Essentials for Every Freelancer
No Walk in the Park
Starting to work as a freelance writer is no walk in the park. It requires discipline, tenacity and some burning of the midnight oil. The freelancer, however, has more options and opportunities available to him or her these days due to the widespread usage of the Internet. Even with such advances as websites, blogs and social networking, the freelance writer needs to ensure that some essentials are in place in order to experience any level of success in the global market.
Get Started on the Right Foot
Start with the Essentials
The freelance writer needs to start off on the right foot with some freelance essentials:
- Email account: Choose from any of the many email providers and get an email account. Check out Gmail or Yahoo. They offer some good features.
- Paypal account: This is a basic payment method for most content and freelance sites such as article directories like Constant Content and Associated Content. Paypal is the most widely accepted payment method for freelance work and online content.
- Google AdSense: Some article and content sites offer residual income from clicks on advertisements related to posted content. Google Adsenseallows writers to make profits from relevant advertisements that appear next to their articles on sites like HubPages and Suite101.
- Amazon Associates: Affiliate links help freelancers add to their residual income. Amazon offers the freelancer its affiliate program as well as the ability to set up an storefront and a website. Such a program assists the freelancer in promoting books, magazines and other items available on Amazon.
Submit What You Can Where You Can
The freelancer must become a master of jumping through hoops. Some sites ask for writing samples, while others want detailed profiles of the writer or a passing grade on a quiz before one can event submit an article. The freelance writer who is seeking up-front payment at sites like Helium or Constant Content must carefully review the guidelines and terms of service agreements when signing on with such sites.
Numerous sites exist for article submission. Review the sites and see where your style of writing best fits. The last thing that you want is to find that you have written an article that has no life after you have hit the "submit" button. Check the landscape and submit what you can where you can.
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