If you think freelance content writing is a great, great career, well you could be correct. Though only partly. What may appear as great though does have its share of pitfalls and travails chief among them being the fact that you are at your thought’s mercy which itself may change with the speed of light? Add to that the fact that mostly you operate from home which means you are at others’ mercy if they let you have your time in peace. Well, that is fine for most of the time but then working along can be boring and people tend to get very, very complacent with work with distractions of a home taking center-stage.
BUT, with technology the way it is, tools pop up every now and then and are a great help to the lonesome warriors (who seem to fight their own lonely battles lot more than their work-related fights!). We give you a list of some great applications below!
Blogs are the perfect way to communicate one’s views. And those views could be on any topic under the sun right from child-care to aircraft maintenance to deep-sea diving to matters deep in space. But to those interested in these topics, getting a daily dose of the right stuff can mean the difference between life and boring life! For them, there could not really be anything better than feedly.com! Just go to this site which is upfront about what it does and in which fields. Enter your email ID and you get your daily feed of the right topic right in your mailbox! And for those who get “inspired”, there couldn’t be anything better than such a service! Imagine getting the right info right there in your inbox!
Enter the above site and the first thing that hits you is their tagline which is:
“Reduce distractions at work” and “Scientifically optimized music to help you focus”
Need we say more? Music is after all the best soother and greatly helps one focus on the job at hand. And this is one site which helps you with its super-vast repertoire of tracks to chose from. With its two-weeks free use, you can extend the help by paying close to INR 700.00 per month. While not exactly a cost-effective site from the Indian context, it never-the-less gives one accesses to music from all over the planet. Also, being a net-based service, one can listen to music anywhere on the planet without the need to carry bulky and cumbersome equipment.
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It took 12 seconds to type the above sentence. Imagine the time you would spend if you were to repeat this line a dozen times a day. That is provided this was the only line! What if there were more such lines! Official letters are notorious for such repetitive sentences and can be quite sickening for those who need to type it every day.
Not any more!
Textexpander helps you cut the maze with just a few words! Enter those words on the screen and what you get is a whole sentence! Neat, isn’t it? You save time and efforts and concentrate on more productive things.
If you haven’t used Evernote, you haven’t done much really! Evernote is that one application which revolutionized the way we made and stored note. And collated and archived them and done a lot more!
And now Evernote brings to you “skitch” to make lives of freelance writers easier, richer and remarkably more productive! The saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” is the aptest description for how and why skitch can be of help to you! Take a picture that you find relevant and in that, make relevant annotations and notes! It just highlights what you want to say, and highlight it with the right background and ideas! Try explaining to someone that you climbed a particular mountain. Next, take a picture of the mountain and circle the are you climbed up to and make a note alongside. And then see the effect! It just explodes!
The worst enemy of a freelance content writer is a distraction which incidentally starts right there on your screen! With facilities galore even on a clear screen, it’s, without doubt, one of those places where one still gets distracted and work gets stalled. To get away from the same and get the job done at the earliest, use the darkroom mentioned above.
If you don’t believe us, read what is written on the landing page!
“Dark Room is a full screen, distraction free, writing environment. Unlike standard word processors that focus on features, Dark Room is just about you and your text.”
For the seriously serious or those who want to get there ASAP, join the dark room at the earliest. You will surely see light at the end of it!
What is the best way to expose someone? Catch him in the act! But how do you catch someone who makes the perfect appearance of being at work? By timing the act! And that is exactly what you do on focus booster app using the Pomodoro time tracking technique where for every 25 minutes of work, you are allowed 5 minutes of rest/ goof-time and so on thus helping folks stay on track and stay productive.
At USD 2.99 per month (INR 215.00 approx), it is good for those who seriously want to track their productivity and cut out the unnecessary to the extent possible. And yes, they do give free trials. Try it and if it satisfied you, go for it!
The landing page to this site says:
“Wordcounter ranks the most frequently used words in any given body of text. Use this to see what words you overuse (is everything a “solution” for you?) or maybe just to find some keywords from a document.
Wordcounter is useful for writers, editors, students, and anyone who thinks that they might be speaking redundantly or repetitively”
This is one neat application which tells any freelance content writer if his articles contain repetitive words and in what order. In the heat of the moment, content writers are known to repeat words, phrases and general ideas which if not checked on time, can bring down the value of the article considerably. And what could be better than a site that gives you the needed information right there when you are writing!
Blithely copying isn’t an art. It’s a crime. And many are into it. There couldn’t be a better place to identify the original than Copyscape. Just post the content you want to be authenticated and by just one click of the mouse, you get the entire history of the article including details of the original creators!
For those who value the original, this is the place to be!
Nothing irritates and creates a worse impression that wrongly-written and worded English. If you profess to know the language, silly mistakes ought not to be there in your communication. If you don’t, this point, in any case, does not matter. For those wanting flawless communication in English correctly worded and free of spelling mistakes with the right punctuations and sentence formations, there can’t be anything better than Grammarly! GO FOR IT!
The above is our collection of the best sites that freelance content writers ought to use to make their writing good and worth a read (if not more!). These are by no means the only ones. But they sure are the best!
Use them if you want to increase readership!