Even in today’s shaky market, there is always someone who needs something written for them. A professor who needs a dissertation typed up – but must also prepare lectures to give his class, an author who is starting a second novel – but needs a ghost writer to help her finish the first book, or even a manufacturer who needs a product reviewed. Freelance writers use their words to generate income either part time or as full time jobs. What a great way to grow your business.
You can be a freelance writer. All it takes is a willingness to learn the ropes, a solid work ethic and getting to know the people in the areas you want to work. For instance, if you want to write technical manuals, get acquainted with people who already write these types of manuals and see what they do.
Shadow them for a little bit and see if it is something you are truly interested in. If so, see if one of them is willing to teach you or at least point you in the right direction. You would be amazed at how willing people are to help out.
As for the work ethic, once you have asked for some help, you cannot expect your new-found mentor and friend to do all of the work for you. You need to learn some of the ropes yourself and do more research on your own.
You cannot be spoon-fed every tidbit of information because that is unfair to the person who has worked hard to get where they are. Learn what you can by studying them and other materials and then go back and ask questions.
Once you have decided which area you would like to start with, check your local newspaper, magazines, online job boards, craigslist, networking, etc. for positions that might be interested in hiring new writers so you can start getting some sample clips, or articles, together. Work your way from there as you start getting more and more pieces under your belt.
There are many resources available for starting freelance writers. The biggest tip is to take the first step and start somewhere; because if you don’t start somewhere, you won’t go anywhere. Writing on the side is a great way to build some cash for your online business.