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Friday Freebies #5 – Fabulous Finds

Friday Freebies #5 – Fabulous Finds

Copy of Copy of Fabulous finds for You & Your blog

Hello and Happy Friday! This week I have included a number of free fonts and images along with the usual ebooks, ecourses, website apps, etc. And don’t miss out on the Just for Fun freebies from Smashwords which are available for the whole month of July.

Ebooks

At the time of this writing, these eBooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

Writing a Book a Week – Alex Foster

Learn how to be profitable writing a book a week for Kindle and other book sites. The process is a true test of discipline and character. Alex shares ideas that work for writing under this model and the motivation and mindset it takes to succeed. 4.5 star out of 5 star Amazon rating.

Email Marketing: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Profits – Larry Ellison

Email Marketing: Tips and Tricks To Maximize Profit sheds a powerful beam of light on what procedures you should implement to increase your sales and ultimately increase your profit. The focus of this Ebook is not only on what you need to concentrate on in your day to day business operations but it also gives you a keen insight into how your customers and potential subscribers perceive your communications. 5 out of 5 star Amazon Rating.

Make Money Online: 7 Effective Ways to Make Money Online – James Botello

7 Ways to Make a Side Income Online is written in a comprehensive manner to let the readers explore various ideas of earning an income online. This book will show you the step by step explanations of different types of media for providing a better understanding to amateur users. The online media platforms are very easy to maintain and do not require any huge investments as other businesses do. With minimum investment and modest involvement, you can expect generous returns. 4.5 out of 5 star Amazon Rating.

Webinars

Two Essential Strategies to Grow Your Email List – Melyssa Griffin

On Tuesday July 19th, Melyssa Griffin is hosting a webinar and sharing her top two list-building strategies that helped her grow her list from 2,000 to 30,000 subscribers last year. There will be two showings so claim your spot for 11 am PDT or 5 pm PDT.

Downloadables

Creative Market is at it again with some fantastic freebies to download. Just click on the picture and it will take you there.

Mix Redux by Mikko Sumulong

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Mix Redux is how your name is written on a mailing label, perfect for handmade and DIY themed projects.

Unique Magazine Mockups by Aleksey Belorukov

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Unique Magazine Mockups is a series of high quality mockups. It includes 22 exclusive mockup magazines in 3 views giving you endless opportunities for distinctive scenes creation.

 

Watercolor Feather Set by Just Create

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Hand painted watercolor set of feathers for transparent backgrounds, layered fileelements, and seamless patterns.

Hand Crafted Vintage Logos by Markydtt

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Hand drawn vintage style logos that are 100% editable with free fonts included.

Volume 1 Texture Pack by Ryantheweave

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The pack includes 12 custom made vector textures. Each texture was uniquely made from high quality photography and developed carefully to provide you with a range of subtle effects to give your art that perfect amount of grit and grain

Link Ups

Mama’s Gone Crafty is now hosting a weekly crafter-noon party on Sundays. If you have something creative to share, stop by her blog to link up and share. Every participant can have a chance to win a FREE month of blog advertising and be featured in a weekly Fab Finds Post.

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Just for Fun

For the entire month July over at Smashwords they are offering a huge selection of free ebooks in all genres. Just click on this link, add any of the books to your shopping cart, and enter SFREE at checkout.

Here are a few that I found interesting (just click on the individual book covers and it will take you right to their Smashwords page):

now that I am mature

grace bible study

self help 101

Inspirations

operation camilla

finding your career

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.

Freebie Friday #4

Freebie Friday #4

Friday Freebies

Hello and Happy Friday! This week I have included a number of free fonts and images along with the usual ebooks, ecourses, website apps, etc. And don’t miss out on the Just for Fun freebies from Smashwords which are available for the whole month of July.

Courses and Classes

Writing for the WebOpen2Study

Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This course brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, and structure and search engine optimization.

What you will learn:

  • how to structure a web page
  • considerations for search engines and accessibility requirements
  • making your content scannable
  • using keywords, headings, lists and links
  • matching your company’s tone of voice
  • creating a content strategy and style guide
  • and many other things!

How to Get More Twitter Followers – Kelsye Nelson

In this three day course, Kelsye will show you:

  • how to gain an average of 500 quality followers
  • how to get the right people to follow you
  • her favorite tool for managing following and saving time
  • her hack for fast growth without buying ads or followers
  • how to avoid mistakes that get your account flagged and locked

Fonts and Images

Bloggers that are horrible at taking pictures (like myself) are constantly looking for free images to use on their blogs. I am regularly on the lookout for images that match my blog topic and fonts that I can use with my Pinterest and Twitter images.  This week, Creative Markets (a new favorite place of mine) is sharing a number of both fonts and images for free.

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Graphic Design Services

Pixlr

Make every moment beautiful with Pixlr’s family of photo editing apps.

BeFunky

Free yourself from complicated software and design the way you want.

YouiDraw

No signup, no download! You can draw, create logos, and design.

FatPaint

Make pages, vector illustrations, logos, edit photos and design products online.

