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How Do You Build a Reputation as a Writer?

By Edited Feb 3, 2014 1 3

Write Your Way to an Income

In today's employment market getting a nine to five job can be tough, which is why more and more people are turning to online sources to make money. If you're a good writer, then there is work for you online. There are thousands of pages of web content and hundreds of articles that need to be written every day, and you be getting paid to sit and write. But you'll need to build a solid reputation to start getting jobs. So, how do you go about this? Today we're going to tell you how to begin to get your dream writing job, so if writing is what you want to get paid to do, then read on to find out how you can start....

Prepare Yourself...

There are two basic things that you're going to need. The first is a decent computer, preferably a laptop, since that will mean that you can work on the go if necessary. Next, ask yourself, how fast is my broadband speed? You're obviously going to be doing your work online, which means it's essential to have a dependable internet connection. Your employers and readers aren't going to be terribly interested in the fact that you've lost connectivity again. Your job will depend on you having great internet service, so make sure that you've got the best that you can afford.

What Do You Want to Do?

Now you have a choice to make, there are really two different kinds of online writing and you might want to concentrate on one of these; or both depending on what your skills are. The first kind of writer generally writes web content and articles to be published online, whilst the second kind of writer focusses more on blogging and writing ebooks. The process for building a reputation in either area will be relatively similar, but there are a few differences, so decide what it is you want to do first.

Getting Your First Job...

You can't build a reputation until you have a job. The first thing that you're going to need to do is to register with a freelancing site such as Elance or Odesk. Once you're a member, you can then start looking and bidding for jobs that you feel you can do. A few words of advice here: the majority of the jobs that you'll see posted have extremely low pay rates. As a beginner, you're going to need to build a reputation before you're going to be considered for higher paying jobs, so don't be too picky at first. Apply for anything you feel you can do well in order to get good ratings on the site that you've chosen. You'll then be a more viable candidate for higher paying jobs later. It will take patience and time to get your jobs at first, and the only thing that you can do is to stick with it until offers start coming your way. Don't lose heart, this is perfectly normal.

Got a Job?

Once you start getting jobs do them well. This should be obvious, and yet you'd be surprised how many people don't think about this. Follow instructions to the letter, turn in articles or projects before deadline (which will give you an opportunity to make changes if your client needs them), be polite and professional at all times. These are the things that make employers give you good ratings on freelancing sites, and therefore make you more attractive to other clients who may offer you more work and more money. It sounds simple, and it is, but a great many writers fail to take their first jobs seriously enough. And always, always make sure that you double check anything that you send for both spelling and grammar. Never copy anyone else's work, you WILL get caught.

Get Things Rolling...

Once you've got a little money coming in, then you can start to think about expanding your business a little. As you get more clients you can be more choosy about the jobs that you take and the minimum pay rates that you accept. Freelancing in this way is great, and it really gets the ball rolling, but you might want to start taking things a little further. One way that you can do this is to start your own web site. You can do this in a variety of ways, but the most popular way for writers is to keep a daily or weekly blog which constantly updates your site with new content, as well as having an archive that highlights some of the work that you've done. You may want to focus on a specific niche, something that you enjoy writing about and have expertise in, maybe the medical field, for example. Having a web site will mean that potential employers will have somewhere to go where they can check out your skills.

Improve Your Visibility...

When you've got your web site up and running you're going to want to improve your visibility so that people will come to your site and read what you've written. One of the best ways to do this is to become involved in the blogging community. Visit other people's blogs, preferably those that are in the same niche or similar to yours, read their posts and post comments on their site inviting them to check out your blog. This is how you network with other writers. What you're hoping will happen is that you'll get invited to write guest blogs on other people's sites, thus improving your visibility even more. And eventually you may even be asked to write for online newspapers or magazines, if you've proven your worth as a good writer.

You can make money writing online, though not every writer chooses to have a web site or to blog. For some, writing articles is enough, in which case doing your job well is the best thing that you can do to ensure you get repeat clients and better pay. Building a reputation as a good and dependable writer will take time, but you'll find that you get a lot more work and more money by putting that time in.

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Sep 28, 2013 9:53pm
Great article with a lot of good information. I forgot about elance and oDesk. I think sometimes too that writers get worried when an editor asks them to make changes. It's nothing personal, in most cases the client just wants the writer to add more useful tips, or other fairly minor things like this. I liked reading this article, thanks for the info!
Sep 30, 2013 2:22am
What most Experience Writers want is a simple systems, when a company advance they bring in lot of complication in their System, and if you have been good to the details, then .....it makes you look else where! (commenting on elance & oDesk)Remember the matra:KISS
Sep 30, 2013 2:19am
The articles is well thought and Written.
With a good plan, one can get started a way with such powerful information!
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