Freelance content writers are people hired to create online content for an organisation’s website, blog, brochures etc. They are usually hired on a contractual basis and hence are free to work with various organisations at the same time. They may be paid on a per word basis or on a project basis. The average salary of a full-time freelance content writer can range from Rs. 10,000 – 40,000, depending on their expertise and the hours they are willing to put in. However, this is different from a freelance writer who works for mostly offline publications as well and hence is an entirely different career.
The biggest attraction of freelance content writing jobs is that they are often work from home opportunities that have extremely flexible hours as opposed to most desk jobs. Additionally, you may even have the opportunity to earn in dollars or any other higher value currency if you take up jobs from offshore employers who often look to outsource the remote jobs to low currency value countries. Hence, these opportunities are valuable to a wide group of people, including students, professionals or anyone looking to re-start their careers, especially women. Even if you don’t wish to pursue content writing full-time, not only do such jobs enhance your capacity to represent your thoughts properly on paper (a skill that would come handy in any career) but they also provide an opportunity to enhance your resumes while making extra cash.
Job hunting: This is one of the most important steps in building a lucrative career in freelance content writing. When it comes to looking for opportunities, there are a variety of choices and knowing your choices is extremely important. You can choose to work long term with a single organisation as an intern, employee or on a retainer basis, or work on various singular projects with various organisations on a contractual basis, or even work with a content writing firm who will be responsible for finding clients and will simply assign you topics to write. Most freelance content writers prefer to work on project basis with a number of organisations instead of working with any single entity. This is because not only are these opportunities available in abundance even for beginners on the online content writing job boards but also because this option keeps their schedule flexible while offering ample opportunity for growth if they are willing to put in the hours.
Maintain a blog: A small tip that may be extremely useful is to maintain a personal online blog. Often content writing opportunities require you to submit work samples and maintaining your own blog not only accomplishes that purpose, but also shows them that you’re serious about pursuing writing and have experience. It is extremely easy to start an online blog and would also provide a good platform to practice writing 1000 words every day. It would be wise to maintain a blog on a variety of interesting topics, that have the capacity to lure in readers and keep their attention through catchy titles and engaging content, while also making sure that the topics are in some way connected to each other. While this idea may seem a little high maintenance (as it is extremely important to keep this blog regularly updated), if done right, it is extremely worth the effort. A bonus benefit of this step is that this blog may eventually become popular and attract web traffic and hence, not only become your signature but also generate ad revenue.
Freelance content writers are not only extremely high in demand, but also very well paid. While most people see this as a part-time job opportunity, if pursued seriously, it has the potential to be an entirely self-sufficient career choice. If you have a way with words and writing is your therapy, then freelance content writing could be your career.
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