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"You can earn up to $75 per survey, sign up for FREE today!"
If you haven't seen an ad similar to this, you obviously haven't had internet access for very long. Just give it a few more days, young grasshopper. It sounds fast and easy, it sounds manageable, and half the time it even sounds fun. Let's be realistic. Most things you see on the world wide web aren't all they are cracked up to be. Take it from someone who has been an active member of MULTIPLE survey-related websites in the past couple of years, your odds of earning $75 for a survey are so slim they are almost nonexistent. Although, I will admit I am currently an active member of InboxDollars, I am going to reveal to you today why most of these websites just aren't worth your precious time.
The most common complaint I have heard about survey websites is the lack of work. I think we can all figure out the obvious reasons for this issue. So many people are wanting fast and easy cash, but too few companies are willing to dish out the dough for consumer market information, especially considering they could probably get that same information for free if they really tried. When a website is promising you that "thousands of people earn money by completing surveys everyday", they are trying to convince you that they are a reliable, established, safe company. While that may be so, the only thing I see from this statement is: "You will have thousands of people to compete with every single day." So, my point of view might be a bit pessimistic, but honestly, how well do optimists usually fare in the business world?
From my experience, a lack of surveys isn't the biggest issue with these types of websites. Most of the time I can find a sizable list of at least 6-10 surveys to complete. The real issue I have lies in what happens AFTER I have selected a survey. Usually, I can answer 5-6 questions and then, POOF! "Bummer, this survey was not a match." Excuse me? You assured me just a few seconds ago that I was a great match, and I wasn't having any issues with the questions. You see, the company receives information from me in this way, valuable information that they can and will use mind you, but they don't have to pay me because the survey apparently wasn't a match. Oldest trick in the online survey book, and I still fall for it every single time.
Now, I can't complain about something without at least trying to find a positive aspect as well. Luckily, I have found quite a few positive aspects of InboxDollars, annd I continue to use the website. I may not be so fond of their surveys or their PaidEmails (which they has stopped sending me for some odd reason), but I do love their search box, and their coupon section. If you are a thrifty person that likes to clip coupons from the Sunday paper, I suggest you go create an account on InboxDollars immediately, and you should probably sign up for Coupons.com at the same time, now that I think about it. There is a HUGE selection of coupons on these websites. Most of the time you will find similar coupons between the sites. The advantage of using coupons clipped from InboxDollars is that you not only get the savings from the coupon, you also get $0.10 per coupon you redeem credited to your account! I couldn't believe that they are actually paying you to save money, but I have honestly tried it, and I have determined it is legit. As for the search tool. If you set their search page as your homepage, you can search everything you normally would throughout the day, and get paid to do so. You can compare this feature to the Bing Rewards that has become so popular recently.
So that's about it. I just sent a request to cash out $30 from my InboxDollars account, but I also just spent 30 minutes completing a survey before I was informed that I wasn't a good match for the content and was abruptly kicked off. There is good and bad in everything, and online surveys aren't going to be for everyone. If you are interested in trying out a few sites, I would encourage that. Spend a few hours clicking around, see what you can accomplish, then weigh the pros and cons. You might like the concept, you might not, just don't let yourself be deceived by the misleading advertisements that you find floating around the web. No matter how nice a survey sit is, it isn't $75 an hour glamorous, and it isn't going to make you rich. These websites are free to join, and they really aren't kidding when they say "you get what you pay for."
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Just a couple of days ago, I posted a short article that listed tips for Freelance Writers to become more successful in their work. After thinking on it for a while, and dealing with a couple of not-so-easy-to-please clients, I thought that it would be beneficial for everyone reading this, if I posted a short article about how buyers can get the best service from the Freelance Writer that they choose to work with. Some of these may seem obvious (I'm going to point them out anyway), and some of them may seem biased (they probably are, but that doesn't make them any less truthful), but I honestly believe if you operate under these rules, you will be bound to get the best service.
