Passion.

She was A grader all throughout her graduation. Rosa was happy back then. Now it has been a year, being an employee of one of the best company. She was growing well, but not as well as a girl of her potential should have. Rosa just couldn’t understand what was pulling her behind. She had started feeling a deep hole inside her. But didn’t knew what would fill that up. Lying on her bed she was trying to solve the puzzle of her sadness.She remembered the days of her graduation when she would be super excited and happy on the result day, as if she already knew that she was going to top the class. Where was that confidence now? When did her power of focus lost her? Why has her productivity streak betrayed her? Where has that passion to exceed vanished? No answer!

Frustrated she got up. She wanted something to fulfill her desire of self esteem urgently. She hurriedly went towards the cupboard and took out her academics file. She opened and began turning it, admiringly touching each of her result certificate. As she kept on doing that, she came across a page hidden between her mark sheets. As she turned the page she saw a beautifully sketched women. A rush of excitement went through her. She hurriedly started turning the album for more and found more.  She hurriedly got up and went back to her cupboard and took out her old portrait book. Admiring each one she reached to blank page. To her surprise she felt a strong urge to sketch and went on with it. Next day when she got up she was feeling happier for she had found out her love and passion back again! She got up to get ready for the office. Now everyday she would sketch her way to success!

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A difficult decision!

She was walking for quite a long time now. Lost in herself, unaware of the surroundings. Rosa had decided to explore the nearby forest today, but her mind was engulfed by the wild storm of statements, each one contradictory. She had to convey her final decision by tomorrow morning. It was a big opportunity for her but the company was in New York. It meant shifting not only to other country but altogether to a new continent, where there was no one she could call her own. She was afraid. It was going to be a huge change. It was not until her sandal broke that she realized she had forgotten to put on her shoes for the walk. The path was full of stones and mud. She looked around and found that the forest was really dense there. She removed her sandals and began to walk. It was getting difficult for her now. She stopped and was thinking that should she return back or not, when she heard a slow sound of flowing water. The musical sound drew her towards it and she resumed her walk again.

Stones were now beginning to make their mark on her feet but she continued whatsoever. After a long walk, the darkness started reducing and she saw an opening from the trees. A crystal blue floor caught her attention. She paced faster and when she reached there she was awestruck. A small waterfall had emerged out of the cracks of mountains giving way to the a fast flowing stream. The water was beautifully blue. There were numerous flowers of such amazing colors that her heart felt astonishment and happiness at the same time. She sat down at a rock there and put her feet in the flowing water. It was only when she looked down at her feet, she realised that blood was flowing from many places. The path has pricked and injured them. But she didn’t care, for if she would have gone back, she wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience this heaven. She was feeling a sense of achievement and pride. She was now ready with her decision. Rosa was going to say ‘YES’ tomorrow!

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Keep your cup empty!

Raven stopped by her desk. It was already one hour past the leaving time. Florence was hurriedly pouring down her thoughts in form of words, answering a question asked at her blog forum. Looking at her, Raven said mockingly “ Hey still working? Come on Florence, we all know you are the best person for the age old technology our bank works on! It is never gonna be changed. We are not at some International ABC Bank that we need to be make ourselves a supertech! Why do you waste your time exploring these different technologies and what does this blog of your serves? Give it a think-over, you can always enjoy that time of yours partying with us” he winked and smiled. And before Florence could think of an answer, he took his jacket and went out of the door whistling carefree! She gazed at him till he disappeared from the corridor.

Re-visualizing what just happened she laid back on the chair and started thinking what would she have answered him. A small doubt started blooming in her mind but before it could take its monstrous form, her phone rang. She picked up the phone unwantedly and answered “Hello”. Suddenly the voice of the lady grabbed her attention, the words coming out were making some very unexpected sense. “Hello Florence, this call is regarding an opportunity at an International ABC Bank. We consider your profile to be very suitable for an opening of Technical Head. In-fact our manager seems to be quite impressed by your knowledge and technical expertise! Would you be interested?” Her automatic reaction was “Yes, yes of course. I.. I would be glad.!” Sensing a very positive excitement, the lady at the other side gave a slight motivating laugh and then said “So let us meet tomorrow at 10 am at our office in ……” Florence unconsciously interrupted her and said with a childish excitement “I know..I know the address”. She was trembling and short smiles bursted on her face.

