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Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-01-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,683
Posted By ErinHill226
You as well. Perhaps I will stick around again. I...

You as well. Perhaps I will stick around again. I don't think I've been active here since around the time my third kid was born. Two babies later, and I am looking to expand my business offerings...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-30-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,683
Posted By ErinHill226
Unfortunately, I find that happens within any...

Unfortunately, I find that happens within any creative field. It's "art," so it must not be worth as much. There are people who recognize the value of a good writer, though. And the others (we've all...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-29-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,683
Posted By ErinHill226
I lied. I think I recognize you too!

I lied. I think I recognize you too!
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-29-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,683
Posted By ErinHill226
Long time no see! I only recognize you, Michelle....

Long time no see! I only recognize you, Michelle. :D

I came back out of lurkdom to reply to this specifically, because I disagree with almost all of it (respectfully, of course), and I don't want...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-29-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,824
Posted By ErinHill226
Usually, I don't do samples. Occasionally,...

Usually, I don't do samples.

Occasionally, though, I will for shorter pieces. For instance, it seems to be pretty common for catalogs and eCommerce type gigs to require a short write-up to show...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-29-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,323
Posted By ErinHill226
I sort of thought adding 500000 links throughout...

I sort of thought adding 500000 links throughout any article, especially repetitive ones (in terms of the words you have to use) was a no no a long time ago. But, since the work I did was through a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-29-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,956
Posted By ErinHill226
I usually have 2-3 clients at once now...but I am...

I usually have 2-3 clients at once now...but I am no longer full time. My income buys groceries (sometimes) and otherwise is for extras now that DH is working full time again. When I was the...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-29-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 604
Posted By ErinHill226
I went MIA for a long time too. I just recently...

I went MIA for a long time too. I just recently came back (sort of), but I do remember you! From way back in 2011/2012... good times. lol.

Additionally, I also have 3 boys now. 3 months, 21...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-29-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,323
Posted By ErinHill226
I believe I may have worked on some of these...

I believe I may have worked on some of these pages. Bummer. lol
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-03-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 972
Posted By ErinHill226
Most copywriters I know, and according to every...

Most copywriters I know, and according to every book on copywriting and business law I've ever read, you should charge up front only if the project is worth above a certain amount (although that...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 05-02-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 972
Posted By ErinHill226
Angry Non Paying Client - How to Report

Hi all!

I haven't been here in a really long time. I slowed down with writing for a bit after having our third child, and now we have a fourth as of two months ago. So, I was writing here and...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-10-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,586
Posted By ErinHill226
I agree with the article for the most part. It...

I agree with the article for the most part. It reminds me of another article I read awhile back (I don't remember where) about having an employee mentality. A lot of self employed individuals still...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-10-2012, 10:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,555
Posted By ErinHill226
I've only had one client who paid per word. I...

I've only had one client who paid per word. I didn't send a word count at the time I sent the work, but I did include it in my invoices. My invoice would include the title of the article, price per...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-10-2012, 10:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By ErinHill226
Precisely. You just have to learn to work the...

Precisely. You just have to learn to work the system. I get enough quality offers now that I can laugh at the others. For instance:

The other week I came across a job ad where a retailer needed...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-10-2012, 09:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By ErinHill226
I also want to add... If you find a job...

I also want to add...

If you find a job you'd normally apply for, but the rates are too low, apply anyway if they aren't WAY on the lower end.

I recently applied for a gig on oDesk, and my bid...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-10-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By ErinHill226
I think it's situations like THAT hurting writers...

I think it's situations like THAT hurting writers more so than people who are willing to work for lower rates. People assume all writers are unprofessional flakes because they run into so many who...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-10-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,194
Posted By ErinHill226
I am sort of in the middle on this topic. I think...

I am sort of in the middle on this topic. I think a picture can make a difference if you are aiming to attract clients. If your website picture is of you drinking or wearing a low-cut top, that's not...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-06-2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By ErinHill226
I've gotten hits through LinkedIn. You can...

