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5 Ways to Strategically Price Your Freelance Rates

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How you price your services makes a big difference in how your business is viewed by prospective clients. For freelancers, ...

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When Words Fail

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When words fail is about the degeneration of language to the point where our language can no longer convey spiritual truths or states of consciousness.
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The Petrodollar is collapsing, and it's one of the biggest opportunities in the world right now...

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The Petrodollar is collapsing, and it's one of the biggest opportunities in the world right now...

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This is one of the best high perspectives on the way the economy (and the world) is heading right now that I've every heard.  If you don't know why the petrodollar is a financial dodo bird, you should listen to this.

 

I remember several years ago there used to be a guy named Lindsey Williams, supposedly a pastor, who used to appear on Alex Jones and some other alternative news shows.  I liked him at first  but then I sorta got where I didn't like his style.  But I never found anything he said to be factually wrong.

 

He always claimed to have two secret friends, elite insiders from the oil business, who told him what they were actually planning.  One of the things I never forgot him describing was how the US was screwing other countries who were buying our debt (i.e. in the form of US Treasuries and bonds).

 

Simon talks about how that came about in the podcast in this article.  Basically it 'came down' like this:

 

Nixon took the US off the gold standard in 74, the US dollar started plummeting, Kissinger struck a deal with the Saudi's, who at that time were only beginning to crank up their oil production.

 

The deal was that they would buy our oil, in US dollars, and in return, we would give them protection and they would also buy our weapons (supporting the military-industrial complex).  That's how the 'petrodollar' started.

 

And, as Simon (in this podcast) describes, for 40+ years the US dollar has been THE global standard of financial exchange.  But the the is basically crapping on everybody right now and shoving everybody around.

 

Point is, they no longer have any reason to put up with it because the US doesn't have anything to offer.  We probably couldn't even afford any reasonably effective regional military campaign.

 

Point is, Simon says the same thing that Lindsey did, i.e. that when the dollar tanks (which is imminent), all those US dollar denominated securities are going to be worthless and there's going a lot of really pissed of debt-holders.

 

There's more to it of course but it's a very interesting podcast and I highly recommend it.  If you don't subscribe to www.sovereighnman.com I'd highly recommend it.  It's superlative.

 

 

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Can you make a living as a citizen journalist?

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Can you make a living as a citizen journalist? There shouldn't be any reason why not, if you follow the rules for making a living online or as a freelancer.
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Of Myself I Sing

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How to annoy your friends: Use social media to promote your work — too much.
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Interesting read about self-promotion and some thoughts on how to avoid going overboard.

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Plato's American Cave - Expat Journal

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Plato's American Cave is a technological marvel. It was set up by design to make us yield to our masters with "perfect docility."
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Creative Writing versus Freelance Writing - Expat Journal

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Really, the "versus" doesn't belong in the phrase, "creative writing versus freelance writing." They are two different animals.
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American Writing Association: A Service Writers Don't Need

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Recently I've gotten a number of questions about the American Writing Association (note the .org suffix, implying altruism and good will), a group that describes itself thus: We are a group of professional writers and editors that ...
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Haruki Murakami on Freelance Writing - Expat Journal

Haruki Murakami on Freelance Writing - Expat Journal | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Better advice for freelance writers is written in a work of fiction by Haruki Murakami than I've ever found from the freelance writing gurus.
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I was blown away when I came across this description of the freelance writing life in a novel by my favourite contemporary author.

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Free Downloadable Software for Writers

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Are you wondering where you can find free downloadable software for writers? We've done some virtual digging to find you some options that won't cost you a single penny.
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Why Join a Writers' Group? | A Writer's Blog

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Why join a writers' group? Because it's fun, stimulating and can help you improve as a writer.
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Big fines for fake online posts

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The Buzz: Big fines for fake online posts
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Australia seems to be leading the way in getting rid of fake online product reviews, imposing fines of a million dollars or more on companies that get caught.

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This sort of implies to me that the demand for 'real', honest, reviews will continue to grow. 

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Are Website Testimonials For Real? How to Find Independent Reviews You Can Trust | Bill Hartzer

Are Website Testimonials For Real? How to Find Independent Reviews You Can Trust | Bill Hartzer | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
When you are searching for products or services online, often you are reliant on the information contained on the website which naturally tells you how
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That testimonials should be taken with a grain of salt is obvious to me, but that might be because part of my job is to find out the truth about products and services and you rarely find the whole truth on a promotional website. Forums can be just as bad, though, because  people often only take the time to write in a forum if they are angry about something.

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An Open Letter to All the Writers Cowering in Their Safe Little Jobs

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Want to be a full-time writer? Are you scared to make the leap and quit your day job? You need to read this.
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Read this blog and start 2014 with a bang.

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Words and their connotations

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Words and their connotations have the power to move us. We need to be careful how we use them and equally careful about how we read and interpret them.
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Would you react the same to hearing "Hallelujah!" as "Allahu Akbar!"? They both mean the same thing, but have different connotations for different people.

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The Untold Story Behind Why I Am a Narco News Journalist | the narcosphere

The Untold Story Behind Why I Am a Narco News Journalist | the narcosphere | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
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Interesting story - just one more example of why you don't learn anything useful from the mainstream news.

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James Foley: Reflections on a Tragic Death - Expat Journal

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James Foley didn't become real for me until I read stories written by his friends and fellow journalists. Now he is very real, but the propaganda is not.
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Leo Tolstoy on Love - Expat Journal

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I came across Tolstoy's letters to Gandhi. What he wrote resonated with me, so I wrote Leo Tolstoy on Love. Includes link to free download.
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How to become a journalist

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How to become a journalist? You can go to journalism school, but Greg Palast, Hunter S Thompson and Abby Martin might disagree.
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When freelance writing and expat living go hand in hand

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Freelance writing and expat living go hand in hand when you have a combination of an independent spirit, self-reliance and self-discipline.
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How to Write Good | Jade Mitchell, writing

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I'm not going to lie, I feel like an arrogant, presumptuous dickhead publishing a post telling people how to write better. Seriously, if you're reading this, then you're an intelligent adult with a successful career and the respect of ...
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Good recommendations without the usual pompous arrogance.

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Slapped by Google for Unnatural Links! | A Writer's Blog

Slapped by Google for Unnatural Links! | A Writer's Blog | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
I've been slapped by Google for unnatural links. Here's why I think it happened.
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Now Anyone Can Use Getty Stock Photos for Free

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Any blog too tiny for a photo budget no longer need fret. Getty, the world's largest photo provider, is letting people embed its stock images for free.
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deviantART: where ART meets application!

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Art - community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.
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This site has millions of subscribers, so it's probably not news to a lot of you, but it is to me. I found it while doing a search for parchment paper. The paper was free and I'm having fun on Photoshop writing short pieces with an Underwood font I also found today.

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I Poo Poo on Your Guru - 'Book' Review | A Writer's Blog

I Poo Poo on Your Guru - 'Book' Review | A Writer's Blog | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
The last time I was in the United States was in 2004. I went there to look after my Dad, who was dying from stomach cancer. Except for the kind heart he kept hidden behind a conservative façade, there was nothing religious or spiritual about him.
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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.
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Unlike most writing tips, this one practices what it preaches. Short, sweet and gets right to the point(s).

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