- By Jules Hawk
- Published 06/24/2008
Working from home can provide flexibility, extra income, and tax advantages. Writing can be a lucrative choice for creating income from home. There are many advantages for those fortunate enough to work from home. It facilitates savings on work expenses, flexibility, tax advantages and benefits to family time. There are numerous opportunities available for those who would like to work from home, or for those who simply wish to have a supplemental income. A particularly viable and potentially lucrative choice is writing or editing written works. If you would like to work from home and are comfortable with your writing and grammar skills, you may wish to explore the field of writing and editing. This article will review some of the ways in which you can work from home by writing and using your editing skills. To work from home in the field of writing and editing, there are a few things that are necessary to get you up and running. Of course, one of the first things that you will need is some time, preferably daily, that you can set aside to spend writing. While this may sound easy, there may be considerations of family commitments, children in the household, interrutions, other work commitments, and self-discipline in time allocation.. However, with the proper time management skills, you can easily manage an hour or two each day to devote to your writing. Also required, and necessary to effectively perform writing and editing work at home, will be the acquisition of some office equipment. You will need, at minimum, a computer, a printer, an internet connection, stationery and office furniture. These days many households will already have the necessary basics, but if not, an outlay of approximately $1500.00 or more could be expected to gather all of these supplies if not already available.
There is also the possiblility of starting from sc
ratch, using library facilities and internet cafes, although this would be a cumbersome method. It may be a good idea to have relevant qualifications or undertake extra study to develop writing skills. This will increase confidence as well as skill. Additionally, those seeking writers are more likely to hire those who have an educational background in writing and preferably experience and proven record. Once you are ready to begin writing or editing for an income, it is time to search for a job or to start to build a client base. There are many places that you can find online that offer writing and editing opportunities for the person who works at home or for those who wish to have an additional income. You can find many online jobs in this field by going to freelance writing sites where writing jobs are traded. The hub sites for freelance writing usually provide escrow services, which can improve the process of ensuring payment processing is secure. It is advantageous to open up a Paypal account online. This will ensure that you are able to receive payments for your work. This is a straightforward process at the relevant website. Do not overlook the local market. Canvassing local businesses could bring in more income through your writing services. You may approach personally, by phone or with flyers or local classified ads. Be sure to plan ahead, present well, and professionally. Honing your writing skills is important. To do this, it is best to set aside time to write every day. Develop a disciplined approach, by writing for a set period every day and building the habit of a good word-flow. This one habit can beat writers block before it even happens!
Once these initial steps have been organised, you are up and running with the capacity to start making money from writing. The better your skills, the more potential income you could be earning. Competition can be strong, but writing can be a very lucrative field and there is a lot of work available for good writers.