Freelance Writing, Motivation, Writing Skills

What Everyone Should Know About Freelance Writing

8 Jan , 2013  

 

I get tired of explaining that I am a freelance writer. For most people in my country, this is a just a hobby and I should get a ‘real job’. It still surprises me that in this modern era of technology and everything being computerized, people still do not believe that you can actually make money writing online.

There are two sides to being a freelance writer. One is that I get to have a pretty comfortable schedule. I work from the comfort of my home and make money doing what I love to do. Unlike most people I know, I don’t complain about dealing with traffic to and from work or investing my time in a job that does not satisfy me. The ugly side of freelance writing is all the sham writing sites and poor content. While we can give credit to the internet for making writers have a platform to showcase their works to a larger audience; the internet is also making it easy to publish poor content and fake writing sites are making a killing from unsuspecting writers.

If you are interested in making money through freelance writing, one of the things you need to realize is that you must have the writing skills. You don’t just wake up one morning and decide that you want to be a writer. Secondly, it is not easy. My nephew recently spent the day with me and surprised me by saying that I had the best job in the world! I was flattered and smiled widely until he finished his sentence with the words ‘all I do is copy and paste all day’. It dawned on me that such thinking is what brings about poor content. People simply call themselves writers and copy and paste what other writers have written. For those who think that this is what freelance writing is all about, think again. In a bid not to sound like I am justifying my job, freelance writers actually do a lot of research. You cannot write an article unless you understand the topic because you are delivering this information to your audience and they need to understand what you are talking about. There are a lot of things I can say about a day in the life of a freelance writer but that makes a very good article, so I will write that another day.

For those who have a passion for writing, freelance writing is a great place to start. You get to perfect your writing skills using the feedback you get from your editor and readers. This helps you develop a better way of delivering your message and is definitely a great way to jumpstart your career. There are many things you can write about and some people even make money from blogging about their daily activities, interests, likes and dislikes amongst others. They basically make money from simply living their lives and writing about it. That’s like being in your own reality show, if you ask me.

To sum it all up, there are opportunities for good writers to make money online. It may not be a walk in the park but just like any other venture, with hard work cometh great rewards.

Welcome to the wonderful world of freelance writing, you could be the next great author!

 

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