Establish a Freelance Writing Career Online

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Freelance writing may be one of the most versatile and growing professions in the industry. Freelance work provides an avenue for people to work at the convenience of their own time. Establishing a freelance writing career online will give one the freedom to work when and where they want, but still provide financial sustenance.

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The development of technology and the availability of the internet can provide all the platforms necessary to establish a writing career online, but bear in mind that the most important element for a successful career will be a passion for writing and integrity for work.

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How to Start with Freelance Writing?

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    Establish who you are.
    One of the most important aspects in establishing a freelance writing career online begins with determining the type of writer that a person desires to be. Branding, in terms of the services being offered, is a way to build credibility as a writer. If a person has excellent exposure for writing content articles, SEO or even medical articles, then the branding should be in line with the expertise of the person. Establishing first hand who you are as a writer will be beneficial to help guide you as you introduce yourself into the market.
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    1. Passion for writing. Part of establishing who you are as a writer is the need for the passion for writing. Consider how you will establish yourself based on the expertise, experience and knowledge about a certain task or topic; you're never far too off from your interests. Topics that you are most interested in will create more passion for you in writing. Establishing a freelance writing career online takes patience and a passion and love for writing.
    2. Credibility & Integrity for Work. Unique and quality content are the most important requirements if you are attempting to launch a freelance writing career online. Plagiarism for content created is a very major concern for most editors and publications, and as a newly starting freelance writer the issue of plagiarism for content created is definitely a taboo. In order to establish credibility and integrity for your work, all articles should be completely original, trustworthy and unique.
    3. Discipline. Part of the requirements for establishing a freelance writing career is the need for discipline as a professional. Even if you are doing freelance work, professionalism and work ethics are still highly regarded values needed in order to succeed in this particular career path.
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    Build Portfolio.
    Part of the establishing of the identity as a writer includes the need to build a platform for introducing and marketing yourself as a writer. In order to build who you are as a writer, creating a portfolio is essential to boost your credibility.
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    1. Create a Website. Portfolios of writing style and genre can be displayed over by creating a personal website that will showcase some of the writer's works. This site can serve as a reference tool for the writers and employers regarding the quality of work.
    2. Business Cards/Networking. This tool will be useful for creating more contacts in the near future, personal and B2B interactions can be a useful tool for expanding the network as a freelance writer.
    3. Professional Email. Make the email as professional and trustworthy as possible. Emails that are composed of the name from the writers can be considered more trustworthy than aliases.
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    Find Freelance Writing Sites.
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Skills needed for Establishing a Freelance Writing Career Online

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    Project, Time Management & Multi-tasking.
    As a beginning writer, handling a project and managing it well is a crucial skill needed in order to establish credibility with the clients. How a writer will respond to the small-time tasks that will be assigned will speak volumes about the person's capability to handle the bigger and better tasks. As more projects come in, more tasks needs to be accomplished, thus submitting quality works within the prescribed time will require proper time management and multi-tasking skills.
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    Social Networking/Marketing.
    One of the most essential skills needed for a starting freelance writer is the marketing skill. For starters, the social networking media is a great avenue to promote who you are and what you can do. Simply put, it's the writers' way for meeting the clients. Freelance writing is also a business, with you as the product, so making use of the networking sites will be a good way to sell your services to potential clients.
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    Research Skills.
    Just like in every career, researching about a task is essential to verify the facts and details being handed over to you. Part of the building of integrity as a writer includes the need for presenting correct information and expressing it in a way that does not plagiarize other people's work. Quality written work will always be work that has been well researched, and as a writer ,it's a crucial skill that must be developed with every writing task handed over.
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    Editing Skills.
    Certain freelance writing projects will require skills in photo editing and even blog designing, and since it wouldn't hurt to learn new things and study it, it is a skill that's worth mastering. As a writer, one must be flexible and willing to explore new heights for improving with the skills that one has. Photoshop, web designing and even video editing skills are priceless skills that can be used to establish a freelance writing career online.
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    Record Keeping.
    Part of the tasks of a writer includes the need for detailed record keeping. As more writing opportunities come into view, keeping track of the articles that you submit and to whom they must be submitted is needed to help you not lose your work. It's a needed skill that will help you keep a progress report regarding the tasks you have yet to accomplish, the work that have yet to be paid for, and the amount you have yet to receive.
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    Negotiation Skills.
    Think you've got all the skills? Then, don't forget to add this to the list. As a writer, negotiation skills are important so you can make it known to your clients that you really mean business and that you know what you are able to offer. Negotiation is not a way of bullying your clients; it's a skill that will help you and your client reach a compromise regarding compensation. One important factor that should be evaluated and taken seriously when negotiating is the promises that you give to your clients. Aiming for better compensation? Then deliver a better quality of work and deliver all promises efficiently.
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Tips For Establishing a Freelance Writing Career Online

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    Create a Writing Space.
    Find a spot at home to serve as your office, and designate this spot as a place that will be entirely made use for work in this way. This way, you will be able to gear yourself into moving into work mode.
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    Set different times for personal and working time.
    As a freelance writer, writing can be done on one's own timeline. However, creating a difference between when to make a time for yourself and for work will make a difference on how you approach your tasks. Part of this will need the essential time management skills, so you'll be able to set it according to the tasks needed to be accomplished.
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    Manage your Time, Make a Schedule.
    Use a planner; it's there to help you do the planning. As a freelance writer working online, you'll have the freedom to work when you choose, so you'll be able to manage your time more efficiently and get to do the things you still want. With much freedom to work on your own time, you must make sure that you do so productively.
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    Be Punctual, Follow Schedules, Meet Deadlines.
    Aside from making a schedule, writers should make it a habit to become conscious of all deadlines, being punctual with the works required to be submitted is a quality that most clients dream of. So if you want to maintain great working relationship with your clients recite the mantra: "Better to be punctual, than broke."
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    Take a Break.
    Make it a point to allot at least 15-30 minutes break for every 2-3 hours of work. Doing this will help relax the mind and renew it so you'll be able to create articles more efficiently.
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    Avoid Distractions, Focus.
    When you have a task to accomplish, focus on finishing it first before doing anything else that can potentially distract you from doing it. At all cost, avoid all things that can take your focus away.
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    Be Professional, Deliver on Promises.
    Professionalism at work means also delivering all promises that has been delivered. Freelance writing is a tough industry, given all the competition that is available online, and professionalism and delivery of promises are just some of the qualities that most clients are looking for with their writers.
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Bad Habits that can Destroy Your Freelance Writing Career

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    Slacking off, and Thinking You Can Do it Later.
    Procrastination is the number one enemy of every beginning writer; it is also the top habit that will pull your career down. Putting off the tasks to be done is sister to failing to accomplish it on time.
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    Over-indulging with Social Networking.
    Social media sites can be a beneficial tool in developing a freelance writing career. However if most of your time is spent on that, it can become a detrimental distraction for every writer.
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    Failing to Deliver Results.
    Part of the credibility and reliability of the person lies on the ability to fulfill all promises. Giving false hopes to clients about your work is definitely a big no-no.
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    Hoarding Projects.
    Taking on too many projects at one time is a dangerous habit that should be avoided. Take only the projects that you can handle at a time. Over-stacking on the projects can lead to mediocre quality of outputs.
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    Taking Criticism Negatively.
    As a freelance writer, you'll meet clients who will give criticism for the work you do. Taking criticisms negatively is one way to destroy your career. Don't think as if the whole world is against your work, but rather take these criticisms as a way to develop yourself and your writing skills to be better in the future.
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