If you’re looking for a flexible work from home job, and you’re a decent writer, getting paid to write articles might be right up your alley. The most difficult part of writing from home is breaking into the business. After getting your first few writing gigs, more jobs will follow, if you do a few simple things.
Getting paid to write articles isn’t necessarily the most lucrative job in the world, but it’s a great career, due to it’s flexibility and low overhead. Do you want to get started? Great!
The best way to find your first writing job is to use your current network of friends, coworkers, or anyone else you know. Let people know that you are looking for writing jobs. If you need to, volunteer to write a piece for potential clients and wow them with both your writing skills and your fantastic customer service.
Don’t limit your network to people you know in person. Talk to authors of blogs you like, join LinkedIn to make new contacts, and get active on other social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. If you find a blogger who seems overwhelmed with their workload, offer to write an article (or two or three) for them. Constantly be on the lookout for writing opportunities and step in as soon as the door opens.
When I first started writing articles for money, I figured I’d squeeze in writing between other daily tasks, such as housework, homeschooling, and chasing my toddler. That is definitely the wrong approach!
If you are serious about being a paid writer, you need to set aside specific times to do your job. Any regular time will do. Some writers write early in the morning. Others write late at night. And some writers set aside one whole day on the weekend to write.
Whatever you do, make sure you have a block of time available to focus completely on your writing. Otherwise it’s too easy to miss deadlines or do a sloppy job. And if you do that, you may not be a paid article writer for long!
Once you’ve landed a few writing jobs, make sure you set up a writer’s website. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, but you do need to showcase the writing jobs you’ve done. Before a potential client hires you, he will want to see samples of your work.
Having a website that contains samples of your work, your contact information, and a little bit about you is the best way to give clients the information they need before they decide to hire you. If they need to wait for you to email them samples of your work, they may just decide to hire someone else while waiting for your email.
Make it easy for people to hire you by putting all of your information on a website.
Finally, if you want your writing career to really take off, make sure you treat your clients well. Deliver on your promises. Meet all deadlines. Proofread everything you turn in. Twice. Talk to your client, taking good notes on what he’s looking for in an article. Then write the article he’s looking for. Try to gather all the information you need up front, but don’t be afraid to email with an occasional question if you need clarification on something.
Bottom line? You want to make your client’s life easier. You want him to be glad he hired you. And you want him to give you a good recommendation! All of those things will happen if you deliver on your promises 100% of the time.
Getting paid to write articles isn’t a terribly difficult job, but being a consistently good writer takes commitment. If you have that commitment, plus a little grammatical know-how, you can do this job. It just takes a little perseverance.
Have you ever considered being a paid writer? Why haven’t you taken the plunge? If you are a paid writer, what tips can you offer new writers?
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