Travel writing is not for the weak-willed, the weak of heart, or the lazy. To make it as a freelance travel writer, you have to work hard to find jobs and show people why you’re the best person for the job.
When you get a lot of opportunities, you have to find a way to keep each client happy. Different deadlines will come up, so you’ll need to be very organized to keep track of them all. On the other hand, if you’re lucky, you might land a long-term contract with one client.
Writing about travel, for example, is a job that requires you to do research, write, edit, market yourself, and be good at managing your time. You must also make a rate schedule, learn about contract law and how to negotiate a contract, and look into tax law for sole proprietors (self-employed).
If you’ve been working as a freelancer for a long time, you probably have a great portfolio and the contacts to back it up. After all, if you write one article about travel, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to write more.
If you are just starting out as a travel writer, you might want to start a blog or knock on the door of your local newspaper. Look for opportunities to write for magazines on the Internet. When you write for a newspaper or magazine, it can open doors to bigger and better things. If you want to write for a certain newspaper or magazine, don’t take “no” for an answer. Keep sending your work to the editor until he or she agrees to read it. As a travel writer, you can go a long way if you don’t give up.
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Start a blog. This is a great way to build up your portfolio. When you send emails to family and friends, make sure to include a link to your blog. Word-of-mouth advertising is still a great way to get the word out, and it’s free!
Look for freelance leads all the time. Check out sites like Travel-Writers-Exchange.com to find freelance leads. “Google” phrases like “travel writing, freelance writing jobs, and travel writers” and look at the websites that “pop up.”
Make connections with other travel writers and people who work in the travel industry. Join a writing group or make friends with a travel agent in your area. A writing group is a great place to meet other people who write about travel. A travel agent will know about the business of travel. Ask your travel agent if you can come with them to a travel convention, conference, or trade show if they are going. It’s a great chance to meet new people.
You can learn how to run your travel writing business by reading a book. Get a book on how to run a small business or sign up for teleseminars on how to grow a business. Tele-seminars can be a great way to learn a lot of useful things. Beware! Not every teleseminar is the same. Some people who run teleseminars will make BIG PROMISES, but they won’t tell you anything you couldn’t find on the internet. Remember that the price you pay is your time and the use of your cell phone minutes or other communications provider’s minutes.
Use your day job to its fullest. First, put away as much money as you can so you don’t have to live from month to month. Second, learn as much as you can about new tech. If your employer helps pay for school, take advantage of it. And if they want to send you to a class to learn how to use the newest software, don’t say no. Third, take on additional tasks. The knowledge you learn and the connections you make with other people will be very valuable. You can also put together a great portfolio of your work. Lastly, make a list of the names of your vendors, coworkers, customers, and business partners. These people might hire you or put you in touch with other people who need freelance writers.
Travel writers, get out there and grab opportunities to write about travel on their own time. Don’t be afraid of it. If you really want a chance, go for it with all your might. Even if you don’t get the job this time, you’ll have made a good impression on the hiring manager or editor. They’ll remember how determined and driven you were!
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