We’re always looking for new writers here, at the moment we have two excellent staff writers that help give a different perspective on deals and consumer credit: Arielle & Chuck. I’d love to get more people writing for this site so I thought I’d quickly outline the process and also give you an idea of the type of content we’re looking for. Here is how to get started:
Submit an article that you think readers of Doctor of Credit would find interesting. We currently pay $50 for every guest post that we use on this site.
You can help make sure we have plenty of Quick Tips in the future, and make US$50 if yours is published! A Quick Tip is a mini-tutorial of around 500 words, or a screen cast of under 5 minutes in length. In general it would only cover one main point or technique.
You need to be able to proofread your own writing and have a minimal amount of typos and grammar errors. (If you can not proofread, and lack the ability to catch most of your grammar errors, this job is not for you)
You will need to accept payment via PayPal.
Knowledge of WordPress is a plus.
This is a telecommuting job, you can write at home or wherever.
Nugg is one of the hottest startups in the medical marijuana space. If you are passionate about joining a dynamic company that is quickly becoming a leader in its space, Nugg is the right place for you, and we’re hiring a creative writer.
Based in Los Angeles, Nugg is a high-growth on-demand startup that provides patients across California with easy, quick and professional access to medical marijuana.
What you’ll be charged with:
We are looking for an awesome freelance writer and curator who knows how to use technical platforms to find and deliver rich, brand building content. This role is responsible for producing written work for our blog in the form of articles, checklists, research reports, and more with the goal of advancing our editorial calendar and mission.
Benefit to you:
Besides compensation in the range of $10-15 per article ($.02 per word), you earn the opportunity to become a published author within America’s next great industry — cannabis, as well as be labeled a thought-leader in the realm of medical cannabis.
As a hub for new moms, we want to publish content that helps moms with children from newborn up to toddlers and of course, expectant moms. A lot of our readers are first time moms, so if you have content that is really helpful to a first time mom, that’s a bonus!
We welcome contributors from all walks of life, not just moms. If you’re an expert in one of our categories that can help moms we want to hear from you too.
Payment: $50+ depending on the length and style of content.
Includes byline with link to your website.
We are primarily looking for tips for our e-mail newsletter, WorldStart’s Computer Tips. This is published daily to 300,000 readers and focuses on tips and tricks the average computer user can utilize. We are also seeking feature articles for our website covering any and all aspects of computing.
Types of Articles & Payment:
We prefer to pay through PayPal, however, you will be responsible for any PayPal fees.
As writers, many of you may sit at your keyboards hacking away forever to either reach your deadline or finish just one more paragraph. However, what do these seated hours do to your body physically? How is our circulation affected and is there a fix-it? Today we look at how to Write and Stay Healthy with Carla West. I am pleased to have Stuttgart based, personal trainer, Carla West assist us with some writer-friendly ideas on how to overcome the physical torments of writing.
As you are clearly a very busy lady, I especially thank you so much for taking the time to share your message, so I will bounce right in.
TWS: Having gone through your site, I simply love your ideas and outlooks. How would you summarize your philosophy about fitness and health?
Carla: Thank you so much for all the lovely compliments! I am very honoured to be interviewed by someone like yourself.
My philosophy is very simple: Do what you enjoy.
Whatever form of training you enjoy, do it. You are never going to stick to an exercise routine that you hate. It might take some time for you to find what you like. I love doing a combination of things and pushing myself to the next level in every form of exercise I do.
That being said, there is value in every form of training. Whether you do yoga, Pilates, running, boxing or weight training. Whatever it is that you enjoy – just make sure you stick to it. Be consistent. Do it multiple times a week. Set goals. Soon enough exercise will become a habit and something you even look forward to, not a chore. And of course support your training with good nutrition; fuel yourself so that you can perform at your best. Stretch, use a foam roller. Give yourself days off to let your body repair and recover.
Basically, just take care of yourself.
