Are you interested in learning how to begin a career as a freelance writer or blogger, and finding work that provides solid pay? The web provides countless opportunities for serious individuals, who desire to transition into the realm of online writing. Check out our tips on how to earn a steady income over time, by establishing yourself as creative professional, who writes for various publications online.
Create an online portfolio of your best work. Associated Content from Yahoo! currently provides an excellent platform for publishing articles online. Contributing to this website will allow you to build a handy portfolio of your work, that editors and potential employers can review. In the early stages of “getting your feet wet” as a freelance writer, it is advisable to only publish your work as display-only content. If you go this route, you can easily edit your work as needed, and make any necessary changes to improve overall quality at a later date. We already know — for the hobbyist or serious writer — it is quite tempting to have a company compensate you for the first few articles you write. Avoid making the common mistake that many writers have in the past, by rushing to get something published. Instead wait, hone your skill, and attempt to produce high quality content, that you can be proud of today and two years from now. If possible, pick up a sourcebook like the Yahoo! Style Guide, which provides valuable information on subjects like writing strong headlines, SEO optimization and much more. Always remember that once your writing is “out there” via online publication, potential employers will judge you on the basis of what is represented on the web.
** Associated Content from Yahoo! currently offers paid assignments to new writers that are normally $5 or less. If a writer feels comfortable selecting his own topics, he can submit articles to AC for upfront payment consideration. The upfront offer you receive depends upon numerous factors i.e searchability, SEO and if the topic is already too saturated on the website. After you consistently produce quality, engaging content, targeted calls become available on the “assignment desk” to contributors, which offer higher compensation. The targeted calls specifically written for publication on Yahoo! proper are valuable opportunities, because if selected they will provide a writer with clips that can be used to obtain work with other online publications in the future. Even higher paying “partner calls” are also made available to various contributors throughout the Associated Content community. The current partners include companies like Zappos and many others.
Know that Google is your best friend. Use Google to search for work as a blogger and writer. Enter keywords like ‘blogger’ ‘writing’ ‘freelance’ and ‘telecommute’ when you perform a search online. Blogging is an excellent way to improve your comfort level relative to writing online, while making good money. Of course, rejection is a reality with any type of freelance work, but you want to be proactive in finding a reliable stream of ongoing gigs. Prepare yourself in advance for editors who reject your queries, or do not bother responding at all. Approach any rejection of you work in a positive manner, by using it to improve your skill and marketability as a writer. In the end, if you are capable of producing quality engaging content, you will find that lucrative work is definitely available on every continent around the world. Of course, local employment ads and Craigslist are also excellent resources for writers seeking gigs that pay in specific regions.
Submit articles to additional websites. Once you feel fairly comfortable with the quality of your writing, try to raise the bar for yourself, by submitting to additional websites with good reputations. Aol’s SEED represents a tried and true opportunity for writers who desire to expand their resumes. Prior to beginning work on any assignment, take a look at the content on the designated website, where the article will potentially be published. Analyze the existing content you see — try to tailor your article to reflect the particular style that is present on the website. The downside of Aol’s SEED is you may spend hours working on a single article — publication is not guaranteed. What is the upside? Beyond the compensation, you have challenged yourself as a writer. If your article is published on one of the Aol niche sites, you have the added bonus of being able to add this to your resume in the future. We all know that brands like Aol, Google and Yahoo carry a lot of weight throughout the world. When editors for online publications see one or all of those companies listed on a writer’s resume, they tend to take notice. If you are a freelance writer, who desires to increase opportunities for substantive work in the future — make every effort to get one (or all) of the major players on your list of past and current clients.
Work on a resume. Once you have writing samples published in a few quality places around the web, work on putting together a resume for yourself as a freelance writer. Highlight key clients, and any professional skills and certifications you have, which demonstrate your expertise in a specific niche area. Avoid getting too bogged down relative to the minute details of your employment history. At the end of the day, editors primarily focus on the quality of your writing samples, if the style of you writing will complement their website and if your writing demonstrates genuine expertise in an area that readers will trust.
Set up a website. Any freelance writer must consider the fact that he will never meet the majority of his online clients. In a world where presentation is everything, a website helps you to establish yourself as a serious writer to potential employers. Although it may sound complicated, setting up a website really is a straightforward process, that will not require a major investment of time or money. The easiest option is to set up a Blogger blog through Google for free. Obtain a unique domain name for yourself, such as www.yourname.com or www.yourname-writer.com. At the moment, the cost of purchasing a domain is around $10, and you can easily do this through Blogger. Share any pertinent experience on your site in a brief bio, and detail the specific services you provide to clients as a writer. Provide links to quality samples of your best work online. Upon completion, include the website link on your resume as well.
Pursue additional gigs that require an application process. Demand Studios is a reliable writing gig that a freelance writer can depend upon to earn a full-time income. In order to get accepted into Demand Studios, you must have a good resume, possess quality writing samples and go through an application process. The majority of new writers earn around $15 per article through Demand Studios, and their work is published on websites like eHow. Additional Demand Studios opportunities also exist offering higher compensation (approximately $30-80) and publication on numerous other websites. After a writer’s initial acceptance into Demand Studios, the special opportunities require a separate application process for interested parties.
Be a work in progress and become a master of your own destiny. Avoid being the person who is not receptive to new modes of doing things in life. Usually, success for people of this type tends to be short lived. Be open to new marketing tools (i.e. social media) and strategies, and continue to regard your writing as a work in progress. Any chance you get, network with actual editors for print and online publications, who can assist in mentoring your growth and development as a professional writer.