For quite some time now, college students all over the world have pursued various online jobs. These jobs include freelance writing, proofreading, blogging, digital photography and editing. The internet has made it possible for anyone to work at any time as long as they have a reliable internet connection and laptop.
If your writing skills are good enough, then you are ready for your first writing job. But, getting a writing job with little or no experience can be frustrating even if you’re an excellent writer. This is the main reason most writers get discouraged and settle for less. But, if you follow the suggestions below, high-quality writing jobs will become less elusive.
1. Connect With Other Writers
One sure way to meet writers is by attending networking events or joining online writing groups, especially on Facebook and LinkedIn. You will get to meet both amateur and seasoned writers from all walks of life. Apart from joining these groups, make it a habit of participating actively in them too. Most of the time, members are ready to help with tips and refer one another for writing gigs.
Once you are convinced that you’ve got everything it takes to be a good writer, it’s time to inform people around you and acquaintances that you are a writer. That big writing break may be through a family member or a friend. Take your business cards with you everywhere you go; you never know when you might come across a potential client, and this tactic will leave a lasting impression.
3. Become a Campus/Local Newspaper Contributor
Many successful writers worked for their campus newspapers while in university. They were regular contributors and didn’t get discouraged even though the pay was either low or zero. The benefits of writing for a university newspaper include refined writing skills, in-depth experience, increased knowledge, improved researching skills and the opportunity to get familiar with writing styles like AP. It can help hone photography, designing or editing skills if you possess any.The experience gained as a newspaper writer can open doors to incredible writing opportunities now and in the future.
4. Pitch to Publications
There are lots of writing jobs at content mills, but that shouldn’t be your target. They usually offer ridiculously low prices for articles, even if your writing is of high quality. Student writers can research blogs, websites and newspapers that are in need of writers and pitch to them. Some websites also have links that authors can submit their ideas or pitch directly to. It may take a considerable amount of time and effort before you see the desired results, but it’s worth the effort. Many writers have landed regular high paying writing jobs because they’ve mastered the art of pitching.
5. Take Advantage of Social Media
A powerful social media profile is an indispensable tool for today’s writers. It’s crucial to interact with your followers and avoid spamming at all costs. Your audience will be interested in your posts once you’ve established good relationships with them. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are effective platforms for promoting stories, posts and articles. Writers also publish their posts on LinkedIn Pulse. Companies and individuals who hire writers are active on social media and it’s wise to maintain an active and positive social media presence in order to be visible.
6. Set up a Blog/Website
It’s now easy to set up a blog, and it doesn’t cost a fortune if choose self-hosting. There are many free domain names and hosting options to choose from if you can’t afford the paid ones. The blog can serve as an avenue to showcase your writing skills to existing and potential clients and having a website can present you to people as a professional. You can also list the writing services that you offer on the blog or website. Finding time to write and manage a blog as a student may seem impossible when the workload is put into consideration. But, depending on your schedule, updating your blog once or twice a week is perfectly fine.
Have you ever considered using your writing skills to become a professional writer? Let us know in the comments section below…