During the pandemic situation, most of the people are looking for home-based income opportunities. Online writing profession could be a dream job for anyone who wants to stay home safe and earn good money with dignity. Nowadays, diverse local and international platforms are offering writing jobs online. But many writers couldn't grab those jobs due to several issues, like lack of proper skill, choosing unsuitable job, inappropriate way of application, lack of professional profile, inadequate portfolio, etc. Read this article to know some tips to get hired for online writing jobs in local and international platforms.
Know Your Interest and Skill
Not all writers have the same level of interest in different domains of writing. Some are proficient in business writing, some choose translating works, while some others prefer blogging, article writing or even ghost writing tasks.
As a writer you have to ask yourself in which domain of writing you are good at. Interestingly, the online freelancing platforms are offering jobs for various branches of writings. So, you need to focus on your specific field of interest and level of skill without getting bothered about other categories of writings.
Upgrade Your Skill
When you exactly know your field of interest, you can move forward to level-up your proficiency in writing. For strengthening your grip on language, you need to read informative and rich articles, blog posts, and books. Learning new vocabularies will open your door to versatile usage of words. When you read the articles of popular websites or blogs, you get the opportunity to learn different style of writings.
Choose Online Outsourcing Platforms
Are you looking for jobs in local freelancing market or international sphere? In local freelancing platforms, the competition is comparatively low so does the scope of earning. As a newbie you can start with local platforms like Belancer (https://belancer.com/) or Outsource My Job (http://outsourcemyjob.com/).
However, if you are confident enough to fight for a job with the overseas writers, you can go for the international freelancing market places, like Upwork, Freelancer, People per Hour, Fiverr, etc. However, each platform has some pros and cons. Choose one or two depending upon your level of skill.
For instance, Upwork (https://www.upwork.com/) is the biggest online outsourcing platform for freelancers worldwide. Here you can find a wide variety of writing jobs round the day. The payment system is fast and transparent. However, the account approval process is a bit crucial. And the competition is too high, as multiple freelance writers apply for the same job. For the novice writers, getting hired on Upwork can be a bit challenging.
On the other hand, People Per Hour (https://www.peopleperhour.com/), and Fiverr (https://www.fiverr.com/) are also popular outsourcing platforms for Bangladeshi freelancers. Though the commission rate and number of available jobs are lower than Upwork, here you may find writing job opportunities under your chosen category. In these platforms, the account opening process is not so complex. The competition level is moderate to high. Both the experienced and newbie writers can get hired if applied in a proper way with right portfolio.
Create a Professional Profile
Each outsourcing market place has some specific rules and regulations for opening a new account. For example, Upwork may require you to enter full details of your educational qualification and skills. As a part of the account opening procedure, Upwork may require you to attain some tests to judge your level of skill in writing, including grammar, and vocabulary. However, the other freelancing platforms may have different requirements.
Create a Professional Portfolio
Preparing an excellent portfolio is the most significant factor of getting hired online. If you are looking for article writing jobs, then write a bunch of unique articles in diverse niches like travel, technology, education, etc. You can also follow the advertised jobs to understand what kinds of contents are required by the clients. Then prepare your sample articles regarding those topics. Don't forget to check out the uniqueness of your content using free or paid plagiarism check software like copyscape.com. The richer portfolio you have the greater chance to get hired.
Choose Appropriate Writing Jobs
Diverse online platforms are looking for writing professionals for different categories of jobs like, academic writing and research, copywriting, editing and proofreading, resume writing, web content writing, article and blog writing, creative writing, grant writing, technical writing, translation works, etc. Some jobs are targeting native writers while some are open for all. Jobs are available for both novice, and expert writers.
You don't need to haunt all categories of jobs at the same time. Pick the one which suits both your skill and portfolio. Otherwise you are going to miss the job opportunities, which will not only waste your valuable time, but also make you feel discouraged. If you continuously fail to get jobs, it can jeopardize your writing account in the top freelancing platforms like Upwork.
Apply for Job in Proper way
After choosing a job, the first thing to do is to read the whole proposal properly. Then prepare your application accordingly. Try to answer all the questions provided with the proposal. Try to be honest and sincere while preparing your application. Beware of using the same application for multiple jobs; otherwise your account can face unfortunate scenarios like permanent cancellation.
Know the Value of Work
If you can't evaluate your own skill, none will be. It is a common issue with local freelancers that they are willing to work at under-paid jobs. Such practices are harmful not only for a potential writer, but also for the whole writer-community. Therefore, you should not compromise with the value of your skill and hard work.
While submitting your application against any job proposal, you must ask for reasonable payment. If you are unsure about the range of payment, you can consult with your mentors or other freelancers. Diverse facebook groups (such as Freelancer Bangladesh) are helping freelancers with valuable guidelines and advice at free of cost. However, if you are a newbie writer, you can apply for the basic level writing jobs that are looking to hire novice writers.
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