It is rare but not impossible to turn your hobby, something you are passionate about in a career. But if you get a chance to do that, you have to take it. No matter how much time you need, or how much hard work you have to put in, don’t let this opportunity go.
People rarely get to do what they love, and if you have a chance at it, you have to take it. There are tons of people who are working at a job that they don’t love. It is something they are doing because they have to, not because they enjoy it. If you are one of them, you need to find your passion again and make it work.
Talking about a hard career, and writing would fit right into it. If you always loved reading and wanted to be a writer yourself, then you should. If you have the knack of creating the most creative and lively stories, don’t let it go to waste. There are tons of career options for people who love to write.
You can become a blogger; it will give you the freedom to write about anything and earn good money. You can become a writer for a newspaper, or an online platform. You can become an editor, or you can write your books. All this can happen, and your hobby and passion for writing can be a career. You can do what you love, all you need to do is work hard, and follow these tips.
Know your options
As I already said, there are tons of career options in writing. So, first, know all the options that you have. Whether you want to be a writer or an editor or you want to have your own blog, or work as a freelancer, and start your own writing company. When you know all this, it will be easy to start working to make it happen.
If you decide to open your content creating a firm or a blog, you need a business plan to do it right. It is a tedious thing to make, but if you want a successful business and funding from outside, you need to make one. Make a planner and do it in the right way.
Wanting to be a full-time writer is a big step. Also, it is not easy to get writing gigs. You may be a great writer, but professionals may not prefer that writing style. You will have to hustle a lot to get good work.
So, don’t leave your job initially. Do it and save the money, and start working as a freelance writer. Once you have enough clients and exposure, you can think about making the shift.
Portfolio is important
You need to create an impressive portfolio to get the right kind of work. Here are some tips:
- First, figure out what kind of writer you want to be. You can be a journalist, or content writer or a copywriter.
- Now, figure out industries that appeal to you. For instance, you may like sports and write about the same can be easy and appealing for you.
- Start writing articles and blogs on the topics you love. To publish them you can either find blogs/websites that accept guest posts. Or you can create a personal blog.
- A blog works as your portfolio, so creating a blog is the best way to start your writing career.
- Once your portfolio is ready, proof-read it. You don’t want any grammatical mistakes. Also, make it readable. Add bullet points, keep the paragraph short, and so on.
- Also, add images in your content. Include a featured image, and some in the body of the content. It makes the portfolio look more impressive.
You can use Canva to create images or even use thousands of free images in its library.
Look for companies ready to pay you
For a freelance writer, it is important to start writing free stuff on blogs or websites. But after a while, you need to start looking for websites that pay you to write. Keep in mind that you won’t get work in your niche from the start.
Whatever writing gig you get or whether you start your own content creating firm, be authentic to yourself and your audience. Don’t provide them with irrelevant or copied content, as it won’t work in your favor.
Don’t give up
In your journey to turn your hobby, your passion into a successful career, you will face many rejections. Don’t let those rejections get you down, and keep hustling, and you will start getting good work.
Writing frees you; it helps you let loose. When you write from the heart, everyone connects with that. So, use that and these tips and your career will certainly kick-off.