Become an Online Freelance Writer (Acquired From BusinessIdeasDaily.net)
A Freelance Writer is a writer or who works for themselves and sells their services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them. As a freelance writer you can set your own rates and only take on jobs that you want to do and when you want to do them.
Writing as a freelancer is a great way to start earning online as it is almost a zero cost startup (aside from a laptop, an internet connection and your time).
Freelance writing does take a little time to build up a clientele and a portfolio of work and testimonials which you can then show new clients.
There are several different freelance writing related jobs you can do such as article writing, ebook writing, copy writing. If you are into graphic design there is a also a whole host of jobs you can do as a freelance graphic designer, but that is for another article.
The easiest form of freelance writing is article writing – which is basically providing web content for webmasters keen to fill their own website, or for articles effectively promoting their website. This is where most freelance writers start and the only things you need are a firm grasp on the relevant language , text editing software (such as Word), the personal ability to meet deadlines, and if necessary the ability to carry out research for the articles you are writing.
How Freelance Article Writing Works
Website/blog/membership site owners need content! New content is what makes the internet go around.
Articles posted to blogs keep search engine rankings high. Articles posted to article directories create backlinks and increased traffic. Articles used for membership sites/newsletters need to be delivered to keep the members happy.
There is so much demand for so much content that the busy website owner just doesn’t have time to write all their own articles.
That’s where you can step in as a “ghostwriter” and write their content for them and get paid for it!
Where To Find Freelance Article Writing Jobs
The best places to start are online freelance job boards. Go to sites like www.elance.com, www.odesk.com or www.guru.com and you’ll quickly learn how the system works.
These are places where website owners go to find outsource “freelance” staff to help them with their online business.
When they need a job done, they will post their job description on the board and then you, the freelancer, will reply/apply to the request with your quote on how much you are willing to complete the job for.
There will be other freelance writers replying/applying to the same job with their quote so it can be a battle of the finest (best value) to see who gets the job.
Ultimately, it’s the poster who chooses who they will hire to write for them so you need to make sure you offer good value. Often, the lowest bidder for a job does not always mean they will get it. Website owners want quality articles.
You’ll notice that other freelancers will provide sample articles to show off their skills. You must do the same.
Even if your price to do the job is higher than others, if you can show that you can write better articles, or have better knowledge about the subject, then you chances for landing that job increase.
Another way to find article writing jobs is to go to webmaster/internet marketing forums such as www.warriorforum.com and www.forums.digitalpoint.com and www.wahm.com/jobs.html.
These forums are loaded with internet business owners who need articles written. You can offer your services on these websites. In most cases, you’ll need to pay to post your ad but it’s a quick way to get clients.
Package deals often sell well with posting an ad in a forum. For example, you could offer 10 x 250 word articles for $20 or 10 x 500 word articles for $35.
Any combination of offer and price is up to you. Check out what others are offering to get a feel for the pricing.
Remember to provide sample work and any positive feedback you have had from prior customers. If you are new, just be honest and tell them you are just starting. You may want to provide some free articles to get those testimonials first!
Free and fast start up – If you have an email account you can get work almost immediately
No running costs – There is no expensive software or memberships to pay for to run your freelance writing business. All you need is any text editing and document creating program like Word which is on almost all Windows PC’s.
No website required – You don’t need to have a website or know anything about one. A website will help to improve your credibility and is a good idea to have one in the long run but not essential at first.
Set your own hours – Work little or as much as you want.
No Contracts – Be your own boss. You take on as much or as little work as you want without being tied down to one job. You can take on several different jobs at once also.
Choose your work- You can choose the writing jobs that suit you best.
Work from home – All you need is your computer, text program (Word) and internet connection.
Typing speed – You get paid on a per article basis so it means the faster you type, the quicker you can get work done and your pay rate will turn out to be reasonable. If you type very slowly (like me) then you will find it a low paying job.
Expert Knowledge – If you get a job that requires articles on a topic you know nothing about or have little interest in, it will be hard to write about.
Writers block – Often your employer (person who requests the articles) will give you the topics they want articles about so you at least have an idea. But for longer articles, 400-500 words, you might have a hard time coming up with the number.