A great way to earn money without leaving the comforts of your home is to become a freelance technical content writer. Not only does it offer you a chance to earn a good income, without leaving the four walls of your home but it also requires minimum investment from the part of the freelance writer. To get started, all that a freelancer requires is a computer, preferably with an Internet connection. However, you’ll also need marketing and business skills to take your career as a freelance technical writer forward. And, to learn these skills you might have to make an additional small investment. But, believe me; it’ll be worth every penny you spend.
Your two choices: Join a team, or go it alone
As a technical writer you have two choices before you. One, approach those companies that need your services directly. Or, you could join a technical content writing service as a freelancer. There are many technical writing companies in India, hiring freelancers. They’re a great way to earn some money as well as improve you writing skills, which would eventually increase your chances in the field of freelancing.
The one draw back for working for yourself is that you’ll have to market your services well and convince the companies to give you the work. And no matter how good a writer or designer you are, unless your marketing skills are really good, you’ll not be able to make much leeway in the market. But, if you’re linked to a technical content writing service, then you don’t have to worry about marketing and publicity. The technical content writing services have a separate department to take care of that aspect of the job. And you can focus on the technical writing part and earn a good sum for it. So, not only will you earn money while doing just the writing, but you’ll also be spared the headaches of marketing.
Global companies prefer to work with brand names
Also, most global companies that outsource their writing projects prefer to work with brand names. This is because they believe that these established or well-known technical content writing services will deliver only quality stuff as well as protect the privacy of their clients. Therefore they prefer to rely on professional technical content writing services. And also, as a freelancer, you’ll have a lot more time in your hands as well as have a variable work time. For these technical content writing services all that matters is that you get the work
done within the deadline given to you. This means that you’ll be able to plan you day accordingly, since there is no stipulation that you have to be working between 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.
However, as a freelancer you’ll be acting as a specialist, or expert, in your field. And though this doesn’t mean that you need to have dozens of awards hanging on your wall, you’ll still need to be proficient and knowledgeable in the area that you’re expected to write on. Though most technical writing services have their own group of technical writers, due to the high demand for their technical content writing services these days, they also approach freelancers on a regular basis, especially when there is an impending project deadline and they’re short staffed.
As a freelancer, you’ll be offered a variety of projects — accounting, translation services, language consulting, manual writing, programming, technical and business writing, data entry, Internet and off-line research, and everything in between.
Applying to a technical writing service
Now the question that arises is how to approach to a technical content writing service. Before you approach any particular technical content writing company, your first step should be to do some research for technical writing companies looking for freelancers? Then apply to them, preferably by e-mail and don’t forget to include your resume. Your resume will play an important
part in you selection of rejection. So, while preparing your portfolio or resume, keep in mind the fact that many companies hire for services on a repeated basis, therefore your skills and experience level should correctly represent your abilities in order to secure future projects with the company.
And if they find your portfolio suitable to their needs then they might ask you to submit some samples of your work. And if they like your written work, they’ll then hire you as their permanent freelancer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Marriot of RNCOS (http://www.rncos.com) offers complete e-publishing solutions for your business, providing personalized world-class content development and management solutions that are qualitative and result-oriented.