So you have decided to make ghostwriting your career. Do you want to ease into it by doing a few projects here and there or do you want to catapult your career right now.
Here are 7 ways of getting your business off the ground quickly and efficiently.
1. Decide what kind of Ghostwriting you want to do. Whether it be writing articles for the web, newsletters for sporting and community groups, or press releases etc. Get a clear picture of what you want to achieve and do some background research into the rates you can charge for your specialty.
2. Get some business cards made up. A company which specializes in inexpensive business cards is www.vistaprint.com they also do letterheads, flyers, sticky note etc. Business cards look much more professional than your name and number scribbled on a piece of note paper especially if you plan to do some self promotion off line.
3. Get on the net and join up with some freelance job market sites. They are a great way of starting of and achieving your goals quickly. You can build your experience, get published and collect some good recommendations from clients. Some of the top websites are Elance, Guru, Get A Freelancer, and Rent A Ghostwriter. Be sure to keep your eyes open though as there are new websites cropping up all the time.
4. Make sure you are easy to contact. Have an answering machine or message service on your home phone. Use your mobile and have message bank set up. An email address is essential for keeping in touch with most clients and sending projects. IM accounts and Skype are also becoming very popular and these are free so make sure to get one. Fax machines are also useful especially if you have contracts to sign.
5. Network, Network Network. I can’t say it enough. You can find leads anywhere. You can combine networking with you interests. Let the people you associate with know what you do. Leave business cards with you hairdresser, butcher etc. And never forget your accountant or lawyer as many times they need an extra pair of hands writing letters etc. Join some writer’s forums so that you can pick up ideas and tips. Joining webmaster’s forums is also a great idea as you can promote your services in your signature. This is a great way of picking up some extra work.
6. Always take the time to listen to others. Developing listening skills not only shows people you are interested in what they have to say but there is much to be learnt from listening especially when it comes to client’s projects. They want their voice heard and that is what you need to do.
7. Try to attend as many networking functions as you can where you will come in contact with influential people and people who are interested in your field. Sign up for writer’s newsletters, set up a google alert for ghostwriting, and keep up to date with everything that is happening.
By following these 7 simple steps you will have your ghostwriting career will be professional and very lucrative.
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