1. Always ask if you could see an example of their work.
Personally, I always try to remember to offer to show the client an example of my work. I want to know that we have a mutual understanding of expectations, and I'm not going to be working for hours on a project just for it to be cancelled or rejected once it's delivered. However, when I am exceptionally busy, this can be a difficult thing to remember. I'm always appreciative of a client that takes the initiative to ask for this. I don't know about other writers, but I have an entire file on my laptop specifically for the work that I present to new buyers. If a freelance writer refuses to show you examples of their work, it is most likely for one of two reasons. Either they know that their work isn't up-to-par, in which case you definitely don't want to buy from them. Or, it isn't something they normally think to do, and they are unwilling to make an exception for you. Either way, you are probably going to clash with them at some point, and you probably need to find yourself another writer. *cough* *cough*
Bonus: If you aren't pleased with the example they send you, move along. Don't be afraid to tell them that they aren't what you are looking for. Rejection is part of being a freelancer, so they are used to it.
2. Remember: Freelance Writer and Fairy Godmother are two VERY different professions.
I am only going to say this once, so listen very closely. I am not a magical, mystical creature. I am not a wizard. I am not a miracle worker. I am not a fortune teller. I am not a fountain of wishes. I am not a keeper of all imaginations. (Though that might actually be fun.) Am I a lifesaver? On occasion. Am I a literature geek? Most definitely. I am a freelance writer.
In case you haven't already figured out where I'm going with this, I'm trying to get the point across that I cannot read your mind. I don't know when a speech is due if I am not told. I don't know how many minutes the speech should last, unless you tell me. I don't know how to describe the bride in your maid of honor speech if you don't describe the bride for me! Sure, I can ask you each one of these questions, one after another, but it really gets old. Sometimes, I swear it's like pulling teeth with the buyer! This wastes both of our time and energy. So, when I have my list of required information in the gig requirement section, it's better for both of us if you just answer all the questions. Like I tell everyone I work with: Even if you think it's irrelevant, send it to me. It helps more than you think.
Bottom line: No matter how much I want to wave my wand and turn everyone into pumpkins sometimes, it isn't possible. Communicate.
3. On another note, freelancers are also NOT personal assistants. (Unless you pay them to be, hey, to each their own.)
I'm sorry your boss changed his mind 3 days after the order was accepted and completed, truly I am, but it's really not a problem I can help you with. I did the work, you liked the work, you paid for the work, so now you're stuck with the work. That's how this works.
No, I will not rearrange my entire daily schedule to fit in your project. Yes, there are people with deadlines ahead of yours and I will be focusing on them first. No, I did not abandon them just because you decided to waltz into the picture. Again, I'm sorry, but you need to find someone who has the time for this kind of commitment. No, I'm not being mean. It would be mean if I took on the project, and sent you unsatisfactory work. Trust me here, I know what I'm talking about.
I know it seems like a bit of a stretch, and to be honest I probably didn't word the messages that harshly, but that is the gist of two messages I have had to send out in just the past week. Some people aren't expecting a miracle worker like I mentioned before, but they are unrealistic in the idea that I am catering only to them and their project. Freelancers understand that we need to be available often, and we need to be flexible, and we need to be open minded, and so on and so forth, but there is a limitation to this. **Think about it. Why would someone start a business as a freelance writer? They desperately need cash? No, that's minimum wage jobs. It's usually because they are a single mother, a student in high school or college, or a person who simply aspires to be their own boss and gain more flexibility and freedom in their life. If we believe that our services aren't the best fit for your project, the odds are we do know what we are talking about. We know the services we provide. We know what we can and can't handle. It would be smart for a buyer to take that advice. Another useful tip: if you have a project that you know is exceptionally large, or even a bit tricky, ask the writer to look over the requirement before you order. Send them a message letting them know that you want them to look over it before you actually send it. This is a breath of fresh air for a freelancer.
4. We like tips too! (Reviews are just as nice...)
Nothing makes me smile more than a client that appreciates my work enough to leave me a tip. It doesn't matter if they decide to tip $5 or $25, it still makes my day. Of course, some people just aren't tippers. Either they don't have the means, or they just choose not to. That's alright too, because when you encounter a freelance writer, you have the ability to give them something just as precious... a 5 star review! That's right, if you like our work well enough to want to thank us, do so with a review. Now, I don't normally fish for tips or reviews, I take what I can get, but they really do make my day a little nicer. You see, our potential clients only know us through the internet. They might be weary of whether or not we will do a satisfactory job. We rely on our reviews to speak for our services. Plus, if you ever know someone in need of a writer, word-of-mouth works great in this situation too! The best way to thank us for our services is to help us get more business, and it's free for you!
