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Four Tips to Help You Work From Home As a Freelance Writer!

Susie Busby advises you on what to think about if you want to work from home as a writer.

Wouldn’t it be nice to work from home? No more fighting through the traffic or hoping to get a seat on the train or bus. Instead you could get up, eat your breakfast and have a civilized stroll to your desk to start work. Bliss.

If this appeals then being a freelance writer may be an option. But before you start you need to plan very carefully.

  1. Can you afford to throw in the day job?
    Ask yourself if you can afford to live on your savings for a good period of time whilst you establish yourself. Being a successful writer doesn’t just happen overnight. One of our tutors gave himself a year to start making a reasonable income from writing. He’s now been a successful writer for over 10 years.

    Alternatively, you could keep on working and try writing in your spare time. Once you’ve built up your confidence, contacts and have a portfolio of work you’ll be in a better position to assess whether you want to write full-time and if it will give you a large enough income for your needs.

  2. Get professional training.
    Once you’ve decided you want to give freelance writing a go then get some professional training. It will help you speed through your writing apprenticeship and feedback from a professional will help you develop your style.

    There are various places you can get training but make sure that, whichever you choose, it covers how to sell your work. You may learn how to write fantastically but if you can’t sell your writing then you’re not going to earn a living.

  3. Write for the market.
    If you want to make money from writing then you have to write what people will pay for. The quickest and easiest way is to write non-fiction. We suggest you start with articles, blogs, letters, fillers and non-fiction books.

  4. Work professionally.
    If you want to write full-time from home you must work in a professional manner. This means putting in the time required, keeping good records and treating all those you deal with in a polite and courteous way. You will have to meet deadlines that are set and present your work in the way that is required by the industry. If you are professional then people will take you seriously. If you’re not, then they simply won’t deal with you.

One of the beauties of freelance writing is that anyone, at any age, can give it a go. As long as you have a reasonable grasp of the language you are writing in, are willing to learn and work hard then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make a success of it.

The Writers Bureau has students of all ages making money from their writing. Our courses show you how to write for profit and you receive personal guidance from a tutor who is a professional writer. For more details on how our courses can help you to work from home send for free details today!

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Theresa Gooda Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2021

“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

Theresa Gooda - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2021

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