Ways to Start Business as a Freelance Writer
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Richard Nolan is a writer and a private tutor, sharing his experience in spheres of writing, blogging, entrepreneurship and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers and students.

With how widespread and accessible Internet has become today, we have so many new (or relatively new) opportunities to earn money. Basically, all you need is a computer with proper system requirements met, a stable Internet connection secured, and the necessary professional software installed on your computer.

The benefits of freelancing from home are obvious. You work from home, which means you don’t need to get yourself all dressed up for the office every day. You also don’t have to waste your precious time driving or taking a subway or bus to get there. You just get up, do your morning chores, and you are ready, – no time wasted. It is also quite convenient when you have a baby or someone else who needs constant attention at home, or if you are the one needing constant attention.

Moreover, you get to be your own boss. You get to choose which jobs you want to do and which you can leave to someone else out there. You are in charge of all the income, so you can always see how much money exactly you have earned and for what.

Another important thing is that practically anybody can do it. For example, there is a high online demand on writers. Pretty much anybody can write, right? So, why not try and start your business as a freelance writer?

Top ways to earn some money writing on the Internet

1. Web content writing

We see that the range of topics covered by Internet resources is infinite. Anything whatsoever can be googled, and you will see countless pages of results in your search results. Well, before all this information makes its way to the search results, it needs to be published. And before it can get published, it needs to be created, i.e. written.

As mentioned before, the range of topics is limitless. Therefore, you can pick yourself a topic or two or several that particularly interest you and look for writing jobs about those.

2. Blogging

If you particularly relate to a certain topic and you feel like you have a lot to say about it, you can cover it in your own blog. Blogging requires quite a few extra skills though. You will have to be a webmaster, meaning you will have to deal with the hosting issues, you need to know the basics of web development and web design; you will have to work out a format for your posts and bring them in proper shape before publishing them, and the posts need to be put out regularly. But blogging takes being your own boss to a whole new level: you get to be in charge of literally everything.

As for monetization, it is normally done by means of advertisement. The ways of monetizing a blog are off topic today, but there is an abundance of information about it online, and you are welcome to search and find it.

3. Advertising and marketing copywriting

We are all exposed to overwhelming amounts of advertisement, so we all know that only a properly written ad will catch the potential customer’s attention. Writing something like this demands a specific talent. If you know how to highlight the advantages of a product or a service and convince a person that (s)he needs this or that, why not monetize this talent?

4. Catalog writing

If you have ever come across a product catalog – online or offline, you might have noticed that they are not particularly well written. This is because the better writers often treat this kind of job with a highbrow. Such writing may seem rather monotonous, but the truth is that when you have to compellingly describe dozens of similar or related products, every next product description comes faster and more automatically, and as you approach the end, you will stop even noticing that you are actually working.

5. Business plan writing

The present-day market welcomes innovations, and people come up with interesting start-ups all the time. However, not all the innovations make their way to being realized. This is because people with insights often see business plan writing as something too mundane for their creative minds. Besides, they are not always business savvy.

However, before starting to write the business plan, it is vital to come up with a great business idea and find ways to make the idea clear and comprehensible for the audience. The smarter start-uppers understand this and hire a professional business plan writer for a job. If you feel like you can help visionaries to realize their brilliant ideas, why not do it – for a reasonable reward, of course.

6. Resume writing

Let’s face it – there are many jobs out there that do not require writing skills as a must. However, a well-written resume is vital to securing a great position, because the HR managers read the applicant’s resume before making up their minds as to whether they want to meet the actual person. Smarter people who understand this will hire a professional resume writer. The drawback here, though, is that you will often only be rewarded in the case of a successful recruitment.

7. Technical writing

One might think that technical writing requires engineering background. Most often, this is not the case. You simply should like computers and software, disassemble and assemble stuff, etc. If you do, maybe this is just the right job for you.

Freelance writing is a highly competitive market. So, you may get disappointed at first, because you might not be offered the rate that you would count on, or because you do not write fast enough to generate a sustainable income.

Don’t let this get in your way. As you become more experienced, you begin to write faster, and your recognition as a specialist will grow together with your portfolio. Moreover, freelance writing does not require any starting capital. So, unlike with other businesses, you will not lose anything, should you eventually decide to engage yourself in some other endeavors.

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