What do you think? Do you think this insight will be useful to keep in mind the next time you decide to buy from a freelance writer? Let me know on my social media pages! If you want to test these tips out, come buy from me on fiver with the button below!
Clue: Read a book with over 600 pages.
My Choice: "Blonde" by: Joyce Carol Oates
When I was trying to decide on a book that fit the description for this particular challenge, I ran across a lot of prequels, sequels, series, trilogies, etc. I wasn't really looking for a reading commitment of that proportion. I just wanted a long novel, so I could get this part of the reading challenge over with. The title was really the first thing that caught my eye. "Blonde". It was so vague, it left me wondering what the story would actually be about. When I flipped through the pages and read the description on the cover, I soon realized that this was the story of Norma Jean Baker's life, written from what this author would imagine to be her point of view. Marilyn Monroe. A name that I would soon learn Norma Jean actually despised, a household name around the world. Marilyn Monroe. The epitome of beauty. What I would soon realize she was also the epitome of strength in more ways than one. I've always been an avid believer that as a society, we sometimes begin to bend and twist history until it fits the story that we would like to tell. We remember things the way we choose to believe that they happened, and most of the time we get a few details wrong. I can honestly say, if Joyce Carol Oates got anything right in this novel, then I had quite a few details wrong in my mind before reading this book.
Captivating from the first page, it was. Everything was written very realistically. No one was made out to be the hero, nor was anyone portrayed purely as a villain. Even Norma Jean's mother, who would force her daughter into a bathtub of scalding hot water and consider binge-drinking a daily affair, would be described in a positive light with a soft heart at times. Love triangles weren't actually perfect triangles, there were jagged edges and broken pieces thrown into the mix as well. The characters didn't always think rationally, sometimes they made less-than-appropriate decisions, and sometimes they were left in the dark and unable to see the entire picture. The author obviously held the understanding that sometimes even the people with the kindest hearts and gentlest souls, do some of the most unspeakable things. There was an abortion, a miscarriage, and a failed wedding proposal. There were friends lost, friends gained, and a question of who Norma Jean's true friends were. There was love, and there was betrayal. There were scandals at every corner, though most of them stemmed from good reasoning and were not so scandalous when you took the entire situation into consideration.
Now, I understand that no one will ever truly know how Ms. Marilyn Monroe was feeling throughout all of these different points in her life, and no one will ever be able to put into words her exact thoughts, but this book is probably the closest to the truth that anyone will ever be able to publish. I turned the last page of this novel with an entirely different respect for the woman that I thought I knew so much about. This was an eyeopening story, and even if it doesn't give us anymore true insight into the life of Marilyn Monroe, it will present you a new understanding of some of the hardships that the people in your very own neighborhood may be facing right now. You might start to see life in a different light after you finish this book. I highly recommend that you add this to your 2016 reading list.
Many people have tried to find success on Fiverr, and have failed. They see these "Fiverr Super Sellers", and they get the bright idea that they will reach that level of success overnight. In reality, it just isn't so. You see, Fiverr is a freelance platform. Essentially, you are running your own business. Obviously, not everyone is cut out to run their own business, in much the same way that some people just aren't meant to be doctors, and others just don't have the right skills to be a hairstylist. Anyone can call themselves a freelance writer, but it takes a special kind of person to be a successful freelance writer. Now, in all honesty, if you compare the amount of success that I've attained on the Fiverr platform to that of a Fiverr Super Seller, you might not be all that impressed. However, if you spend just a few minutes in the dark depths of the 'buyer request' section of the site, you'll probably come to the conclusion that I'm not doing all that bad either. In my opinion, I'm doing pretty well for someone like me that puts such a small amount of time into the site. Just like in any other business, you get back what you put in. So, how do you build up an impressive profile on the popular website?
1. Grammar has NEVER been more important!
I have seen it too many times. A seller has a great idea for a piece, but no one messages them from the buyer request page. Why? Maybe because the quality of their English was comparable to that of a 2nd grade student. It's a bit harsh to say, but it's the truth. When you are marketing yourself as a writer, you need to be able to write properly. It's not all about the content, at first glance it's more about the way you deliver the content. Likewise, if you are trying to sell a video editing service, but the video you use to market your service is poorly fashioned, you probably aren't going to get that many orders. This is really a matter of common sense when you think about it, but you would be amazed how many individuals choose to forego the entire "thinking" process.
