A freelancer is a person who sells their talents (in our case writing,editing) to employers as those services are needed.
Freelancing has been around as an income source for more years than we can count. As the economy has gotten worse more writers are turning to freelancing as another income stream. Many freelance sites have been around for several years are now expanding there customer base daily so in turn they need more writers to fill the flood of assignments coming in.
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Freelance Writing Tips
Find a Niche – Write about what you know and love. I like calling this low hanging fruit. Make a list of ten things you like to do, hobbies, activities, etc. Then pick the top three and you have your niche.
We all Start Somewhere – Don’t think that because your new to the freelance game you can’t pitch the big guys but know you may have more success pitching local and regional publications. A lot of the times local and regional publications pay just as much as the big guys.
Regional Magazines Rock – I love writing for this market. These publications are more open to new writers and shorter spec pieces. These publications have high expectations of their freelancers, so don’t think their second rate.
Guest Blogger – This is a great way to get name exposure and writing samples. At the end of your post you typically get a short bio with a link to your blog or website.
Register with Freelance Writing Job Sites – There are a lot of freelance writer sites out there. Make sure you do your research on the site before you register. Many sites have free memberships with the option to pay for an expanded package. I suggest sticking to the free package until you get your feet under you.
Put Together a Portfolio – A portfolio consists of your published articles and guest blog posts. If you don’t have anything then write a few sample articles.
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