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Is It Possible to Become a Freelance Writer Without a College Degree?

By Edited Feb 10, 2016 2 4

There is a growing number of people out there that have decided that they wan to become a freelance writer. Many people start to research what they have to do to begin to make money with a freelance writing career and quickly decide to quit. Why is this? There is a common misconception that to become a freelance writer that you have to have a college degree. I will be the first one to tell you that this is not true. I left college after my sophomore year with no degree in hand and here I sit working as a freelance writer and making money everyday.
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There are plenty of people who chose to become a freelance writer that do have college degrees. Often times, they may have a better grasp on grammar and maybe how to write some technocol articles in the field that they got their college degree in. Perhaps a college degree gets these people who decide to become a freelance writer one of those very few writing jobs that require a college degree. Other then those few bonuses, the only thing that having a college degree will do when you become a freelance writer is to give you another debt to use the money you make to pay on.
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Grammar and Spelling
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All that you need to know about proper grammar and spelling to become a freelance writer, you probably learned in grade school. Think back to all of those reports that you had to do and how you had to edit your work before you turned it in. If you do the same types of things when you begin to do freelance writing assignments then you will be on the road to success.
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SEO Know How
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Many people chose to become a freelance writer by writing online to make money. One of the most important things that you need to know about when you write for the web is SEO or search engine optimization. Unless I missed the course offering when I was in school, most colleges will not teach you this much needed skill to make money with freelance writing. Actually the type of writing that higher levels of learning will teach you will actually be the oposite of how you need to write for the web.
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Experience Counts
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On the journey to become a freelance writer, the one thing that potential clients look at over and over again is your writing experience. They will ask to see published samples. Your future freelance writing clients will want to know what web sites that you have written for. They will not care that you got a degree in women's studies. Experience will get you your clients in the freelance writing world. This is what you need to become a freelance writer.

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Comments

Jul 16, 2010 2:48pm
HealthFitnessTips
Great points for succeeding as a freelancer! I'm working on my SEO skills on a daily basis!
Aug 28, 2010 8:26am
EllenAlanna
Another good read of yours Nice way of putting it for those who do not have a college degree in writing.

Very encouraging.

Thanks!
Sep 16, 2010 3:48am
scheng1
I think the seo knowledge is what the employers look for. They do not really care about the academic qualification, as long as you can write articles that pull in traffic.
Sep 17, 2010 4:57am
AJWalton
those are 3 crucial things you outline. IB is a great place to practice all 3.
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