5 Tips to Winning That Freelance Contract

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Money. It’s hard to travel without it, but it can be difficult to find a steady income while you’re traveling. One way for travel bloggers to earn extra income is to become a contracted freelancer.

When you freelance, you create content for other websites. It may be through articles and blog posts, images, videos, podcasts= virtually any form of new media is needed in today’s market. But how do you turn a one-time freelance gig into a regular contract? As a company that publishes a daily travel blog, we have a few tips.

Use proper language, grammar, and punctuation.

This can’t be stressed enough. When we receive a blog post, it should need minimal editing. Have someone review your posts before you submit them – a critical step especially if English is not your first language. Find out if the company follows a specific style guide and use it.

Keep the company’s tone and voice.

Unless otherwise instructed, keep to the tone and voice already used on the website. We like to work with bloggers who can provide their unique insights into travel without straying too far from the style already established on our blog. Whether you are ghost-writing or posting as yourself, it’s important for the company’s blog to seem reasonably constant from day to day.

Be consistent. 

As managers of a corporate travel blog, we like reliable bloggers: The ones who use standard writing styles, are regularly available, and – most importantly – are constantly on time. If you have a deadline, stick to it. If for some reason you can’t meet the deadline or are going to be unavailable for a while (you’re traveling and don’t have good internet access), find a way to let the company know or submit the post before you leave.

Be aware of your reputation.

If your name is associated with a blog post on our company’s blog, you’re a representative of our company – even, to some extent, on your personal travel blog. If we refer traffic to your website or your social media accounts, it becomes a reflection upon us. We want to maintain a professional image and hope that our bloggers will too.

Share!

We ask our bloggers to share their RoamRight posts on their social media channels. Our favorite bloggers will share on multiple different platforms and even link from their blog to one of their posts on our blog. Likewise, we make an effort to share our blogger’s content on our channels, when possible and when appropriate.

So how do you develop a relationship with a company?

If you already have an existing relationship with a company and would like to turn it into a contracted position, ask! They may not have considered it yet. Or, ask about extending your existing relationship. Have you only been writing for them but also have great images they could use? Or, do you create videos? Let them know your skill set and ask if there’s room for you to grow in your partnership.

If you’re trying to get that initial project with a company, take a step and develop a relationship first. Before you try to pitch them using the “contact us” form on their website, take the time to interact with them on social media, show that you understand their business and their audience, and even meet with them at events like TBEX!

TBEX sponsor RoamRight offers travel insurance plans for leisure, business, student, and group travelers traveling within the U.S. or internationally. Their insurance is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company, a market-leading specialty insurer with an A.M. Best financial strength rating of A+ (superior). Their staff and customer service representatives are travel insurance specialists who offer customers expert information about trip cancellation and travel medical insurance coverage options.

 

Top Reasons Why a Cruise is an Ideal Vacation

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Did you know more than 21.7 million passengers are expected to cruise in 2014? Will you be one of them?

Cruise lines continue to introduce new and exciting ships as they attempt to dazzle all types of travelers with different amenities and features. If you’ve been considering taking a cruise, but not sure it’s right for you, check out some of the top reasons why cruising makes an ideal vacation:

  1. Hassle-Free:  You only have to pack and unpack once while visiting multiple countries and cities. Go to bed in La Spezia, Italy and wake up the next morning in Cannes, France with no need to arrange flights, hotels, or shuttles in between.
  2. Fun for Family Members of All Ages: With everything from kids clubs to educational lectures, a cruise is the perfect venue for your next multi-generational vacation. Every family member has the chance to choose their own activities during the day and then get together in the evenings for a family dinner in a gourmet restaurant.
  3. Customized to Meet Your Needs: Every cruise line, from contemporary to luxury, offers a unique cruising experience that can be customized to make the most of your vacation. By offering specialty dining restaurants, captivating entertainment, luxurious spas, and other innovative features, cruise lines are able to exceed the expectations of travelers.
  4. Unique Destinations: Choose from visiting the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, South Africa, South America, and other exciting destinations. Each cruise port offers you the opportunity to explore the hottest sights and attractions of each unique city such as the Acropolis in Athens, Greece or the Mayan Ruins in Cozumel, Mexico. Just take your pick.
  5. Meet New People: Cruising is an international experience. Meet fellow travelers from around the world and learn about their culture while relaxing in the spa, the pools or at the restaurants and bars, enjoying sublime food served by our amazing chefs.

Still have questions about cruising? MSC Cruises is coming to TBEX Europe to meet you! Please stop by our table and introduce yourself.

Want to see what else MSC Cruises is up to at TBEX Europe and how you can win a FREE CRUISE? Make sure to connect with us on social and use #MSCTBEX. Find us on social media on Facebook, @MSCCruisesUSA on Twitter, Google+, @MSCCruisesOfficial on Instagram, and on YouTube.

 

Company Bio:  MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Italian cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in the CaribbeanNorthern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, South AmericaSouth Africa, The United Arab Emirates and the Red Sea. In March 2014, the line announced the construction of two new cruise ships by STX France due for delivery respectively in 2017 and 2019. Two months later, the line announced the construction of two additional new builds by Fincantieri due for delivery respectively in Nov. 2017 and May 2018.MSC Cruises believes that global leadership brings increased responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. As such, MSC entered in a long-term partnership with UNICEF in 2009 to support educational programmes for children in Brazil. The partnership was renewed early 2014, this time to support UNICEF’s efforts to tackle famine and malnutrition in developing countries and in emergency situations. Since the beginning of the partnership, MSC collected three million euros in MSC guests donations.