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Writing To Make Money: What You Need To Get Started As A Paid Writer
Is Writing To Make Money On Your Radar?
If you're aiming to get into writing to make money, here's the good news: there are a number of opportunities for good writers. Whether you want to write as a career or just earn a bit of extra cash, you'll discover that it's a relatively simple process to become a paid writer.
However, before you begin, there are a few things you should have in place. That's what we will cover here . . .
Can You Really Be Honest With Yourself?
Things You Should Have In Place
#1: A Computer
You should have a computer. The type of computer you use is really up to you.
You might choose to work from a desktop or laptop ... a PC or a Mac. Which ever type you choose, it needs to support common word processing software.
#2: Word Processing Software
Even if you land some offline clients, the majority of your freelance writing clients will want either digital documents or text files. This means you'll want word processing software that fits those demands.
For example . . . Microsoft Word comes standard on many PCs. If you don't have Microsoft Word and it's not in your budget to purchase it, you can use open source word processing products like Open Office. Simple text files are easy to create with applications like Notepad and TextEdit.
Additionally, you can use Google Docs to create documents if you have a Google account and want to share them with your clients who also have Google accounts too.
#3: Knowledge About Your Chosen Writing Specialty (Or, Niche)
If you have an interest in a particular writing specialty or want to focus on a particular niche subject, you should have some measure of knowledge (or, at least search for more information). Examples:
If you specialize in writing blog posts, then you need to know how blog writing differs from other types of writing. If you specialize in search engine optimized (seo) articles then you need to know about keyword research and how to write an informative, well-balanced, keyword rich article. If copywriting is your target, then knowing the anatomy of an effective sales page is a must.
You also want to have some knowledge about your chosen niche. For example, if you want to write about travel & leisure or for the health industry, then you need to have a basic knowledge about those topics. In other words, you should be comfortable writing about your chosen niches.
#4: A Web Presence
In this day and age, a writer should have a web presence. It can be in the form of a blog or website. It can be very simple or a multi-page site with loads of information and related resources.
The important thing to understand is that your website is the place where potential customers can learn more about YOU. It's where they can review samples of your writing style, have their questions answered and, find testimonials from satisfied clients (as you are able to collect them).
#5: A Money-Making Strategy
aka . . . A Success Plan
If you are really serious about writing to make money (in other words, being able to generate a full-time income), take the time to create a business plan.
Your business plan does not have to be overly complicated. It can be as simple as writing down your goals and how you are going to achieve them . . . to a more intricate plan. It's up to you. This will go a long way in helping you stay focused and on track.
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Whether your interest in writing to make money is for a little extra cash or a full-fledged, freelance writing, work-at-home business . . . make a decision to cultivate a positive mindset.
Your enthusiasm and positive attitude will ring through to your potential clients and be invaluable on your journey toward freelance writing success.