TWS: Do you have any ideas on how we can perhaps increase our circulation while writing? It would be great to get our articles out and work out! Heaven knows, with the hours we put in, we too could look great! This may be a long-shot, but is it possible?
Carla: Of course it is possible! Luckily short bouts of aerobics, strength exercises, and stretching in between emails and writing can help improve fitness levels and heart health.
Here are a few tips:
Always take the stairs – take two at a time for a real leg burn.
The Seated Leg Raiser – While seated, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower the leg(s) back to the ground without letting the feet touch the floor. Repeat (alternating legs if raising them separately) for 15 reps.
Perfect your posture – perfect posture is a must for long days at the desk. Adjust the chair height to make sure the feet, hips, and arms are at 90-degree angles to the floor. Engage the core to keep the back straight throughout the day. No slouching allowed!
Shoulder blade squeezes – For improving hunched posture, squeeze your shoulder blades together for 10 seconds, release, and repeat.
Wrist stretch. Stretch your arm out in front of you with the palm up. With your other hand, grab your fingers and lightly pull them down to stretch your forearm.
Back twist. Sit up straight in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right and hold. Alternate sides.
Neck rotations. Drop your chin and roll your neck. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.
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15 min Workout
TWS: Many writers, myself included, discipline ourselves to take 15 – 20 min break from our PCs every so couple of hours. Could you suggest a workout that one could do in such a short time?
Carla:Yes! The most beneficial workouts would be a quick 15-20 min High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session, because honestly that’s all the time you need. A few benefits of HIIT include: Increased energy, boosted metabolism, muscle tone improvement, reduced body fat.
For a quick hard HIIT session I would suggest choosing 4 exercises. Existing out of one for lower body, one upper body, one for abs, and one that’s a bit more cardio related and gets your heart rate up. For example: Squats, push-ups, crunches, and Burpees. Do each exercise for 1 minute and only take a 10 sec break between the exercises. You get a 1 minute break after the 4 exercises and then you start the circuit over again. In 20 min you should’ve been able to do 3-4 Rounds and you will be sweating. 🙂 Those are very basic examples of exercises; please feel free to switch it up and add your own.
TWS: When visiting your site, I was especially intrigued by your thoughts on diet remains essential. Can you advise which foods writers should focus more on? Foods to assist with concentration, foods that will fuel us, but not hang around forever? Can you think of a ‘writer-friendly’ diet?
Carla: The habit I suggest all my clients is planning ahead, buying healthy snacks in advance and having them at your desk will keep you satisfied and stop those afternoon sugar cravings to kick in that will hinder your concentration as well. Good examples of snacks to have at your desk would be:
Fruit or Dried Fruit
Protein Bar, Fruit & Nut Bar, or Energy Bar
And foods that will improve your focus:
Leafy green vegetables
Message for Writers
TWS: Lastly, and once again thank you for your time and sharing all this exciting information, but what would your ‘mantra’ be for writers?
Carla: “I am responsible for my own destiny.”
This might not be specific to only writers but anything you do in life, everything you put your heart and soul in will be successful. I love knowing and reassuring myself that I am in control of my own life, my happiness, success, body, fitness, food, mental health and state of mind. It’s all up to you to make the decision and to take action.
As previously mentioned, I must stress that you visit her powerfully insightful site, its loaded with amazing tools that we can use on a day-to-day basis. What I find different about Carla, is she is real.
Carla specializes in body conditioning, body fat and weight loss. You can reach Carla at any of the following.
I so enjoy Carla’s style, her outlook and her manner of simplifying matters. I know I am going to get started with my workout as of this very moment!
Do you have any ideas you would like to share? Please feel free to leave comments or contact me. Remember, I am always interested in posting Guest’s Blogs, so if you have anything insightful to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
With 2017 off to a start, here are 4 new publishers now looking for your story. Yes, the best part of it is that you will get paid to publish your work… These publishers are mostly paying via PayPal, so help is here if you need alternative ideas to PayPal. Please also be advised to read the various genres available on each of these sites. I have put the links to the submission style-guides as well as the websites for you. Good luck!
