Are you interested in landing Upwork jobs? If you applied recently but were rejected…you’re not alone.
If you’ve already got an Upwork profile, perhaps you’re cheesed off about the fact that starting in July 2019, you have to pay to bid on jobs on the most popular platform for freelancers. (You’re not the only one — you can see 133 pages of reactions from Upwork users here.)
Or perhaps you weren’t active on the platform for a month — and discovered Upwork had hidden your profile from clients’ view. To make it stay public even if you’re inactive, they’d like you to pay $14.99 a month for their Freelancer Plus level (recently raised from $10/mo.)
Yes, you’re not crazy. Changes are afoot at Upwork — and freelance writers have mixed feelings about whether they’re good or bad for pro writers. If I don’t miss my guess, more changes will be coming down the pike, too. (Upwork didn’t respond to multiple interview requests.)
To find out what it all means for freelance writers, I spoke with many who use Upwork — or who’ve tried to sign up recently.
Yes, you may know that I firmly believe writers should find your own clients, rather than trusting their career to the whims of online intermediary platforms…but I know many writers find them useful.
So I’ve got a report for you on what the new changes mean, and many tips on how to succeed in finding jobs on Upwork today.
If you’re looking for online writing jobs, the cannabis industry may be one of the fastest growing markets for freelance writers.
Just how big of a niche market is the cannabis industry?
With more and more states opening the door to medicinal and recreational marijuana use, it’s an industry that’s expected to generate more than $10 billion in revenue this year, according to market data.
And that’s very good news if you’re a freelance writer.
Now there are growers, processors, sellers, dispensaries, cannabis equipment suppliers, tech companies, and product manufacturers competing for a piece of the pie.
There’s also a growing list of online writing jobs in the cannabis niche cropping up. For example, this summer Entrepreneur magazine launched Green Entrepreneur to cover the business, technology and lifestyle aspects of the cannabis industry.
And it’s one of many places to find online writing jobs in the cannabis niche. Check out these 15 cannabis markets for freelance writers:
Have you ever wished you could find out what editors really think when they read your pitches and stories?
Now you don’t have to wonder, because eight editors have shared their biggest freelancing pet peeves in the Freelance Writers Den’s semi-regular “Ask An Editor” Den meeting calls.
I’ve boiled down reams of transcripts to bring you the choicest remarks about writer mistakes from a mix of consumer, trade, and company magazine editors. Check out these freelance writing sins and learn how to avoid doing the things editors hate most:
I’ve always wanted to be a freelance writer, but I found myself asking that age-old question “what niche could I write in?”
So I started exploring micro-niches — topics that are very narrowly focused but related to larger niches. That exploration led me to launch The Hirsutism Hub about a health condition where abnormal body hair grows on women, usually associated with more well-known conditions like diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and obesity.
My site launched in 2011. Today, it averages more than 20,000 viewers monthly and has been mentioned in New York Magazine, Yahoo Style, and Women’s Health. It’s also given me the credibility to write about health topics for other sites and brings in some monthly side income.
Here’s how a micro-niche can work for you:
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