How to Become a Freelance Writer

If you have a knack for telling stories, you may want to consider a freelance writing career. Here are some tips to get you started.

You will need

  • List of magazine publishers
  • Publishing professional contacts
  • Conferences and conventions
  • Networking skills
  • Online job boards
  • Writing courses (optional)
  • Entry-level writing or editing jobs (optional)

Step 1 Write often Write as much and as often as you can. Take writing-intensive courses in journalism and English in college.

Step 2 Contact publishers Contact print and online magazine publishers about freelance opportunities. Libraries usually have books that list publishers’ addresses.

Step 3 Meet publishing professionals Get to know publishing professionals in your field of interest by attending conferences and conventions.

Step 4 Network Network with other freelancers. Other writers may come across opportunities more suited to you and pass your information along to their editors.

Step 5 Check online job boards Check online job boards for writing opportunities. Job boards frequently list opportunities for paid columnists, bloggers, and web-content creators.