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Writing Articles Can Be A Profitable Business

Nov 13, 2007
People today are increasingly looking for job satisfaction among other things. They are less inclined to become cogs in the wheel if they can help it. Moreover, these days there are so many more options. The growth in the field of communications has opened up many opportunities. More and more people have begun to give up their day jobs in favor of more flexible work-from-home routines. The unprecedented rise of the Internet has been one of the major factors that have led to this new attitude.

Among the groups who are benefiting from this expansion in communication are writers. The world of magazines and ezines are a vast area that we need to exploit. In fact, anyone who can string a decent sentence together can now think of becoming a professional writer. These days, anyone can become a writer with a little investment and a certain degree of writing skill. Of course, it is not be easy to get a toehold into the field. But once one does, one could be rolling in the money.

Marketing one's skills becomes very important if one is looking to rake in the profits by writing articles. If one is planning to send articles to a bunch of magazines, one should make an attempt to study the magazines and understand their specific styles. Having done that, one can commence writing articles that would appeal to those styles. Take the instance of someone who has to write about some famous monument in the city. His approach will certainly differ based on whether the article is intended for a business magazine, a travel blog, or a tourism website.

One must write articles that will encourage more and more readers to go through them. Being able to place good content within the framework of a well-written article is a skill that every writer has to cultivate.

Writers, in general, must bear in mind the fact that they have to keep writing on a regular basis. Practice makes perfect, and the more one writes, the better the writing becomes. It is advisable to read books and editorials that deal with a wide range of subjects. It is necessary to be familiar with a large number of concepts so that if you required to write on some unusual topic, you will not be at sea.

At the same time, one must become a good editor too. Typing errors are all too common. A single mis-type can change the meaning of a sentence. A spelling mistake might make the reader get the impression that the writer is incompetent. Thus, prior to finalizing an article, it becomes essential to read through it thoroughly.

Even a cursory proof-read could help one cull out a number of errors. Remember, when selling an article to a client, one must make sure that it has no errors. To ensure that, one can also invest in some of the editing software that are readily available these days.

Now, online writing does not pay too much. A client who needs a number of online articles is not likely to pay more than a small fraction of what an offline magazine might pay for an article that is of the same size. However, there is far more certainty in the online writing field. The delays that are part and parcel of the offline magazine world are few and far between in the world of the Internet.

One may not get a huge sum of money for a single article. However, one might manage to get paid a decent sum for a large number of articles. Also, most online articles are relatively short in length and may not require much research. Thus, a writer who is fairly quick can make a decent living in the online world.

Another issue is being credited for the articles that one writes. Getting a byline may not be a possibility at first. In fact, one might have to start out by ghostwriting for someone else. Even so, the point is that one is being able to hone his/her writing skills and also get paid for the same. With time, one should be able to establish one's credibility as a writer. Then, getting a byline should be as easy as pie.

Many online article writers start off by subscribing to some of the many freelance writing sites. This may prove useful in the case of someone who does not know too much about this. Additionally, it is a good idea to acquire a website of one's own from which one can carry out one's article writing business. It is likely that the start will be slow, but writers should not lose hope. Once the offers start trickling in, and one starts producing good articles, there is no looking back.
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