One of the leading professions that are suitable for people who enjoy flexibility is writing and this is because most types of writing today only require a computer, an Internet connection, and word processing software.
The Internet is a source of information and entertainment, and while much of that is offered visually, such as through video, the written word still the dominant method for delivering online content. As a result, there is a large demand for freelance writers.
Freelance Writing is convenient in that freelancers can work from home or anywhere you have an Internet connection and computer with a flexible schedule and a wide variety of types of writing are available, including articles, copywriting, and so on.
However, it takes time to find a steady stream of clients, some forms of writing don’t pay very well, income can be inconsistent, competition is fierce especially for high paying writing jobs and it requires skills beyond writing to be successful, such as discipline and organization.
Before you start seeking freelancing jobs, there are a few tasks you should do first:
1. Define the type of writer you’re going to be.
Will you write articles online or create marketing materials? Will you specialize in a topic (i.e. technology) or industry (i.e. real estate). These are the questions you necessarily have to ask yourself while starting out as a freelancer.
2. Make a list of topics you’re knowledgeable about.
It will be easier to break in as a writer if you start with topics you’re familiar with. Further, make a list of your credentials which can often lead to higher pay. For example, if you have a masters degree or are certified as a specialist.
3. Determine your pricing
While some jobs will have a set fee for your writing work, in some cases you’ll be able to negotiate your pay.
4. Draft a few sample for your choice of work
It is also important to draft out sample pieces related to the type of writing and topic you want to do. Or if you have already been paid to write, gather these clips together so you can submit them as a sample of your writing skill.
5. Set up a LinkedIn profile or a website
This is so that you can refer potential clients so they can learn more about you. Having an online resume and profile will be crucial to getting hired. While LinkedIn is a great resource to store your writing resume and accolades, having your own blog or website will establish you as a professional, and be a great place to organize your writing portfolio.
6. Social Network
This is also quite important because many freelancers find work through Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networking. Because you’ll need to be marketing and juggling multiple clients at one time, organization and workflow systems will be helpful to insure you have steady work that gets done on time.