Saturday, May 30, 2009

When life throws you a curveball...

This month has had some crazy ups and downs for me, work wise. To start with, I’m undergoing arbitration with a company called www.net-arb.com, to get money due to me from a client. The process is quite similar to a court of law; you get a chance to make an opening statement, present evidence, counter-question evidence presented against you and conclude with a closing statement; after which the arbitrator makes a decision (hopefully in your favor!). Will keep you posted as to the outcome of this process.

Next, I was contacted my Ezine Articles where I regularly submit my articles (http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Usha_Krishnan_Sliva), to inform me that my article had appeared on Associated Content, but under someone else’s name! Right enough, the person hadn’t even bothered to change the title of the piece, but had copied it word for word with his name as the author!- http://writechoiceforyou.blogspot.com/2009/05/when-your-article-gets-ripped-off.html.

And finally, I received a notification from Pay Pal, which asked me to reset my password. I sent off an email to www.Paypal.com to verify this request, and they came back to me to say this was a phishing attempt, which they are now trying to sort out.

So there you have it! Three very different attempts to cheat me, at three very different levels. I’m quite excited though about the opportunities I’m receiving to learn something new each day, even if it’s how to counteract fraud and copyright attempts! Take what’s thrown at you and learn from it and not matter the outcome, you will emerge victorious!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Alexandra Brown's Silver Mastermind Group

I joined Ali Brown's Silver Mastermind Group last month. So far, I've received her magazine and participated in her teleconference call. I love her enthusiasm and motivational spirit. If you feel you need an extra 'push' to get you going, or don't quite know where to start, then a great place to begin is her 'Silver Mastermind Group'. In addition to her fab magazine, you also get access to her training and coaching sessions.

Check it out on the link below.


Ali Brown's Silver Marketing & Motivation Mastermind


When Your Article Gets Ripped Off!!

I recently submitted an article, 10 Ways To Write Killer Sales Copy, to http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Usha_Krishnan_Sliva. For those of you who receive my ezine-Getting It Write!, you would have read this article on the 20th February 2009 issue.

So, surprise, surprise, when they contacted me to say that someone had already used this article and sent me a link. Clicking on the link, I found the same exact article (the person hadn't bothered to change even the title!!) on Associated Content, dated 15th April 2009; under a different author name!

It really ticks me off when people assume they can 'borrow' articles, without author permission or link-backs! Please don't do it folks. It takes us time to research and write an article, and while we are mostly happy to share our work, we really would like credit (or money ;) for it. It's copyright infringement and will treated as such.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

8 ways to have a flourishing writing career during recession

No matter the state of the current economy, you will find certain companies continuing to rake in the big bucks and certain individuals continuing to amass their wealth. It doesn't matter the kind of business you are in, or if you work part time or full-time. As a freelance writer for example, you may elect to put in only a few hours of work each day. However, it's what you actually do in those few hours that counts.

Creating a successful business is built on a number of time-tested principles.

1. Stay in touch with potential clients: Someone may have once mentioned they would be looking for a writer, designer, marketing consultant etc. in the near future. Nothing might have materialized from it, but keep them on your potential clients list and send them annual or bi-annual updates. They are more likely to contact you if you remind them of your existence.

2. Continue to build on existing relationships:
Never hesitate to ask a current client if they need additional work. You'll be surprised at how many do, but have just been busy or sidetracked and have never come to you with a request. If you are too shy to ask, then send them a short reminder email to say that you appreciate their services and list the additional services you/your company offers.

3. Be competitive: You don't have to go down on your price, but you can offer extras in terms of regular communication and updates, quicker turnaround time and longer revision periods.

4. Expand your services: Having a niche is great. In fact, most people who specialize in a certain area find they can earn far more money doing this. However, keep in mind that you can also expand your niche to include related services.

5. Study and learn
: You always need to update your knowledge. Take online courses, join evening classes or just read as many books you can. There's always something new that can be learnt.

6. Make excellence a cornerstone in your business: How can you exceed your clients expectations? How can you better yourself and your services? Customer service is the key to keeping clients and never slack off on it.

7. Explore underused avenues:
Visit job sites and see if you can bid on projects where there's less competition. You may need to conduct in depth research into this subject matter, but the returns should far exceed the investment you make.

