Did you know that as a trained journalist or even a skillful writer that desire to be your own boss, you can make pretty cool cash by starting your own freelance writing business?
As a matter of fact, there are several ways you can make money online as a freelance journalist cum writer and one of the ways is by writing press releases for organizations that may not have professional journalists in their team (full-time employees).
This type of business is one of the businesses that you can start with little or no startup capital and you will be able to make good money on a weekly or monthly basis if you are good at what you do. All what is required of you to be able to make money offering press release services online is a laptop and an internet connection.
In some instances, you will be required to be present at an event – that is if you are expected to prepare a press release, or the video / audio recording of the event. The bottom line is that you must be able to write professional press releases if you must continue to secure more deals and make more money.
One good thing about this type of business is that there is no limit to how much you can make in a month, and there is no restrictions to where you can secure press release services contracts, as long as it is a language you understand so well and can read and write efficiently.
Now let us consider some steps that you would need to follow, to be able to start your own press release services and grow the business to profitability in the shortest time frame;
How to Make Money Offering Press Release Services Online
The truth is that press release business is a very competitive trade and you do not want to go into this business without being well equipped with knowledge. It is for this reason that you have to read up voraciously all that you can find about the press release industry. There are an avalanche of people who are daily taking to this business. So, for you to be a force to be reckoned with, you have to research. Know who your competitions are, how they thrive, and a whole lot more.
2. Acquire the Required Qualifications and Certifications
Most organizations that you will be writing press releases for want to be sure that you are really capable to handle their tasks. As a result, you have to be armed to the teeth as it were. One of the ways to be armed and ready is by acquiring some qualification and certifications. You may consider some certification courses that can be got on the internet. That means you would study and sit for the exam via the internet. It costs a fee, and so you have to research to find out how must they go for because they vary. There are also writing schools that you can find in your country.
3. Purchase a Computer (Laptop) and Internet Device
For you to effectively run this business, you would need a computer – could be desktop or a laptop. You would also need to get some internet data. This could be through an internet modem or through a router; you may as well want to sync your phone data to that of the computer.
4. Set an Office in Your House or Rent a Shared Office Space
This is one business that you can comfortably run from your house. Therefore, if you have some extra space at home, then you can look to make there your office for now. This is not to say that you wouldn’t be in need of an office outside your home soon. However with businesses like this, it is better to start small and grow large. On the other hand if you want to rent an office, then you may go ahead to do so. Get an office in a cool area that is befitting of a press release office.
5. Create Your Personal Website and Compelling Profile
One of the ways to attract people to you is to have a powerful presence online. One of the ways to do this is through having a website. You do not want to come across like a mediocre; therefore you would need to hire a professional to help you tweak things. You may consider taking a cue from similar websites so that you can determine how to run your business and how your website should be. After that has been done you would need to update your profile in a compelling manner. So that people who come across you and need your services wouldn’t hesitate hiring you.
6. Source for Deals
At this juncture, thing may have picked up. So what do you need to do? You should start sourcing for deals. You would need to meet people often by attending seminars, workshops and other networking platforms so that you can begin to get words out about what you do. The internet is also a great way to achieve popularity through blogging, being on the various social media platforms amongst others.
7. Avail Yourself for Relevant Trainings (Continuous Personal Development)
By now, you may already know the aphorism that says ‘no one is too old to learn’. It is as a result of this that you have to continue the learning process; so as to make out time and resources to attend trainings. This is especially the personal development trainings that can have a great effect on you.
Would these tips get you started? You bet that these tips are foundational tips that you have to imbibe. However, as casual as these tips may sound, when they are religiously followed it causes a great success.