The Best Freelance Writing Opportunities: A Quick Guide For Beginners

To be a freelance writer is an amazing thing. You can set your fees, work from wherever you wish, and work as much or as little as you want to do. Starting out in the career can be a bit tricky. There are some definite rules to follow. Use our quick guide for beginners as you begin your new profession.

Quick Guide for Beginners

  • - Build a Portfolio: The people who wish to hire you will want to look at sample examples of your work. If you have not published before, write a few samples in the different genres for your portfolio.

  • - Join a Third Party Company: If you join a third party company, the job postings will be at one place and you will not have to spend hours searching for work. You will simply bid on the jobs that interest you. Most of these places have a ranking system where people can see how former clients liked your work.

  • - Read the Job Offerings Carefully: Be careful when you read the job offerings. People may ask for free work, do not do this. They may also ask for before the deal is sealed. Do not do this either. Be smart and read carefully.

  • - Never do it for Free: Do not ever give away your work. This is your job and you must treat it like a job. Most reputable clients will pay for a test-run if they require one to narrow down the possible writer field.

  • - Do Not Miss Deadlines: People get angry when you miss your deadline because they too, have dates to meet. If an emergency does arise, and one may, contact the customer immediately and resolve the situation. Most clients are understanding if you are honest, but missed deadlines should never become a pattern.

  • - Do Not Overbook: Be realistic and keep a schedule. Overbooking yourself may result in sloppy work or in missed deadlines. While you may be excited that seven people want to hire you for work due tomorrow, you need to make sure you can actually complete the work in time.

  • - Look for Repeat Customers: repeat customers are great. They come back to you will a job, therefore allowing you more time to write and less time you have to spend looking for work. Always end a thank-you note when you finish the job, and let the client know you are open to more work if he or she has it.