You may be interested and motivated to become a freelance writer, but it’s hard to know where to start. First, you should write, but that goes without saying. How do you turn your passion into paid work? It’s not a simple process, and it involves a lot of searching, digging, and some luck, as well.
These resources can help increase your chances of finding freelance writing work. It’s important to remember that whatever romantic notions of the solitary writer you may have, being successful as a freelancer depends on community, and these resources provide a good starting point for building your own.
The Freelance Writer’s Helper
A fairly recent site, The Freelance Writer’s Helper is put together by Tim Beyers, a freelance writer who contributes to the investment blog The Mile High Fool. It’s a Google Notebook, which is perfect for the content, which is meant to be easy to search and be reference ready.
Along the left side you can find the links to all of the page’s subsections. Each subsection contains links to useful external sites, followed by a brief description. If nothing else, Tim has done a nice job of aggregating a considerable amount of information valuable to freelancers hoping to write online in one convenient, central location.
The Freelance Writer’s helper is a living document, and Tim is always happy to receive suggestions for additional links he can add to the site to make it even more useful.
All Freelance Writing
Keeping in the spirit of aggregated content, All Freelance Writing is an ongoing blog that features a lot of resource lists and link collections. The blog’s authors do a really good job of organizing this mass of information in meaningful ways.
How-to articles are plentiful here, as are skill and trade refinement exercises, and professional development resources. There’s also a list of job offerings, which is updated once a week.
Jeff Gaulin Job Boards
Right away, you’ll note that JeffGaulin.com is a Canada-centric resource, but valuable nonetheless, especially if you find a job where you can work remotely, or if you’re willing to make a move in order to further your career. Jeff has somehow managed to make this site the go-to destination for journalists looking for work in Canada.
Jobs are broken down by area and by category, and those advertising on the site include heavy-hitters like Adbusters and AskMen.com. So far, his online listings are kind of slim, but hopefully, as the sector grows, the site will shift focus towards that kind of work.
There you go, three resources to make your freelance writing island a little less remote. It’s still a more isolated career choice than, say, working in a busy office, but you don’t have to do it without any help at all.
Are there any freelance writing communities you belong to or participate in?