Get Paid to Publish Your Work!
Issue No. One is now open for submissions with the deadline being 31 January 2017!
Submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment.
In Issue No. One we will be publishing one fiction piece 900 words or fewer. Genre and content guidelines are loose, though our fiction editor is inclined to take work with a literary tone more seriously than work without it. Creativity and experimentation are encouraged in all cases. Publication comes with a $25 payment.
Issue No. One will also include one persuasive or personal essay 250 words or fewer. Engaging, intelligent, and appropriately relaxed tone is encouraged; think of the tone of David Foster Wallace’s nonfiction. Essays should express a point of view, be able to defend it, and exhibit the personality and artistry of their author, all within around one page. Creativity and flexibility are encouraged, though the word limit is hard. Publication comes with a $25 payment.
Should Black Rabbit get competent, creative, intriguing submissions in this extremely specific category Issue No. One will feature one non-musical abstract sound clip under or around 90 seconds long. Sound collage, dramatic scenes, monologue, pseudo-music, which is left up to artists to define but should not rely too heavily on the mechanics and conventions of true music as defined by the editors, and indeed any other audio recording within the time guidelines set out above are all welcome. The editors are partial to weird and innovative works. Publication comes with a $25 payment.
Issue No. One will feature one work of abstract expressionist painting, drawing, or collage. The term ‘abstract expressionism’ is meant to be interpreted loosely, but taken seriously. Directly representative images should be avoided, or if included should be done so with intention and grace afforded to the constraints of genre noted above. Publication comes with a $25 payment. Submit with a brief (1-3 sentence) statement describing where and when you painted, drew, or collaged this piece, and, if there is a clear inspiration for or theme to it, what that might be.
Artists and authors should feel free, and indeed are encouraged, to make simultaneous submissions, although Black Rabbit asks that you notify our staff immediately if such submissions should be accepted elsewhere.
Artists and authors are encouraged to submit to every open category of submissions that they have work within the guidelines of, though they are limited to one piece in each category.
What we are looking for: Non-themed short horror stories that arrests readers and leave them haunted for months to come. Stories must be original. Stories must be original. Even after a rejection has been sent out, only one submission per author. We are not accepting reprints.
Manuscripts should be attached to the email, and be formatted in standard manuscript format. Any stories NOT adhering to the standard manuscript format will be rejected.
Stories should be no longer than 7,000 words. However, we prefer stories that are at or around 4,000 words. Payment is $0.03 USD a word via PayPal.
Inspirer is Los Angeles based publication that celebrates groundbreaking women from across a variety of fields. From iconic entertainers to unsung community activists, every woman has a story to be shared and every story matters. We believe that there’s more to an actress than her latest diet, that there’s more to female musicians than a sexualized video hit. We dig deeper to share the meaningful stories that inspire others.
You are expected to write two to three female focused articles per week or more. Voice must be similar to our current content. Work from home, obviously.
Will be based on article length, frequency and other factors. Paid bi-weekly.
Send sample of your writing to email@example.com. Read More.
3. Novelty Media
Freelance Writers wanted
Led by a world-class team of young and savvy editors, producers and designers, we produce content on topics that interest and matter to us. It is this deep identification with our readers that allows us to produce content that compels them to engage, motivates them to return and drives them to share across the web.
A gifted content writer to create several super-viral weekly listicles, as well as daily light and informative news pieces about current affairs, sports, politics etc.
“After immersing myself in it, I’m overjoyed to report that Writer Help Wanted is not a scam or “get-rich-quick” scheme. Instead, it’s more like an exclusive, underground-writing society that writers in-the-know should be a part of. “
Establish yourself as a full-fledged writing service and have clients come to you. This module shows you how to set yourself apart from the competition, price your services effectively, set up your website and get steady stream of clients.
