- According to GetEducated.com, an online business degree could cost you between $15,000 and $60,000 depending on where you take it – but you don’t need an online business degree to manage the business side of your writing.
- The University of Toronto offers The Freelance Writing Business over a 3 month period with these outcomes: Appreciation of the freelance writing craft, including story development, research, writing and self-editing; Understanding of the basic steps to setting up a successful freelance writing business, including marketing, queries, relationships with publications and the editing and production process; Understanding of the professional associations that support freelance writers; Understanding of the tax incentives and tax consequences of freelance writing.
Their cost is $625-649 with no college credit offered. It seems like an odd mix and the tax info would only work, I assume, for Canadians only.
- Christie Aschwanden held a 3 day workshop this year that covered most of the business basics for writers – in Colorado. Cost was $750 for everything except the transportation to Colorado. No indication if it will be offered again.
There are many many online and offline courses and classes that will teach you about all sorts of writing, from romance to article writing and everything in between. These range from no-cost to, well thousands if you go for college/university credits.
Roughly in the middle is, Copybloger’s now-closed certification course about writing copy – it did cost $389 and required a year’s commitment. A wonderful course, but not, apparently, about the business side of writing. I’m not sure because I haven’t taken it.
AWAI both offers and reviews copywriting and other writing courses with a variety of price points.
Not much business acumen offered it seems.
Business knowledge is key to profit
I was surprised by the poor results to my search – and I’m sure I missed a few. Maybe I shouldn’t have been amazed. I certainly had to struggle to figure the business side out, and I wasn’t really profitable until I did.
As I’ve written articles and ebooks on the subject of what freelance writers really need to know about business I’ve gotten a ton of positive feedback. Maybe the day will come when solid and appropriate business information will come right along with a Masters in Fine Arts with a focus on writing. Maybe others will begin to fill in the gap and someday we’ll see offerings at our local community college for the business side of freelance writing.
However it happens in the future, today freelance writer business education costs seem to be trial and error.
There’s still time sign up for early notice about the Freelance Writing Business Solutions Course. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Write well and often,