Quick Tips : How to Get an Online Writing Job – 5 Quick Tips

I have been pretty busy this week and have written several articles, so my mind is a bit slow today. But yes, I made a promise to write 1 post a week, and I’m keeping it.

Breathe.

123.

Again, I am not the best writer out there. Well, that’s the point. If I can get a writing job, there’s no reason for you not to have one. During college, we were required to take Journalism classes. One of the exercises was to make an essay in Filipino. To be honest, I didn’t exert a lot of effort. I thought it was going to be very easy. Uhm… my article was rejected. I literally cried for hours and I thought writing wasn’t for me. Oh well, I just tried harder. After all, I really wanted to write.

That’s just a back story. But what have I learned from it? Writing can be fun, but it is definitely SERIOUS. If you don’t put your heart in it, you’d get rejected. OUCH!

If you want to land an online writing job, I have here some very, and I mean, VERY practical tips.

  1. READ

And avoid sticking to your favorite topics. I can’t say you can’t have your favorites. I personally love crimes, murders and all those bloody stuff. But if I keep on reading the same things all over again, I am just hindering myself from learning more. Try to read as much as you can. Read newspapers, magazines, blogs, or even comments from the readers. By doing so, you can have your own style. Well, I’d be honest. I’m not good with news writing because I tend to give my opinion. Nevertheless, I still read it.

  1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT

The key is to play with words. Standards and perfect grammar are there as guides. But if you stick to the norms, your article will never stand out. It’s just plain story – telling. I bet that it wouldn’t be able to connect with your readers. I have read a lot of nice articles, substantial, I must say. But that didn’t captivate my senses, simply because , it was plain.

  1. WRITE FROM THE HEART

When people say I write good articles, I always say that my heart writes. I just type what my heart wants to say. When that’s done, editing follows. Trust me, it should be very easy.

  1. PLAY PRETEND

Oh gosh! I love this. Sometimes when you write, especially for an online writing job, you need to wear several hats. My first online writing job required me to be a gamer, a health expert and even a member of the LGBT community. Apart from reading, you must love to observe your surroundings. How do people talk? How do they react? How do they see things?

  1. CREATE YOUR OWN BLOG

Apart from sending your impressive resume, why not put up your own blog? Most employers would require you to send sample articles. Quite frankly, that’s time consuming. Before I applied for a writing job, I made sure that I had an active blog. I really think that they don’t dwell much on what you write on your resume. They are really after your writing technique. 🙂

I guess this is it for this week. My daughter is pulling my hair so I guess that’s my signal that we need to play.

BA is a young mom of 2 wonderful kids. She has high ambitions and would like to touch hearts. If you wish to write her a message, please send it to ba_isla@yahoo.com   

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The Traffic is Bad – Now What? – How to Kick the Problem’s Butt

I had no idea what to write for this week’s post. Geez.

Ok.

Deep breath.

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I am writing this while I’m inside the cab. So, thank you Manila traffic. 🙂 

Ting!

And just like that, an idea for my next post came in.

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Here, I’ll ask you a question. Ok?

When challenges come your way, what do you do? How do you feel about being thrown with problems that you honestly believe you don’t deserve?

You ask me the same thing few years ago and I’ll tell you this.

I’d punch my wall, kick my bed and break whatever is right in front of me.

Yes, I was very hot headed. If things don’t go my way, I’d curse the entire universe right away. I thought that by doing so, I can somehow lessen the pain. That can be true. But the fact remains, my problem is still there. UNRESOLVED.

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Wait, I need to get down from the cab. I’m at Century Mall now, which by the way is a great place to relax. It’s not congested… yet. I’ll write again in a while.

I went to ‘Fully Booked’ to satisfy my cravings for ideas and playful words but thought I needed to save money so I’d skip book shopping, for now. Or maybe I’d go to BOOKSALE next week. Let’s see. 🙂 

Ooh, perfect spot to sit. While waiting for someone, I’ll write first.

Where was I? Ah, yeah. That HULK in me years ago. Let’s continue.

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I remember one time, my dad told us a story from his childhood.

When he was swimming, his foot was accidentally caught in a rope. To make matters worse, he was under water. I don’t know why there was a rope. Perhaps, he was swimming beside a boat or something.Point is, that wasn’t the best thing to happen if you are under water.

Well, he could have drowned.

Obviously, he survived. The question is, how did he do it?

Here’s the trick…

He was CALM.

He didn’t panic. Instead, he held his breath and went down deeper to free himself from the rope. Can you imagine if he panicked? Chances are, the rope would twist in random direction. If lucky, then perhaps the rope will loosen on its own. But I tell you, the possibility of making the condition worse was 10x more. If my dad panicked, he might have ended his life then and there. If he panicked, I wouldn’t be able to write this lesson in life. 🙂

Now, what am I trying to tell you? I’ll give you 2 quick key takeaways.