Trusting these 5 Great New Freelance Writing Jobs get you back in your writing mode! Remember that if you wish to publish your work here, please feel free to contact me and Guest Blog for Us! If you’re having difficulty with PayPal in your country, check out some alternative ways of receiving funds. Until next time. 🙂
The Write Styles Transcription Services is an exciting new service. I am so pleased to announce that we have partnered with JLF Transcriptions to meet the needs of a diverse selection of people requiring quick and accurate transcriptions, including professionals, such as medical specialists and lawyers.
We now also transcribe for various other clients that require podcasts, books, media, technical, financial and other general audio, hard copy or video files transcribed.
We have recently started expanding our business to include a wider client base and a handful of hardworking, excellent freelance transcriptionists.
Our rates are very reasonable. We can provide you with transcripts that are as flawless as any transcript could get on a very reasonable timescale. We dedicate our efforts to keeping our clients happy with fast, well researched and accurate work.
We determine our rates per audio or video minute in US Dollars as follows:
For single speaker (non-professional) or one-on-one interviews/conversations, clear audio/professionally produced audio, we charge our base rate of $1 per audio minute for non-urgent files. Non-urgent files have a turnaround time of four or more days. (We do not levy a premium for non-urgent work returned early.)
Two to three days’ turnaround rate is $1.10.
Next day rate is $1.20.
Urgent, same-day rate is $1.50.
For poor quality audio or multiple speakers, we add $0.20 per audio minute to our base rate.
For professional services (medical, financial and legal, for example), we add $0.20 to our base rate.
For research-heavy files (such has historical, arts, technical, industry specific projects) requiring our transcriptionists to spend more than the average time researching, we add $0.20 to our base rate.
Our service is of excellent quality and our dedication, excellent turnaround times and well-researched, accurate transcripts are sure to impress you.
Transcribing is a wonderful alternative career in the writing field, it provides a constant workflow and no two audios are ever the same. I started out on this field about five years, so I still have much to learn. Today I was fortunate enough to interview Jeanne Fick about the pros and cons of beginning a transcription career.
Starting your Transcription Career.
How were you first introduced to transcribing?
When I was 14, I interviewed Mr. Duckett in Darling for a history project, who fought in the Second World War. I transcribed the entire 60-minute tape using an old-school tape recorder… Play, stop, write, rewind, repeat… It took me many, many days to complete.
Many years later, while working at a law firm in Wynberg, Cape Town, as a receptionist, I was given some overflow transcription files to do when the secretaries were overloaded. I was hooked. It was so much better than being a receptionist!
Do you believe that a newcomer to transcribing would be able to make a decent income?
No. Newcomers still have a lot to learn. The transcription environment is very competitive. You have to start right at the bottom with the very poorly-paid jobs just to prove yourself and to build up your skills. Until you are very fast and very accurate, nobody is going to give you good rates. It takes roughly four hours for a good, accurate and fast transcriptionist to turn around an hour of audio accurately. For a beginner at a newcomer’s rate, it will take you at least six hours. The longer hours and poorer rate makes for low-income. Do not give up your day job quite yet.
What would one need in order to make a successful career as a transcriptionist? Are there any outlay costs?
Good ears, good language (written and oral) skills, good typing skills, computer literacy, thinking skills, analytical skills, excellent time management skills and impeccable client management skills.
Yes, there are startup costs. At the very least, you should have these four basic items: A good PC, good headphones, good internet and transcription software. Without these basic items, you won’t be doing any transcription work.
Your PC will be on almost permanently. It will be burning midnight oil right along with you. You need one that is reliable and can handle the hours without getting cranky or crashing, causing you lose your work and/or precious time. Personally, I use a mini PC. It is tiny, silent and never complains. Of course, you wouldn’t be using this for gaming.
Great headphones make all the difference. These need to be noise cancelling, lightweight and durable. They will be on your head and over your ears for many hours at a time. Invest in a set that will remain comfortable for as long as you wear them.
A footswitch, while you can certainly transcribe using the hotkeys, really speeds things up. While they might be rather pricey, they pay for themselves very quickly with speed and ease of use. I consider them an indispensable investment.
