This article may be freely distributed in your ezine, on your web site or in your e-book provided this resource box is kept intact complete with active links and author information.I would appreciate it if you let me know if you have used this article mailto:email@example.com ------------------------------ Freelance Article Writing on Net
by Jill Black Copyright © 2001
As a freelancer there are many opportunities available for working from home as a career or providing an extra stream of income for your established information publishing business by filling the needs of a widely diverse market as a paid freelance article writer both on internet and in offline publications.
What is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is an independent writer who earns his/her living by contracting for work projects, working for no fixed employer, and may work for a number of employers at any given time.
You will be required to negotiate terms and conditions of work and all work must be completed to satisfaction of clients requirements.
Note: The objectives and requirements of both parties should be understood fully by both parties from start to save any problems later on - this includes terms of payment.
As a freelancer you need to keep up with latest developments to compete in marketplace.
This requires studying and researching needs of the marketplace along with selling yourself to your potential clients.
Getting Started as a Freelancer
The freelance market can be fiercely competitive at times requiring emphasis on marketing your work effectively and assessing your expertise and skills.
"How to" articles tend to sell well and most successful freelancers maintain constant contact with marketplace trends and requirements seeking those areas where they can fill needs of potential clients.
Write your resume with view of selling your strengths. Use short sentences with each paragraph easy to read, clearly and concisely giving your qualifications or related experience for job.
Usually you will only have a few seconds to make an impact on your prospective client and this can make difference between hiring you over someone else.
To find a niche (your niche) Web monkey has a very good article on finding and defining your niche as a web freelancer.
Many writers prefer to stick within topic subjects they can write confidently on although a good freelancer can research and write on any topic if and when required.
When you are decided on subject niche you would like to fill seek out magazine publications, online and offline, on your chosen topic.
There are two main ways most freelancers find work -
Submitting to publications
Bidding on freelance contracts
If you do not wish to bid for work contracts until you have gained a degree of confidence in your abilities e.g. at some of sites listed below...
Seek out publications in your chosen field that accept articles e.g. if your interest in in fishing go to your local outlet selling magazines and see if they accept article contributions (this can usually be found inside front cover in most magazines)
Many freelancers start by submitting to local community newspapers/letters as a way of establishing credibility as a published writer.
Send a query letter or email your chosen publications with your subject ideas and an outline of your proposed article and how they may contact you if interested. However, still expect to wait some time (sometimes up to three months if approaching offline publications) for a reply as most editors are very busy people.
Finding work on Internet