More so today than ever before, telecommuting writing jobs are hot. When I first began working as a freelance writer seven years ago, there were not nearly as many people interested in this line of work. Despite the fact that the industry has changed and there is now more competition, you can still carve out a niche and make a very nice living.
While not the case across the board, most telecommuting writing jobs are for freelancers. In other words, you are not going to be employed by one company. Instead, you will work as a contractor and have the ability to call your own shots. On top of this, you also have the ability to work with as many clients as you want.
If you are new to the industry, you are sure to have some questions regarding working as a writer. Here are three questions (and answers) that will put your mind at ease and help you move in the right direction.
What can I Write?
Everybody has a good book in them, right? This may not apply to you and that is okay. Over my time as a freelance writer, I have only written two books. The rest of the time I have focused on a variety of other projects including but not limited to:
- Website content
- Sales letters
- Marketing brochures
- Blog posts
- Feature articles
There is no shortage of the type of writing you can get involved with. As you learn more about this field and begin to experiment with different opportunities, you will quickly find that some are better for you than others. From there, you will find it easier to target the appropriate jobs in the future.
Where can I Find Work?
Just because you want to be a writer does not mean you are going to get paid for it. Luckily for you, there are a lot of people searching for good writers. As you begin your search for telecommuting writing jobs, you should start by doing the following:
- Spend time on traditional job boards
- Check out sites such as ProBlogger job board
- Don’t be afraid to cold call companies and cold email website owners. You never know who is searching for a writer.
How much can I earn as a Telecommuting Writer?
Even if writing is your passion, you still need to earn a living. For this reason, you are probably interested in learning more about the earning potential of a telecommuting writer.
Just like any industry, the amount of money you earn is based on many factors. I am friends with writers who make $20,000/year as well as those who regularly hit six figures in income.
Tip: don’t rush yourself. If you are going to work as a freelance writer it will take time to build up your business. Stick with your business plan and soon enough your income will begin to increase.
Now that you have the answers to these three common questions, you can move onto the final inquiry in your mind: are telecommuting writing jobs the right career choice for me?