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Yvonne Glasgow13 hours ago
5 Things You Need Before You Start Applying to Writing Gigs
I love working as a freelance writer for a living. It started as a hobby over 17 years ago, then grew into something I liked to do part-time in my spare time. About seven years ago I started writing f...
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Shealynn Dubrule14 hours ago
One Day
One day as a nurse will forever change a person. We cry, we laugh, we make very inappropriate jokes in order to cope. From cleaning up fecal matter to reviving someone back to life, we never know what...
Yvonne Glasgow18 hours ago
Writing 101: Are You Turning In Clean Copy?
Spelling and grammar errors are one thing when it comes to posting your feelings on Facebook, but when you’re submitting an article for pay, even through the Vocal family of sites, you need to be turn...
Jared Rimer2 days ago
How Can We Get Jobs When We Are Disabled?
Welcome to another article here on Vocal. I’m Jared Rimer, and I’ve done quite a bit of writing on this site. Today, I want to talk about the job market, especially when it comes to people with visual...
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Fiona Wark2 days ago
Notes from a Site Engineer 4
Some site roles are, as mine was, primarily observational in nature. This means that you will spend very little time doing actual physical work of any kind, and an awful lot of time standing around wa...
Rob Salkowitz2 days ago
Meet the Startup Using AI to Hang Up On Bad Customer Service
For many consumers, the only thing worse than a confusing product is having to call customer service to figure it out. We all know the drill: long waits on hold, constant requests for personal informa...
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D.A. Baldwin5 days ago
How (Not) to Write: A Y.A. Romance, Part I
Young Adult literature is probably one of the most popular genres nowadays from what I've seen, and it has been for the past few years, perhaps even longer. I think the buzz started with Twilight, and...
Cody Perry12 days ago
Struggling to Survive
To the outside world, I am a successful, intelligent person with a wealth of possibilities in front of me. However, fear and doubt seem to permeate my every thought throughout the day and I wonder if ...
Robyn Justine20 days ago
Do You Really Know Your Workplace Worth?
I recently read an article on LinkedIn about a lady who had been working as a secretary at a company for a number of years. I imagined it took years of pep talking herself but she finally plucked up the courage to ask for a raise. This ultimately resulted in her being let go. Unfortunately, her asking for a raise caused her manager to consider her worth to the company. While she was a good general secretary the company had evolved since she had started and now required a number of specialist sec...
Tips for Staying Afloat in the Saturated Ecommerce Market
According to an eMarketer report, e-commerce sales are expected to grow to $4.058 trillion in 2020. This indicates enormous potential of this market, and it is obvious that everyone will want a piece ...
Signs the Job Offer Isn't Real
There's something to be said about being a freelancer. Like the name suggests, it offers a degree of freedom that most other kinds of work setups can't have. After all, most 9 to 5 careers will not al...
Useful Career Advice You Never Hear from Professionals
If there's one thing I've realized about the professional world, it's that much of the career advice you get in high school is absolute bunk. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that much of the "useful ...
What It's Like To Be
From postal worker to film producer, what is it like to do what you do?
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Balancing Writing and Family Life
Hello Writer, and welcome back to my life. It’s Writer Wednesday, the day I talk about the art and the business of writing, and tell you how I do what I do as an indie author. Today’s question comes from my patron Dan M., who asked for advice on the balance between writing and the rest of your life. How do you make people understand that "writing time" is work time? You often look available for other people to ask for your time for their own needs. How do you make sure you get the time you need ...
Annie Kiely4 days ago
Writers Should Work for Free
Writing for free is a contentious subject. Many writers vehemently object to any free writing requests, and with good reason. Most writers (and all creatives, really) face an onslaught of requests for...
Natalie Froome7 days ago
The Most Useful FREE Organization Apps for Students
Organization skills are really important for university level study, but when the work piles up, it can be difficult. Do you often find yourself struggling under a mountain of assignments? Or do you h...
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Shealynn Dubrule14 hours ago
One Day
One day as a nurse will forever change a person. We cry, we laugh, we make very inappropriate jokes in order to cope. From cleaning up fecal matter to reviving someone back to life, we never know what...
Jared Rimer2 days ago
How Can We Get Jobs When We Are Disabled?
