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Starting freelance writing: Key books to read

If you want to write, you need to read daily.

Suggested books:

  • The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. This book will help you understand proper sentence structure and grammar.
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott will help you keep yourself motivated and creative.
  • The Dip by Seth Godin will help you understand if you're getting into the right profession and when to quit if you're not in the right place.

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Brush Up Your Skills
  • Research What's In Demand. Your first stop should be the boards and company websites that post the jobs you're interested in.
  • Beef Up Your Resume. Don't neglect the experience you already bring to the table. Soft skills you may have learned (management skills, organizational skills, etc) may be a huge benefit, so don't write them off completely. 
  • Go Back to School to pick up those new languages, skills, and techniques required to be competitive in your chosen field. 
  • Build Your Network. Get acquainted not just with the people you want to emulate, but other people who are doing what you do now.
Get Some Experience
  • Use Your Skills for Personal or Pet Projects.
  • Intern or Volunteer.
  • Freelance or Start a Side Gig.
Using the right vocabulary
Using the right vocabulary

When switching from being an employee to a freelancer, you should pay particular attention to the way you express yourself, the words you choose.

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Name your business right

A very important step when starting to work as a freelancer is to actually call your business as what is: a ‘freelance business’.

These kind of words encourage your clients to perceive you as being trustworthy while giving you a better feeling of ownership.

Avoid using ‘ I need..’

Whenever we hear the ‘I need…’ words, we all tend to get a bit irritated by this way of being requested to provide something that always seems of the most utter importance.

On the other hand, there are expressions which could easily replace the ‘ I need…’ while giving the other person the impression that everything is under control.

Identify What You Love to Do

If you weren’t dealing with your job every day, what would you be doing instead?  Any activities you can dream of can be turned into a money-making venture.

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Do It For Free

Before charging people money, do what you love for free for quite a while. 

Doing the work without worrying about turning your passion into a business right away will help you hone your skills and build your confidence.

Combine Passion With Skills

Figure out how to create your own success tool kit /secret sauce made up of all the different skills and experiences that only you have. This is what will make you stand out and keep your service unique.

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