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Freelance Writing Startup List: 1. Writing Portfolio: Include samples of the type of writing your business will focus on 2. Marketing Materials: Business cards, professional resume and sales letter to start 3. Virtual Resume: Use a free site, such as LinkedIn or Google Sites 4. Office Supplies: Keep it basic—computer with internet connection, printer, phone with long distance service and supplies to mail one-page sales letters 5. Accountant: Find a good one! You can save thousands come tax time 6. Funding: Have enough money to live on for at least a few months while you get started

Top Five Tips for Success: 1. Be a bookkeeper: Keep track of all income earned and all business expenses 2. Learn fast: The sooner you specialize, the more money you’ll make 3. Charge for the client: Big companies can pay more than small startups 4. Diversify your client base: Relying on just a few clients is very risky 5. Work a full day every day: Being self-employed usually means working frequent overtime

Handout for Freelance Writers  

Created for an event attended to teach college graduates about a career as a freelancer