People thinking about starting a freelance writing business often ask what they need. Usually they are talking about the stuff. That’s important and here’s a list of what I think you need when you want to open your doors as a freelance writer:
- Some place to write. Although a separate room in your home you can use as an office, is ideal, any place you can set up will do in the beginning.
- The right equipment. A bare minimum would be a a decent computer with Word or Open Office. Open Office is a free software suite that includes a Word-like word processing program. It’s almost as good as Word and will be compatible with most of your clients – something like 99+% and it’s free. You’ll also need a printer, black and white is fine, a phone and an internet connection.
- Your own website with your own domain name. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. At You’re a Writer You Need a Website I point to 1and1. com as both a place to find and register a domain name and a host for your site. I’ve recently switched to BlueHost. They charge annually and don’t have the site building tools 1and1 does.
- Business Cards. Business cards let others know you’re in business and give you a sense of being a professional. The article What Should Your Business Card Say may help. I get my cards at VistaPrint.
- Social Media Accounts. LinkedIn is the most important for finding jobs and making professional contacts. I’ve found it worth joining a few groups aimed at the writing I’m interested in. Twitter is fun and can be a real help in finding information quickly or making contacts. Be careful if you use FaceBook – it’s got a reputation of often being a security risk. I’m there but I’ve set my privacy high and I don’t pay much attention to it. Be careful! Social Media can be a time-sink. Use it consciously.
Although these things are essential for a successful freelance writing business they won’t, by themselves, make you successful – which brings us to Number 6:
Only you can do that. What you really need is persistence, determination and moxie – that’s what makes you unstoppable.
What makes you an unstoppable writer?