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What is a Freelance Writer and How to Become One?

Writing is a job for people who are good with words. If you don’t feel like writing at all, this job is probably not for you. If you feel like you could discuss something for hours, or that you enjoy reading well-written books and articles, you could consider becoming a writer yourself.

Freelance writing is a profession, which has probably existed for as long as newspapers and magazines have. If the old version of a freelance writer would incorporate a lot of paper and ink, probably plenty of city roaming, or at least, stacks of envelopes and a lot of time waste, today it is much cleaner and much dirtier at the same time.

With the Internet, we can have huge amounts of valuable information travel any distances in the world within minutes, but we also have those huge amounts of information and informational junk and slag, just floating around, creating an ocean of electronic matter, a great part of which, if not most of it, is unfortunately as useless and pointless as dead foliage on the ground.

However, if you feel a calling, or an inclination for writing, you could be a part of the solution, not the problem, by creating and contributing some value in the form of text.

Becoming a freelance writer is not difficult, if you have the confidence, backed by the necessary skills and talent. All you need to do is look for a job online, as you do, but search for the specific category of freelance writing job to be sure, that this is what you find, should you, indeed, succeed.

Here are some tips on how to become sure about what you’re looking for:

  • If you are looking for a specific genre to write in, make it into a keyword for your web search inquiry.
  • If you know of actual companies you want to work for - look for them, they are bound to represent themselves on the web.
  • If you don’t know what exactly it is you’re looking for yet, enter a generic search inquiry which would contain the minimal amount of words and fully mention all the things you are looking for.

Once you have entered the pool of results, you need to start analyzing, comparing and assessing working conditions, rates, workload frequency, the employers’ honesty, general area of topics, the genre, and all the other things you could think of. There is no reason to be shy to want something from a job. There is no reason to stop looking if you haven’t found one yet. There is all the reason in the world to grab the dream job and move onwards from that point in the direction you’re most fond of, with nothing stopping you.

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