Do you want to progress from writing to building a writing career? The purpose of this article is to help you to leave the every day grind of an office job and exercise your writing skills.
I want to guide you through the process of setting up your freelance business to make sure you succeed. Of course, one of the most important parts of making a writing career work is in finding jobs.
There are a lot of jobs for freelance writers out there, in fact with the Internet there are probably more freelance writing opportunities out there than ever before.
Using Bidding Sites
In this section, we are going to narrow the search for online freelance writing jobs right down to the area where I have had the most success, financially speaking: Internet sites where you bid to land certain jobs.
Most of the time the freelance writing job opportunities that you will find on these sites will involve writing for different web developers, and that actually takes an entirely different skill set than a traditional freelance writing job opportunity would call for (we cover a lot of the specifics in another section of the site).
It took me a while to really get the hang of Internet bidding sites; in order to land jobs and have a viable career with online freelance writing jobs you really have to know the ins and outs of the various bidding sites.
Some of the bidding sites attract online writing jobs that are much higher paying, with much better clients, than others. Even smaller sites (such as Freelancer or Elance) can offer a surprising wealth of online freelance writing jobs, though, so I am going to try to use and review the best sites for you.
Which one to choose?
What I have found is that no site where you can find freelance writing job opportunities is perfect. In fact the two biggest sites that I have come across, Elance.com (see my Elance review) and Freelancer (see my Freelancer review), have some glaring weaknesses, particularly when it comes to mediation and the protection of the people who pay to bid on jobs. You’ll see what I mean when we get into the specifics about these sites a little bit more.
In the meantime, you should start out this section by reading the article entitled “Writing Jobs Online from home”. It gives a good overview of what you will need to do to start bringing in clients on bidding sites and what most of these sites have in common.
Once you know where to find these sites and what to look for, you will find that the money you have always wanted to make writing comes in fairly quickly. And if you know what you are doing, you will be making enough money to consider online writing a viable career in no time.