Freelance Writing

I never set out to be a writer, but in my quest to work at home, that’s what I became. Blogging requires writing. Creating information products and books requires writing. Marketing my business requires writing. And through all this writing, I discovered I could get paid to write for others.

Writing is a great way to work from home. It doesn’t cost anything to get started (assuming you already have a computer). While you should be able to string words together, you don’t need a degree in English or journalism. You can work anywhere on your own schedule. Finally, content is in high demand, which means work is plentiful.

If you’d like to try your hand at freelance writing, here’s how to get started:

1) Start writing. The more you write, the better you get. Consider starting a blog, which can showcase your writing and give you the practice you need.

2) Make a list of your skills, experience and interests. I can write about fitness because I’m an AFAA certified instructor. I can write about parenting because I’m a social worker. I can write about working at home because I work at home. Don’t limit yourself. If you know it, do it or love it, write it down. You never know when someone needs a writer to cover that topic. I’ve seen writing jobs for wine enthusiasts and skilled horsemen.

3) Get a basic understanding of writing for search engine optimization. Online sources will want you to use keywords and understand SEO.

4) Create a writing sample. Most jobs will want to see samples of your work. Some will want clips of published work while others will give you a topic and ask you write about it.

5) Write a bio. The bio isn’t just to help you get a job, it’s frequently posted with your work. You should start with your name and expertise or brand statement. Mention your knowledge or experience with the topic and end with the URL to your website or blog. Your bio may change depending on who you write for. For example, my bio is different for home business articles than fitness articles.

6) Get on social media, especially Google+. Because of Google’s authorship program, many resources want you to be on Google+, which is thought to improve article rankings in search engines.

7) Search and apply for writing jobs. I post them occasionally here. You can check out sites like Digital Writer Success, WritersWeekly.com, Problogger.net, and FreelanceWritingGigs.com.

8) Learn to manage your time to meat deadlines.

Here are resources for freelance writing jobs:

About.com – Hires writer “experts” in a variety of areas including soap operas, parenting and more.

Demand Studio – Hires writers and editors in a variety of topics.

Internet Brands – Provides content to a variety of websites in several topic areas.

CustomWritings.com is HIRING academic writers.

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