If you're looking for a way to use your existing skills and work at home why not become a freelance writer?
You might think that it is difficult to start a writing career but this is not true.
You already have an advantage because you are an expert in your field. In fact, you may have spent years writing reports and papers about issues related to your career. Moving into freelance writing is only a short step away.
The first thing to think about is where to sell your writing. You will probably already know the major publications in your field.
Get hold of a copy of Writer's Market or visit their website to see who else is publishing in that area and what their requirements are.
If you want to become a freelance writer you need to get comfortable with bidding for work and querying editors. Basically, a query is a way of saying to the editor that you have an idea that you would like to turn into an article for publication.
Sending a query saves you from wasting time writing materials that editors don't want. If you get a positive response you could be on the way to make your first freelance writing income.
The next step is getting the writing done. This can be the hardest aspect for someone new to the idea of becoming a freelance writer. The only way to write is to write... so sit down, plan what you want to say and start writing. Once you have done this a few times it will get easier. However, if you are going to be writing for the internet which is increasingly the case nowadays it is important that you understand what makes your content rank well in the search engines. Brian Clark, the founder of Copyblogger and Scribe has produced a free report on writing for the search engines and you would like a copy click on the link below:
Of course, there is an easier way to start your writing career. You could start your own blog where you can showcase your writing and you can offer posts to other blogs.
This helps you to get some writing credits and have clips that you can show off. In turn, this makes it easier to get editors interested in paying for your writing.
Whichever route you choose to take, it takes perseverance and determination to become a freelance writer. Most writers have to deal with rejection and there are times when there is less work than you would like.
However, it is among the most flexible jobs you can have which is why it is suitable for someone wanting to work from home.
There is nothing more powerful than seeing what successful people have done to succeed and then copying their path to success. This is no different in owning your own freelance writing business. Maria Pease is a successful freelance writer. I recommend that you check her website out. The link is below. http://www.freelance-writing-success.com
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