Freelance Writing Jobs – Work From Home Writing

by WorkFromHome on April 9, 2011

Wondering how you can take your love of writing and make it into a profitable side venture, or maybe even a career that pays well enough to quit a job that you are not passionate about? To be a successful freelance writer requires you to be a competent writer with the ability to use concise sentences and precise language to get your client’s point across to a chosen audience. You do not need to have a huge vocabulary to be a great freelance writer, just a decent command of English and an ability to write grammatically flawless sentences.

Freelance writing may mean writing anything from advertising copy for print ads, like those in magazines and brochures or soft copy like that on websites and blogs. It also can mean ghostwriting articles to be printed under someone else’s name, penning technical manuals or writing product descriptions for catalogues. You may find most of your work as a freelance writer in a large city, like Sydney or Brisbane, but you can still do that work from your favourite small town across the country or even across the world, thanks to the internet. As long as you can turn on your computer and connect to the internet from wherever you are, you can connect with clients and send them your work and receive their payments electronically.

Because, you are paid based upon what you deliver as a freelance writer, you can work when it is convenient for you. This means that if you find that you are able to do your best writing early in the morning before your children get out of bed or in the middle of the day when no one is home, you can do so. If you suddenly find yourself with a doctor’s appointment in the middle of the day or a lunch with friends, then you can do your writing at night instead, without having to ask anyone’s permission. As long as you are able to deliver your completed writing projects to your client as you agreed, then you can arrange your work schedule to fit your life, instead of the other way around.

You can even pick and choose the writing that you spend your working hours on. Rather than taking on every article, technical writing assignment and blog post request that you receive, you may find that you are able to develop a specialized proficiency in one area. Doing so may allow you to develop a stronger working relationship with your clients. Focusing on a niche area that requires a level of expertise, such as writing about medical topics, will allow you to command a higher price per article or assignment than you might otherwise, while indulging an interest in that area.

A key success factor for your new career in freelance writing is discipline. Being a freelancer means being your own boss, which means that it is up to you to organize your time so that you get your work done by the deadlines that you have promised it to your clients. If you do not provide complete, high quality articles to your clients by the deadlines previously agreed upon, then you are unlikely to enjoy repeat business in the future. A happy client also is likely to recommend you to his or her colleagues and business acquaintances, which means that delivering your work on time can mean a big boost in your income as a freelance writer.

It is not just good manners that demands that you deliver your freelance writing assignments on time. While some writing assignments may not seem to be time sensitive to you, such as product descriptions, they may be going into product catalogues that will be going to print shortly. Similarly, your client will not be interested in paying for a news article a week after an event as occurred, which means that you need to be ready to juggle several assignments at once to make short deadlines work to your advantage, or not accept them at all. Not accepting these assignments, however, will severely limit your ability to grow your career as a freelance writer and to reap the financial rewards that will help you to support your family.

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