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Becoming A Freelance Writer: A Checklist For Beginners


The world of freelancing is vast, with many opportunities for writers, individuals and companies alike. The ability to work at home, on any computer with an internet connection, and still earn a high income makes this one of the most sought after job types in existence today. Before quitting your job and deciding to become a freelance writer, however, there are certain conditions that must be met and several tricks you should know. Here is a possible checklist for anyone considering pursuing a career as a freelance writer:

  1. Be qualified
  2. You must possess the qualification or skills necessary to complete any job type. This much should be obvious, if you are indeed convinced that freelancing is the career for you, then you should consider whether you possess the required skills, and if you do not, find ways of acquiring proficiency as many as you can.

  3. Possess an impressive online profile
  4. Your online profile can work for or against you. Your rate of job acquisition can depend largely on the impression left on potential employers after they have viewed your profile. Take the time to create a good profile, one way of ensuring this is searching online for advice on how to construct one.

  5. Register with a hosting company
  6. There are many companies in existence who earn their moneys by providing the service of bringing freelancers and clients together in a mutually beneficial environment. These companies can be found easily using any search engine and it is highly recommended that you register with one of them.

  7. Be prepared to work for unfavorable payment
  8. You will be considered new and inexperienced on the market for some time before building a reputation. During this time, jobs will be somewhat difficult to acquire because of your lack of a track record. As a result, you may be forced to take on tasks that are difficult and pay very little, in order to become known as a proficient writer.

  9. Focus on your reputation
  10. As mentioned before, your reputation influences your job opportunities so it is important that you focus on building a solid reputation, before pursuing higher paying jobs. You are always welcome to apply for all job types, of course, but it may prove more practical to complete jobs that you can acquire to help boost your reputation.

  11. Continuously update your skill set
  12. As you progress as a freelancer, you will often see jobs that are outside of your skill set. To avoid stagnation, make the effort to continually learn new skills.

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