You need the best internet provider you can find. Even if you have to pay more for service, again, this will pay for itself when it comes to download speeds. There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for an urgent file to download for hours while you could already be typing.
Transcription software, while important, is rather down to personal preference. Pick the one that works best for you. There are many out there. Personally, I’m most comfortable with Express Scribe (the paid version… always use the paid versions of any software).
It’s also nice to have (especially in South Africa) a basic backup power system. I have a 1.4KW inverter and a 24v backup battery to keep things going for a while.
Yes, there are startup costs. Frankly, I don’t consider them “costs” as such, but rather infrastructure investment.
Amazon is running some specials on Express Scribe at the moment, however South Africans must please note that they do NOT deliver to SA. 🙁
What would you warn an aspiring transcriptionist against? What pitfalls do you foresee? Can you give an example from your own experience?
NEVER apply for those “work at home”, “easy income from your PC” jobs. They are all scams. There is no such thing as easy money, ever. Prepare yourself for good, hard work and long hours of frustration before things start to really pay off. You need to find clients. Transcription companies that are hiring are a good place to start. You will more than likely have to do a few test files and be rejected a few times before you land a job.
Don’t have only one client. It’s like putting your eggs all in one basket. I worked for a well-known transcription company for a long time and they were my only client. Getting money out of them got increasingly more difficult as time went by. Needless to say, I no longer complete files for them. I had to start almost from scratch again to build up my client base.
Try to get private clients. If you have a medical background, start there and approach doctors, either in person or online. If you have a legal background, try contacting a few small law firms. The same goes for technical and financial, etc.
What has kept you in the field of transcribing all these years? What do you feel is the greatest advantage?
The freedom. I have been a freelance transcriptionist for nearly a decade now. Besides that I love my interesting and diverse job and amazing clients, I also have the time to do almost exactly as I please and enjoy my amazing lifestyle. I can go fishing, traveling, shopping and all sorts of things without having to ask my boss for time off or apply for a day’s leave. I can choose how many hours I work a day and when I work. What hours I take off during the day, I can always put in at night.
You don’t work for a salary. What you put in, you most certainly get out!
What advice would you give newcomers?
Work hard! You will get frustrated, you will struggle, your body will ache after hours of being planted firmly on your seat, but in the end, your efforts will be well rewarded.
Oh, and get exercise, for your ass will expand exponentially!!
I do believe Jeanne to be one of South Africa’s top transcriptionists and I, personally, have learned so much from her during the years. I do however wish she had given the ‘exercise’ advice earlier because I am living proof of what being sat behind a PC day in and day out can do to one’s ‘physique’ 🙂
So great advice from Jeanne Fick, a transcriptionist that really knows her stuff! So if you need any audios transcribed, feel free to contact Jeanne at LinkedIn.
Where to start your Transcription Career?
Here are two websites that are brilliant for aspiring transcriptionists. I, personally, started with them and had no issues with payments other than having to have a PayPal account. There are no startup fees needed, you can start today.
First is Casting Words, they are great for beginners. You can listen to their audios before accepting the job. They also grant you wonderful turnaround times too, so you don’t feel so pressured. (Oh, and you do get an extension if time runs out too 😉 ) They also have a wonderful Facebook Group that offers around the clock support!
Second is Speechpad, they are also brilliant and offer a wide variety of jobs including standard and premium capturing.
They both offer styleguides, so be sure to study them before attempting to accept a job!
What you may also find really useful is a Transcription Crash Course offered by Loretta Oliver. I enjoy her little book as she has put maximum info into a very dynamic quick paced and insightful book. In it you’ll find among more:
Things you need
Things that make life easier
Verbatim vs Cleaned Up Transcribing
General Transcript Formatting
Your First Transcript
Planning Turnaround Times
Finding Jobs and Securing Clients
Your Website…. and much more!!!
Do feel free to contact me with any further questions that you may still have, I would love to assist you with your Transcription Career.