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Become a Freelance Article Writer
By J Black
As a freelancer there are many opportunities available
for working from home or to provide an extra stream of
income for your business by filling the needs of a
widely diverse market as a paid freelance article
writer both on the internet and in offline publications.
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What is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is an independent writer who earns
his/her living by contracting for work projects,
working for no fixed employer, and may work for
a number of employers at any given time.
You will be required to negotiate the terms and
conditions of work and all work must be completed
to the satisfaction of the clients requirements.
Tip: The objectives and requirements of both parties
should be understood fully by both parties from the
start to save any problems later on - this includes
terms of payment.
As a freelancer you need to keep up with the latest
developments to compete in the marketplace.
This requires studying and researching the needs
of the marketplace along with selling yourself to
your potential clients.
Getting Started as a Freelancer
The freelance market can be fiercely competitive
at times requiring emphasis on marketing your work
effectively and assessing your expertise and skills.
"How to" articles tend to sell well and most successful
freelancers maintain constant contact with marketplace
trends and requirements seeking those areas where they
can fill the needs of potential clients.
You will need a resume and/or a writer's brochure.
When writing your resume it should be written with the
view of selling your strengths.
Use short sentences with each paragraph easy to read
and clearly outline your qualifications or related
experience for the job.
Normally you will only have a few seconds to make an
impact on your prospective client - this can make the
difference between hiring you or someone else.
To find a niche (your niche) Web monkey has a very
good article on finding and defining your niche as a
Many writers prefer to stick within the topic subjects
they can write confidently on although a good freelancer
can research and write on any topic if and when required.
When you are decided on the subject niche you would
like to fill, seek out magazine publications - online
and offline - on your chosen topic.
If you do not wish to bid for online work contracts
at some of the sites listed below until you have gained
confidence in your work then you can start your freelance
career by seeking out publications in your chosen field
that accept articles e.g. if your interest is in fishing
go to your local outlet selling magazines and see if
they accept article contributions (this can usually
be found near the inside of the front cover in most
Many freelancers start by submitting to local
community newspapers/letters as a way of establishing
credibility as a published writer.
Send a query letter or email your chosen publication/s
with your subject ideas and an outline of your
proposed article and how they may contact you if
However, expect to wait some time - sometimes up to
three weeks or more if approaching offline publications
for a reply as most editors are very busy people.
Finding work on the Internet
The internet has made it easier to build a successful
freelance career as a independent professional.
Many sites can be found searching for "freelance writers"
on any major search engine.Specify if possible by adding
words that fit your needs e.g. paying markets, travel
magazines etc. Also visit Yahoo groups, Topica etc and
join the many writing job newsletters and job boards.
Here are some places to start.
There are however many sites that bring people together.
Some offer a free service, others you will need to register
with and/or supply your resume before you can get started.
Tip: The government is one of the largest sources
for freelance contract work in most countries so don't
forget to check out what work contracts they may have
Another option for the freelancer is to do some
detective work of your own to source work. Apart from
enquiring with local businesses in your area you can
also look for new web sites on the internet and send a
Explain your services and how your work can help them
while politely enquiring if they have any current or
future needs for the services you can offer and how
they may contact you. For example...
I am a full-time freelance writer specializing in
online content. I can help your website get results
through email communications, website copy, and
niche-filling articles tailored to your audience.
Newly launched web sites can often be found via press
release sites -
Sign up to receive the daily releases if you are
serious about earning money as a freelancer.
Tip: Invest in writers market and digest books (both
local and international). These list thousands of
markets, niches and industries requiring the needs of
For the latest guideline books visit:
Put together a portfolio with a selection of your
If you enjoy for example, travel writing, include a
selection of your best photos if sending queries to
offline editors as many will ask if you will be
supplying photos along with your story. If you can
send photos to accompany your article your chances of
having your article accepted increases as it saves the
editor the trouble of sourcing photos to compliment
For free online courses to learn more about photography
and places to sell stock photos on the Internet visit
the Photography Resource Center at:
At the bottom of the article include your resourcebox. For example: Joe Bloggs is a freelance writer
and webmaster at your domain.com and whatever ties
your web site into the article.
Tip: Producing free content articles is a great
way to build up your business and reputation.
They can also be used as publishing credits if
they have been placed on another's web site - don't
forget to mention where samples of your published
work can be viewed.
Writing freelance articles increases exposure for
your business and your work to other market segments
of interested individuals.
If you had not considered freelancing as a possibility
why not give it a try!
Jill is a freelance writer and photographer and a member
of the New Zealand Freelance Writers Associtaion (NZFWA).
She owns "Net Writing and Publishing Success" a resource
center for home business entreprenuers, information writers
and self publishers. You may view this site at:http://www.netwrite-publish.com