I recently visited Atlanta, Georgia, where I was attending the International Rotary Convention. I had little to no knowledge of Atlanta, and was pleasantly surprised with some of the amazing tourist spots! One of them being The Margaret Mitchell House + Museum – the original home of the famous author and birthplace of “Gone With The Wind”! FYI: It took her 9 years to write the book, during which time she would seal chapters of her book in envelopes + hide them in secret spots around the home. I highly recommend this fantastic destination if you’re in the city – an entertaining, educational venue where you can learn some valuable historical info, not only about the author’s life, but also about Georgia history + the era in which the film was made. My favorite part was the guided tour through the apartment + the behind-the-scenes info on the audition process with highlights on the making of the famous film (including archival footage of the film premiere + celebrity interviews). Book your weekend getaway today via EXPLORE TRIP (They are currently running a brilliant S U M M E R S P E C I A L!).
Margaret Mitchell, Peggy Marsh to her friends, dubbed her apartment, “The Dump.” Surprisingly, it is in this shabby little apartment on the bottom floor that this petite, yet mighty woman wrote a big ‘ol book that sold faster than a duck on a June bug!
It is here that the notorious Peggy Marsh wrote Gone With the Wind. A Pulitzer Prize followed. Fame, fortune, and fans, too.
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A lot of people are asking whether it’s possible to make good money offering freelance blogging services.
The answer in one short word is – yes.
But it’s important to remember that most of the successful freelance bloggers who have gone down this path, have only started making money after putting in a lot of effort + tons of hard work!
You can’t start blogging today + make money tomorrow – unless you’re a celebrity or have major connections in the blogging industry that will back you + make sure you get noticed.
For instance, Tom Ewer of Leaving Work Behind did this post recently at Daily Blog Tips aptly tiled ‘7 Lessons from a Full Time Freelance Blogger’. Not to be outdone, Oni of Young Prepro followed up with his story ‘4 Smart Ways to Get Freelance Clients from Your Blog’.
Another post that caught the eye; the post on Freelance Switch with the title ‘How to Become a Freelance Blogger’ by Leo Babauta. The Leo Babauta. I was still scratching my head until I noticed the words that the post originally appeared in 2007.
Ask yourself why you want to become a freelance blogger? Why not other forms of freelance writing?
+ You choose books or blogs over magazines and newspapers
+ You enjoy helping people market their services
+ You enjoy writing with a personal tone
+ Your own blog
+ To have spent some time – months – developing content worth referring your potential clients and readers to.
+ A niche. What sort of topics will you write about? If you intend to write for businesses in the health care sector, you could identify a niche and write about that. If you want to go after companies that sell software, your blog will naturally focus around those sorts of topics.
+ Some sort of a testimonials page. This could initially include a list of influential blogs where you have guest posted on. You could quote what the bloggers have said about you. By doing this, you’re not only providing clips (samples) for your work, you’re also establishing yourself as an expert. You’re saying to companies that you have the industry knowledge and you know what you are talking about.
+ An understanding of why businesses need blogs so you could offer consultancy service on top of your regular services.
You’ve done all the ground work, you’ve been blogging at a professional level for a while, you have your niche + great content on your site, you have guest posted on a few A-list blogs + you’ve set up a Hire Me/Contact me page with the necessary information. Now is the time to start approaching businesses.
+ The only kind of business that can pay you well will have substantial marketing budget. Mom + pop operations, start-ups, one-person shows generally can’t afford to hire serious freelance bloggers.
+ You can demand higher rates if you’re a subject matter expert. Your niche will help here – tremendously.
+ Understand blogging as a marketing tool for businesses. Be prepared to educate them about thebenefits of blogging for business, if necessary. However, it works better if they already have a blog that needs regular content.
The steps are simple really:
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Skybok is working on an exciting venture in the mobile app realm, linking our videos with a brand new “Connect City” Smartphone app set to launch later this year. It’s an app exclusively for visitors to Nelson Mandela Bay here in gorgeous South Africa. We love the idea that starting this Summer, tourists will have the benefit of a quick, easy-to-use navigation tool right at their fingertips. Skybok is on board to bring the city alive in a visually engaging way – and we’re having tons of fun doing it! ;)
I was honoured to receive an award at this year’s Business Women’s Association of South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards. Held at The Crystal Towers in Cape Town, I was thrilled to receive this recognition of distinction in business as an entrepreneur in the film industry! Skybok is all about connecting South Africa. I look forward to our exciting future doing so. I am very blessed that I was able to turn something I am passionate about into a profitable venture. It’s exciting to have been named in amidst such successful women across the region in all industries. I am proudly South African and marvel each day at our beautiful country and our people. Thank you, BWA! More photos from the event here.