1) When it seems that you are being bombarded with challenges, keep calm. It is only when you are calm that you can think efficiently. It is only when you are clam that you can create the best counter –attack plot.

Then act on it.

If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. In my father’s story above, had there been someone beside my dad, then maybe he could have helped him. Things could have been simpler. Right?

Look, it is impossible to not have someone to talk to. God is everywhere. Say a little prayer and ask for courage and guidance.

Plus, you can easily send messages to your friends, right?  You can join clubs or if you can’t leave home then join online communities. Read self-help book. But don’t let your anger eat you. It will just prolong your agony. And that would just add wrinkles on your face. Nooooo!!!!

Never panic because your problems will only make you stronger. Yes, I know it’s cliche but I thought you needed a reminder. Just think that you are in some sort of maze. It’s exciting actually! Say this, “Keep the challenges coming, I am not backing down you @#$%^&&** (just kidding).

2) Lastly, Traffic isn’t bad after all (unless you seriously need to go to the bathroom). Instead, you can use the time to do productive things. Why not plan your next travel? Or think about your future business? In my case, I used ‘traffic’ as my inspiration for this post. You see people, this isn’t just about traffic, but I am speaking about life in general. If you can’t change the things that are happening around you, then change your attitude towards that. I promise, your life will be so much better.

Yes, so there. I think I’ve said my piece for the week. I still need to teach my son for his upcoming exams. Good night.

P.S.  I hope you had a great Valentine ’s Day. I did. 🙂

BA is a young mom of 2 wonderful kids. She has high ambitions and would like to touch hearts. If you wish to write her a message, please send it to ba_isla@yahoo.com   

Working in Pajamas – Featuring Work from Home Mommies

I am a work-from-home young mom. Yes, I am.

Some of you already asked me, “What exactly do you do?”

Basically, this post will give you an idea on how a work-from-home mom ‘works’, and perhaps jump to being one.

In 2010, after I have learned that I was pregnant, I tried to search online for job opportunities that would not require me to leave the comforts of our own home. Then I found www.onlinejobs.ph (you have to create a profile and obtain a decent proof id score to be able to apply). The concept is similar to that of JobsDB and Jobstreet where you can submit online applications. The only difference is, almost all the job offerings in that site are well, online *laughs*. This includes, but not limited to, Virtual Assistants, English Tutors, Webmasters, Graphic Designers, Video Editors and Content Writers.

DING!

I am a content writer.

Quick Back Story

Different employers will have different setup and requirements (obviously). My first one was for a Malaysian employer where I learned a lot about SEOs (Search Engine Optimization). After that, I was hired by a US employer and I lasted for a year, then I stopped. Well, you read my story about going back to the corporate world, right? If not, please check here. Now, I am working for another foreign company with a number of Filipino writers. Most of them are young, so luckily we get along just fine.

I’ll try to answer some of the questions that my readers have been asking me about my job. If you want to know more, just comment or drop an email.

Do you need to pay prior employment?

BA : No. It’s for free. If your ‘employer’ is asking for money, forget about it. There are so many employers out there.

Do you have to be an expert in writing?

BA : Not really. But of course, you need to know the basic grammar. It helped that I took AB Communication and that we had Journalism classes. If you are a wide – reader and you have that love for words, I say give it a try.

 How do you get paid?  

 BA : My previous employers paid me through paypal. It’s not hard to set up an account. My tip, get a UNION BANK debit card. That was the account that I linked to paypal. Five years ago, it was only that card that the system accepted. But man, maybe it’s different now.

For my current employer, they send the payment directly to my BDO account. Some employers will pay you by week, and some will pay you twice a month.

How much do you get?

Ooooh, enough for me to buy what we need and somehow what we want. Plus, I can still save some dough. But for the new ones, the average would be around $300 – $350.

From what I have noticed, those who earn big from online jobs are the programmers. If you are one, then go for it.    

What is your work shift?

BA : Ok, I have 2 online jobs. One is a part time job from my previous company where I make business reviews etc. (MWF, 8:00AM – 12:00NN). The other one is my full time job as a content writer (Mondays – Fridays, 2:00PM – 11:00PM).

 Do they monitor if you are online?

 BA: Quite frankly, they do not strictly monitor if I am working or not. But that doesn’t mean that I take my work lightly. I log in and log out as necessary and I try to complete my daily task. However, there are some companies that would take screenshots from your computer just to see if you are really working.

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There. Am I missing anything? If yes, you know the drill, OK?

I am sure you can think of the pros of working from home, but I’d still give you a list.

  1. You don’t have to wake up early.
  2. You can say goodbye to stressful commutes.
  3. You don’t have to wear makeup (definitely good for the skin)
  4. You can save a lot (transportation costs, food allowance, wardrobe) Imagine having extra cash for the kids and for your beauty allowance. Oh my gosh!
  5. You can say goodbye to office gossips. Not healthy at all!
  6. Lastly, more time with your kids. Now, nothing can beat that.

