If anyone knows how to be a freelance writer, it’s professional writer, Ben Gran, my guest on this episode of the Sixty and Me Show. Many women over 60 find themselves without a job, either by choice or as a result of forced retirement or redundancy.
Finding a new full-time corporate position after 60 is next to impossible, so, becoming a freelance writer is a great option for many. Not only can online freelance writing jobs provide freedom and flexibility, they can also generate a full-time salary.
We talk about how the internet has created a whole new way of working and fundamentally redefined employment. Ben explains how corporations today are more comfortable hiring freelance writers instead of taking on full time employees.
We talk about how older women are natural storytellers and how that human touch is at the heart of telling compelling stories. We also discuss the steps potential writers can take to improve their craft, including writing their own blog or website.
Finally, we discuss how, with practice, persistence and good research skills, women over 60 can perfect the art and science of becoming a freelance writer. They can compost texts for websites, write articles, manage blogs and organize case studies. Ben also gives an example of a great website where women can find freelance writing jobs.
I hope that you enjoy the show!
Have you had any luck as a freelance writer? What do you think is the hardest thing about getting into the freelance writing game? Do you have any questions for Ben? Please join the discussion.
Writer Coaching from Ben Gran – If you want to get personalized advice from Ben on how to get started in freelance writing (how to market yourself, how to get started on Elance, how to get clients, etc.), you can hire him on his website. He also has some amazing free resources and ideas on his coaching page.
Elance.com – This is a great place to get started in freelance writing. You’ll love it!
Copyblogger.com – This is one of the best sites for writers, with excellent how-to advice on how to write great articles for the web. Even if you’re not a professional writer, you can benefit from Copyblogger.
MBO Partners – This company offers services to people who want to start new careers as solo professionals/independent consultants. There are some interesting statistics and studies on their site.