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Is it hard to be a freelance business writer?

That depends on what you mean by hard or difficult. There are two basic qualities which any freelance business writer needs and they are as follows.

  • Expertise or knowledge in a relevant subject.
  • Convincing would-be employers that you are the right person for the job.

It is no good trying to promote yourself or find work as a freelance business writer unless you have expertise in a specific field. Now a business writer can write about any number of subjects related to business. And you don't have to be an expert in all of them. What you do need to be is an expert in research so that you can find relevant material to write your material. And you do need to have a basic understanding of what a freelance business writer does.

And then we come to the second aspect which is finding work. You see there are many people who want to be a freelance business writer and some of them are very talented. And whilst there may be a great many jobs available for freelance business writers, there is most definitely a lot of competition.

How do you make the breakthrough?

If you're starting out in the world of freelance business writing you may find it very difficult to get your foot on the first rung of the ladder. One way to achieve that success is to build up a portfolio of your freelance business writing work and promote yourself using that portfolio.

You can create a blog or a webpage or both and provide examples of the work you have done. Making contributions to blogs on the subject of freelance writing and freelance business writing in particular is another excellent way to get your name and reputation out there.

If you enter into a bidding war for a freelance business writing job, you might find because you have little or no experience, that it is better for you to bid low even very low in order to get the work. While this may go against the grain and appear not to fully recognize the talents you have, in the freelance writing world it is very much a case of no job and no money. It doesn't matter how talented you are and how ideal you might be for a particular job, if the employer wants it done at a certain price and you are too expensive, you miss out.v

So yes it can be hard to be a freelance business writer but there are many who are successful.


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