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New Career? How about Grant Writing

So you've looked and looked for a job and no one has hired you. You have to do something. People are trying to talk you into home based businesses. Avon doesn't take much start up cash, but it doesn't look like its going to pay your mortgage. Mary Kay cosmetics are bit more expensive, but you don't have the time or the inclination to do a bunch of make overs. Amway sounds promising, but you don't really know anyone personally making money at it. The pyramid schemes sound creepy in general. You're leery of anything without actual product involved.

The next set of home based businesses sound like they take training or certification. After all there's nothing fishy about being a real estate agent. You can make your own hours, but you have to pass a pretty significant test. Selling on the internet can be hit or miss. The final value fee Ebay is taking out, is cutting into your very thin margin of profit as is Paypal. So what about being a grant writer does it pay well? How do they get paid anyway?

There are two main ways Grant writers get paid, if they get paid. Either on salary if you're lucky enough to get on staff at a non-profit or 501(c)3 organization, or by percentage if you freelance. On the face of if you may think the salary is better, even if it's hard to find such position. The truth is you make more, much more, free lance. On a $100,000 grant if you get even 5% of that for submitting the successful proposal, you'll be making bank.

What do you need to be a grant writer? A computer, for sure. You'll need a word processing program, a good one. so that you print out the instructions on hard copy and highlight important parts. Also so you can adjust your font to fit the submission parameters. You may be the most persuasive writer in the world, but if you can't follow the directions as outlined by the grant no one will see your proposal.

You need tenacity. You may not get the first letter your write approved, but you have to keep trying. You need research skills to find all the available grant money for your organization. You need a friendly personality and the ability to work with all kinds of clients. Most people who work for non-profit organizations have a passion for what they do. They don't really want to spend any of THEIR time looking for money, that's YOUR job, they just want you to hand it to them. That said, you need to get along with them well enough to hound them for copies of their budget or mission statement or other items you may need for your submission.

You need to be trustworthy. If you are not ethical to the nth degree, this is really the wrong place for you. Moving amongst people who are rich and have money to give away, you can't be drooling or stealing or even jealous. You have to be passionate about what you do on behalf of your clients, on behalf of charity itself.

You need the ability to follow and the ability to lead. If you are going to do it free lance, drumming up the business may mean a series of cold calls to a number of non-profit groups. Most of them will be over joyed to hear from you, once they know what you meant to do for them. But then you need to be able to fall into step with your clients. Learn what they do, what is important to them. The funding groups are in a way your clients as well. They want to find reputable places to donate money to, but the money has to follow what ever guidelines and parameters the charity has set up. If you aren't willing to read CAREFULLY and DILIGENTLY the guidelines, your submission will not be correct or complete.

You need to be organized. If you can't keep your folder of information straight your client isn't going to use you twice. No one wants to be asked for their budget over and over again. Phone numbers and contact names need to be kept straight. Get an iPhone, the notes section can be set up for auditory notes, and you can speak into the phone. In addition the phone has calender for appointment schedules. Contacts can be listed with email address, phone number, and snail mail address all on the phone. Lastly the phone itself has an application for maps and directions so you don't have to buy a GPS separately for your vehicle.

Grant writing is a good business to go into. If you don't like it, you can always stop, without having bought a bunch of product. Why not try it?



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