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I’m Not Being Sassy When I Say “Sasser Rocks”

Michael Sasser is one of the most talented photographers in Denver and, dare I say, Colorado on the whole. Hell, let’s just go for “the whole world”, though my dear readers may feel I’m exaggerating at that point.

Really, though, the proof is in the pudding. As I’m on a more professional course these days, presenting myself in a professional way has become an incredible priority– MacBook selfies can only get me taken seriously to a certain degree. But for those of you here on WordPress, or for anyone following me on Twitter or connected to me on LinkedIn, you’ll notice my profile picture has a new kind of flair to it.

It was part of a set done by Mr. Sasser in the Capitol Hill/Cheesman Park area of Denver, and it has now served more of a purpose than I could have ever imagined when I was asked to work as a test-model of sorts to allow Mike to warm up for the senior photo season just before the beginning of summer.

If you think it’s as lovely as I do, please do me a favor and vote for this brilliant artist in Denver A-List’s poll for Best Wedding Photographer or Best Wedding Videographer. If you need anymore proof of this man’s skill, simply visit his website, which I’ve also listed on just about every “About Me” section of my freelancing sites and social networking hubs.

And if you’re in the market for an amazing photographer, I would vouch for Michael Sasser to the ends of the earth. I feel so privileged to have been a model for him, and so thankful to now have truly professional photos of myself to present a more sophisticated look as I embark on my own endeavors of skill and craft. Don’t skimp on your special occasion– capture your memories with the help of a truly passionate photographer.

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It’s Not Easy Being Free(lance)

I’ve been officially employed by two fantastic freelance sites for two days now.

All around, just for writing a handful of blog posts and other content, I’ve pocketed $24 with more on the way. Already I’m seeing this as something that qualifies as a viable option for work-from-home employment while I continue writing and revising my novel, though I’ll wait to quit my day-job until I’m a little more financially secure: just in case.

$24 may not seem like enough of a motivating factor to justify leaving a full-time job to work from home, but somewhere between this moment an six months from now, that’s precisely what I’ll be doing.

BlogMutt and Textbroker both offer creative and professional content for a multitude of clients covering a wide range of subjects. In two days, I’ve become a flash-expert on grassroots software, baggage locks, color trademarks, the prices of medical imaging diagnostic tests, and the best ways for insurance brokers to create and maintain customer loyalty. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I would be doing research to compile professional blog posts covering any of these interests, much less such a spectrum over so short a time. But here I am, batting five-for-five.

Inevitably, rejections are on their way. But here are a few tips I’d offer anyone else looking to make a little extra cash this way:

Do your research.

Freelance writing doesn’t entail the kind of “creativity” I imagined. It’s a different animal all together. You must be able to work with very little information to essentially build something out of nothing, all while maintaining the illusion that you are a well-trained professional in that field. This is not sunshine and daisy work, this can oftentimes be a school research project on steroids. So, if you don’t know what you’re doing but you still want the assignment, be ready to dedicate yourself to some intensive reading and data collection. If you aren’t capable of doing so, expect more rejections than acceptances. The companies hiring content writers are often in a very specific field– and if you can’t do it, someone else will.

Quality, not quantity.

Though some seem very adept at pulling all sorts of money from the nooks and crannies of Internet writing, it may take a while for you to get into the swing of things. So don’t rush. If the site you choose has the option for a little networking (forums, a Twitter account, a blog, etc.,) utilize it! Take tips and tricks from seasoned writers, read your reasons for rejection carefully, and apply all of the advice you see to your next piece. Cranking out one solid assignment will do much better for your confidence and your wallet than spilling word-vomit all over your clients in hopes that one chunk of it will be bearable. And when you find your niche, stick with it for a while! Or at least keep it as a reliable stand-by.

Don’t be afraid of a challenge.

On the other hand, you can’t be too terrified of tackling something new. You might just surprise yourself at your innate understanding, or at the very least you’ll be broadening your horizons in many new realms. On some sites, you may be able to find more work simply being skillful at digging into subjects which intimidate your competitors.

As I continue to trudge through this process, I’ll post periodically with tips for my fellow writers out there.

If you’re looking to have any writing done for yourself or your company, or if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here, or find me on Twitter @srmeisinger. For now, I’ve gotta get back to the grind I so dearly want to put behind me.

Counting down the days.

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