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Freelance Writing – The Low Down

Freelance Writing – The Low Down

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Freelance writing is a great way to earn a living from home. It often means that you can work flexible hours, this is especially convenient if you have children at home. I decided that I wanted to become a freelance writer and blogger soon after my eldest daughter was born. I left my old job behind and decided building my own freelance business was the best way to ensure the happiness of my family and I.

Although it looks easy, writing for a living has its challenges. Doing so from home and around a family just amplifies those challenges. If like me, you too want to be your own person outside of being a mother. If you need to work for your own sake, to thrive and to be content then freelance writing could be for you.

There are a few key points to consider before you make any decisions:

Are you familiar with basic grammar?

You don’t need to be an expert but having basic grammatical knowledge is a must. We all make mistakes, that makes us human. However if you know that grammar isn’t your strong point, it might be worth rethinking your next career move or spending some time brushing up on your core skills.

Do you have a good imagination?

Writing requires a lot of imagination. Think about staring at a blank page knowing that you have to fill it, often with only a keyword to start you off. Are you able to think quickly, providing yourself with a clear direction. Research is a big part of this too, but being able to generate quality and engaging content from almost nothing is a required skill.

Can you type quickly and with minimal errors?

Freelance writing can be a great little earner, if you can type quickly enough. When you’re assigned projects, they are often worth a set amount. If typing is not your strong point, making your money as a writer may not be feasible, as taking more time to write than you should immediately devalues your work. For example, a five hundred word article should take around 30 minutes to complete. Any more than this and your hourly rate won’t reflect the amount of work you’ve put in.

Do you have good research skills?

When you’re writing articles it’s not unusual to have to do a little research along the way. Think about how efficiently you’re able to search for facts and to decide whether the source is reliable. A simple google search doesn’t always suffice. We all know that not everything we read on the internet has depth and so it’s important that you’re able to decipher the good from the bad. After all, you don’t want your work to be discredited due to poor research.

 

If you think freelance writing is for you, you can find out more HERE!

 

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40 Replies to “Freelance Writing – The Low Down”

  1. It’s funny. I love my blog. I don’t think it’s too bad. I get paid to write stuff on it. But I don’t think I’m good enough to be a freelance writer. Explain that one to me?! #blogstravaganza

  2. Good post, I am dyslexic so I don’t think freelance would work for me! lol I struggle with blogging but its MY space and if the grammars not right then its not right. #blogstravaganza

  3. Zoe I always love your freelance writing tips!! It was because of one of your other articles that I took the plunge and got accepted onto a couple of content writing sites! So thank you! You always have the best tips and advice!xx #Blogstravaganza

  4. I’m just in the process of trying to kick-start a freelance writing career – it’s always been a dream, but now I’m on maternity leave, I’ve had the time (well, a little time anyway) to work on it. I have a couple of clients but nothing too big just yet. So exciting though… writing is something that I’ve always loved to do! I’m always on your blog finding out how you make it happen – so thank you for all the advice! #Blogstravaganza

    1. I started exactly like you! When the biggest was born and I gave my company up, I wanted to carve a career out of something I love, instead of something I had to do 🙂 xx

  5. Some really good points and I have to work very hard on my grammar. And not to mention spellings hahaha #Blogstravaganza

  6. great tips and makes me think. I have thought about it before, but I do seem to lack a lot of confidence in my ability, something I am working on #Blogstravaganza

  7. Come March my office is shutting so I’m using that as an excuse to push my blog to a career, this will help fill the time and your post with the sites is something im gonna look into tonight, thanks lovely! #Blogstravaganza

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