Thursday, 30 April 2015

How to Become a Freelance Writer

Freelance writers are known for being intelligent, professional and even artistic, and even financially stable. When we say freelance writers, the things that first come to mind are people who have a big and strong stock knowledge, think analytically, work ethically and appreciate artistic things and create and work artistically themselves.

Yes, there is question with being financially stable. But, as mentioned, we know many freelance writers are financially secured. Financial instability may be a characteristic for only a short period of time in the freelance writing job. Specifically, the starting steps. It is just in the beginning part of becoming a freelance writer.

So how did these people become freelance writers? How do such persons become freelance writers? How you can become one?


Know the qualifications and work towards those which you lack. You may not qualify in some of the criteria but you can get them. Turn them into “requirements you can secure.” This means you will work towards achieving them.

Here are some qualifications or requirements which you may need to work on and can actually work on:

1. educational background
2. writer portfolio
3. experience (in writing and on the field)
4. others – internet, professional network, work resources

Educational Background

Being a job that is professional, intellectual and technical, the freelance writing job requires education as an important criterion. There are some writing jobs which require specific level of degree from freelance writers because they need such background to be able to perform the work required of them. For example, at least a 2:1 honours degree is needed in academic writing work in Prospect Solution.

Many aspiring writers may not have problems with having the educational qualifications to get the writing jobs they are aiming for because, as mentioned, writers are usually naturally intelligent and usually possess the academic qualifications. But if you do not have the educational background required, you can still earn it. You can do so while working in a different job or while starting your freelance writing career.

And of course, relevant educational background to the writing job's sector, profession, field, market or niche is required. The other side of this means that whatever field your degree is in, you can find a freelance writing job in which you can qualify. For instance, if you are an accountancy graduate, you can get work writing business documents like business plans and others. So, crossing over from numbers to words or auditing to editing is not a problem.

Writer Portfolio

This is a requirement that really needs to be worked on when you want to become a freelance writer. It is essential for writers. Though, one exception is when the writer job or position does not require one. But still, most hirings ask you to submit one. This is not a problem if you already have previous writings in work and personal consumption. You just need assemble them.

If you have no previous writings you can assemble, you can start now. Write on your own and write for other people. More importantly, write for companies and professionals, even without pay. You need to build your portfolio. Further, you need to build a portfolio that is professional and more on with pay and professional (even without pay) because it is stronger and what employers and agencies give more value.


Experience in writing and or on the field is another requirement which you need. If you do not have sufficient past work or any at all, you can still gain it. Building your portfolio is part of that. At the same time, one important part of building your portfolio is getting actual writing work.

Aside from the writing experience, you may also need some experience in the field work itself. For example, some projects from employers or agencies require writers to have specified amount of experience working on non-writing or non-writing related jobs in the field in which the writing project is in.

You can do your writing job better if you have the experience of doing the work actually done in the field. That is why hands-on work experience in the field is required. There are also other related work experience which may be required or preferred. Examples include interviewing, researching and the like.

Qualify and Become a Freelance Writer

Freelance writers are known to be intelligent, professional and artistic. At the same time, they have developed being financially secure. Becoming a freelance writer appears to be difficult. It is. But it is achievable especially if you have the qualifications to start with. If you do not have enough of these, you can still build it. And you can start now. And tomorrow, you will start feeling the difference and reaping the fruits.

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