Part-Time Jobs: Becoming A Freelance Business Writer
You don’t have to be academically minded to become a great writer. You just need to have an excellent grasp of English Language, a creative flair, and the ability to at times write comprehensively about subjects that you find a little mundane. Of course, it helps if you are passionate about the subjects that you are writing about, but freelance writing is a two-way street. You get the flexibility to write at times that suit you, but in order to pick up that work you can’t necessarily be too picky about the jobs that you are willing to accept.
So, whether you are a student looking to earn some extra cash, or a stay-at-home mom looking for a practical way to make ends meet, I hope that my tips on becoming a business writer will be of some help:
Research the market
If you are new to this, you will want to spend a little time researching the market and seeing what is out there. I would suggest that you sign up for two or three of the large work from home websites. Initial registration is easy, but if you want to be successful in securing some jobs you will need to spend some time working on your profile. Your profile doesn’t have to be 100% complete, but it should be at least 75%-80%.
Write a few samples
Unless and until you have a proven track record and some testimonials from satisfied clients you need to do something that will set you apart from the rest of the untested pack. The best way to do this is to prepare a few sample articles or blog posts. Yes, I know this is challenging since you don’t know what you will be called upon to do, but since we are talking about business writing, I would suggest that you prepare something along the lines of “Five SEO tips for beginners.” Or “How to set up a blog from scratch.”
Online business blogs
The easiest way to get started is to register for some of the online sites as I have already mentioned. However, I understand that some people are a little reticent about doing this. If business is your passion, then you could go straight to the horse’s mouth and contact some blogs directly. Be sure to have a good look at them first, to see if they do have any guidelines and are looking for freelance writers.
Call some local businesses
Nothing ventured; nothing gained. Try calling 50 local businesses and ask if they are looking for any freelance writers. You never know, you might strike gold. If not, then you can always revert to plan b.