Freelance is real work and gives you the opportunity to add clips to your resume or portfolio. Freelance pay could be big or small depending on where you write. If you get enough jobs, you could make your living off freelancing. Just be aware that sometimes your pay date can be unpredictable depending on where you write. But freelancers (or stringers, as we're called in the industry) are a necessity.
I might need to get involved with freelancing. U get to work from home, correct?
Absolutely. I rarely have to go out and interview my sources in person. I conduct most of my interviews over the phone and occasionally through email, but I do meet my sources face to face sometimes. I work from home; always on the computer typing away. I stay home and keep the house cleaned and take care of our animals, and I'll be a stay-at-home dad when we have kids.
I want to make some extra cash and I think freelancing might be a good way to do it. Any suggestions? How do you start?
I posted a journalism video a while ago. I think it's in one of these threads. But anyway, I talked about how to freelance. Just look around and see if anyone needs help. A journalism degree would help a lot, though. But you could get lucky and find someplace that doesn't require one.
Thank you Bert. I'm still thinking it over. I could use some extra money and I'm a decent writer.
Sorry I haven't been around much, Kate. You wouldn't believe how busy I've been!
I believe that you're a decent writer, but there are two things to keep in mind when pursuing news work.
1) You might wanna get your start on a news blog or maybe an online magazine. Most industry level newspapers and magazines require a degree and a solid resume. There are minor news blogs/features publications online that are always on the lookout for contributors but the pay may be small or none at all.
2) If you want to write news articles, familiarize yourself with AP Style. That's what newspapers have been using since the 1950s. Sports and opinions are the only sections that don't use it.
You may have to do a few articles for free when you start out. Get a few clips together and add them to your resume, then send them out to potential employers.
I've been freelancing for the Murfreesboro Post since December and I'm just now meeting the staff! My wife and I were in Murfreesboro the other day so I finally got the chance to pop up and familiarize myself with them. It's nice to finally put a face to the people I email all the time.
A lot of freelancers are hired sight unseen so always make sure you put your best work out there.