I've gotten hits through LinkedIn. You can optimize your page with keywords, and I've sent letters of introduction. You can also participate in forums related to a niche to demonstrate yourself as an...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-03-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,528
Posted By ErinHill226
Ah, boo! I didn't post in that one! Would have...

Ah, boo! I didn't post in that one! Would have been fun to see if I'd reached my goals, but apparently I never thought to set any. lol.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 12-02-2012, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 972
Posted By ErinHill226
WG shut down production at a bad time for me,...

WG shut down production at a bad time for me, since I had lost the Nextag "egg" just mere weeks before. I went from having three decent paying (it wasn't uncommon for me to average $30+ an hour with...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-30-2012, 09:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,514
Posted By ErinHill226
I did some work for them recently when they had...

I did some work for them recently when they had the overstock descriptions... and made a ton. Then that ran out and they have mostly only had work for stuff I'm not qualified for yet. I had issues...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-30-2012, 07:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 946
Posted By ErinHill226
You could have a point. The guy who did it to me...

You could have a point. The guy who did it to me was not from here. And, most of my more difficult clients have been from elsewhere.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-29-2012, 10:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 946
Posted By ErinHill226
I haven't had this situation exactly, but I...

I haven't had this situation exactly, but I recently had someone contact me about writing for them. I quoted them a price for the work we stated, and he agreed. Then, as we were getting started, he...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-28-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By ErinHill226
I'm not an expert, but if the person is just...

I'm not an expert, but if the person is just linking to other blogs...I don't see what the issue is. It sounds like a boring blog to visit, but as long as the person isn't saying he wrote the posts...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-28-2012, 10:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,528
Posted By ErinHill226
With writing... I'd like to push forward with the...

With writing... I'd like to push forward with the blogs I've had ideas for. I'd like to ramp up my marketing efforts and up my income with higher paying clients. I'd also like to do an eBook or two. ...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-27-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By ErinHill226
I'd probably tell the truth after the second...

I'd probably tell the truth after the second email. That said, I also get annoyed easily.

Now... if she's contacting you once every six months, I'll give her that. If a company has expressed a...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-27-2012, 11:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,213
Posted By ErinHill226
I'd probably study either social media marketing...

I'd probably study either social media marketing or some type of alternative health care. Actually, I'm trying to make up my mind between those things now. The first is something that I could use to...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-25-2012, 06:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By ErinHill226
To answer the first question you had on the other...

To answer the first question you had on the other response... you can't write for them anymore. They no longer work with freelancers (or maybe not writers in general), and I'm pretty sure all the...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-24-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,305
Posted By ErinHill226
The editor at Nextag gave me a list of companies...

The editor at Nextag gave me a list of companies that were similar. Most hired Indians, or didn't work with freelancers. I was asked if I'd like to work on site full time with one of them, but I'm...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-08-2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 795
Posted By ErinHill226
For me, it depends. Since I do catalog copy most...

For me, it depends. Since I do catalog copy most of the time, I don't mind writing a couple of descriptions as a trial run IF the client has a unique brand or they want something different from what...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-07-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,797
Posted By ErinHill226
I totally agree! I'm sorry this happened...

I totally agree!

I'm sorry this happened OP. You may blame yourself, but nobody deserves to deal with something like this for being a nice person. You tried to help someone by offering them some...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 11-04-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,236
Posted By ErinHill226
Wow. Dude. I thought I was a fast writer, but you...

Wow. Dude. I thought I was a fast writer, but you have surpassed me. Unless these articles are like 200 words. I could do that. But WOW. You are certainly a busy bee. :D Although, I do see how it's...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-31-2012, 07:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 508
Posted By ErinHill226
Some of those were really funny! And they...

Some of those were really funny! And they reminded me of a guy I've had the misfortune of dealing with recently. Here is one part of a recent conversation we had that really stands out:

him: So,...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-27-2012, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By ErinHill226
I'm with Leland's mommy. It takes longer to build...

