Jim Kimmons has been a freelance writer in various business and investment venues for many years. Here are some of the projects, articles, blogs, websites and books which he has written, either in his name or as a ghostwriter.
I do plenty of business with clients who hire me for writing projects. However, in my spare time, I also write unique real estate articles for stock sites about real estate, real estate investing, stock market and options trading. Because I do them when I want and on topics I choose, I offer them on a couple of stock article sites at far below the price a client would pay to order the content on a custom basis.
They are all original articles and they are offered on these sites with a “full rights” license, meaning you can use them any way you want, even resell them.
It’s finally put together! Hundreds of my articles written as a freelance contributor to About.com, now TheBalance.com, is published. I’ve updated and edited to include more than 500 pages of content exclusively dedicated to how to start, market, grow and manage a successful real estate practice through growth to a brokerage.
There is also a section on Real Estate Investing for both investors and agents who want to work with them. There are the most articles in this section, simply because many of the calculations and formulas used to value property are in the investing section, though they cover information all real estate professionals should know. The major category sections in 555 pages of the book are:
Purchasers of the book will be learning a lot about tools and resources for task and transaction management, marketing tools and dozens of calculations and valuation tools. Instead of having to develop them for yourself, the book gives you an email address to send a copy of your purchase/shipping receipt so that my system can automatically send the resources email. It will contain these resources ready for you to use:
Valuation and investment calculation spreadsheets.
Task lists to import into task/transaction management tools.
CRM, Customer Relationship Management, tools.
107 page PDF eBook “Real Estate Investment Like the Gurus.”
eBook PDF “The Ultimate WordPress Real Estate Website.”
More resources noted throughout the book.
This is the best gift anyone can give to a new or soon to be new real estate agent, or one struggling to make it through the critical first two years in the business.
As a ghost writer for “guru” types in investing, real estate investing, and Internet marketing, I’ve written more than a dozen books. A normal project is somewhere between 200 and 300 pages and is completed in four to eight weeks.
Actually, this is going to be short and sweet. I started putting some articles on DotWriter because they weren’t selling on Constant-Content, and some that I wrote for DotWriter. It became obvious that their traffic is quite small compared to Constant-Content, as articles languished on the site for ages without selling, even at low prices.
DotWriter takes a smaller cut off the top, but it’s more than offset by the lower prices offered there and the light traffic that depresses sales. When I became concerned about some articles on the site having long lifespans and becoming somewhat out of date, I realized that, unlike at Constant-Content, I couldn’t edit or download them for updating.
Worse, repeated requests to support for some explanation or the ability to remove them were greeted with silence. I can’t get them to respond to requests to remove or reduce the price of out-of-date articles.
I would recommend sticking with the more highly-trafficked Constant-Content site, even with the higher fees. At least there you still own your articles, can remove them, or you can edit them as necessary to make them more saleable. As far as getting any response to a serious challenge to DotWriter policies and procedures, you’re more likely to meet Santa Claus at the North Pole.
Perhaps the worst experience I’ve had with a website of any type, my experience in trying to place articles on Content Gather really is far and away my worst customer service experience online.
If you read other reviews, you’ll see many that state that writers uploaded articles only to find their site blocked with an “Account Suspended” message. I assumed that some people may have had a bad experience, but that the site should want new writers.
I’m already placing spec articles on two other sites, but decided to pull down some older articles listed on another site and place them on Content Gather to see if a different audience would find them of interest.
That was Sunday morning, this morning. It’s now Sunday night and I just checked the site to find my account suspended without explanation. This site is a trap and should be avoided at all cost if you’re a writer who wants to sell their work on article sites. I suggest you use Constant-Content and Dot Writer. They’re reputable and you will not be abused as I and many others have been by Content Gather.
**UPDATE: The articles were uploaded to a different site this morning (Monday July 29), and all have been approved and are up for sale.**
I’ve been a freelance writer for more than 15 years, and in that time I’ve written millions of words, thousands of blog posts, and dozens of books. Either I have a window open on the side of my word processor documents, or this little G is in the corner of my WordPress post or other online and social media content pieces.
Grammarly tracks my writing as I go, giving me advice and correcting me when necessary; and that’s more often than I like. Almost all of my work for clients online and in books, reports, and white papers is self-edited, so it’s critical that I do not hear from clients unhappy with spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
My high-income year, while working full time as a real estate broker yielded more than $85,000 in writing income. While I’ve become less aggressive in seeking work, my annual writing income is consistently between $40k and $60k. I do not mention this to boast, but more to stress that the cost of my Grammarly Premium annual subscription is tiny compared to the income it helps me to generate.
When I was an HVAC technician, my truck and toolbox were necessary for my trade and income. As a freelance writer, my knowledge, writing ability, and Grammarly are the tools of my business. If your writing work product is important to you, and especially if it’s the product that you sell to clients, you want to have the right tools for success.
For more than a decade, I wrote as the Real Estate Business Guide for the New York Times owned About.com site. I wrote hundreds of articles for real estate agents on how to start and grow their businesses, and also many about real estate investing.
The New York Times sold the site, and it has changed ownership at least one other time, currently owned by DotDash. I left my contracted position more than a year ago. It has come to my attention through emails from confused readers of articles with my byline that links have disappeared to supporting documents and spreadsheets for some of my articles.
In checking them on TheBalance site, they show updates after my tenure. They still use my name as author, but I want readers to know that I can’t guarantee the accuracy or the quality of those articles, as they have been edited by people whose abilities are unknown and at low compensation rates.
Any potential client is free to check my articles there, but I must make it known that it is impossible for me to state that they are original or accurate.