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First, understand what an industry report really is: who reads it, how information is arranged, how it is formatted and how validity of information is tested.
Second, understand what you need to do: who to contact for reliable insider industry information, how to locate them (online and off), how to search for responsible secondary data and how to design and collect primary data.
Third, write a sample report to send out to research firms. This requires specific information that shows your research capability.
Fourth, polish your research skills: no expensive trainings are required. Some free trainings are available online.
Fifth, know where to look for research firms that hire freelancers. This information is also available online.
Sixth, compile your first market intelligence sample comprising a brief well-designed sample report of at least 1,000 words, a cover letter and your latest résumé. Just make sure to include all required research-based information in sample to impress employer. With this sample, you wouldn't look "inexperienced" at all.
Seventh, once you land job, there are some "tricky" contractual clauses you must be aware of. Caveat emptor. One of them is "limited royalty period" clause. You may want to re-consider this clause after consulting with your counselor.
Eighth, most important one, make sure to completely familiarize yourself with tools of trades, such as online business and statistical databases, online expert pools and online electronic library accesses, to make your job easier.
Writing industry reports is not as hard as it sounds. As long as you know what you're doing and where to look for reliable resources, research firms need you now. After all, where else can a writer make $5,000 in residual income per month while enjoying an industry expert status (and waking up at noon again)?
Jennie S. Bev is the author of Write Industry Reports: Work at Home and Start Earning $5,000 in Royalties per Month http://www.writingcareer.com/bev001.shtml and the highly praised 2003 EPPIE Award Nominee FabJob.com Guide to Become a Management Consultant http://www.fabjob.com/managementconsultant.asp?affiliate=236 and. She is a San Francisco-based professional technical writer and instructional designer. She can be reached at WritingGigs.com.