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Looking For Good Freelance Content Writing Jobs: Instructions For Dummies

You might be forgiven for wondering, just what exactly a content writer does. Broadly speaking they work from home and provide content for:

  • Blogs
  • Websites
  • Businesses

Sound good? It can be great if you have regular work. However, finding that work can sometimes be akin to looking for a needle in a haystack. It can also be incredibly frustrating at times. Hopefully, by following my instructions for dummies you should have no problem looking for and finding great work.

Before you start:

  • Figure out the kinds of jobs that you would “like” to do, the kinds of jobs that you would be “willing” to do and the kinds of jobs that you have “no intention” of doing – ever. Figuring this out early on will save you a lot of time and effort, and I day say expense.
  • Make sure that you have the essentials in place (Laptop, quiet space, etc.)

Then:

  • Google “Working from home” or “Freelance writing” and you will quickly come up with the large sites.
  • Register with them all and make sure that you set up strong profiles. This will only take you a day or so to do, and it is better that you cast your net far and wide in order to maximize your chances.
  • Spend some time browsing the sites and getting a feel for them. Most people tend to favor one over the other, and there are a whole bunch of reasons why one person may love one site and hate another. For all they serve the same purpose, one size doesn’t fit all with these sites.
  • Take some tests. Many of the sites give you the option to do this. Many recruiters will only select from candidates with certain proven skills. However, I personally take exception at the sites that heavily push certain exams and charge you for them. There are sites that will allow you to take the exams free of charge. However, there are downsides to this too. Check them all out and then do what feels right for you.
  • Start bidding. Don’t worry about suddenly finding yourself swamped with work as this is unlikely to happen initially – As I have already said, spread your net far and wide to maximize your chances. If you do suddenly end up with too much work, you do always have the option of declining the job. Bidding is not necessarily final.

Good luck!

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