I have had a successful career working from home doing freelance editing jobs online. I have several long-term clients and often take on one-off projects as my schedule and financial needs require. It’s a great way to earn income while trying to raise two kids. It seemed a natural fit for me because I enjoyed literature (reading) and always had a penchant for writing opinion pieces on a number of topics. While I don’t do a lot of freelance writing jobs remote anymore, I still take on a lot of proofreading and editing opportunities. In this article I will explain all you need to know about getting into this field:
Identify What You Are Good At
There are some subjects which you probably know a lot about while there are others you know very little about. This is natural and occurs in many people first getting into this line of work. Make a list of the things you like to discuss (e.g., sports, gardening, economics, etc.) and look up some publications that deal with those exclusively. This will give you a good idea of the kinds of things people look for.
Start by Doing a Few Free Jobs
There are a lot of freelance editor jobs out there but the competition may be a little tough to deal with at first. Consider doing smaller jobs for free. This will help you network, develop skills, and build a portfolio all of which can be used to set yourself apart from other freelancers.
Look towards Low-Level Work
Entry level jobs are a great way of getting into freelancing. A lot of places will want people who can handle simple jobs to start and you should look towards these opportunities to get your foot in the door. It will all benefit you in the long run because you can add the experience on your resume.
Build Your Portfolio of Samples
As a part of landing those low-level work opportunities you will be building your portfolio of samples to share with potential clients. Keep this organized with your best work and look towards sending relevant material with all of your bid proposals.
Negotiate Long-Term Contracts
Once you find a client or two that have worked out well for you, negotiate a long-term online writing job so that you can always rely on work and can earn the most money for reliable work. It’s good to have at least two or three clients who can provide you with ongoing work so you don’t have to spend as much searching for additional work.
If you spend just a few minutes on the web you will find countless online copywriting jobs across a number of industries. There really is something for everybody out there and you can turn your knowledge and passion in any subject into a promising freelance career. By following the advice above you can get started in less than a week and start seeing your first paychecks coming within a month. Don’t be afraid to take the leap and experience the benefits of making money from home.