What You Need to Get Started As a Paid Writer

Are you interested in becoming a paid writer? There are a number of opportunities for writers. It’s a lifestyle that offers many freedoms and joys. The good news is that it’s also pretty easy to get started as a paid writer.

Here’s what you need:

#1 You need a computer.

Even if you’re not writing for online clients, your clients will be using computers. Typewriters just aren’t used anymore. However, the type of computer you use is up to you. You might choose to work from a laptop or a desktop. You might choose to work from an Apple computer or a PC. The type of computer doesn’t matter. It just needs to support common word processing software.

#2 You need good word processing software.

The majority of your writing clients will want either documents or text files. That means you’ll want word processing software that fits those demands. Microsoft Word comes standard on many computers. If you don’t have Microsoft Word and it’s not in the budget to purchase it you can use open source word processing products like Open Office. Text files are easy to create with an application like Notepad.

Additionally, you can create documents with a Google account and share them with your clients if they have Google accounts too.

#3 You need to have knowledge about your chosen writing specialty

You want to have a solid understanding of two things. The first is the basics about your chosen writing formats. For example, if you specialize in writing blog posts then you need to know how blog writing differs from other types of writing. If you specialize in sales copy then you need to know how to write a good sales page.

You also want to be informed about your chosen niche. For example, if you write for the health industry then you need to have a basic knowledge about health related topics. You want to be comfortable writing about them.

#4 You need marketing and a website.

Instead of always knocking on doors, you want clients to come to you. This means you’re going to want to market your services. There are many marketing tactics to choose from. Publishing content is a good way to gain credibility and authority. It’s also a good way to demonstrate your writing ability.

Consider also using social networking, blogging, partnerships, and advertising to market your business. In this day and age a writer must have a website. Your website is the place where potential customers can learn more about you. It’s where they can have their questions answered. And it’s where they can review your samples and your writing style.

#5 You need to have a positive mindset.

Writing for pay is a great lifestyle. However, like any business it has its ups and downs. In order to persevere, a positive mindset is a must. Your enthusiasm and positive attitude will help you connect with clients. It’ll help you stay positive and focused. It’ll help you succeed.

Getting started as a paid writer doesn’t require much. In addition to these five starters, take the time to create a business plan. Write down your goals and how you’re going to achieve them. Your business plan will help you stay on track to achieve your writing business goals and dreams.

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