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Freelance Technical Writing As a Home Business

Shanki De Silva

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Imagine the possibility of earning a full-time income from freelance technical writing. It's not a far-fetched and elusive dream, but a very real possibility for dedicated and hard-working individuals. Are you ready to take up the challenges in freelance writer jobs?

As a freelance technical writer, there are many specializations available for you to try out. If you are interested in computer technology, you can write hardware and software user manuals, online help tutorials or how-to articles. Likewise, you can take up writing assembly instructions for toys and appliances, business procedure manuals, training manuals, educational courses and much more. When you accept freelance writer jobs, you don't need to be an expert in a specific field, although it would be advantageous. Freelance technical writing isn't necessarily a job for a “technical person. "

If you are thinking about starting a home business by accepting freelance writer jobs, learning a few basic details about operating a home business will be useful. The most important thing to start with is self-motivation. Many home businesses fail because the business owner's enthusiasm at the beginning doesn't continue when the work load gets heavy. Invest in a reliable and technologically up-to-date computer and it's best if you have broadband internet access. Your next step should be finding clients. While it's easier said than done, don't be disheartened if you are not able to get projects in the beginning. Most businesses don't become hugely successful until after six months or more.

Search the internet for freelance project boards. Check each website's credentials and authenticity before you create an account and start bidding on projects. Do some research on the acceptable project fees for different freelance writer jobs. Some jobs pay very well, while others don't and freelance technical writing project prices can vary from client to client. Define a good price structure prior to your hunt for freelance writer jobs and stick to it. Accept projects you are certain you can finish. Never miss a deadline, even if you have to work all night. Building up a business is not a walk in the park and you will need to work hard to become a successful entrepreneur.

Shanki de Silva is a professional freelance copywriter specializing in web content, articles, blogs, brochures and PR material. Visit NetProductsReview , a review site for work-at-home and freelancing products and services, for more information and resources.


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