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How To Get Paid For Writing Letters: 10 Tips For Freelancers

The good thing about freelance writing is that you can make money writing absolutely anything. This can include heavy duty academic writing, professional copywriting, and articles for news sites or blogs. It can even include writing letters on behalf of clients. Yes, you read that right; you can make money for writing letters.

There are letter writing jobs available including everything from resignation letters to character reference letters to letters of introduction.

If you would like to explore the idea of writing letters to get paid, read on for 10 great tips on how to get started.

  1. Have great grammar
  2. Were you a star English student at school? Have you improved your grammar beyond reproach? If you are confident that you have perfect grammar, which is the prerequisite for becoming a writer, you just may be the person for this job.

  3. A professional voice
  4. Do you have experience writing in a professional voice? If you have done some business writing previously or have experience with academic writing, you will certainly be able to translate those skills into letter writing.

  5. Are you creative?
  6. A professional letter writer can come across a wide variety of letter writing requests including the ordinary as well as the awkward. You will need creativity to come up with letters that will satisfy your clients.

  7. Do you have a computer?
  8. Since this type of job is mostly done as a freelancer, you will need to have access to a computer and the internet at home.

  9. Do you have the software?
  10. Having a computer is not the only requirement. You also need word processing software updated to the latest version. This may cost money. Budget for it.

  11. Do you have the templates?
  12. Most business or personal letter writing is done on industry standard templates. Make sure you get a hold of the relevant templates, widely available on word processing software and elsewhere online.

  13. Know where to look for jobs
  14. Only look for letter writing jobs on legitimate, well reviewed websites or job listings. There are a lot of scams out there and you should take care to avoid them.

  15. Finalize terms
  16. Do not write for anyone without a formal contract. Again, avoid scams.

  17. Gather regular clients
  18. Maintain good relations with clients and try and find clients that will work with you in the long term. These are the sources you need for a regular income.

  19. Always proofread
  20. Always check your work before submission to avoid silly mistakes.


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