I began writing online after seeing an online course given by the brilliant Remi Landau about how to make money online. Writing was one of the examples which he gave during that webinar but he also stated the importance of being a good content producer if you wished to make money online, and that was also something which really stayed with me. I began writing for a couple of clients which I found online and then as things grew I was able to get a team of writers working for me, to share the load. Having had this experience with other writers I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of people who want to write, and that is why I want to share some tips for any of you who wish to become content writers.
It seems absurd to have to mention the need for accuracy when you are writing something but you would be amazed at the number of people who send work in which is packed with typos or grammatical errors. This indicates that you just couldn’t be bothered to properly check the work over before sending it, and that is not the kind of message which you want to give to your clients.
A great rule of thumb when it comes to a deadline is to take 24 hours off it and have that as your deadline. The last thing which you want to do is be late and the best thing that you can do is be early, so assuming the deadline to be a day before is the ideal way of dealing with it. Bear in mind you never know what could happen and so if you get ill or have a technical problem, you will have those 24 hours as a bonus in order to help you to get sorted out.
Follow The Brief
The brief which the client gives you should be stuck to word for word and it is a good idea to read it a couple of times before you get started with your writing. Again if you fail to read the brief then the client will not be happy and it just shows a lack of professionalism on your part, which could result in you not getting work from them in the future.
Don’t try to bluster your way through something if you don’t understand the subject matter, it is up to you to do some research and to learn about the topic before writing. It is of course always nice when you are able to write about what you know, but this won’t always happen so you should be well prepared to put the work in and learn about the content before you put pen to paper.
The key to being a good writer and getting more work is being accurate, on time and ensuring that you are able to produce content which is exactly what the client needs.