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Starting A Freelance Writer Career: Here’s How You Should Do It

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With almost every office work getting outsourced these days, there is a strong possibility for writers to get tons of writing gigs from executives and entrepreneurs living on the other side of the globe. Content is an essential element in today’s business setup, as unique articles, blog posts, and other reading materials are a necessity to drive any and all businesses forward. Good content is a commodity many businesses need if they want to succeed and achieve their corporate goals.

Stemming from that thought, there is a huge market out there for awesome writers. Good and talented writers have high earning potential because the demand for their skills and expertise is vast and most employers are more than willing to shell out substantial amount of money for excellent content. So, if you believe that you can conjure up masterpieces with words and that you can create write ups that can successfully pitch a product or explain the pros and cons of a certain item or provide people with a good and unbiased review of a movie, then you just might have what it takes to become a professional freelance writer.

  1. First things first, you need to be a high caliber writer. Anybody can squiggle words on to a paper or type some mumbo jumbo nonsense on the computer and call themselves a writer. But to succeed in this business, you need to be actually good with grammar, diction, terminologies, and a lot of other aspects that come with writing.  If you are adamant on becoming a writer yet know that you still lack the skills and finesse possessed by experienced and veteran scribblers, your best option is to practice writing, read a lot of materials, and take some writing workshops.
  2. Determine which field of writing you will probably excel in. Choose if you prefer fiction, non-fiction, creative, technical, news, or feature. You may excel in two but most writers prefer to concentrate their writing skills in relation to their preferred method of writing. You need to understand that each field is designed for a specific purpose and most importantly, for a very specific set of audience. A good writer must know his/her craft and then work hard to really master it.
  3. Join writer communities and learn from other people. By affiliating yourself with a legitimate organization, you are effectively placing yourself in a position where you can actually create a network with other writers, get access to their own networks, and become part of something big. A writer with multitudes of connections is mostly likely to succeed in the freelance market compared to those who prefer to operate alone. Immersing yourself with other writers also provide you with tons of opportunities to learn new techniques and approaches in writing.
  4. Make sure you have all the tools and space needed for the trade. That means a stable internet connection, a  functional laptop or desktop with all the required writing software and applications and a room that will serve as your private office or work space. You may also need to have other items such as microphone, web cameras, and headsets because there will be times when you have to talk to your clients and potential customers about their projects. Having a good office says a lot to other people. It means that you are serious about your job and that it is a positive indication for your future prospects.
  5. Start small. You can’t expect to get high paying writing projects from the get go as most of the big payers prefer to hire those who have established themselves in their field, created vast portfolios of the previous writing projects, and have positive reputations and testimonials under their names. You can start by accepting small projects first and work your way to the top. This is the hardest part because the route to a successful freelancing career is a tough one and it might take a while before your name can gain traction in the writing community and in the freelance writing business. Build up your name by creating your own portfolio and asking your clients to give you some positive comments on your work. Once you have accumulated a respectable portfolio and scored nice testimonials, you may then pitch yourself and enter the big leagues.

So what DOES it take to jumpstart a writing career as a freelancer?

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If you have some time to spare, it works if you continue to practice your craft, read a lot of materials, and joining workshops. There is no guaranteed formula that will help you succeed as a freelance writer. But if you dedicate yourself to the trade, learn continuously about writing, and give your 100% to every writing project that comes your way, then there is no reason why you would not flourish and achieve success.

Write a blog! Just get started!

Here’s a helpful tip for budding writers out there: START A BLOG! Blogging helps you a lot especially if you do not have a portfolio yet. If a potential customer asks you for sample articles, you can just direct them to your blog. From there, they can gauge your writing style and determine whether or not you are a perfect fit for their purpose. Speaking of perfect fit, do not take it too bad if you are not chosen for a writing gig. People have different tastes and preferences. You may be a good writer but if the client does not feel that your writing skills are not what they need, you just have to move on and concentrate on what comes next.

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Here are some free resources that will help you kickstart your writing career right now!

  • Blogging Software
    • WordPress.org – Free blogging platform, this is the industry standard.
    • Blogger.com – Googles free blogging platform
  • Software for writers
    • Google Drive – Did you know Google runs a whole suite of office programs in the cloud?
    • Open Office – OpenOffice is free, open source software – make sure to save backups though…

Why wait? Apply to become a writer for symbiotic.me. We’re hiring!

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