While successful content writers seem to have an enviable life -- they work from home, make their own schedules and work as much or as little as they please -- the vast majority have a hard time making a living of it. They lack the skills necessary to succeed. Because no matter how talented they are, writing skill is simply not enough. So, if you want to become successful as a content writer, you need a full toolkit of marketable skills.
Thank you so much for replying, Elna! Thank you for all of the information you provide on here. Your advice and posts have given me a lot to work with during this time of dead ends instead of beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get more work. I’m at the point where I am down to one job while the other is communicating less and less with me so it’s making me nervous. Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this resource!
No matter who we’re writing for, or what sort of material it is, every content writer is a researcher first and a writer second.  In nearly every case, the content writer will be dealing with a subject that he or she is not familiar with, and must do adequate research to ensure that all the information presented in his or her article is accurate, current, and doesn’t contradict the company’s existing messaging. Good research is the foundation of good content writing. And for those of you wondering, yes, this article is the rare exception to that rule – I actually knew this stuff already. #web content writer
Words matter – my singular goal is to ensure they are chosen wisely to convey your ideas and deliver your message in the most effective way. I have a special interest in law, finance, engineering, and IT and am also a freelance lawyer-linguist at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Detail-oriented, meticulous yet creative native German editor/writer/translator and jurist with a firm grasp of the English (UK and US spelling) and German languages, in-depth research experience and a background in law, marketing, and publishing. I spent a couple of years (until 2014) working as a researcher and writer for specialised – financial and legal – publishers in London, UK. • Editing (developmental & copy editing) and proofreading tasks are performed with a high degree of accuracy, an eye for consistency and coherence, readability, and text-flow to ensure your German texts are clear, appealing, and audience-appropriate. • Linguistic review of German online content/websites (regarding the use of market-appropriate language in the context of specific or all user journeys, evaluation of UI and UX, etc.) • Machine-Assisted Human Translation (MAHT)/localisation/transcreation (ENG/GER) as well as creative and technical writing services: I offer 15+ years' translation/writing experience (website content, Google ads, white papers, contracts, business plans, surveys, marketing material, etc.) with particular expertise in legal, financial, engineering, IT, and healthcare subject matters. Above all, I am committed to delivering high-quality translations that are both technically and culturally accurate in the fastest possible turnaround time. • Legal research & contract review is focused on EU and German law. • In addition, I have a penchant for literature and the arts and will take on any given subject with great enthusiasm and diligence. I listen to your needs and strive to become a valued asset and a trusted advisor. As good communication is key to any relationship, I will keep you apprised of the state of your project and am happy to discuss ideas at all times to ensure your goals and requirements are met. 
Important notes: - A one-hour minimum ($90) will apply to all hourly projects and milestones. - On fixed-price contracts, I will perform 1 round of revision. Additional revisions require the assignment of a new milestone. - As I handle legal/sensitive information on a regular basis, I do not work with the automatic Upwork time tracking tool due to confidentiality issues. - Despite being a fully qualified German lawyer, I do not practice law anymore. When editing/proofreading/translating legal documents or conducting legal research, my work products do not constitute a legal opinion or legal advice. They are prepared solely for your private use and not a substitute for the advice of a licensed attorney. Thank you for your understanding.
Unlike journalism, technical writing or academic writing, creative writing involves the imagination. Common types of creative writing include novels, short stories, and novellas, all of which are part of the fiction genre. Creative writing also includes plays, poetry, personal essays and memoirs, songs, speeches and scripts for TV programs and movies. Many creative writers specialise in a particular type of writing, so when you’re hiring a creative writer, ensure that writer is experienced in the type of writing you need.
That’s great you want to start freelance writing! I hope your husband is on board with this 🙂 As for your blog topic, remember that your personal niche is different than your freelance writing niche. I blog over at TwinsMommy.com and that’s my passion and personal niche. I talk about being a work at home mom, working at home, having twins and making money blogging. But this blog is geared towards writers. For you though, you can pick your paying niche (freelance writing niche) and pick a personal niche (this can be a lifestyle niche where you blog about several topics). So let’s say you pick the pet industry as your paying niche, then your writer website would reflect copy for a Pet Writer for hire. Then you can have your lifestyle blog if you want and blog about pet life, motorcycles, personal growth etc.. Make sense? You can also have a writer website that’s all about pet writing, have a portfolio with pet writing and then link to your lifestyle blog. This is what I do for my writer website. I link to THIS blog on my writer website even though it has nothing to do with my niche (digital marketing). Make sense?
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Hi Elna! Thoroughly enjoyed this delightful, informative article. I am a full time paralegal with a B.A. in Journalism. I’m about 5 years away from retirement…and would like to shift from full time paralegal work to freelance writing. I’ve been writing a column (“Throwback Thursday”) in the local paper for a year now, for free, but of course I get the bylines from those which is how I’ve built my portfolio. How would you reccomend I transition to freelancing. I’m interested in writing about legal topics for lay people…such as how to find a good attorney…and small community life…and parenting.

In Canada (and the States I think) you can run a small business under your own legal name and you don’t have to register it. If you were running a dog grooming business or something, you’d need a formal “business license” but even with a home-based business you may still need one, but it’s unlikely and it’d depend on your city’s policy. Even if required, I’m sure many people unknowingly skip this step and life goes on!
A popular online marketing tool for businesses to build brand awareness is through the use of blogs. Blogs feed consistent content to the web, which helps readers find your site and learn more about you and what you offer. Furthermore, blogs also support your brand and creates authenticity. In fact, last year, 65% of marketers planned to increase their use of blogging. The additional each high-quality content you write and post in your website or social media increase traffic and more people will be visit your site.
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