Eight Steps To Becoming A Highly Paid Freelance Grant Writer

You want to be a freelance grant writer and you want to be paid well to do so? This type of writing is complicated and requires strong writing skills. Generally, these writers have degrees in English, journalism, or communications with intensive writing experience. Moreover, grant writing is a particular type of proposal writing with specific conventions and an important goal: to request funding for a particular institution, program, or project. To be a successful writer, you will want to follow these eight steps to becoming a highly paid freelancer:

  • Step 1: Become educated. In-demand grant writers generally have a Bachelor’s degree in a writing-intensive subject. Other skills that applicable degrees will cultivate, besides writing, are persuasive techniques. Since you will be writing proposals, the ability to write persuasively is required.

  • Step 2: Get certified. There are certification programs that may provide you with cache, or you could get a certificate through a college or university by taking classes that focus on grant writing. If you are unable to earn a certificate or accreditation, you can also join a grant-writing association through which you can find job training resources or classes.

  • Step 3: Gain experience in different types of grant writing. Experience is probably the most important ingredient for success. Most well-paying jobs will require demonstrated experience. You can gain experience by taking on smaller freelance jobs, volunteering on projects for organizations, and completing an internship.

  • Step 4: Move from generalist to specialist. As you gain writing experience, you should also narrow your focus to a specific subject or field. You will also want to become involved in the field for which you are writing proposals by researching and familiarizing yourself with the industry. It will be much easier to write proposals if you have background knowledge, which is why you want to specialize. It is much better to be very knowledgeable about one industry than to be slightly familiar with many.

  • Step 5: Write, write, write. The more you write, the more your skills are cultivated and your resume grows. Having an extensive resume is a big step toward establishing yourself as an expert and commanding higher rates.

  • Step 6: Make contacts and earn referrals from clients. Another benefit to growing your resume is that you will make contacts with clients and earn referrals. When your client base grows, you will receive more offers for work and create a demand for your services.

  • Step 7: Choose your fee system as you build your portfolio. You should establish a consistent system for charging your clients—per project, page, or word; hourly, monthly, or yearly. As you gain experience, you can alter your rates to reflect your evolution of skills and knowledge.

  • Step 8: Make money and be selective with your projects. Now that your client base has grown and you have ample experience in specialized grant writing, you can be more selective with which and how many projects you take on, and you can command a higher rate for your work. It has taken a lot of work to get here, but your hard work and determination has paid off. Congratulations on your well-paying career!

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