Writing In A Nutshell
Freelance Writing is what interests you, you must be prepared for the
competition. This is not an easy profession, especially if you're just
out. Now I'm not trying to derail you from your passion, but I do want
understand that it takes time to build a reputation. There are plenty
opportunities available, either as a magazine writer, copywriter, or in
There's also a ton of website owners who need original content writers.
So, first things first, build a portfolio or a "clip" of
examples. Not too many, but enough to display your writing skills. You
want to give away free original written content. Whether you have to
up a paper from college, or volunteer for a writing project, make sure
perfect! Another excellent way to showcase your work is by creating a
website. When applying for projects or jobs, you can provide a link to
What better way to learn, than
from those who are already doing it. These forums can be priceless,
when you're looking for the perfect employer. Subscribe to a freelance writing
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writing group. Many
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and start asking questions.
a Pricing Schedule
This can be the hardest part,
especially when you're just starting out. If possible, find out what
writers with similar experience are charging. Honesty is the best
don't fake interest or pretend to be an employer out to hire in order
this information. Just simply explain your situation. You'll find many
are more than willing to help a fellow freelancer. Also, keep in mind
lowest price usually gets the bid, however, don't sell yourself short.
build your reputation, your prices will grow as well.
You must, just like any other online profession, watch out for
the scams. Anytime you see an advertisement claiming to pay oodles of
someone with little or no experience, it's a RED FLAG!
Last but certainly not least, post your resume/portfolio/clip with several
online job listing
websites. The more the better. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
conclusion, freelance writing is not a path I would suggest to someone
just looking to make some extra cash. It's a passion, and you have to
dedicated, and truly love it to be successful at it.
"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
- Christopher Columbus
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