You can help others and get paid for it! You can help students’ complete academic papers.
You can help inexperienced writers get their work into print and prepared for publication.
You can provide useful content that can help others understand how things work.
The way the world does business is changing. The days of everyone going into the office 9/5 are long gone as more and more companies turn to virtual offices and therefore staff who work remotely on an ad hoc basis. This is perfect for students or those who are looking to achieve a greater balance between their work life and their home life.
The downside to this is that everyone has now cottoned onto what a wonderful and potentially life-changing opportunity this can be and so competition for these great, remote jobs is fierce.
Hopefully, my basic instructions will give you the incentive that you need to go out there and set your world on fire:
This might sound a little cheesy, but having a positive attitude will encourage you to keep going when it seems like all hope of every finding regular work is lost. It will certainly get you a lot further than those who give up at the first hurdle, or are easily distracted.
In order to get the initial work, you need to take time out to set up and create an incredible profile on all of the major freelance sites. The good thing is that once you have done it for one, you can pretty much copy and paste it into all of the others to save you duplicating work. Don’t try to fast forward this process. Think of it as setting up your storefront to the world.
Try not to box yourself into a corner or restrict yourself to only doing a certain “kind” of writing. I don’t know why, but there is a certain degree of snobbery when it comes to freelancing. People think certain jobs are beneath them. That is fine and dandy if you can afford to turn down work. However in the beginning you need to be fully flexible and be prepared to go places that you wouldn’t under normal circumstances.
The only way to get a lot of regular work is to trade on a good reputation. The only way you are going to get that great reputation is by getting work and crucially reviews on the big sites. You need to bust a gut to ensure that you have as many 5-star reviews as you can get. So, okay, no-one is perfect, and you are bound to drop a couple of points here and there. As the saying goes, reputation is king, and you will struggle to get very far without a good one.
There are so many clients in need of writers it is ridiculous for any writer to say they cannot get work. You need to study the market carefully and know what to say when approaching potential clients.