Business content writing is different from creative writing or technical writing. It requires a different approach and a different engagement need. If you’re looking for a profitable career as a writer, this may just be it.
One of the things that I learned when trying out private freelancing for the first time was staying in charge of the things that matter most to me. Those things may not matter to other professional writers, or they may seem unimportant to the customer, but they are important to me.
You don't have to decide between platform and private freelancing. As I said, I do both and enjoy both for unique reasons. The options are out there, so you may as well make use of them. Right?
There are some questions that I get a lot when people discover that I’m a writer. For example: “do you get in arguments with your characters?” Or “Are you still sane?” The answer to both is yes, by the way.
There is a lot of content available that is scraped from a competitor or “written” by a spinning engine. It gives content writing a bad name since many average online readers don’t realize what’s going on behind the scenes. I manually write every single word that I deliver. Is it always loved by my customers? Of course not. Sometimes it might even be a piece of crap. But it’s genuinely and authentically my piece of crap.
There are quite a few things that I wish I had learned before becoming a professional writer. Still, these are the top ones that I use to help inspire the next generation of writers considering the career path. Use these as your compass!
A critiquing group has the kind of power that can either buoy up or weigh down a budding writer just trying to learn and improve. If there s one thing you can take from my words, it would be this: use that power wisely!
When I started out, there wasn’t much out there for trustworthy online platforms to advertise my services, but now there seems to be one on every virtual corner! If you’re looking at getting involved with freelancing platforms, you’ll want to take the time to figure out what the best one is.
As much as I love words, there are just those that take up space and don’t often give you anything for it. I know that professional writers are supposed to love all words, but that’s overrated. Some words are just completely useless and leave good writers open to ridicule when used in conversation or writing.
As if researching, writing and editing weren’t enough to handle as a professional writer, you also have to figure out creative ways to win over the customer. With all of the competition out there, it may seem that trying to keep the customer interested is an impossible task, but you’ll be pleased to learn that it isn’t. It simply goes back to the core concept of why you’re in business in the first place: because you’re good at what you do.