But something amused her and so she asked “Out of curiosity, if you could just tell me, that how did you shortlist me, as I never have even uploaded my profile on any job portal.” And Florence was astounded by the answer the lady gave, “Our manager is an ardent follower of your blog and so am I! Its very enlightening!”. The rest of the words faded, as her face brightened up with a wide smile, a smile of happiness, a smile of relief that all her doubts were put to rest. She felt pride, that she always had for herself internally. Pride for what she was doing, ‘Keeping her cup always empty’!

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For those who want to earn through their passion for WRITING! (Part 2)

Hey extremely sorry for writing this one a little late, got involved with something important. I know you have been waiting for this one, since it is gonna open the door for you to adopt writing as your earning job! Today I will be giving you genuine reviews and opinions of various writing portals through which you can earn. These are my own experiences of-course. Read my previous blog before this one where I have talked about building your portfolio and social presence. Read it at ‘For those who want to earn through their passion for writing (Part 1)’.

Now coming to the point, after creating my background in writing, I searched for various freelancing sites and got various names such as:

1) Freelancer

2) Peopleperhour

3) Upwork

4) Elance

5) Guru

6) Fiverr

7) iFreelance

Remember that this are not chronologically based on their credibility and their services. These are not specifically for writing but offer various fields for freelancing. The first one I tried was freelancer.com. Got immediate responses and was awarded an project the very first day. It was long term project where I would have to write article for the client 5 to 6 days of week and it was agreed that maximum would be 4 articles per day. The rate agreed was $1.5 per 500 words. Although, I started getting work immediately from many clients, but the website always made me feel suspicious since the clients were not very professional, nor do they communicated through the website platform or through mails. They communicated through Skype and gave descriptions of the articles to be written. Even the file transfer was through Skype. There was nothing even made official on freelancer.com.

But I kept working for them and they told me that they would me paying after a week. And the week came and went away, I kept my patience for 2 more weeks. One of the client’s account was deleted on freelancer and whenever I confronted him on Skype there was no reply! Although one of client paid me through Paypal but that too very late. So in short you are gonna get immediate work on freelancer but there is no guarantee if you will be paid or not.

But I have learnt to never regret anything and the experience made me learn lot of things, like which kind of articles are required to be written, the general defined duration for specific words, the way to escape through Copyscape and many more things! After this experience, I stopped using freelancer. But I wouldn’t recommend you to not even try it. Try it at least for 2-3 weeks. You get work, learn a lot and if you are lucky you will get paid. But please try it as really its an immense learning experience that you will realise later, as I did.

Then there are Upwork and Fiverr. These sites are reliable and good ones but then you have to be good at what you are doing ie. writing in this case, to get work. You need to show creativity here, starting from creating a fabulous profile and bio. This is what will fetch you work. But I didn’t try them much. I started concentrating more on freelancing sites which are specifically for writing. Although I would certainly recommend you to consistently work with 3 sites:

1) Fiverr

2) Upwork

3) Peopleperhour.

Persistence is the key and once you get established in these sites you would be earning really good. Guru.com doesn’t have much work for writers, so just once in a while browse for jobs here.

Now some really good sites specific for writers:

1) iWriter ( My personal favourite!)

2) Dotwriter

3) About.com

4) Listverse

5) Hubpages

6) Textbroker (only for US citizens)

7) Cracked.com

All of these have different systems of operating, but are really good ones. You can earn a lot even from a single article, but very high quality content is required. The first and second websites are the ones you should really start from. iWriter is simply the best, you never have to worry about payments here! Although there are different levels of writer like standard, premium, elite and elite plus. You would be starting from standard writer and will earn very less amount of money, but you will earn and as you progress slowly to higher levels you will be earning really good. I just love their system and modus operandi. It is a very organised and systematic website. Dotwriter is similar, but has very less amount of article in writer’s pool. You can sell your article on marketplace here too.

I would advice you to work late in nights in IST zone because the articles comes in more numbers during night. Keep a cup of coffee ready and sleep during days. Although I don’t do so myself, I work throughout the day and still earn really good. When I was a standard writer I used to earn about $100 in less than 5 days. I was only working 3-4 hours though. You can earn much more than that. It just depends on your stamina and how long your mind can support you to write quality articles. Don’t keep on writing simply because you want to increase the numbers or earnings. Write till you give quality stuff because the reviews will affect your ratings. Now I am a premium writer and earn pretty good!

I love writing in early morning hours. Even if I ddin’t get articles on iWriter, I always invest certain amount of time daily to my own blog. You have to invest in yourself everyday. Don’t let your portfolio go down anytime. Keep working on it continuously. So these were some of the tips and reviews of freelancing websites. I would keep on giving you more tips on the writing stuff whenever I will find more.

