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How to Be a Freelance Fashion Writer
How to Start Freelance Writing
If you got here from Google because you were searching about how to start freelance writing then you already took the first step.
The first step towards becoming a freelance fashion writer (or any other type of writer) is by just deciding to do it!
Now, the second step is deciding on your prices, and on that subject I can give you a few pointers:
- Quality vs. Price: If you want to be known as a Quality writer, don't practice low prices. I would never advise you to charge less than 1 cent a word. If you just want to expand your portfolio, then you can get your prices down. For the newbie writers - don't be afraid to work for free at first, it will help you grow your portfolio!
- Workload Limit: As a Full Time writer I also have to establish my workload limits. My workload is of 3000 words per day on a normal day and up to 16000 words if it's good enough for me money-wise.
- Fixed Price, Hourly Price: I never worked on a "per-hour" basis, so I don't know how that goes, but fixed price works good for me. Try both and see what option fits you best.
Improve Your Writing Skills
Well, if you are going to make a living out of fashion writing or any other form of writing you can't be an amateur writer. Study, practice and hone your writing skills. Make sure you are always up to date with orthographic and grammatical changes and be the master writer you aspire to be!
I'm not going to advise you to read the Oxford Dictionary here... just write every day and you're on your way to progressing and getting in tune with your writing skills.
Practice makes perfect!
There are numerous places online you can write on, including HubPages, the site in which I am sharing this article with you - click here if you want to join.
What are you going to write about?
You have to find out what your niche is... is it men's wear? women's wear? Are you an artistic photography lover? What are you going to write content about?
Finding out your niche is a vital part because it will help you narrow down your market:
"Who wants to be everything for everyone will become nothing to no one"
You can even be a fashion writer for a virtual world like secondlife! In this world everything is allowed, so go crazy and pick a niche that really pleases you!
Get Hired as a Fashion Writer or Columnist
Now that you want to start working as a freelance fashion writer you have to get your costumers right? Yeah!
There are several options when trying to get hired:
oDesk: oDesk is a site for Freelancers. You create a profile, populate it with some info and take tests to assure your skills to your potential employers. Now, once you are ready you should start to send proposals for jobs that are posted and have your interest. You'll soon have your first order!
eLance: Elance is just like oDesk in its mechanics, but it is better in terms of design - it's very simple and user friendly. However, oDesk gives me more work personally. Try both and you'll have your chances doubled!
Job Posting Sites: The classic job posting sites are a good way to get hired too. If you can't pick up a job posting to your liking, offer your services and you might just get a reply.
Problogger: Problogger is a blog that always has some blogger positions available for lots of niches, so it's a good place to look for a job too - but keep in mind employers here are demanding and want proof of your skills!
I personally started out on oDesk and eLance and it worked wonders. I would advise you to try there, as it is a great place to start out.
You should always show you're a dynamic and proactive person that wants to work, so get your resume ready and write an engaging cover letter. Send it to:
- Established Fashion Blogs
- Established Fashion Publications
- Local Newspapers (apply to be a fashion columnist)
- Clothes Shop Sites
- Designer's Blogs
... Get Creative! Get moving... you're not getting hired if you don't try!
Always Read the Terms and Conditions
When you do get a costumer or a place to write, make sure you know about every little detail included in the contract/proposal.
Know how many words or pages you have to write, know of limitations, deadlines and every other factor that will influence your work.
Another thing you have to pay attention to is the ownership rights. Are you writing as yourself? Or as a Ghostwriter? Do you keep the rights over your content or does it changes hands when the transaction takes place?
Make sure you know what's expecting you!