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Tips for media freelancers

Tips for media freelancers

Blogging? 7 Opt-In Ideas to Entice More Subscribers

A subscriber is a valuable tool! It means that there are people who are truly interested in your niche and who are waiting to hear what you have to say next. If you sell, or are thinking of selling products (either your own or as an affiliate), your list contains the people who are most likely to buy from you. Your subscriber list also helps to entice advertisers and affiliates to your blog. Subscribers are your regular readers, who have a trust and faith in you.




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Want to say goodbye to your full-time job and take on the freelance life? Venturing out on your own may seem idyllic, and it is in many ways. Of course it also entails long hours of solid hard work, requires self-confidence, self-knowledge and expertise in your field, marketing of your services and selling your brand. Before you take that final look at your boss and close your office door for the last time, read what real-life media freelancers have to say about a freelance media career.

Articles sourced from a variety of websites, articles by Safrea members originally published on www.themediaonline.co.za.

Safrea: home to hundreds of media freelancers

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Are you a media freelancer? A freelance journalist, copywriter, copy editor, photographer, videographer, graphic designer whose work has been published in the media? Go have a look at the website of the Southern African Freelancers’ Association (Safrea) where several hundred of your peers are registered members. Join this virtual freelancer community and tap into a pool of freelance expertise – including how to grow your freelance business, determine your rates, market yourself, convince clients to use freelancers in a recession, convince non-paying clients to pay up, and find answers almost any conceivable freelance problem or question you may have.

Freelance life one year on: Things I’ve learnt

Freelancer Sharn Rayment  (@SharnLRshares what she’s learnt after one year in the business: “In January 2014, I decided to quit my appallingly awful full-time job and go freelance. It was a ‘brave’ decision, people told me. It’s too confusing, doing your own tax and that, they said. It’ll be hard work, they added. Well, it’s a good thing I’m a hard worker then, isn’t it?”

The Dark Side of Freelancing

When we are not tied to one job or employer, we are the masters of our own destiny. It creates a tremendous amount of freedom. But as researcher Barry Schwartz observed, “On the other side of liberation sits chaos and paralysis.”


5 things that continually surprise me about freelancing

Freelancer Tiffany Markman about non-paying clients, putting business before writing and how to make more money.


Twitter for noobs

@safrea’s @josinjozi tells what she learned about Twitter from @rayjoe

Freelance journalist Gus Silber shares nine things he learned about writing

And who better to learn from?

Freelance writing: Dealing with rejection

If you are working as a freelance writer or are at the very least attempting to sell your writing, you have more than likely been rejected. We all have. In fact, rejection can be likened to a rite of passage. If you haven’t been rejected, it’s most likely because you’ve never sent your work out to anyone.


One for the shooters: Survival tips for the aspiring conflict photographer

No professional soldier is sent to war without extensive training. Photographers who operate in exactly the same battle space without any training, experience or proper preparation put themselves in increased danger and potentially put others around them at risk also.

Seven tips on how to survive in photojournalism

At a time when the print industry is fighting to survive and anyone with a digital camera can call themselves a photographer, veteran photojournalist Konstantin Zavrazhin offers this survival guide for those interested in becoming pros.

The end of the full-time salaried job

There you go, all you free agents! Companies are hiring more free agents, also known as contract workers or freelancers, than ever before because they save money and acquire niche expertise to solve specific business problems.

10 kind things you can do today to help another freelancer

Just because freelancers work alone doesn’t mean that we have to totally do without the kind of help that co-workers traditionally give each other. As freelancers we’re not really alone. There are a lot of us out there (and our numbers are growing every day). Through social media and other online connections, we can help each other out.

Surviving the challenges of freelancing

Article by Safrea’s Grant Cyster in the Star of 18 April 2013

Excellent advice from the Washington Post: Avoid these when writing!

freelance writerrWashington Post Outlook section editor Carlos Lozada writes: “After I saw the ‘iconic’ post, I thought you’d enjoy this running list that we keep in Outlook of words and phrases we should avoid. (I just added ‘iconic’ to the list.)”



