• To get started, know the kind of writing business that will be most suitable for you.

Writing is serious business! and there are many ways to get involved in the multi-billion dollar opportunities writing skills can bring your way. Starting a business centered on your talent for writing is similar to opening any typical business. Consider upfront, the type of business entity to establish, setting up your workspace, and writing a business plan to marketing, working with clients, and establishing repeat business. With so many online resources available, you can learn the tips, tricks, and advice that work for those writers who have paved the path of success before you. Below are five key types of writing business you could explore:

1. Freelance Writing: Not only is freelance writing fun and profitable, it’s also easier than you think. The key to getting started is knowing which jobs to look for, where to find them, and how to get them. We shall look at some tips on this below.

2. Become an Author (Books, EBooks, etc): You could take a cue from the limitless number of successful authors around the world and invest your time, creativity and imagination into writing in a chosen genre – fiction, nonfiction, business, children, historical, etc. Choosing your genre of interest should be guided by your passion and the market you wish to serve. Do adequate research on how you want to publish and market your work as this is crucial to your success here.

3. Start a blog: With your writing skills, you could start your own online publishing business. Successful blogs are hugely profitable and creatively make more money from various channels. Do your research on which platforms to start from, tools available to you, your genres of interest, etc. Of course, you can employ someone who does or you outsource your tasks. You can also be a guest author, contributor or guest blogger on other publications.

4. Become a freelance reporter, independent columnist for big media, etc: If you have an eye for spotting newsworthy events, or you have an ear for picking information; then you can become a freelance reporter. You will write and submit to big publishing agencies on a contract basis. You could also concentrate on writing reports.

5. Start a business research company: Organizations are always in need of information. They want to know what their customer’s needs are, how customers feel about their company or product, their staff performance and customer relationship skill, the level of their brand awareness, what their competitors are doing currently, latest trends and fads, etc. You can set up a business research company and offer your services for a fee. Corporate communications and content marketing is also a hugely lucrative niche in this area you could concentrate on.

Take advantage of the online freelance marketplace

Did you know there are websites that advertise thousands of real freelance writing jobs every day, many of which are perfect for beginners? You can create an account for free, and start applying to jobs within minutes, even if you’ve never been paid to write before. Can you write an email or a simple blog post? How about a one-paragraph product description? These are just a few of the many types of jobs that clients pay good money for every day. Go to sites like www.upworks.com, www.peopleperhour.com, etc to get started right away.

Above all, always keep an open mind – quick to learn trends and new imaginations in your line of business. Persistence and the determination to succeed are the most important skills you bring to the table.

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