virtual Assistant

Though can do it from home like many other freelancing careers, the difference in being a virtual assistant is that you are always constantly helping someone else. Usually, these are business owners who will interface with you regularly to allocate work and ask for help on admin and organizational tasks. Some virtual assistant roles will require you to answer the phone and put on your best demeanor, good for those who like front-facing roles.

 

Nursing

If you already have nursing experience, then you could already be more than halfway to a fulfilling freelance career. Care homes, hospitals, and many other establishments will hire temporary nurses, giving you the opportunity to travel around the country and work with a broad spectrum of people. The more experienced you are, the more your services will be in demand, so an online family nurse practitioner track could really open up your options. If you’re in it primarily to care for patients, a lot of freelance nurse work can involve private duty care which means spending more time with individuals.

 

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Social media
Socializing isn’t all face-to-face. This is a fact of life that many businesses are becoming more aware of as they look to social media as their next great frontier. If you have a little network savvy about you, then you could learn about social media marketing and apply that growing expertise to businesses who are looking to expand online. More and more businesses are jumping online and need people who already know the formats and know what works. There’s a great sense of fulfilment to concocting a strategy and watching a community grow thanks to your efforts, as well.

 

Teaching

Do you have experience teaching or some expertise in a field of study or industry that could be helpful to those newbies looking for a little help? There are tons of opportunities for freelance tutoring not just for kids in school but for adults looking to find a way into a specific field of life. Not only can you teach in one-on-one scenarios, but you can also launch courses online thanks to a growing number of platforms allowing for new educators to get their classes established and set-up for anyone around the world to attend.

A sense of community and of connection to others can be a very important factor in what makes a career fulfilling to you. If you know that you’re a people person, make sure that you find a career for yourself that puts you in contact with others.

 

What do you think of these freelance careers? Do sound off in the comments section.

 

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How to Check, Chase and Choose as a Freelancer

Being a freelancer is great, but like every business it does have its challenges. One of the main challenges we face as freelancers is when clients don’t pay for our services. It can be frustrating at times when you put in so much work only to spend hours chasing a payment.

Thankfully there is a 3 step process to help with this freelancing issue – the Check, Chase and Choose. In this article I will walk you through what the 3 Cs are and how you can use them.

 

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What brought about the 3Cs?

A study was conducted on freelance web designers and it was discovered that 6 out of 10 of them had to wait for months past their invoice due date to get paid. And some didn’t get paid at all. Oftentimes such freelancers had to write-off such payments. At the end of the day, all effort put into the freelance project ends up to be a waste of time. Which amounts to a huge loss for the freelancer.

Although this study was only conducted on freelance web designers, there is a high chance that there are so many other freelancers in various industries facing the same problem. Some freelancers are forced to borrow money to be able to feed themselves and pay their bills.

The only way out of this massive issue is be extremely vigilant and proactive when the client seems to delay payment.

 

Step #1 Check

Although the case is not the same with every freelancer, one of the reasons why some freelancers are paid long after the due date on their invoices is because their clients experience a hitch with their invoices. Either the client ends up not receiving an invoice or the invoice is not produced when the project commences. Most times freelancers will interpret silence from the client’s end as “all is well” only to find out the contrary.

In such an instance, as a freelancer you must check back with the client to find out if your client received the invoice. You should also check the client is aware of the due date. The sooner you check on your client the better. Don’t let a week pass by without checking in on your client to find out if they received their invoice or if they experienced hitches. This will save you from future payment issues.

You should also ensure the invoice is produced in the right format in order to avoid payment delays.

 

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Step #2 Chase

Once you have confirmed that your client received their invoice, the next thing you need to focus on is chasing after your money. This stage is all about reminding your client of the payment date. And the options you have by right to recover your money from your client.

When you are approaching your payment date, make sure that you remind your client about the payment date. Especially if your payment date states within 30 days. Some clients may have forgotten all about you.

If your client delays payment to the last day, alert your client on the actions you can take against him or her for your payment.

 

Step #3 Choose

If after all the notices and warnings your client has still not paid, the next step to take is to choose any of the options available to you to recover the money your client owes you. The most common action is to sue your client for the payment of your fees.

This is why it is extremely important to have a freelance contract with your client. In the contract your rights and duties as well as the rights and duties of your client are clearly written. It makes it so much easier to take action for the recovery of your fees when you have a legal contract backing you up.

 

Personally, I hardly ever agree to wait 30 days for an invoice to be paid. I feel it is too long and all kinds of things may have happened within those 30 days. I am more comfortable with a 0 – 7 working days payment date. And I get that 96% of the time.

 

How do you deal with unpaid invoices? Please share your tried and tested tips.

 

 

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