Steven Rich has shared his remote work story with us.
I am a remote content writer with marketing and SEO training and experience.
I am a remote freelancer.
In 2009, I left POLS Attorneys as the Manager of their Marketing Department. Then, I set myself up as a remote content writer for global clients. I never looked back.
I tried internet cafes, park benches, beaches, and coffee shops. I found them too distracting with people, cars, and sand. My home is my castle and work place.
Caribbean Islands with beautiful beaches and warm weather appeal to me. I would work inside a rented apartment or a hotel suite.
Promoting my services and competing against other global remote writers were my initial challenges. Once I developed an impressive portfolio I was able to use it to land clients based on my experience.
Gaining Google #1 SERPs for many of my writings helped me to get clients. Also, when the Google Featured Snippets started around 2018 my writings were selected for many of them. I currently have 65 snippets to my credit.
The COVID-19 business lockdowns created millions of remote work at home writers who compete with me when I look for remote writing gigs. More competition from writers asking lower fees tempts cash strapped individuals and companies to hire them. Yet, there are companies seeking high-quality writers and willing to pay them including me.
I communicate with global clients by email, Skype, and Zoom. I used Slack and Google Docs. for clients who preferred them.
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I start with Word and Google Docs. for clients requesting them. After my first draft, I use several spell checking and grammar programs like Grammarly and Grammark.org. Also, Hemingway Editor helps me to spot and correct run on sentences.
Since 2009, I upload blog posts onto clients' self-hosted WordPress sites. I like working with WordPress as its easy and user friendly.
As I answered above, I work in a totally tax-free country. I am very organized and produce monthly invoices for clients to pay me. Managing my business doesn't take much time.
Content writers and copywriters need to create an impressive portfolio online and as a Word Doc. file to send to potential clients and employers. Experience counts heavily with gaining new clients.
Niches work too. A Jack of All writings and Master of None doesn't help. I created niches in U.S. legal and real estate industry writings. As a result, many U.S. real estate brokerages and related industries hire me. U.S. and global law firms hire me too.
Only to write educational articles on LinkedIn to teach writers about the many laws we face. Like how to avoid Copyright and Plagiarism violations.
My most famous article is titled, "U.S. Companies can Legally Hire Foreigners Living in other Countries" which got over 157,000 views, 879 Likes, and 504 Comments. You can view it at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/us-companies-can-legally-hire-foreigners-living-other-rich-mba/
I wrote the above-mentioned blog post: "U.S. Companies can Legally Hire Foreigners Living in other Countries" because U.S. companies thought I needed an immigration visa and a Green Card (work permit) to write for them. This blog post showed them that it's legal to hire me remotely while living outside of the U.S. It generated a lot of business for me.
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