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How to Train to be a Freelancer

Many people fall into freelance writing when they find they have reached the end of the road in their prior career, others when they are left out of work thanks to redundancy. Some choose it as a career path in the first instance, while others go into the field once retired. Freelance writing is an attractive and potentially lucrative career that has many different aspects: you could be writing short stories, product reviews, blog entries, articles or more, or you may even settle down and take on the big one - the novel! Before you take the steps to becoming a bestselling author, however, let's talk about what it takes to become a freelancer, one who is writing on a regular basis for money.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the equipment; this is not expensive these days as a simple laptop or PC with a word processing package will suffice. You will need a broadband connection and a suitable place to work from - a desk in a spare room or office is a good place to start, and make sure it is away from the hustle and bustle of the daily goings on in the house!

Next you need to find some work: this is actually easier than it sounds. Type 'freelance writers' into a search engine and you will see many websites advertising jobs. The ones you want to look at are those where you 'bid' for work, and many of these advertise jobs specially aimed at new writers (the buyer, of course, expects a lower price!)

Try a few simple jobs - look for ones that ask for just a handful of articles and ignore, for now, the money - and get the hang of what is involved. You will learn about the required format, about writing with keywords (vital these days) and about delivery times and deadlines; you will, it is hoped, build up a relationship with a buyer or two and, as a result, increase your standing on the websites concerned.

Once you have got the hang of the basic idea the world is your oyster: experience is everything, and with a portfolio of work in hand you can approach local businesses, maybe the press, and organisations that may need adverts, sales letters or any form of written work, offering your services as a freelancer.

All you need is patience, attention to detail and an eye for a decent sentence - it really is a great opportunity.

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