How To Get Started In Freelance Writing

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Write what you love!

I began freelance writing by writing book reviews for payment in free books. These have been very good through exceptional works of non-fiction, mystery, science fiction, poetry, essay collections and classics. I have also reviewed business handbooks, Christian literature, global literature; graphic novels, academic text books and computer manuals. It has been fun and provided me with free books for entertainment and practicall uses, as well as good writing practice.

Through these first reviews, my writing has been noticed by publishers and others seeking writers. I have gathered a growing number of writing jobs, including research papers, medical articles, literature analyses and many more projects of different varieties.

It all started with a few well-written book reviews from a fresh perspective that used solid writing techniques with good grammar and the creative use of powerful phrasing.

So practice writing every day - a journal entry, a poem on an envelope, lists of things to think about. Just write. Additionally, read all kinds of writing. The more you read, the more you'll find you have to say.

Niche Writing

Specializing Your Freelance Work

Some writers specialize in just one type of writing, but other writers continue to do a variety of works.

In the beginning, it is wise to write about what you enjoy. Perhaps you can simply decide between the two categories of fiction and nonfiction at this point. As you accept and complete increasing numbers of jobs, you will find what type of writing is the most successful for you and which are the most enjoyable.With this knowledge, you can begin to specialize in one or a few types of assignments.

Writers can also decide whether to write for themselves, by publishing books or booklets and related materials, or to work for clients, accepting a variety of assignments. Some writers continue to do both throughout their careers.

FREELANCE ASSIGNMENTS

Here are some of the types of work available to freelance writers:

  • Ad Copy
  • Articles - Be prepared to see and to turn down work that pays only $1.00 per 1,000 words or even less. Accepting this work brings the price down for all writing online, as it has already done since 2005.
  • Book Reviews
  • Blogging
  • Business Plans
  • Character Dialogue
  • Character Descriptions
  • eBay and Amazon Listings
  • eBooks
  • Grant Proposals
  • Ghost Writing - Autobiographies, especially.
  • Greeting Card Copy
  • Job Descriptions
  • Marketing Materials
  • Newsletters
  • Plays and Screen Plays
  • Press Releases
  • Research Documents
  • Resumes and Portfolios
  • Statistical Analysis and Charts
  • Training Manuals
  • Translations
  • Web Content
  • White Papers

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Getting Started In Freelance Writing

Hundreds of "freelance writing" sites appear across the Internet, but many of them are scams, because:

  1. They gain your personal information, but offer no work, then use your information for ID Theft,
  2. Never pay you for your work at all, but sell it to multiple customers,
  3. Charge a fee and/or require you to go through their expensive online writing course (These particularly nefarious sites make income through fees and writing tuition, but never offer any writing assignments), or
  4. Require you to sign a contract in which you agree that if a customer is not satisifed with your work on th efirst draft, then you will pay a) a fine and b) the listed customer's price of the assignment to the company yourself. This scam is usually run by two or more partners that list themselves under dozens of URLs. A particularly large scam is run out of Ontario, Canada.

A few sites that have used unethical practices include:

  • Express Services
  • Essaywriters
  • Freelancer


Avoid writing scams at all cost. Here are a few good sites to use to look for freelance jobs of all kinds.

  • Elance
  • inkygirl.com - A well written blog that contains many guidelines and resources.
  • freelancewriting
  • Guru.com
  • sologig.com
  • worldwidefreelance.com


HAPPY WRITING!

You may find writing jobs or gigs in the local newspapers. Use care in checking out the posters, their backgrounds, and their requirements.
You may find writing jobs or gigs in the local newspapers. Use care in checking out the posters, their backgrounds, and their requirements. | Source

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Ron2helpu 9 years ago

Hey there, here's another good site you can write for.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/join.html?refer=6...

Great information, thank you.


Ron Hunter 9 years ago

Writerlance.com is having problems - the owner or moderator charges people to accept work, but the work is really with himself under a different screen name. Then he often holds their work payment or does not pay them at all. He hries a person, gets their work free, then uses a different screen name in the "work available" list. Two of his other sites are AccessGossip.com and Homefixinfo.com.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas

Hi! Your hub is quite informative and straight to the point. I took note all the sites that you've listed here. Quite helpful, too. Thanks!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you, Live and Learn, I've looked at some of your good links as well. Thanks!


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imiconcepts 8 years ago

I would like to add some more freelance websites name, benefical to content develoeprs or article writers.

Scriptalance.com

Getafreelancer.com

Elance.com


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I'll give Scrtiptalance.com a lok; but, Elance.com charges too much money to writers the last time I tried them.

I don't recommend Getafreelancer. http://www.guru.com is great!


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jboland 8 years ago from Chico, CA

Patty, I'm starting to trust you know what you're talking about. I started writing following Julia Cameron's 3 daily pages idea she presents in "The Artist's Way" it really helped my discipline myself and get into that writing mindset. Great hub, I look forward to reading your next one.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

That's all good information, jboland. I choose a topic a day and write 1,000 words. Many times I can soon use it in a Hub. Have a great writing life!

Patty


dlhoh 8 years ago

Thank you for the concise information. I've started visiting some of the site suggested by you and other commentors.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hello dloh! I am pleased that our links can help you in your writing career. I look forward to many good Hubs from you in future.


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Bard of Ely 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Interesting article, Patty! As a freelancer myself and one who is currently looking for paid work I will have a look at the links and see if I can find anything.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hopefully we can find many more legitimate opportunities to share here. Thanks for the comments! Best wishes.


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Sakari 8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I would like to add that GetAFreelancer is better than Guru.com :) Just my two cents!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the tip, Sakari!


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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Wonderful article and thank you to everyone for al of the information.


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Pete Michner 8 years ago from Virginia

Great article, thanks! I especially like the plentiful bulleted list of the many ways to keep writing. One freelancer resource I've found on the Internet is the suspicious (to me) sounding yet as far as I can tell legitimate site genuinejobs.com.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi Pete! - I received emails from genuinejobs.com for a couple months and the jobs they spoke of were things like survey scams, thigns you had to buy, real jobs at all.

Thanks for commenting!


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Pam Pounds 8 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

Thanks for the article, Patty! As a newbie to online writing, I appreciate the links to freelance sites. Good work!


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

The Internet is full of employment scams and content mills, but a few good sites still offer rewarding work.


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful information. It is very thoughtfull of you to encourage writers not to accept very small amounts of money for their writing work. It is a shame how some people treat other people badly. You are a God send to all because of you're honesty, and decent ways. You are and angel precious heart. GBY.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

it's good to see you here, stars439. I've always enjoyed your stories.

It is surprising how many Internet sites and newspaper-advertised writing jobs are extermely low paying; and how many of these jobs are scams that never pay at all. Craigslist "gigs" is sometimes a place to be careful of using. I'm glad for places like HubPages for online writing.

Hope your summer is comtaining some fun!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Patty, great information. There seem to be more of those small paying jobs out there. Good advice about not accepting the small paying jobs.


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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

You have some good information here. Voted up.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks! I'll add good resources as I find them. Happy writing!

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