The freelance writing industry has exploded in recent years thanks to the opportunities provided by the Internet. As a result, many clients have taken advantage of the numerous freelance editors available, and will provide work that pays very little.
In order to increase your chances of finding well-paid writing or editing jobs, the following outlines various tips that you may wish to consider.
Firstly, most writers and editors will find a great deal of their work on various freelance websites. Whilst it may be tempting to concentrate solely on one single website, it is actually a good idea to sign up with as many as possible. By doing so, you will widen the range of opportunities that you can find, thus improving your chances of finding well-paid work.
Once you have signed up to a freelance website you will often be given the chance to set up a profile page. This will often be viewed by potential clients when you apply for a job, and should therefore be kept fully up-to-date. You normally have various sections which you can fill out, and it is important to provide as much relevant details on your profile page as possible. Furthermore, be certain to proofread your profile page before publishing it, so as to ensure that there are no unnecessary mistakes that may reduce your chances of winning any writing or editing jobs. Once you have your profile page set up, you’ll be ready to start applying for jobs. When writing a proposal, it is important that you identify the needs of the client, and address them. Essentially, you want to demonstrate not what you have done in the past, but how you can help this particular client in the present, and even the future.
As well as looking on websites, you may wish to look at the possibility of finding work through private clients. In order to do so, you need to identify what a company or individual may require, and write a proposal based around this. Whilst this approach is more time-consuming and requires more motivation, it is often a great way for writers and editors to find clients who are willing to pay higher rates than on freelance websites.