Last year, I decided to try my hand at a little freelance work. The idea was to make a few extra bucks on the side doing what I love to do — writing. And with coronavirus in full swing, I had lots of extra time at home after work to focus on a side hustle.
Upwork is one of the most well-known freelance platforms out there, so I chose to join. It has been a little over six months since my little experiment, and here are the pros and cons I have discovered.
If you have marketable skills and can…
As a freelance writer, reviewing and editing your work can be challenging. Your freshly written content is your baby, after all, and it’s not easy being your own critic.
Editing your writing doesn’t have to be stressful, though, as long as you have a checklist in hand and are diligent in ticking off the boxes.
Here’s my checklist that helps me produce clean copy every time. It’s geared toward blog articles but can also be used as a foundation checklist for other types of writing.
Step 1: The Form
Shannon Cheesman is a marketing specialist by day and freelances as a writer in her spare time. You’ll find her at Blue Blossom Writing.
Five years ago, I left a career in television news to instead pursue a career in marketing. I learned some valuable things during that time that I carried with me.
I will share those with you in a moment, but first, let me tell you a little about my former career. I worked at three different stations — two in Oregon and one in California.
I was never on camera (unless I happened to be in the background during a newsroom shot, which happened periodically). Every once in a while, a friend or family member would mention that they spotted…
When you find a way to make a little extra money online that works and actually pays decent, it’s worth sharing. Last year, I became a user experience (UX) tester for UserTesting, and quickly became a fan.
I get the opportunity to test websites and applications for top brands and give them valuable feedback. And then I get paid $10 for each testing session I complete (each one takes just 15 to 20 minutes of my time).
It’s a win-win.
How a target audience intuitively navigates a brand’s website, or application (on either a desktop or mobile device) is extremely…
We Just Go Slower
I actually grew up a skinny girl, and throughout my 20’s and mid-30’s, I remained relatively thin. When I was young, I never thought much about what I ate because no matter what I put in my body, I never really put on too many pounds. I was young and active, and my metabolism was strong.
I am now a statistic. On Jan. 3, 2021 (just a few days after we officially closed the chapter on 2020), I became ill and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The new year was not going to be kind to me, I discovered. Instead, I was about to get a crash course in experiencing COVID-19. Here is what I learned after testing positive…
I remember waking up in the morning feeling like I might be coming down with something, and within just a few hours, it was hitting me like a freight train. Suddenly I could not keep my eyes…
“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” — Thomas Mann
Agreed — writing is tough work, even for seasoned writers like me who have spent their entire career stringing words together for a living.
Tools help, and there are some simple ones I use that are quite useful. Some are new, some are old school, but they all help me improve my writing. Here is a list of my top five favorites and some bonus ones at the bottom of the article that I would like to share. Take a look:
I first noticed the adorably energetic three-legged dog one night while out for an evening stroll with my husband. Our walks are one way we fight the boredom of spending so much time at home since the coronavirus pandemic began. Spending time outside, even though we have to wear masks and be concerned about getting too close to others, keeps us sane.
We are fortunate to live in the beautiful city of Coronado, California, where the outside is plentiful. …
My college years are long past me now, but I remember being perpetually buried in reading and writing assignments. I studied English, which came with the territory, but I would throw in a few easier classes here and there to break up the workload.
I gravitated toward art history classes, mostly. I found it very relaxing to sit in an auditorium with the lights out, look at beautiful pieces of artwork on a screen, and jot down notes. It was a nice reprise from the rigors of my regular studies.