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Paperback How to Open and Operate a Home-Based Writing Business Book

ISBN: 1564403963

ISBN13: 9781564403964

How to Open and Operate a Home-Based Writing Business

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Earn a living writing advertising copy, producing flyers and brochures, or ghostwriting, without leaving home. This guide explains how to set up a home-based writing business. This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Overflowing with invaluable advice

One of the best books I have read on freelance writing. If you're ready to launch your own writing business or want to maintain a successful writing business, make sure you read this book by Lucy Parker. It's one of those books you will keep turning back to for insightful advice. I have been an avid reader of How to Start a Home-Based Writing Business since the first edition.

A superbly presented, complete-in-one-volume manual

Now in a thoroughly updated and expanded third edition, Lucy Parker's How To Start A Home-Based Writing Business continues to offer a superbly presented, complete-in-one-volume manual on creating a professional writing career using the home as the basis of operation. IN addition to all the necessary tools and strategies for successfully launching and developing a home-based business, Parker provides tips on honing writing skills, buying the right computer equipment, getting clients and referrals, bidding competitively, establishing a daily schedule, getting paid, determining start-up costs, marketing services, charging for servings, writing a business plan, publicizing the business, and more. An invaluable, user-friendly, highly recommended "how to" guide designed specifically for freelance writers, How To Start A Home-Based Writing Business is enhanced with business-success worksheets, prospect-information forms, estimating forms, and software selection guidelines.

A "must read" for anyone contemplating a home-based business

From putting plans into action to using writing skills to invite business, this provides a blend of basic business savvy and advice specific to a writer's tools and talents. Chapters are especially effective in covering bidding processes, assessment of competition, and start-up cost control.

Evaluate, Plan for, and Implement a Rewarding Writing Career

Most people who want to have an at-home writing career simply have a burning desire to write. As much fun as it would be to stay at it until the Great American Novel emerges, most at-home writers earn their livings doing a variety of freelance business tasks, from creating newsletters to producing annual reports for public companies. While that may not sound like as much fun, it can save you commuting time that you can invest in your creative writing. How can you tell if a home writing career is a good idea? This excellent volume will give you all the information you need to make an appropriate evaluation.Here are some of the topics covered in chapter-length detail:(1) What work do you do and for whom?(2) Where can you find work?(3) What are the legal requirements?(4) How should office space and equipment be handled?(5) What sort of computer and on-line services will you need?(6) How should you market and sell your services?(7) How much and how should you charge? (8) How should you manage your business once you are started?Each chapter features worksheets to help you decide what makes sense for you. If you do all of the worksheets, you will have a pretty good idea of how much it will cost you to get started, how much effort will be required, and when you can hope to make money and how much. If the answers seem practical, then you can launch. If not, go back and replan. For most people, starting a writing career is a slow process. Consider starting part-time, working around your day job and home responsibilities. Whenever you get enough business, you can obviously drop your day job. If you do well enough, you can also hire people to do some of your at home tasks.My advice is to assume that everything will take three times as long as you think it will. By starting slowly on the expense and lost income side, that will give you more time to find your niche and increase your chances of success.If you cannot find any other writing to do for pay at first, I suggest that you write anyway. But be sure to get feedback on your writing. That's the only way to improve. You can do this by joining a writer's group or a workshop, taking a course, or simply posting book reviews on this Web site. One of the best parts of this book was the section at the end of each chapter that profiled a writer who has founded an at-home writing business. Most of the inevitable pitfalls, delays, and mistakes show up in these stories. Be sure to pay serious attention to these lessons, so you don't have to repeat each mistake for yourself. The book emphasizes the value of networking with other writers. I cannot agree enough with that advice. Almost all of the progress I have made in my writing career can be traced back to a helping hand or two from another writer. I suspect that most writers do not do enough of this. The other benefit of connecting with other writers is that it relieves some of the isolation of being a writer. You need to keep that

Complete Freelancing Reference

Lucy Parker has done a masterful job of putting together everything between two covers that a beginning freelancer needs to know. Especially helpful are the work sheets which help determine where your strengths and weaknesses are and what you need to improve upon concerning your freelance business. Written in an easy-to-read style, Parker has given us freelancers a way to step into the world of freelance writing a lot better prepared!
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