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Tips To Become A Successful Freelance Copywriter

Many people dream of becoming freelance writers of some sort, whether they long to be freelance copywriters, journalists, bloggers, or authors. But while the wannabes only dream about it, those who are committed to following their dreams find ways to make them a reality.
Either you wantt o become a freelance writer, or you’re already working as a freelance writer and you want to be more successful, you can take advantage of the tips that are offered here.
Be Clear In Your Writing.
This one may seem obvious, but it’s basic to your successful freelance copywriting career: learn to write well. Make sure your prose is clear, easy to understand, and does the job that you’ve been paid to do.
Clarity and conciseness are more valuable for the purposes of copywriting. So, unless you’re being paid by the word, don’t be verbose. Artful handling of written language or your extensive vocabulary are not much valuable! 

Quality Of Writing
Be honest with yourself about the quality of your writing skills. Chances are excellent that a busy editor will not continue to read your submission if she sees lots of grammatical errors.

Use Technology
The reason that such a large number of people are able to make careers out of freelancing is technology. Technology allows us to stay in touch with the people that help us to get our jobs done, to do our jobs more quickly from remote locations and to rapidly access the information that we need in order to do our work efficiently and to do it well. But there are so many different kinds of technology out there and new stuff emerging each day that it’s hard to know what you need to have and what you can skip.

Develop A Portfolio
You need to develop a portfolio of "clips," photocopies of articles that prove you have experience as a professional writer. This is often a catch-22 situation: You need clips to show an assigning editor, but you cannot get a writing assignment unless you have clips to show. Fortunately, you can volunteer your writing services to community publications or organizations and use the resulting clips to build your portfolio.


  • Writing for online communities can be a good way to build a strong portfolio. For example, eHow has a section called wikiHow, which is an effort to build the world's largest free source of "how-to" information. Writing for communities like wikiHow on a volunteer basis can help you develop a tangible portfolio which you can show to editors. It can also give you valuable experience with the editing process itself, because your work will be edited by other community members.

  • Don't waste your time "chatting" with writer wannabes online. Spend your time studying the field, writing, sending query letters and marketing your work.

  • You must expect rejection and develop a thick skin when you experience it.

  • Very few freelance writers become wealthy. Many have other jobs to make ends meet.


  • Write What You Like.


  • Don't waste your time "chatting" with writer wannabes online. Spend your time studying the field, writing, sending query letters and marketing your work.

  • You must expect rejection and develop a thick skin when you experience it.

  • Very few freelance writers become wealthy. Many have other jobs to make ends meet.

  • Chances are you’re not too different from most other people, so write about what you’re interested in and you’ll probably have a saleable idea. Think about the things you’re interested in learning about. And write about things that are interesting! Give people information that they actually want. Be sure to present it in a manner that will have the broadest possible appeal. 
    Don't waste your time "chatting" with writer wannabes online. Spend your time studying the field, writing, sending query letters and marketing your work.
    Look ahead and plan for the future
    Plan ahead so that you can jump on topics that are most popular at certain times of the year. For example, pitch an idea on the history of Santa Claus in the fall, well before the Christmas season, or in early spring, start shopping around articles with summer and Fourth of July themes.
    Remember that some topics are perennials; people are interested in them year after year. So, keep files of Halloween decorating ideas, or how-to topics like staging an outdoor barbecue party with a luau theme. Even though the Internet is a great resource, there’s nothing wrong with keeping clipping files that you can use for reference.
    Write what you know
    Write what you know. That’s something that everyone hears from their writing teachers in college, but it’s so true. If you have certain special knowledge, then share it. If you’re an expert at troubleshooting windows or networking, then use that knowledge to craft articles, blogs, and how-to’s.
    One of the major reasons people go on the Internet is to learn new things. If you have something of value to share with others, then by all means, take advantage of that in your writing. Your body of knowledge is one of the unique assets that you have to offer as a writer.
    Good Work Ethics
    Be businesslike in how you approach your work. You may be working at home but that doesn’t mean that you should have the TV on while you’re working. Stay focused on your writing tasks for the time you allot to them. You can do that other stuff later. If freelancing is your work, do it as a professional.

    Consistency
    Nothing kills a freelance career more than inconsistent work and results. Be consistent in your work habits. You don’t have to write every day, but you do need to write a certain amount every week. Try to establish regular work hours when you can get the most done, say after everyone else has left the house to go to work or school, or if you live alone, at the same time every day.
    Famous author Jack London only wrote two pages a day, but he wrote every day, and as a result, he was able to write dozens of novels and hundreds of short stories and articles in his all-too-brief life.
    There’s no limit to the success you can enjoy as a freelance writer when you follow these writing tips and then to increase your output by working smarter.

    Hundreds of thousands of writing opportunities exist. The trick is to find the ones that pay. Start by writing for smaller, possibly non-paying publications. By writing articles for smaller publications, you will establish your credentials and build a portfolio. You need that portfolio for established publications to take you seriously and hire you. If you plan to write magazine and newspaper articles, don't quit your day job until you are making enough money to sustain your lifestyle. This means that you will do your writing in the early morning or in the evening or whenever you have a spare moment.

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