Welcome to another article here on Vocal. I’m Jared Rimer, and I’ve done quite a bit of writing on this site. Today, I want to talk about the job market, especially when it comes to people with visual...
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Fiona Wark2 days ago
Notes from a Site Engineer 4
Some site roles are, as mine was, primarily observational in nature. This means that you will spend very little time doing actual physical work of any kind, and an awful lot of time standing around wa...
Rob Salkowitz2 days ago
Meet the Startup Using AI to Hang Up On Bad Customer Service
For many consumers, the only thing worse than a confusing product is having to call customer service to figure it out. We all know the drill: long waits on hold, constant requests for personal informa...
Make Your Business Grow by Engaging Your Employees
A company’s success depends on many factors, including market trends and management. However, the employees are the ones who make sure that all the mechanisms of that well-oiled machine function prope...
Are You Plant-Curious? How Going Meat-Free Is Good for Business
Simon Amstell’s hilariously dark mockumentary, Carnage: Swallowing the Past imagines a world where veganism is the norm. Meat eaters are referred to as "carnists" and young people reflect on the UK’s ...
Jennifer Jones4 days ago
Misadventures in Self-Storage Management
A few years back, I got the privilege of being an onsite resident manager of a self-storage facility for five years. Looking back, parts of it were great, other parts, let's just say, I've had my fill...
Keziah Flack15 days ago
The Customer Is Not Always Right
If there is one thing I want my hypothetical children to do, it’s work in retail. Not forever, just a short sentence. Having suffered through this myself, I know that it is the most brutal character b...
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Tia Spahan21 days ago
10 Things I’ve Learned Working In the Beauty Industry
As an Esthetician and Sales Consultant, I’ve worked at M.A.C, Dior, Smashbox, Ulta, Nordstrom, and a couple med spas. I’ve tried countless different products and many different aesthetic treatments. I...
Five Ways You're Not Supporting Your Friend's Small Business
Etsy. Teespring. Café Press. Lularoe. Pampered Chef. Tictail. YouTube. WordPress. Vocal. These are just a handful of the ways to make real money, working from home, from the comfort of the internet. T...
Chloe Gilholy24 days ago
20 Sites to Write For
As a writer, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that a reader is fully invested in my work. The money is nice, but I found feedback from readers a lot more rewarding. To this day, I still c...
Emily Adamsa month ago
The Absolute Best Things About Being a Writer
If you wake up in the morning and think about writing, you're a writer. You don't have to be published or renowned, you just have to write. If you are a writer, you will relate to this list.
Amy G.14 days ago
Duran
I once met a man, his name was Duran. I know, awful, who would start a story with a rhyme. Duran was the type of character that needed a rhyme to introduce him, the fabulous being he seemed to be. He ...
Tatiana Parkera month ago
If Only You Knew
Dear Baby Girl, You are not a baby anymore. Today is your thirteenth birthday, and you are finally a teenager. Everyone is going to start asking you, "Where do you see yourself ten years from now?" We...
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Rhonda Farley2 months ago
My Adventures as a Pizza Delivery Driver
In the short time that I have been delivering pizzas, I have been fortunate by not seeing many accidents on the roadways. But one day, I was driving along a popular road here in Town, while delivering...
Yvonne Glasgow13 hours ago
5 Things You Need Before You Start Applying to Writing Gigs
I love working as a freelance writer for a living. It started as a hobby over 17 years ago, then grew into something I liked to do part-time in my spare time. About seven years ago I started writing f...
Yvonne Glasgow18 hours ago
Writing 101: Are You Turning In Clean Copy?
Spelling and grammar errors are one thing when it comes to posting your feelings on Facebook, but when you’re submitting an article for pay, even through the Vocal family of sites, you need to be turn...
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D.A. Baldwin4 days ago
How to Write: A Novel Based Off a Fan Fiction
The world of fan fiction is such a strange phenomenon if you really think about it. I mean, you as the writer are essentially taking things that exist—movies, shows, video games, comic books, manga an...
Cody Perry12 days ago
Struggling to Survive
To the outside world, I am a successful, intelligent person with a wealth of possibilities in front of me. However, fear and doubt seem to permeate my every thought throughout the day and I wonder if ...
Claire Raymonda month ago
Making Money Online: Is InboxPounds Worth It?
