Do You Want To Be A Freelance Writer?

There are approximately 50 million Americans who work as freelancers. With the continual growth of technology and the ability to work from home, the trend will only increase. How do you become a freelance writer? There are several options available to you.

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Evaluate Yourself-

Your first step would be to evaluate your knowledge, expertise and strengths. What are you good at and what are you interested in!! Decide where you would want to work! Would it be at home or in a more formal location, like an office. Also, consider joining an industry association and reading publications You’ll gain knowledge regarding planning and evaluating

Gain Knowledge

There are great publications, industry associations and job site to consider. Here are some examples>

Associations Society for Technical Communication

Job Site Freelance Writing

Publications Writer’s Market

On-Line Articles/Tips Take advantage of the internet when it comes to gaining knowledge

Build Your Resume-

Develop and build your resume. Understand your strengths. Use social media to communicate and display your skill set. Consider Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram. Selling yourself is very important. This will give you a competitive edge in a very competitive industry.

Even if you have no credentials you don’t have to give up. Let’s say you spent years as an administrative assistant. That means you were exposed to the business world and understand the priories and inner workings of the business world. You might excel at business writing and should try for a gig writing brochures, newsletters, and emails. People are also hiring freelance writers well-versed in social media platforms. If you Tweet, Instagram, or Snapchat a lot you likely have a skill set that can help develop your new career. Decide what you are good at and what you are comfortable doing!

Focus On What You Want-

Depending on where you want to focus and the company that you’re considering, know what you want and how you can add value to the company.

Put your best foot forward. Consider the following before moving forward>

  1. Research the company you are interested in
  2. Get professional tips on building your resume
  3. Know what you require regarding salary and work flexibility
  4. Provide samples of your work
  5. Provide references
  6. Be confident
  7. Be relaxed

If you purse a position via the internet using a job search company i.e. Fiverr, Upwork still maintain the same high standards. Know the job value going in. You might be competing with cheap labor from outside the United States. Show your value to help you stan out!

Doing all they above will help secure the job of your dreams. And, moving forward, will help you grow and develop for future opportunities. Your first job as a freelance writer can be a big investment in your future.