Essential Freelance Writing Tools That Can Make Your Life Easier
Freelance writing is a hard job because you are the boss, which is great but can also be a downfall. One of the worst things that a freelance writer can do it not to have the right tools in their arsenal to do their job right. This list will help a newbie get started the right way.
- The first thing you need is a writing program. Microsoft Word is the idea one but if you have to save up to purchase the full version there are some nice alternatives online. Google Docs, Open Office, AbiWord, and so on, these are free, and there are many others that you can find online.
- A working computer and the Internet, these are important because you can’t find work if you don’t have these tools.
- A website is very important because you want a place where you can post your portfolio work or keep a blog. This will get you new clients and showcase your talent and keep it updated.
- Know where to find jobs, there are Freelance websites where you can sign up and apply to jobs, most will charge you about a 10% fee when you work a job, but they are a nice place to start, but you can also search job posting and apply that way as well.
- A PayPal account, it is free to sign up for a business account on PayPal, and they give you a free debit card. PayPal makes it simpler to get paid when you are working online.
- Productivity apps, one of the worst things you can do when you are working is to procrastinate and go to your social media and other websites that don’t pertain to work and waste time. There are extension apps available that will limit or eliminate wasted time on different websites.
- A LinkedIn profile is very important for a new writer because it will allow you to connect with your peers as well as connect with new clients. LinkedIn also has a job posting that allows you to find new clients too. And you don’t have to pay for it to get all of these features.
There are a few other things that you should consider that you have to pay for, but it can wait because you are just getting started. After awhile doing this, you will add to your toolbox as your writing career grows.