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The freelance writing industry has grown over the last several years with the expansion of the Internet. Just a few short decades ago, writing jobs primarily fell into three categories: book writing, reporting, and marketing. Today, there are still novelists and journalists, but the world of the freelancer has really changed. There are, in fact, entire networks of websites devoted to helping people get freelance writing jobs.

This isn't a glamorous career path, nor will it make you an instant millionaire. Many people, especially stay at home parents, see freelance writing as a job opportunity that anyone with a little basic grammar knowledge can do.

You can't really blame them - that's how freelance writing is billed on the Internet on many sites.

The truth of the matter is that freelance writing is hard work that takes devotion and skill if you want to be successful, just like any other career. Not everyone can be a freelance writer just like not everyone can be a doctor and not everyone can be a firefighter. Here at JobMonkey, we'll answer the following questions so that if you do think you're cut out for this job, you can find a successful path:

  • What education do I need to be a freelance writer?
  • What are query letters and submission packages?
  • Do I need an agent?
  • How can I develop a writing style?
  • How is writing online different from print writing?
  • What is SEO writing?
  • How do I get started writing blog posts, Ebooks, press releases, or reviews?
  • What copyright laws protect me?
  • Do I need a contract?
  • How do I find and get online writing jobs?
  • What niches are most popular?
  • How do I market myself?

Freelance writing isn't about churning out pages of nonsensical writing as fast as you can to make the most money possible. Although some people do try this approach, you'll never make a decent living that way, and as word travels, you'll find it hard to get jobs. Freelance writing also isn't about letting the world "hear your voice." Personal writing is different than writing as a job.

The bottom line is that before you delve into this kind of work make sure you understand what you're getting into. Freelance writers often get a bad rap as being irresponsible, overpriced, and unreliable because of the number of newcomers who jump into the market thinking this is a work at home option that requires no skill. If you want to survive in the world of freelancing, abandon those thoughts and take some time to learn about the industry!