Stop working for free!

Better have a look at this chart…

5 essentials to boost your freelance productivity

When you work for yourself, the workload pendulum can swing wildly from “laid back and relaxed” to “overwhelmed and stressed.” (ViaFreelance Central)

10 reasons to freelance in 2013

Safrean Tiffany Markman talks about the ups and downs of freelancing in 2013. From her column, The Stable Door – Issue 17, as published on Freelance Central.

Ten habits of successful networkers

Networking is building mutually beneficial relationships … nothing less, nothing more. A successful network connection requires a mutual understanding from the start that it is about “what I can do for you” as much as it is about “what you can do for me”.

Seven tips for freelance writers to get new clients from LinkedIn

When it comes to finding writing gigs, freelancers know that social media may not be the most appropriate place.

Financial signs freelance writing is not for you…

pocketA lot of people have the wrong idea about freelance writing. Being able to write 500 words on a single topic doesn’t mean you’re cut out for freelance writing. Even having impeccable writing skills doesn’t mean you’ll have a long, successful writing career. That’s because freelance writing is part craft, part business. Without the financial habits of a successful business owner, there’s a low likelihood that you’ll make it as a freelance writer. Some signs freelance writing isn’t right for you…


Freelancing and motherhood – is it the perfect combination?

Thirteen years ago I resigned from my job in corporate communications to enter the heady world of freelancing. I wanted greater work variety and the freedom to choose my working hours – not only because these things appealed to me more than the rigidity of…

15 Stress busters for freelancers

Freelancing – as a writer, editor, designer or photographer – is a tough gig with lots of pressure, says Roxanne Reid.

Cruising the freelance highway

Where did the time go? Twenty-five years have passed and the last day of work has arrived. Two and a half decades at the same company. Who would’ve thought? Time to collect that gold watch and ride off into the sunset of long-awaited retirement, writes Grant Cyster.

Three reasons why freelancers are safer during a recession

With gloomy forecasts and ever-decreasing red numbers dominating the news we’ve been keeping a eye on what the state of the economy means to freelancers and contractors. And it’s not all bad news!

You, freelancing and the taxman

You’re well on your way to making a living out of the articles you’ve managed to sell to various publications? You’ve mastered the art of writing a killer query, you can match any deadline and you have a little black book full of editors waiting to publish your next gem. So what’s the catch? The catch is that you don’t get to keep it all – SARS will want their share of your hard-earned profits and it’s best to be ready for them with… Moira Richards offers some sound advice in the latest of our series with SAFREA on freelancing.

20 tips to make your travel stories sing

There’s nothing quite as enticing, for the armchair traveller, than sinking into a comfy couch to read about places you’ve never seen, and never been to. And it’s a travel writers job to immerse you in that world. Caroline Hurry, editor-in-chief of Travelwrite, offers 20 tips to travel writers on how to make their copy sing, and keep those readers engaged with their travel tales.

The hardest part of freelancing

On the April 30, 2010 I said goodbye to my career as a high school English teacher. I inherently knew that writing was my passion. I had been writing poetry since an early age but had never ventured beyond this art form. However, it wasn’t like I was completely new to writing – I obtained an MA from Stellenbosch University and had written many essays as a part of my studies.

About small talk and job mining

SAFREA member Jaco Wolmarans used to shun cocktail parties – until he realised how much business freelancers can win at these networking events. Here, he gives some seriously good advice on how to get it right.

Five behaviours to keep freelancers sane

There are many great benefits to being a freelancer, whether you’re a writer, editor, proof-reader, designer or photographer. The advantages include the wide variety of work, the opportunity to work from home (or any location you choose), being able to set your own office hours and being your own boss. By Safrea’s Tamara Oberholster.

Five rules of freelancing I found and didn’t always follow

I pursued lots of advice in my young freelance career. A lot of it has been good. A lot of it has been repetitive. In fact, I’ve heard five pieces of advice perhaps more often than any others. Funny enough, they may be among the pieces of advice the ones I still have the most work to do on mastering.




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