I agree with Carol from earlier that one can find something interesting in almost anything to write about if they open their eyes and minds a bit. That being said, I guess that leads me to my question yes Carol I am finally going to hit one of your bootcamp trainings…tired of the boards. If you were to find the businesses locally although I am sure the better paying ones will be online with a huge presence how do you market yourself? Do you do the door knocking or hit the chamber of commerce type of meeting? Looking forward to the training. And how did you get your picture up in the comments section…not that I am vain mind you;.
I have a business and a reputation as a human resources consultant. I write in that subject area but would like to expand beyond that into other areas of writing.
How do you go beyond a perceived area of expertise to convince others you can write their material as well? How then does one find the balance between the two? It can be quite the opposite. I work at a financial firm where I edit and format reports in the publications department. In order to get my foot in the door, taking a boot camp such as yours would be a fantastic jump start.
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My company pays for education as long as it qualifies as relevant to my job. My question is: how do I word my proposal so that it will come across as necessary for a publications specialist to learn the skills of business writing? Even better, you could choose me for the free ticket and I could bypass all of this worry! Thanks for the help! It seems like most freelancers I know had somewhere to start from. If they had a career in law or retail or sales, they used those contacts and that knowledge to pick up assignments. I get a couple low paying clients, but I want to make a living doing this.
How would you suggest someone like me recent college grad with little work experience get those higher paying clients? And everyone has some, anyway. You patronize local businesses…and like what they do.
You also have the advantage of being young — the target market for many companies. There are some great companies that would love to work with you. Hi Carol! What level of collaboration or back-and-forth do most companies want? And do they accept story ideas or is the work mostly assigned? To take these in reverse order, all our bootcamps come with weekly homework! We are going to have people identifying prospects, beginning their marketing, and doing different writing assignments to start learning and practicing the types of writing business want.
Your 1 we hear a lot. I have worked as a writer in one capacity or another for nearly twenty years. However, nearly all of my experience is in staff positions, not freelance. My first question is how do you know where to set your fees?follow site
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I have written technical manuals, promotional brochures, web content, development plans, and procedural guides. However, I feel like a newbie when it comes to freelance writing. My second question is what type of writing do you think provides the best introduction to freelance writing and is most likely to lead to future opportunities? The best type of writing depends on you — your past experiences and what you enjoy writing, and the industries you know.
What can you do when an editor invites you to send in a headline and a lede on a particular topic, and you do, after putting in scads of work and time on it, it is on topic and in keeping with their voice and content , and then it gets dismissed in a 2-sentence, non-explanatory manner and you are then ignored through all attempts to follow up?
Due to some life events I found myself unemployed.
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I decided to volunteer at a local animal rescue group while I looked for a job. It winds up since I love to read and have dabbled at writing blog-posts I wound up doing copywriting for them. Fliers, brochures and information landing pages for their website. I now work with 3 non-profits and am attempting to self teach. I love this type work so much I have decided to pursue it as a freelance business instead of returning to previous career.
That being said I have not made any money at copy-writing yet since I have been doing it as volunteer. I know education is important; but I can not afford to pay lots of money to learn. So my question is what is best way to learn copywriting without having to spend boatloads of money?? Hmmm…well, I think we think our Den Break into Business Writing class is quite reasonably priced, for a whole month of instruction and support.
What, if any, tools do you use when you interview the client to collect information for your writing? How do you learn what you need to know to complete the assignment? In business writing, how much opportunity is there to write with personality? I often write directly to a certain type of person and sprinkle in a little humor here and there. Your job is to portray their culture and the tone with which they want to communicate with their customer. Here is my question: How do you go about rewrites?
Are there policies or best practices? Is there a limit to the number of rewrites you should do? Rewrites are something you can negotiate in your contract, Jenny.
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I know how to do it. Ok — so help me understand. I also ask tons of questions up front and even have samples approved before I move forward…but still manage to find the clients that like samples but then have problems with posts later on. It becomes cost prohibitive to work with them.
I am not asking the right questions, apparently! Can you tell I need the free ticket? The good news is functionally, I very rarely find myself regretting my stance. I recently got an assignment through a local publisher to write some medical copy, such as patient brochures and health system newsletters.
How can I get more assignments like this, since this one just fell into my lap? Holly Case recently posted… Hello world! I had the exact same reaction when I got into business writing. Hey…this is sorta fun! And pays great…show me more.
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Is there a learning curve during which a writer may get a lot of rejection notices, before breaking through? Does a writer need to have previous copywriting skills and experience prior to breaking through? Ronn Jerard recently posted… Keep the Fire Burning. Need I say more? Just want to say thanks to everybody for all these questions! This is really helping me — already added one whole section to the first session based on a question here. My question is: what is the best way to prepare for business freelancing? Start small, Ashley.
Get a few samples. Write a brochure or white paper about your own business, too. Do types of writing you feel you understand — maybe blogging if you have a blog.
One of our Den presenters, Mitt Ray, said when he got into white papers he wrote several just for practice! Best of all is asking your writer crowd for feedback on your bid proposal before you send it…folks are really winning doing that in the Den. What credentials would a business prospect be seeking in a writer? After some time unable to work, I am beginning to rebuild again. What would you suggest from the beginning to building a reliable income writing for business? From how to identify prospects and market to how to do the writing.
Thank you Carol for your kind response. I have the ability to build the flow to form a reliable income. I have noticed that as with any business venture particularly in a creative industry, most clients prefer that you have a portfolio, references, etc. Thank you for your suggestions. Well, sure they do — but there are always entry-level clients who might take a flier on you and let you get a sample.