If you love writing and have an affinity for it, maybe you'd like to do what I do and become a freelance writer. If so, I'm sharing some of my favorite apps and tips to help you get started.
Back in 2007, when I started writing, I started on a website. Sadly, this website is no longer around. But soon, I discovered there were bidding websites where I could find work. One of these websites was Get A Freelancer. Back then, I didn't have a smartphone, and, to be honest, I don't think that the site had an app anyway. However, Freelancer now has an app, making it convenient to look for and bid on jobs on the go.
I recommend using this app to build up your portfolio. When I first began writing, I found many jobs on there, but the amounts they offered were quite low. So, if you are looking to get some experience with writing articles and blogs, this is a good app to start on before you move to another app like the ones that we have listed below.
Along with getting some apps to find jobs, it's always a good idea to have a tracker app to track the hours you've worked. Now, personally, I prefer writing per word because I am quite quick at writing, and I can knock out a 500-word article in 15 minutes or less, depending on the topic. Therefore, it usually means I am getting less money per article or blog when working per hour.
However, some clients prefer to pay you per hour, and though some apps come with a tracker, such as Upwork, not every app does. So, it's a good idea to download an app that keeps track of hours when you are working on a per hour business, so you know what to charge them. I recommend Hours Keeper.
Finally, one thing I've discovered over my 13 years of copywriting is that sometimes a customer wants you to make edits yesterday, and you don't always have your laptop with you to do it. So, I have a handy document editor app on my phone. I personally use the Microsoft Word app, but Google Docs works just as well for editing on the go, too.
I also recommend getting a good app for checking spelling and grammar like Grammarly. Once writing a review for Appgrooves, I had an unfortunate autocorrect while trying to type the word "books." (I'll let you use your imagination.) So, yes, it happens to the best of us. That's why double-checking everything and even checking it a third time is best.
Becoming a copywriter doesn't happen overnight. Believe me; I spent many late nights in the beginning before I got my groove with writing blogs and articles. But once you find that groove, the work is quite rewarding and satisfactory.
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