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Freelance Technical Writing Jobs Online: Making Your First Steps

Are you starting to think about your future career prospects? Been thinking about this type of work but don’t where to begin? Well, here’s what you need to know!

So what is it?

Technical writing is the drafting and/or writing of communication in relevant occupational fields; such as engineering, computer software and hardware, chemistry, biotechnology, robotics, aeronautics and many others.

If this sort of work sounds appealing to you, it’s actually a lot easier to find positions than you may first think; in this digital age, you will find plenty of positions on the internet.

What do I need to know?

You don’t need any qualifications per se, but the more you know about the area in which you wish to work, obviously the better. One thing you do need to be able to do is write clearly and succinctly!

The more experience you get under your belt, the more work you’ll be able to find. That may sound like a vicious circle when you’re first starting out, but if you’ve studied relevant subjects, that’s definitely a plus point. The more anyone does something the better they become at it (if they’re paying attention that is!) so why not practice by writing your own technical guides and suchlike, just for yourself?

Being able to learn IT applications quickly is also a skill that you should possess if you want to go down this career route, so you may want to practice and learn before you start seriously applying for positions.

Despite not needing qualifications, the more you know the better. There are plenty of educational courses you can do if you want to be more knowledgeable before you begin your career path.

Where do I find the work?

So, where to begin when searching on the web for available positions? Well, there are plenty of specific and related websites where clients advertise, so all you need to do is apply. The more background and experience you have, the more work you’ll find.

You should also ‘get yourself out there’ as much as possible. Don’t just apply for work when you can help the work come to you! Get on board as many appropriate social media sites as possible and create your own website. You’ll be rewarded for professionalism and hard work!

The more you satisfy your clients, the more of a reputation you will gain. Pay just as much attention to meeting deadlines, and being courteous and friendly, as anything else. People might then start recommending you!