If you decide to become a ghost writer to make extra cash, there are two skills that you need to hone. First, you need to make sure that you are writing at a professional level. You know good writing when you see it. When you start writing for money, clients expect you to hand them in high quality work.
Writing skills are only one piece of the puzzle, though. In fact, they won’t matter at all if you can’t find clients. Here’s an overview of where you can go to find writing work. Choose one to start out with and once you get pretty good at attracting clients using that one method, add others to your repertoire.
Over time, you may find that you have a knack for one or two of the methods on the list but have a hard time with some of the others. Here is some more information about my favorite ways to look for writing work:
Use Freelance Marketplaces
When you decide to start writing, you may think to put up a profit on one of the freelance marketplaces, like Upwork. While these websites can connect you with plenty of future clients, there is a lot of competition at these places. In some cases, hundreds of writers could be competing for the same jobs. This drives down the value of your work, as well. Since there is so much competition on these websites, you may find yourself charging a lot lower for your work than you normally would. Some writers do very well on these websites, though, and you may find that as you get going, you should be able to start charging more for your work.
Find Clients on Your Website
Do you have a website or a blog? If so, you can easily use it to help you find writing work, especially if your website or blog pertains to either your new profession as a writer or the niche you plan to look for work in. For example, if I were still taking writing clients, I would have a “hire me” page in the upper right with the rest of my pages. On that page I would give potential clients some information about my background and what I could do for them. I would then include a “contact me” form so they could get in touch if they wanted to hire me.
Get Clients by Word of Mouth
This method starts kicking in after you’ve had a few successful clients. When you do a great job on your work and the client loves it, he or she will begin to recommend you to others. Once that happens, you will find that work starts to trickle in faster than you can do it. This is a sure sign that you are on your way to making consistent money. Although you could also network to gain clients, letting your work speak for itself is your best bet.
There are plenty of other tactics for getting work and the ones you use will all depend on factors such as your goals, your personality, and even the types of writing projects that you want to take on. My suggestion to you is to work on your long term business while taking on clients. One of the biggest mistakes I made while I was writing full time is that I didn’t spend enough time on my internet marketing business. I should have made more time because I would have seen success with my residual income sources a lot sooner!