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What Everybody Should Know about Freelance Writing

Aug 18, 2007
Many people find that they have a talent for writing articles or stories, but are not sure how to make money utilizing this skill. Fortunately in this age of Internet connections it is easier than ever to find ways of using your skills in the freelance market. The opening up of the international market also helps freelance writers to get the work they need.

There are several different types of freelance writers. Some of them write articles for books and magazines, while others write articles for Internet businesses. If someone has the proper credentials, the range of work can even extend to cover working as a ghostwriter on novels and ebooks.

But many people have problems finding these jobs, and that is where the Internet comes in handy. There are several sites that list freelance writing jobs. Two of these sites include GetAFreelancer and freelancewriting. These are all places writers can go to find out about getting work.

Places like Get A Freelancer (GAF) allow writers to place bids on different jobs that open up. This way the market is honestly open to anyone and everyone who can establish an account and bid on a job. To help keep everything running as smoothly as possible there are ways of ranking both the supplier of the job and the writer. The system works much the same way as the rankings on ebay work. This makes it more difficult for fraudulent people to either post jobs or get work, and it helps ensure that people will work in a timely fashion to meet their deadlines. Once a job gets accepted, then GAF takes a percentage of the pay as payment for the service that their website provides.

Freelancewriting is a website that is devoted to people who are trying to make their living as a freelance writer. It offers people the chance to meet others like them, get advice, and even find job postings through links and other services. Sites like this often come in handy for people who are just finding their way around the Internet and are trying to start up their freelance writing careers. As in any new career venture, it can come in handy to get the advice of others who have gone before you.

Being able to access these sites and bid on jobs is just one step of the process. It is also important that you have a firm grasp of English language and grammar usage. It is also important that you know what prices you should charge for what jobs and that you calculate any research that may be required for the writing into the price so that you don't spend too much time on an article that you are only getting paid two to three dollars for.

Stepping out into any new venture is often risky, and the same is true for freelance writing. However, if you know what you are aiming to accomplish, then it isn't difficult to find enough work to meet your goals. Just remember that the Internet is not only your friend, but it can also be your enemy. If you make too many people unhappy or cause too many problems, then the same type of networking that first got you the jobs could be your downfall if enough people get the word out that you are untrustworthy.
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