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5 Online Tools That Will Help You Obtain Writing Jobs as A Beginner Freelancer

5 Online Tools That Will Help You Obtain Writing Jobs as A Beginner Freelancer

One of the most single-handed best days of my career was the day that I decided to step into freelance writing full time. It was exhilarating, exciting, nerve wrecking and even fearful, but I knew this is what I wanted to do. As a part time freelance writer for several years I had already learned some of the ins and outs of being a freelancer such as how to find work, clients, and resources so when I made the big jump full time I already had a general idea of what needed to be done in order to be successful as a writer. While many of these ins and outs came fairly easy to me I have recognized that those early in their freelance careers have no clue where to begin. Here are just 5 Tools I have found to be valuable in helping me identify work as a beginner freelancer.

Content Mills

Content Mills have been pivotal in the lives of so many freelance writers across the globe. While the pay is no where close to being lavish it is a great way for many freelancers to gain industry experience and also learn the importance of deadlines. The definition of a content mill as defined by a former content mill worker is an Internet subculture where for-hire workers are tasked with writing vast amounts of online copy for a pittance. Think of it as a fast food buffet for those who need content quickly and easily.

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Freelance Marketplaces

There are a plethora of freelance marketplaces all over the internet. A few of these include UpworkFreelancer and Black Girl Group (if you’re an African American woman freelancer). All these sites have one thing in common. They’re all designed to connect companies directly to top freelancers at a fraction of the cost it would take hiring an agency. When I first began freelancing I must admit that marketplaces were a bit overwhelming. I viewed every profile as competition and didn’t want to risk being rejected by clients. After getting over my initial fear I realized that not only was there plenty of work in these marketplaces but there was plenty of work to go around so that everyone could be happy and successful together.

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Indeed

Many beginner freelancers begin the freelance journey with the notion that because they now work for themselves they should never have to apply for jobs again, wrong. Many freelance writing opportunities can be found on sites such as Indeed. Indeed is a great resource for many companies that choose to hire freelancers in order to streamline their freelance writing pool.

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Online Writing Publications

Think of your favorite online publication, the one you read every single day. Now go pitch them. If you’re not familiar with what pitching is, it is when you have an idea for an article and you reach out to an editor to see if they would be interested in publishing your story. Early in my career I wrote for several publications that didn’t pay me and quite frankly I am so glad I did. Having the opportunity to write for free for several online publications not only increased my brand awareness but it also made people reach out to me personally to learn how I could work with them.

Twitter

Never underestimate the power of twitter. I have literally set up an alert to notify me overtime someone tweets that they are looking for freelance writers. So many people view social media in a negative light; however, when used correctly social media has the power to help you take your career not only to another level, but into demographics you may have never dreamed you would be able to reach.

Are you a freelance writer? What tools have you used in order to get new clients? Leave comments below. 

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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