Freelance Writing Getting Started
Before you go ahead and write…
To be forewarned is forearmed so here’s a list of important things to know before getting started into your first freelance writing job:
1. Learn All About Search Engines
First and foremost, people browse the internet for a lot of reasons but mostly it is either to find information on something or someone or to do business with a particular website. And to be able to find exactly what they are looking for, they type in certain words or phrases in the search bar and usually are able to pull up websites that closely match or exactly match the keyword they typed in.
The beauty of search engines is that they enable people to find exactly what they are looking for with just a few well chosen words or phrases. Therefore it is your job to make sure that the content you write for these websites contain the keyword or phrase people will most likely type in or always type in.
And if your website is an exact match to what they’re looking for, they will visit the website and either buy your products or subscribe to your services. This type of targeted writing is what is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO.
If you have some basic knowledge in SEO writing then you already have an edge. You can learn more about SEO writing techniques in the “Article Writing Guidelines” section of www.ezinearticles.com and www.buzzle.com. It also helps to learn more about internet marketing as you possibly can.
2. Freelance Writing is A Serious Business
While there is that element of bidding for jobs when you take up freelance writing, it is not a game or something to be taken lightly. Many enter this profession just to make a quick buck or two and do all they can to win as if they are gambling but when the project lands in their hands, they don’t commit to it.
Taken seriously, freelance writing can be a very rewarding career. Even if it is just a hobby, you still need to do your best work otherwise you won’t get paid very well for it. You wouldn’t pay good money for mediocre work now, would you?
3. No Expectations…Just Results
Due to time constraints, most online business owners will not be very clear as far as to what they want you to do when you write content for them. In fact, don’t expect any clear or precise instructions when you are given a job.
They mostly prefer to just tell you what they want you to write and leave it at that. It will be up to you, for you to do with it as you see fit and of course, to do your best. Be prepared and accept the fact that nothing will ever be as crystal clear as you wish but that you will mostly work under your own steam and with minimal supervision.
4. Your Work Will Be Subject To Scrutiny
Writers are always subject to scrutiny. Every word you write will be checked, double and triple checked. It may even be entirely revised or tweaked just a bit. Since nobody is going to write a perfect copy the first round, you have to bear with this. It’s part of the whole deal.
5. You Will Constantly Be On A Deadline
Online freelance writing is always going to have a deadline and you must always be mindful of them. Clients won’t hire you, much less pay you good money if you constantly go over the deadline.
Remember that to these clients time is money so if you waste their time by making them wait, they are less likely to consider availing of your services in the future. Let’s just say you can start lessening the number of zeros on your paycheck when this happens.
These are all some of the considerations to take note of. Learn to gel them into your work consciously and put in more effort to tweak any shortcomings you may have. And sure it may take some time to be really good at freelance writing. But if you’re going to earn those massive salaries you’ve heard about, then it should take some time.