There are loads of survey sites online that also offer the chance to complete offers for small amounts of cash, they are everywhere, and InboxPounds is one of the many available to use. But with so ma...
Ways To Make Money While You Sleep
I am not a fan of MLM companies, primarily because they use good advice to promote bad life decisions. Mostly, they use good advice to get you to throw friends under the bus for shitty product sales—a...
Louie Warner7 days ago
The Power of Social Media
I'm an aspiring model, and the most common thing I get asked is how I got into it. Now, I'm not yet what I'd call successful, so take everything with a pinch of salt, but I think a lot of people would...
Crystal Schindel16 days ago
Facebook or Bust
Facebook can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It all depends on how you approach it. We all have crazy, busy lives and social media can be the biggest time sucker of them all. I know there hav...
Gail Noblesa month ago
Be Heard in Podcasting
Writing is something that many of us love to do, but your voice can be heard through podcasting. When you write an article, you can also share it with a podcast. Hearing yourself, you might not like t...
Amanda McNeill22 days ago
Confessions of a Fanfiction Writer
I have been writing fanfiction for thirteen years; sometimes I am very on top of my game, while the rest of the time I am glaring at my computer screen like it is the reason I am unable to think of an...
J.T. McDaniela month ago
Alas, Poor Claudius
At one point, Hamlet questions his stated mission, suspecting that his father's ghost, who has set him upon the road to revenge, may not be telling the truth. "The spirit that I have seen/ May be the ...
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Monica Salazara month ago
Morning Meditations
Today, tainted thoughts will attempt to sway you of better reason. You will be told that acquiring money is the surefire path to happiness. You will be told that your career and social status is of th...
Cato Conroy3 days ago
Job Interview Tips for Employers
Job interviews are tough all around, and it often takes actually having to interview people to realize how bad it can be. If you are an employer looking to hire help, or a person who's brand new to HR...
Cato Conroy25 days ago
Body Language Job Interview Tips
Job interviews are a real gamble. Sometimes, people only interview you as a way to "go through the motions" after they selected a candidate. Other times, you start out cold but get a warm feeling afte...
What to Bring to a Job Interview
Most people can tell you that wearing a suit is a wise choice if you're heading to a job interview. They can also tell you that being on your best behavior, having a good resume, and bathing before th...
Ossiana Tepfenhart2 months ago
Things That the Wealthy Do Differently
Living close to New York City has given me an amazing perspective on life—one that has been molded by the myriads of people I've met throughout my time wandering through the city. In my years, I've me...
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Rhonda Farley2 months ago
My Adventures as a Pizza Delivery Driver
It was the first time that I had worked delivering pizzas on Valentine’s Day and I did not have any idea how busy the night ahead was going to be. I just thought that it was going to be another regula...
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Rhonda Farley3 months ago
My Adventures as a Pizza Delivery Driver
Before I go to work each day, I always think to myself and wonder where that I am going to be delivering pizzas to that day. Not that it does any good, though. When you hear your name called at work, ...
Sean Patrick21 days ago
What I Learned Reporting on the Death of Princess Diana
I was 20 years old when I landed my first job in professional radio. I began work as what we called a board operator, the person in charge of making sure that syndicated programming, in this case the ...
Maruf Hossain2 months ago
Standardized Testing
"I Just Sued The School System" in many ways has emphasized the overall core issue in the U.S. Education System. The one size fits all, cookie cutter issue. It has also explained a major issue within standardized testing.
The Price of Education and Teaching: Part I
When I was growing up, I never even imagined finishing elementary school; this was especially true due to our family's severe poverty, so I was lucky I survived adolescence and graduated from elementa...
Gail Noblesa month ago
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is an interesting actress. I have never seen a female actress act in movies like she does. She is fun to watch and I love watching her. Angelina can do some amazing stunts. She can driv...
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Ernie Schenck2 months ago
Do Not Open. Mystery Inside.
I’ve always been interested in creative people that have some kind of guiding principle, some belief system that fuels how they see life and therefore their work. I’m a big J.J. Abrams fan. I don’t mi...
Ossiana Tepfenhart3 months ago
Ways People Accidentally Annihilate Their Careers
Most people can think of one or two people who have gone from being major names in their industry to becoming people infamous for failure. After all, it happens in Hollywood all the time - think Bill ...