8. Always have a goal plan in mind:
You plans should include short-mid-long term goals. Revisit your plans frequently to see if you are indeed meeting your goals and exceeding them.

© 2009 Usha Krishnan Sliva
Freelance writer Usha Krishnan Sliva has years of article and copywriting experience. To get more free tips and writing ideas, subscribe to her ezine-Getting It Write, today.

Monday, May 25, 2009

5 Easy Ways To Write For A Magazine

Pick up a writer’s guide and you’ll see thousands of magazines, each looking for contributing writers. You can be one of them, and even if you’ve never written a piece before, it’s easy if you follow the basic guidelines:

Know your main target audience: In this case, it’s who the magazine readers are. They will be your core audience and your article should always be written keeping them in mind.

Tell a story: All articles, even those written for trade and technical publications have a story to tell. And a story includes at the very minimum a beginning, a middle and an end.

Start off with a bang: The first line is often the most important line. If it doesn’t grab the reader’s attention, he may not bother to go further or may just skim through the article. Make an impact by starting with a strong opening; a quote, comment or statistics are all great ways to begin.

Keep the content interesting: Facts are important, more so in an article that talks of trade, finance, business or health issues. However, along with facts and figures, include some fun and interesting points to keep the readers interest going. Comments from people are excellent and make for more interesting reading.

End it well: Your readers have to finish the article, satisfied they have either learnt something, or have some food for thought. Don’t leave them hanging or guessing, but instead, always end your articles with something that they can take away with them.

© 2009 Usha Krishnan Sliva
Freelance writer Usha Krishnan Sliva has years of article and copywriting experience. To get more free tips and writing ideas, subscribe to her ezine-Getting It Write, today.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What Every Freelance Writer Should Know

Have you visited this site as yet? It's called Daily Freelance Writing Tips and on it you'll find some great ideas.

I recently wrote a guest post for it, on 'What Every Freelance Writer Should Know'. You can have a look-see on

http://dailyfreelancewritingtips.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/guest-post-usha-krishnan-sliva/

Happy writings!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

3 Investments With High ROI's

There are a number of ways to invest in your career which will provide you with high ROI’s. It’s important to remember that while a lot of investment can be FREE, at times, you may need to PAY to get something that is of true value to you.

Investment # 1: Self Investment: Brian Tracy speaks often of this. In his book, Focal Point, he says that 3% of your income should be re-invested back into your learning. Whether this is a high investment or a low investment is not really the point. While it’s good to have a regular figure to set aside each month into learning and knowledge gain, this may not always be possible. Work this backwards. Make a list of all the things you really want to learn, which will improve your writing and your business skills. Perhaps it’s a business writing course to help you widen your target market. Or an online marketing course to improve your marketing strategies. Once the list is complete, think of how you can best achieve them. It may mean doing some free online courses in order to save your money for a paid business writing course. Or you can buy books and subscribe to ezines and gain your knowledge from there. Often, online courses are more affordable than a college or university held campus course. Research your options thoroughly and do what’s best for you.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Web Hosting Sites

I've been working on updating my website and the first thing I need to do is change my server host. A few kind folks on Twitter recommended some sites and in addition to that, I've been doing a lot of reading on this subject matter.

The following are some web-hosting links I've been researching. Check them out if you're stuck for ideas:

http://www.neosurge.com

http://www.fatcow.com

www.usebluehost.com

www.sitehost4u.com

http://www.hostwithstanley.com

http://www.godaddy.com

Let me know if you have any recommendations I could add on!

Word Play Of The Day

She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Work with FOCUS and DETERMINATION

Have you ever found yourself distracted and getting caught up in a number of other projects when it was time to work? It may be that you need to follow the 50-20 RULE. This simple rule will allow you to:

-Take control of your work hours
-Work more efficiently in a shorter period or time
-Work less hours than you want or need to
-Get paid the same or even more than if you were working long hours

Sounds impossible? It's true and you can learn more about it in my latest addition of my FREE Ezine- Getting It Write. It's out today and to subscribe, simply fill in your email and name in the square to the right!

Happy Writings!

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Word Play Of The Day

I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian ..