You have the ability to write, you even enjoy it, but how do you land those writing assignments that will pay you for your skills is the question. For most writers, writing isn't the problem it's finding companies that will hire them to write. Contrary to popular belief personality plays a major part in landing a gig. How you present yourself and your work depends on if you get the assignment. When writing a query to a company it is not wise to come off as arrogant. Keeping things simple may be your best option.
I have landed numerous writing assignments just from keeping my queries simple and to the point. I didn't spend to much time listing all of my writing credentials and all of the companies I've written for but told them my interest in the project they were offering, my work ethic and sent over a few sample articles. Let your work speak for itself. If you have the talent the company will recognize it. Learn your audience before submitting your work and find out all you can on the company you want to write for. The first step to landing a writing job is looking for them. The possibilities are endless no matter where you live. For as long as your State offers magazines and newspapers and the internet needs web content you have an opportunity to get your work out there.
Learning where to go to find the opportunities are essential to a writer's career. A good resource to look into is Craigslist which is an online community based website where companies and individuals post jobs, gigs and want ads in every state. There is a specific listing for writing jobs and all information is updated every day. Most companies give detailed information along with submission instructions and deadline information for interested writers to submit their work. If you are a beginner in the world of freelance you may have to accept low paying writing jobs in the beginning to build up your writing portfolio but as you gain more experience you will have a broader scope to offer different companies. View each writing assignment as an addition to your writing resume.
Learn the language. If you plan on writing web articles learn the language so you will not be lost. Keyword articles should be rich with the keywords given by the company but should be used in a way that is not disruptive to the sentence structure. Don't allow the idea of using keywords to distract you from writing a good article. Learn what SEO means as well as RSS validation. Those words are important to getting ahead and usually companies will chose the writer who has knowledge of those words over others who don't. If you plan on writing ebooks find information on ebooks before submitting a query. Learn what format is needed before starting as well as page count. Make sure you are capable of writing 25 to 30 pages on one topic, companies are not willing to pay for work that is redundant as well as repetitive. Research based articles can be tough if you are not sure which angle the company is looking for however they are not impossible. Most companies welcome questions from their writers. It is better to get it right than to assume and be wrong.
Most importantly when landing a writing job read the companies guidelines or instructions. I can not stress the importance of this. If given a test assignment read the instructions repeatedly before you start. This is crucial for you as a writer. The test is not only to see your writing skills but also your ability to follow directions. The company wants to know if they give you an assignment that you will represent their company's high standards. They want writers who will take their work seriously and get the job done in a manner that suites them best. If you follow these instructions you may find more writing jobs coming your way but more importantly never give up.