2. Be a nice person, ALWAYS!
Your buyers are going to be on high alert for any attitude you might allow to seep through. Remember, this is not face-to-face conversation, this is not even over-the-phone conversation (if it is you are actually violating Fiverr policy), this is written conversation. These are online messages. Unless you are using a ton of emojis in your e-mails (which, in my opinion, is not very professional), then you must keep in mind that the person(s) you are communicating with cannot read your emotions. They simply read what you write. Professionalism is usually the best way to go, but even professionalism can come across as cold or distant. You don't have to necessarily be friends with your clients, in fact I would advise against that, but being nice is very good for your business.
For example: someone asked me to write a best man speech for them to read at a wedding they would soon be attending. They sent me some pretty terrible ideas as to what they would like to talk about in the speech, so I let them know (politely) that they might want to reconsider. Professionally, if I had written what they requested and turned it in on time, I could call it a job well done. However, I took it a step further and decided to save them the embarrassment they would have to face at the ceremony if I had used their original ideas.
So, remember, always try to do the right thing when you are doing business.
3. Use shameless self-promotion on social media to your advantage.
So, you have a Facebook account. You have a Twitter account. You have a Tumblr account. You have a... must I go on? The point is, you probably have more social media than you can keep up with at the moment, and followers from more countries than you care to count. Why can't you do some self-promoting on these sites? I'm definitely not encouraging you to bombard your followers with a ton of spam-like promotional messages, that's actually counter-productive. I AM, however, encouraging you to tweet a little update on your work day, or maybe instagram a picture of your latest project. It gets people interested in your work. Even if they don't need your services, they might know someone who does. Word of mouth is one of the most surefire ways to build up a clientele. Another DON'T for social media would be creating an account specifically for your business. While this is useful in some ways, I find it to be repetitive and boring as well. First of all, time management is one of the most important skills to have in the freelance business, and if you really start to crunch the numbers, you might realize that you are putting more time into these "special" accounts than they are actually worth. Especially, when your personal account would work just as well. A business account is more than likely just going to attract business people, and business people are usually apt to do their own writing. So how is that earning you any new buyers? Now, if you are weary about making your personal account public, then I understand why you would create a new account. You just need to take into consideration your specific situation. You know what's best for you.
These are just a few of the tips that I would give to anyone who aspires to become a successful freelance writer on Fiverr, or any other platform for that matter. Brush up on your skills before you try to market your services, be nice to everyone you encounter, and do a little bit of self-promotion on social media, but don't go overboard. If you follow these three steps you should be well on your way to forming a very successful business.
You use PDF files at work, at school, and at home. You have so many of them that you can't count them all, and they are cluttering up your computer files. Maybe you want to move them from one device to another, or store them on a separate drive. In any of these cases, and some more that we didn't even mention, you might want to merge your PDF files. If you don't know how to do this manually you could do a quick search on Google, or find a tutorial video on YouTube, but that takes too long and you risk not getting it done properly in the end anyway. So, don't you wish there was an app that would do the entire process for you with just a simple drag and drop feature? Guess what? There is! It's like they say: there's an app for anything. Even luckier for you, this app is completely free to download and use!
When I saw this special offer, I knew my readers would appreciate this. Even if you don't have a project in mind that you might need this for right now, it would be and handy thing to have.
You can download it right here: http://www.freepdfutilities.com/app/pdf-merger/
Welcome! I know many of you may be familiar with the blog that we previously run on www.sierrawoodcock.com. You see, the problem was, the blog wasn't updated very frequently, and we noticed that it became a bit more of a spam page than a blog. With the new year, we decided to step up our blogging game, as well as redesign the entire website! (Just in case you hadn't already noticed.)
This blog is going to be like taking a glimpse inside of my mind when you read it, filtered of course, and a bit more organized than my Tumblr blogs. There will be posts about literature and writing obviously, there will be contests, opinion pieces, and television reviews. Pretty much anything you are looking for can be found here.
Like I said in the bio, you are encouraged to participate in blog conversations, start conversations, and share on social media, but please be polite. There is enough negativity in the world without you creating even more of it. Everyone is welcome here.
I hope you all enjoy the updates to come on our blog!