Fotor

Free online graphic design tool. Design your photo, banner, poster, or card online!

Just for Fun

I absolutely love reading and find it a great form of relaxation. Some people like to take vacations, I like to find a comfy spot to sit, unwind, and escape in a good book. For the entire month July over at Smashwords they are offering a huge selection of free ebooks in all genres. Just click on this link, add any of the books to your shopping cart, and enter SFREE at checkout.

Here are a few that I found (just click on the individual book covers and it will take you right to their Smashwords page):

the journey journal

Fox Island

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Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.


Self-Publishing Webinar for Bloggers

Self-Publishing Webinar for Bloggers

I usually save this for Freebie Fridays, but an exclusive webinar just came through my email and it is for tomorrow July 6th.

Are you a blogger or online entrepreneur hustling to find reliable income streams? Have you considered writing books, but you aren’t sure how to do it the right way or if it will really be profitable? Bloggers are uniquely positioned to be successful with self-publishing, and Barrie & Steve will show you the exact steps to leverage your platform, content, and expertise to build recurring income.

Barrie Davenport Co-Founder Authority Pub Academy

Barrie is a certified coach and top-ranked personal development blogger who is the author of 11 books and counting. She has used self-publishing to boost her online business and income and to attract coaching clients and over 600,000 monthly blog visitors.

Steve Scott Co-Founder Authority Pub Academy

Steve is a multiple best-selling author who has built a full-time 6-figure business around self-publishing books, with over 70 books and counting. 

In the webinar you will learn:

-How to nail down profitable book topics based on your blog niche

-The best ways to use your blog content to write multiple books

-The secrets to writing multiple books a year, even if you’re super busy

-How to ensure your books stand out from the crowd and fly off the shelf

-The best way to turn your blog followers into raving book fans

If you want to take your blog to the next level and turn your content and expertise into an income stream, this FREE webinar is just for you. Just click on the image below to take you to the registration page.

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Is Freelance Writing the Right Career for You?

Is Freelance Writing the Right Career for You?

Is Freelance Writing the Right Career for You?
Is Freelance Writing the Right Career for You?

So, you are thinking about becoming a freelance writer? When you first start out, it is more than a life without a boss to report to, a time clock you no longer have to punch, or working wherever and whenever you want. Freelance writing is not for the faint of heart. It takes hard work, dedication, persistence, and the ability to self-manage your time and tasks.

But don’t let me scare you away from your dream of writing. Freelance writing offers you the opportunity to make money working part time to pay off some debts, full time to make a decent living, or something in-between to afford you the extras in life.

Just the Facts

Did you know that the average pay for established freelance writers is $28.50? If you work 40 hours a week, every day of the year that is roughly a $60,000 annual salary. The salary goes even higher for skilled bloggers and technical writers that are able to create SEO quality materials for specific niche markets.

A Freelance writer has many career options and can branch out into several different career paths including:

  • Copywriter
  • Skilled (Niche) Blogger
  • Editor/Managing Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Marketing/Sales Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Editorial Director

What it Takes

Are you tired of the lack of creativity in your current job? What about the mundane 9 to 5 routine and boring work?  For me, add in a job that is not well-paid and you have my current working situation.  Freelance writing opportunities can open the door to a fulfilling career of stringing words together like music and outputting quality work with solid information that consumers want.

If you were to look at the typical job description and tasks for a freelance writer, you might see the same theme of buzz words:

  • Strong drive
  • Solid organizational and time management skills
  • Flair for words and the ability to pitch stories
  • Must be able to write books, create/update websites, develop brochures and scripts, and conduct research
  • Must have the skill to promote (advertise) and distribute (market) written and electronic materials
  • Has the ability to conceptualize books, stories, brochures, manuals, and website content

The typical skill set of a freelance writer includes:

  • The ability to spell. If you can’t spell, then invest in a great dictionary and utilize an effective spelling-checking tool on your computer.
  • Know the rules of grammar and follow them. If you aren’t sure when to use punctuation or when to start a new sentence, you might want to take a college course in grammar. Also, consider installing a free application such as Grammarly on your computer.
  • Must have the ability to write well. If you can’t write well, take a college course, free online course, or start off with a blog to learn how to craft well-written and clear content.
  • Make sure you can proofread your work. Your grammar and spell-check software can only do so much. Make sure you know how to spot errors, fix them, and create the best-finished product.
  • You must know how to research and fact check your information. Before you quote a source, hit post on your blog, or submit a project to your customer, you must always make sure that you have thoroughly researched your topic, cited your sources, and have factual proof for any claims that you make.
  • Know how to market yourself. Freelance writing is one field that requires you to not be modest about your work and abilities. You need to be able to sell yourself and market your talents.
  • Have the ability to communicate both written and verbally. Freelancing requires you to be able to send pitch letters to potential clients, communicate with editors and/or other writers, and have verbal/written interactions with clients about current projects and stories.

If everything you read seems like the dream job,  then freelance writing is the right career path for you!

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