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Freelance Work Online: How to Be Successful

Updated on March 1, 2011

If you're interested in beginning a new career as a freelance Web content writer, the first step is to spend some time thinking about whether or not you have the entrepreneurial spirit needed to be successful in this type of environment. Writers may get to set their own hours and work in their pajamas, but they must be disciplined and very motivated in order to be successful at finding freelance work online.

Generally speaking, you will need the following traits to be able to find freelance work online:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Good time management skills
  • A wide variety of interests
  • Strong research skills
  • Knowledge of spelling, grammar, composition, and the mechanics of good writing
  • Attention to detail -- the ability to "self-edit" before submitting work
  • A philosophy of "self improvement" -- ability to learn from constructive criticism
  • Basic technical knowledge of Web site development and how writing for the Web is different from a print publication

Freelance writing online is not a good choice if you:

  • Need constant supervision
  • Lack enthusiasm
  • Have no time management skills
  • Are unable to write about topics without direct prior experience in the area
  • Don’t understand the difference between online writing and writing for a print publication

Learn More About Freelance Writing

To learn more about how to find freelance work online, please check out some of my the other articles I have written on this topic.


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