However, you need to discipline yourself when you are working from home. Definitely, you’d have distractions. That can be your TV, or your baby crying on the side, or your landline ringing. I guess I will make another post about how you can manage yourself when you are working in your jammies. I don’t want to make this post long. 🙂

And we are getting bigger! YAY!

The number of work-from-home moms is increasing! I was able to talk to two of my friends and asked them few questions about their work. Go ahead, scroll down.

Mommy number 1, Pom Reyes – Corpuz is a mother of 2 smart and adorable little angels. She is currently the Regional Quality Advocate dedicated to one of Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) top global multi – national clients. Her role requires her to ensure that all processes agreed between the client and CWT is implemented and followed across various markets in Asia Pacific.
Mommy number 1, Pom Reyes – Corpuz is a mother of 2 smart and adorable little angels. She is currently the Regional Quality Advocate dedicated to one of Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) top global multi – national clients. Her role requires her to ensure that all processes agreed between the client and CWT is implemented and followed across various markets in Asia Pacific.

How were you able to get the job?

POM : “Prior to joining CWT, I spent 8yrs as the Program Management Manager at CWT’s local partner. After I left, I spent a couple of months in Concentrix working as the Manager of their Travel Desk when I received a call from CWT offering this post. ”

How do you balance your time between work and your kids?  If you used to work with an 8 – 5 job, what are the changes?

POM:  “Working from home has its pros and cons – not having to wake up early in the morning and worrying about the rush traffic is definitely a plus.

You only miss out on the daily office grind which includes missing out on building work relations with your peers. This is well compensated with spending more time with your kids- being part of what you discover together as they grow up.

It is definitely a juggling act but life in general always is – the only difference is you now have more personal time at hand.”

Tips to young moms who would like to work from home

POM:  “If you are given the opportunity to work from home, grab it. Nothing beats spending quality time with your kids but at the same time achieving your career goals.

It’s up to you to weigh the balance between wailing kids or diaper changes and juggling conference calls and client reports all at the same time.”

I was able to personally work with Ms. Pom few years ago. In fact, she was one of the superiors that I mentioned from my previous post. I know for a fact that she is smart and is really a master of time management. I’m not surprised that she can finish a report and still review his son for his exams. Congratulations to him and to you of course, for being number one, AGAIN! 🙂

Mommy Number 2, Mars Opulencia - Ramos is a mom of 2 lovable and oh so cute kiddos. As of the moment, she is a content writer and researcher for a US – based employer. She usually writes about health and local events. Apart from that, she looks for topics that are worthy to be researched on.
Mommy Number 2, Mars Opulencia – Ramos is a mom of 2 lovable and oh so cute kiddos. As of the moment, she is a content writer and researcher for a US – based employer. She usually writes about health and local events. Apart from that, she looks for topics that are worthy to be researched on.

How do you balance your time between work and your kids?

Mars: “Since my login time is 9am to 5pm, I help my eldest get dressed for school, make sure he eats his breakfast, and bring him to his school. In the afternoon, when it is almost dismissal time, I logout, fetch my son and bring him to the tutorial center. When we get home, I login again and render the remaining hours needed to complete my shift.

As for my daughter, who hasn’t started school yet, I make sure she eats her breakfast, prepare her bath, and then play with her for a few hours up until my shift starts. Sometimes, when my work is not that hectic, I stay beside her and together we would watch movies or her favorite TV shows.

After my shift, we eat our dinner and then I would prepare our baths, tidy them up, and more bonding moments in the bedroom before we go to sleep.”

Tips to young moms who would like to work from home

Mars: “The key is always time management. It can be quite hard working full time and being a full time mother at the same time. Be sure to always have time for the children and try to finish work ahead of time so that there would be more time spent for the kids. It’s really a different feeling when the kids know that you are “at work” despite being in the comforts of home. Also, be grateful that you are given the chance to work at home and look after the children and be there for them when they need you the most.”

Mars and I graduated from the same school and well, we are almost the same age. I really admire her dedication as an employee and a mother. She is definitely the queen of multi – tasking. Imagine writing an article and then rushing to your son’s school. Supermom indeed! I have also seen her posts and photos and I must say, she really spends quality time with the kids.

Last Words

I have to thank the wonders of technology for paving way in having these types of work-from-home jobs. As for you, why not take advantage of it?

Now, if you can’t resign from your office job, it’s not really a problem. Here’s a tip for you. BE HONEST. Ask your superiors or employers if there is a possibility to work from home. You’d be surprised how understanding companies are right now. Just give it a try! 🙂

I hope this helps and I hope you enjoyed the weekend.

BA is a young mom of 2 wonderful kids. She has high ambitions and would like to touch hearts. If you wish to write her a message, please send it to ba_isla@yahoo.com