Unprofessional "professional"websites

Dear business owners- don’t make ridiculously complicated policies that make customers NOT want to contact you.

For example- this “email policy”from the Black River Outdoor Center in South Carolina

If You Contact Us by eMail …please use relevant wording in your eMails such as “Subject:Kayak Tour Info”or “Subject:I want [...]

Pssst…. It's all about the money

I can’t say this where I WANT to say it,so I’ll say it here.

One of the sites I write for is a revenue-sharing site and I get a LOT of money there for very little effort.

Other writers,apparently not so much.

On the forums,they were discussing how much they got from [...]

Pay Yourself First

write for your own websites

I always get annoyed when I find myself devoting a lot of time writing for other people’s websites. The pay isn’t fantastic,but I research my keywords and make sure that the job is well done. I know that the people paying me will end up making more in [...]

What's your goal?

I just read- once again,a post from another freelancer asking other writers how they balance their time online. It’s too easy,without a plan,to get distracted into twitter or FaceBook,and discover at the end of the day that you haven’t really made any money. Here are a few things I’ve done to [...]

Such a lovely life

Aerial Picture of Roche Harbor

We vacationed in the San Juan Islands last week. Actually,we stayed on Whidbey Island and visited San Juan,as well as Port Townsend,Fort Worden State Park (Where An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed) and Deception Pass.

In the past,when my husband’s income was our family’s [...]

Purpose of a Business Plan for Writers

The purpose of a business plan is to keep a company focused on its objectives and to provide a record of goals and show the plan for reaching them. A business plan shows investors and lenders that you’ve got your act together.

For a writer,going through the process of [...]

Tax Deductions for Clothing

Deducting clothing expenses from your income tax can be tricky. Sometimes,it is legal to take a tax deduction for clothing. Tax deductions can reduce your overall tax debt at the end of the year,saving you money. You can legally deduct both purchased clothing and donated clothing.

Deducting Work Clothes

Clothing purchased for [...]

Someone is blowing smoke.

Or perhaps it’s $5000 worth of helium.com

I think in the past few years I’ve known one or two moms who have made decent income from Helium.com. They both said the same thing,that the bulk of their income came from the Marketplace articles,that Helium sells to other clients.

When you look through the [...]

Saved by the [browser,bell]

Ok- that weird symbol thing in the title can be explained. When a client asks you to “spin”an article,you’re supposed to give them interchangeable words in brackets,so that they can turn your article into an infinite number of identical-ish articles just by spinning it.

Here’s an example:

I went to the mall [...]