What You Need To Know To Make Money As A Freelance Writer

by WorkFromHome on June 13, 2011

There are many home based workers who are vying for freelance writing jobs. These premium gigs will allow you to say good-bye to boring days in a cubicle or behind a counter, and instead to write about a wide variety of different topics for your clients. The trick, of course, is being able to stand out from the crowds of other qualified freelance writers, so you can launch your career as a professional writer, while enjoying the freedom of being able to work from home.

Have Perfect English

It sounds obvious, but many would be professional freelance writers attempt to sell articles that contain numerous spelling and grammar errors. If you want to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, then you must have perfect grammar and spelling in all of your writing. This includes communications with potential clients, such as e-mails and contracts, as a typographical error in an e-mail to a potential client could dissuade him or her from hiring you.

Since the Internet has made it possible for companies across the globe to hire your services, if you can alter your spelling to accommodate American and British preferences, then you may be able to grow your income significantly. While there are a number of websites devoted to the topic online, generally, only those writers who have actually spent time in the country in question are truly able to write in the lingual style requested by the client.

Use A Freelancing Website To Find Your Clients

While you can certainly set up your own website, advertising the different services that you provide as a freelance writer and showcasing your best work, you stand a better chance at finding clients if you sign up with a freelancing website. A freelancing website will connect you with clients that are looking for qualified writers to perform different types of work.

Although many businesses are now looking at your profile, including writing samples and other relevant information, remember, the reason they are looking at a freelance writing website to begin with is that they want to be able to peruse a number of profiles. This means that you need to keep yours current and filled out with as much information as possible to reassure your potential customers that you are truly qualified to provide them with the services that they need.

Once you have completed your first writing assignment for a freelance writing website, remember to have your client fill out the survey to provide feedback on your writing, as well as on the quality of your customer service. Have your customers do this after every writing assignment is complete. This will help you to show potential future clients that you have a track record of offering consistently high quality writing to your clients in a timely manner.

Be Flexible With Your Assignments

If you are not willing to take on assignments that vary from a single type of writing, such as articles on celebrity gossip or product descriptions for men’s clothing stores, then you are unlikely to be able to make very much money as a freelance writer. Most freelance writers enjoy being able to write professionally in a wide variety of different styles, though, since they find it interesting to learn about different businesses and subjects, as well as writing styles.

You can add different writing styles to your writer’s tool kit by spending time perusing them online. Look at websites’ “about us” pages to learn about the information that businesses like to see included in their biographies, and at top blogs to learn about how you can best write informally for a blog audience. The more top reference materials that you read, the better you will understand the gold standard of a particular style. As a result, you will be better able to provide your clients with the type of writing that they are asking for with minimal errors.

Other popular requests include product descriptions, which are more concise, resumes and cover letters, whose styles will vary based upon the industry that the client is applying to. Being able to deliver an excellent finished product is dependent on your knowing what is considered the standard in that area, so you should take the time to find out before you begin writing. If you are still unsure of what your client is looking for, though, be sure to ask him or her for clarification. You also can ask for an example of what the client is looking for, if it still is not clear.

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