«

»

Mar 11

The Best Advice on Freelancers I’ve found

Common Mistakes You Should Steer Clear From When Searching for Online Freelance Writing Jobs

It’s no secret that in this modern age of digital technology, practically everything goes through the web or internet. Back in the early days of the web, it was all about obtaining information, followed by email and instant messaging. Nowadays though, the increasing influence of the internet has allowed more conveniences along the way. A very popular trend over the web today is the chance to apply for several kinds of jobs, including freelance writing.

Freelance writing jobs are all over the web these days and the best thing about it is that there literally are no strict qualifications in order to join and become a writer. But similar to other kinds of jobs, getting a job as a writer isn’t a cakewalk, which means you need to put in the effort to be successful at it. At this point, your priority has to be learning the mistakes commonly made by those applying for a freelance writing job, the purpose is for you to be able to avoid committing them, too.

1 – Failure to read the instructions in the job listing.

You must figure out by now that when searching for a freelance writing job, majority of the advertisements come with very specific instructions. Things like availability, your offered rate, and the attachment of a resume and cover letter are spelled out, and if you ever miss out on one of those things, you’re doomed. Know that writers will always be associated with having keen attention to detail and utmost thoroughness; so if you fail to follow instructions, then don’t expect to get that job.

2 – Putting no value on the importance of proofreading.

In many instances, the reason why writers forget to proofread is because they are too confident in their ability to write. You have to understand that every prospective client you wish to apply for a job wants nothing less than a writing sample that’s free of any grammar or spelling error. The fact is you don’t need to spend more than ten minutes proofreading your work, all for the purpose of making sure it is error free.

3 – You fail to give value to doing research for an assigned topic.

In all types of freelance writing jobs, research is essential no matter what the topic is. Sometimes in the application process, the would-be client will ask you to write about a certain subject or topic, and as adrenaline starts kicking in, you jump on to it without even doing some bit of research to learn more about the subject or topic. What usually happens is that you end up submitting an article that doesn’t contain that much interesting information, one that the client clearly sees as written by someone who does not know enough about the subject.

And because you already know what the common mistakes are, you can now push the restart button and do the application once again, but this time, you already are armed with more information to finally get that writing job.