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I think the normal progression is to start out general and then begin to specialize. The advantage of this is that you can start to get some gigs, and then build on what those gigs give you to focus more on depth. In general depth is more valuable than breadth in terms of knowledge, but both are needed to some extent. Starting off as a generalist has the ...


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This is a solid question. While I don't have a background in science writing, I do write about trade-related issues for a few clients, though I get paid for my time rather than per piece. I would recommend approaching your client about hiring you as an on-call expert for technical questions. Explain that you spend a decent amount of time on answering these ...


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I will caveat my answer by saying that I am not a writer, so I'm certainly no expert in the field. That being said... If you want to get connected with journals, newspapers, or magazines, you'll need to write articles and submit them to the editors for review (by e-mail or snailmail) - and get ready for a LOT of rejection. I recommend you pick a particular ...


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Yes, "hydroponic supplies" is the expression. He wants that string of text to appear at least 5 times in the article. My guess is that this article is for web content and he wants search engines to find this article when people search for "hydroponic supplies." So, as they used to say to us in English class when we learned new words - use it in a ...


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Wow, I would venture to guess that there are entire books written to answer this one question! And I'm sure you'll find and read many of them in the near future. However, I'd like to focus on a couple of principles to consider along with some resources you may find helpful. Since this is a freelancing forum and you mentioned freelancing, my answer doesn't ...


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It seems to me that I should be trying to write as much as I possibly can on as many different topics as possible, but as I think about it more carefully tonight, I wonder if that's really the best plan after all. Umm, IMO, No. It is not really a best plan unless you are really desperate to launch yourself as a freelance author. Remember, we live in an era ...


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I did some content writing a few years ago and have hired many content creators. I didn't make big money or write in important magazines. It was about Joomla mainly, but these are my recommendations: Keep it simple and focused. Being an expert is very good and you will focus all of your time in one thing. Remove all other stuff from your profile. Once I ...


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These videos are free of use and don't have any copyright Everything is copyrighted. Just because there's no explicit statement doesn't mean you can use it. Always assume you cannot use someone else's work until you have permission to do so. people are encouraged to share There is a big difference between sharing someone's work and creating a new ...


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Yes. The work is copyrighted. Transposing the media (and/or language) which it is delivered on does not remove copyrights. At best your book would be a derivative work, still requiring permission.


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Years ago I tried to be a writer. I got freelancing tasks to rewrite some texts. In the end, it turned out to be a lot of work for the minimum rate. After I was asked to make a master paper for some small money, I stopped being a writer. I turned to programming and my perspective on the freelancing turned 180 degrees. At that time I also read a lot of ...


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I have worked a couple of years in a translations and copywriting studio as a programmer, but I saw there that writers were hired after personal (or skype) meetings and after test jobs. They usually received a lot of CV and contacts with examples references like blogs, articles, etc, but they mostly ignored that because (guess what) parts of the blogs and ...


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No, you don't need to work at a big company. The basics of it will be very easy for you since you understand the client side already. Yes, you can build REST APIs in PHP but the industry is leaning a lot on node.js for such things now. Find a tutorial online that shows an example in the language of your choice. Usually the server side will involve some kind ...


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I do not understand why this warrants a question here. It seems very straightforward to me. Hello [CEO], Our consultancy contract is due to expire on XXXX. I would be pleased to renew the contract. Please let me know by [Date] if you wish to renew. Thank you.


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It seems to me that having a wide range of proposed areas is not a problem, but an advantage. As a rule, if a person turns to the photographer, it means that he can't take professional-grade photos on his own, and it means that the photographer may be needed for him more than once and for more than one genre (now or in the future). If you declare only one ...


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First off, the hardest part of starting out is starting out. Get taking your pictures, and write sample content that you have the ability to post. Build up a portfolio of all your best works, and build a website out of it. The website will act as your resume. Make the URL short and sweet, but still professional. If it's too long, only die-hard users will ...


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First: I can't really tell you what you should do. I can give you some pointers for the future: You say: the client was vague about what they wanted. In such cases, don't just do something. You are the professional, you should notice if you have all the info you need for your work or not. If something is unclear, request further communication first. I don't ...


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You have basically three possibilities Cost based: The most common mode for freelancers: Just calculate you hourly cost including desired profit and multiply by hours spent. Market based: Price it on, what a similar Product or Service would cost elsewhere i.e. what its worth in the market is. You do this usually when you can sell you product multiple ...


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your rate should include a 'cost of sales'. I.e. when I make a quote for a customer, that usually costs me a few hours as well. I can't charge for that, but that cost is included in the total project cost. Would you consider this outline as part of a pre sales process or is it part of the project? Unless you included the outline in the list of stuff the ...


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It probably won't hurt to ask for payment, but if it's not something they agreed to in advance, don't be surprised if they decline. You would probably be better off using your document as a "wireframe" for the series of articles, and incorporate as much (or all) of it that you can into the finished product. You will recover your investment that way.


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In short: Make profile on freelancing sites such as UpWork, Freelancer, Fiverr etc... and be active in applying for jobs and improving your profile (this can take months) Make online portfolio with links to your previous work and recommendations of previous clients (letters with links to their LinkedIn profile or even better link to YouTube video in which ...


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Generally, people starting a business hope to advertise their way to at least the first clients. Quite often, this turns out to be a costly misconception, as it turns out that one needs to actively demonstrate to clients that they need your service. This may very well apply in your case as well, as you deliver 'writing', which everyone in business is ...


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