I'm with Leland's mommy. It takes longer to build a reputation there by waiting around for a scrap to fall so you can have the chance to write something, but once you get accepted into various...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-26-2012, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By ErinHill226
I have a friend who designs and makes vintage...

I have a friend who designs and makes vintage inspired dresses, and she said customers will also write to her, ask the price, change the subject, and ask the price again more than once just like that...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-26-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 867
Posted By ErinHill226
I have two bank accounts now. I've been with...

I have two bank accounts now. I've been with Woodforest National Bank for two years, and I do really like them. I think they have branches in NY, but not sure about near you. I haven't been charged...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-26-2012, 11:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 290
Posted By ErinHill226
I know what you mean. When I go back to read my...

I know what you mean. When I go back to read my old work, I find that I say one of two things. I'm either going: "Wow. That's really good. I wish I wrote like that. Oh wait... it's mine!"

OR...
...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-26-2012, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By ErinHill226
People who ask how much you charge...

500 times. Am I the only one who gets those? I have been dancing back and forth with this one guy for like... a month? And he has asked what I would charge him at LEAST 5 times. As in, he asked me up...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-25-2012, 08:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 901
Posted By ErinHill226
I sort of combined all advice. I put it nicely,...

I sort of combined all advice. I put it nicely, but left out too many specifics. Giving too much info for free is something I have a problem with. I love giving marketing advice. lol. I really need...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-24-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 901
Posted By ErinHill226
Is there a way to put this delicately?

A guy contacted me the other day about writing some content for their website. Today we chatted a few minutes on Skype, and he asked me to take a look at his site and let him know what could be...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-22-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By ErinHill226
The stealing (or trying to steal) of clients is a...

The stealing (or trying to steal) of clients is a reason I don't list my clients' companies here.

Also, I had one company where it was against my contract to write their company name anywhere on...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-22-2012, 09:26 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,748
Posted By ErinHill226
I think the real issue is relying too heavily on...

I think the real issue is relying too heavily on one site. That is never a good idea, whether that site is paying a penny per word or a dollar per word. You don't have to "start over" if you take...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-20-2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,185
Posted By ErinHill226
I swore off those bidding sites, until I got...

I swore off those bidding sites, until I got desperate for work a few months ago. I hadn't been marketing myself AT ALL, and virtually every client crapped out on me at the same time. I had savings,...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-17-2012, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By ErinHill226
I do have Paypal also, but this company doesn't...

I do have Paypal also, but this company doesn't use it. They're a marketing firm and add their small team of contractor's payroll and issue checks just like all other employees. Paypal charges too...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-15-2012, 08:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By ErinHill226
Unfortunately, my bank can't even TAKE it. So I...

Unfortunately, my bank can't even TAKE it. So I guess the wait would have been very long. lol. Since their bank is owned by TD Bank, though, the manager said I could open an account with them...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-15-2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 620
Posted By ErinHill226
Foreign Money

Does anyone know if cashing a check from another country will cause a significant delay in payment? I know it might vary by bank, but has anyone done it? I work for a company located in Canada now,...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-11-2012, 11:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,542
Posted By ErinHill226
I guess I just go with my gut on issues like...

I guess I just go with my gut on issues like this. In the case of that particular guy, he just was a bit TOO focused on the video chat thing, but wouldn't give me a straight answer when I asked what...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-11-2012, 08:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,542
Posted By ErinHill226
I've used this one too. It seems that every new...

I've used this one too. It seems that every new client has their own preferences, so I try to stay flexible and agree to whatever they prefer. Aside from the one weird video chat guy, that is.
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-10-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,542
Posted By ErinHill226
I like the video interview concept in theory....

I like the video interview concept in theory. It's just unnerving when ANYBODY could contact you through the Internet. I mean, it's not like they could get you to DO anything gross if you didn't want...
Forum: Writing: Freelancing 10-10-2012, 02:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,542
Posted By ErinHill226
And they knew I was female...but not what I'd...

And they knew I was female...but not what I'd look like on a chat. lol. But just having some GUY so eager for me to use the web cam, whether it was with THAT in mind or not, gave me the creeps.
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