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Becoming A Freelance Writer: Directions For Starters

Freelance writing is a fantastic career, and it’s becoming more and more popular in the current uncertain economic climate. Unfortunately, because of its popularity, it may be harder to find work in the field than before. However, there is hope! We’ve put together some excellent directions for people who want to become freelance writers, but are new to the industry.

Is it for you?

Freelance writing is a brilliant career choice for many people, but it’s certainly not the correct choice for everyone. Working for yourself requires diligence, dedication, and self-discipline, as there’s no boss to make sure you’re doing your job properly. And if you want to succeed, you do need to do the job properly. So, before you head down this particular career path, find out if it’s the right one for you. Find out exactly what this career entails by reading articles about it, and asking people who are familiar with the industry.

How’s your writing?

If you’ve done your research and decided that freelance writing is, in fact, the career for you, you need to make sure that you can actually write well enough to be successful in the industry. Write a few sample pieces and ask some honest people you know for some constructive criticism. This way you’ll find out if your work is up to scratch, or if you need to improve your skills a bit. If you do need to improve your abilities, try looking for suitable courses online or at your community college.

Are you a specialist?

If you have a certain area of expertise or lots of experience with a specific area, you may be able to find work as a specialist freelance writer. If you come from a medical background, for example, you can become a medical writer. Specialists do earn more than generalists, so that’s a plus. However, if you don’t have any specific area of expertise, don’t despair. There is work for generalists out there, too. And, you can work on cultivating an area of expertise if you’d like.

Which is the right website for you?

Now you need to decide which freelance websites you want to join. There are so many websites out there, that you’ll definitely find at least one that suits you. Do some research by asking other people in the industry about their experiences with different sites, and look at the sites themselves to see if they appeal to you.

Where else can you advertise?

Finally, don’t forget that there are other places you can advertise your services as a freelance writer. Try establishing your own website, use job seekers websites, or even try advertising in your local newspaper.