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How To Start A Ghost Writer Business

Aug 17, 2007
If you have a passion for writing, you could open a business as a ghostwriter. As a ghostwriter, your job profile will include writing articles or as a matter of fact content for websites. Unlike other writers, who get credit for their writing, ghostwriters do not get any credit for their writing. It is the business or the person to whom you are working for that takes the byline.

A writing career is a very challenging and intimidating place especially for starters who want to begin. Even when published in top-notch newspapers and magazines, the monetary reward is so low, that one cannot expect to survive out of it. That is why ghostwriter businesses can turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as they can give you many opportunities to generate income. In addition, you can harness your writing skills until your big break arrives.

How to Start
For the beginning, you should have a portfolio of your writing samples to show to prospective clients. This is very important as the client generally judge you on the basis of your portfolio. Many companies will ask you to sign a contract, depicting that once you write something the owner of that piece will be them, and not you. You can use the name of the company itself as a reference, but cannot state that the particular write-up is written by you. If you want to be a ghostwriter, concentrate more on monetary returns rather than your name in the write-up.

Positive Aspects
Ghostwriter businesses are relatively cheap to start, if you own three main things: a computer, a printer, and Internet service. There are innumerable websites that can help you immensely in finding prospective clients. What you have to do is just put up your portfolio in some of the related sites.

Negative Aspects
The only negative aspect of ghostwriter business one can find is that it does not give you credit for your own work. But if you take into consideration the money factor, it will not look like much of a negative aspect.

If you dream of partying late or want to play golf on Monday, the ghostwriter business is made for you. In addition, there are no office politics involved. You just have to concentrate on writing. As a matter of fact, as a ghostwriter you can enjoy the writer's lifestyle, working from home, opting your projects, building your bank account, and working less hours. All you need are information-based products and resources, which are available plentiful in the market.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com.
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