Getting Started As A Freelance Writer; A List Of Useful Suggestions
A career as a freelance writer can be a rewarding one. There will be a lot of hard work involved, and no doubt a few disappointments along the way. But if you are determined that this is truly the path for you, by all means pursue it!
Over the years we have learned lot of tricks of the freelance trade. Lucky for you, we are more than happy to share them! Here are some pointers to keep in mind as you kick-start your career as a freelancer:
Can You Write?
Have you already got a formal education in journalism or English? It is not an absolute pre-requisite. Some people have a natural gift, and words flow easily from pen to paper. Have someone else evaluate your writing skills. It doesn't have to be a professional, even a friend or family member can provide useful feedback. Write what you love and know, and know and love what you write about.
There are courses that can sharpen your writing skills, and free online tests that can help you improve your spelling, grammar, and word usage. The more you write, the better your writing will become.
Decide Where Your Strengths Lie
Do you have a background in biology, business or babies? Anyone of these could give you a distinct advantage when it comes time to winning jobs and being awarded freelance projects. Talented copywriters are always in demand. If you have a knack for sales, and can write convincing copy this may be a freelance road to travel down.
If you have experience in photography, many travel and other magazines are on the lookout for photojournalists who can deliver pretty pictures and terrific text. If you know programming languages or have other computer expertise, you may find website and content projects can pay the bills.
Register On A Web-Based Freelance Site
There are several websites dedicated to bringing together freelancers and clients. Registration is often free, with the option available to upgrade to pay packages later should you choose. Clients on these sites may contact you directly with a proposal, or post a job that anyone can place a bid for. The client will usually give a brief description of the job, and an idea of the budget and time frame in which they are working.
You will start with low budget projects, and you may not be writing about the most exciting and exotic topics. However, you will be getting experience. Also if your clients are happy, they can post positive feedback on your profile. This will help you get better paying, longer term jobs in the future.
Keep at it. In no time you will have gained some regular clients, and good references will get you more!