Just keep following! 🙂

Oh I forgot to give you some homework I wanted to: Research about every website I gave you today. Read there reviews from other sources as well and make accounts on every website you think are worthy of. Please do it before I publish my next blog. I am really strict about this! ;):)

* Even before doing the homework I am advising you to first and foremost register yourself on iWriter (This is my recommendation for all beginners!)

For those who want to earn through their passion for WRITING! (Part 1)

Hey, today I am going to provide you with some insights and tips on how to carry your passion for writing, one level higher and to earn through it. This blog is going to be a little longer, but read it till end.:) Read my previous blogs before reading this one:

1) Dedicated to all job haters;):)

2) How to leave your job and join your passion? (Part 1)

3) How to leave your job and join your passion? (Part 2)

Ok, so whatever you love to write let it be articles, stories, blogs and so on, basically it should show that you have capability of a writer. You have a good grasp of the language, its grammar and spellings. And most importantly you should be an avid reader. You should keep yourself surrounded by world of knowledge by reading a lot. It will boost your imagination and creativity too. If you don’t have the above qualities then start developing them, if you really want to make writing as your career.

Earning through writing, by only writing in a niche is surely the way, but its not the way to start your career as writer. You may have to write on any weird topics and boring ones too, like review on a fishing reel or a business plan of truck shop in your initial days. This is when your writing skills get tested. You love writing well and good, because than you won’t find yourself lethargic towards developing some skills too. And no need to join courses and classes for it, Internet is what you all can turn to, for help. Read tutorial books on writing, and keep on reading more stuff, any field, any topic. Because, some or the other day, it will certainly be helping you. Read some good quality blogs and articles. Read about some great writers and their work. Even if you don’t grasp and retain the topic info, at least it will help you improve your language and writing style. This regimen will also require you, to write more and more. Write on different topics, let it be of your interests, just write, because writing will enforce the skills you are learning.

This was all about improving your skills. Now lets start about, how to make yourself established in the world of professional writing. The very first step, as I have mentioned in previous blogs too, is creating your portfolio! Now how can you do this? Its very simple, start your own blog. You can start it on various blogging platforms like e-blogger, Tumblr or even your own website. Having your own website is the best option, if you are thinking for long term. It would need a web hosting domain and a website buyout, not much of an expense, some comes at very cheap prices too. But even if you are not ready for investing, then the blogging platforms are not a bad idea too to start with. I myself had my first blog on Tumblr. Its a great blogging platform giving you lots of customisation control on your style and the best part I like is there would be no advertisements shown on your blog.

Now you can blog about a particular niche or on variety of topics. But I would recommend to keep your window slightly large because this point you are master of no one field. But if you are, well and good, just start writing. Always make sure to make the blog engaging and such that the readers would like to come back again and again. But do not concentrate too much on making followers, you may have none tot. Its not a cause to worry! You simply have to deliver quality stuffs. Because this is going to be in your portfolio and the reviewers are going to look certainly at your work! This is what I have experienced myself.Blogging is a time consuming stuff, because you have to show some really quality stuff and in more number they are, it is better. I kept blogging for about nearly 3 months before starting as professional writer.

And one more thing that you need is, to make yourself very existing and active on social media. Create your own brand. I had this very opportunity because I already had an online fashion store called ‘Playfully Bold’  and I used this brand name for creating my presence online particularly on Twitter and Facebook.

Be consistent, tweet and post daily about the topics you are interested in and are blogging about. Learn some tips and toes of tweeting like how to include proper hashtags, tweet about trending topics and much more on various tutorials available online. Always try to post and tweet something interesting and engaging, and you will gain followers very quickly. I got my first 300 followers within 30 days. You would also, believe me. Be on Instagram and Pinterest too. Create an online page about you on sites such as aboutme.com. I have one there. Induce it as your signature in your e mails and just provide its link to somebody who wants to know about you.

This all tips for social media can be even followed if you even just want to establish yourself here. I would even recommend short courses on website like udemy.com. You will get some of them even free!

Becoming successful on social media is really a way to showcase your personality and reviewers would be surely looking at it! I really had to start from a zero in social media because I didn’t even have a Facebook account then! If you want to go one step ahead then you can use Youtube as well, for introducing each of your blog or even talking about some interesting topics.

Now, this was about establishing your portfolio and marketing yourself on social media. The next step is to start freelancing. There are various good websites for it. We will discuss freelancing and some good websites for writers in our next blog. I think it is getting a big longer. I will publish it as soon as possible, so that your link doesn’t break. Keep following me! 🙂