I've been a freelance writer since 1993 and started providing SEO content writing services to clients in 2007. One of the things I love about this form of online freelance writing is that it literally breaks down "country" borders in that you can do it from anywhere, and almost all online businesses need content. And, as we live in a global economy, this need is only growing.
So what does this have to do with the title of this article? Well, I received a question from an aspiring freelancer recently who was worried about his chances of starting a successful freelance writing career because English wasn't his first language. He wrote, in part:
I'm still a college student... My dream is to become a full-time freelance writer [but]... My greatest doubt is the following: I'm not an English native speaker, is there any chance I can successfully break into the [freelance] market?
My answer is yes, yes, and triple yes. Following are three pieces of advice for multi-lingual freelancers (you have such an advantage, so don't even dare think you can't be successful).
Write for Money: Advice for Foreigners (Non-Native English Speakers)
1) Don't tell clients you're not a native English speaker. If they ask, do so of course. But if your reading and writing of English are good, then you don't need to point out that you're not a native speaker.
All most clients want is good writing and your writing samples can display that.
2) Being bilingual is an advantage; not a negative in freelance writing. This is especially true these days.Why? Because if you're lucky enough to speak and write in a second language, you can capitalize on this by offering, for example, translation services. This gives you a competitive edge over other freelancers - one that is recession-proof? Following is proof of this.
If any industries can be considered recession-proof, the field of interpreting and translation may be one, especially as business transactions across borders increase. A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS] report projects 42 percent growth in the industry from 2010 to 2020, outpacing average growth for other occupations studied by the BLS... Translation is one of the few industries that has seen minimal impact from the global economic downturn... " [Source: BusinessWeek.com, The Translation Industry Interprets 'Recession-Proof']
3) Your writing samples should be in both (all) languages you want to provide services in. For example, this aspiring freelancer said that his native language is Italian. So, I'd suggest that he have three to five articles on his site in both languages.
FYI, write the exact SAME article in both languages and post these as samples on your freelance writing website. This lets clients see - literally in black and white - what your writing abilities are.
Start a Freelance Writing Career as a Foreigner: Conclusion
In short, if English is not your native language, it is not barrier to starting a successful freelance (SEO) writing career. In fact, if you're multi-lingual, it could be one of your biggest advantages. Learn more about starting a freelance writing career as a foreigner (ie; non-Native English speaker).
About the Author: Yuwanda Black heads New Media Words, an SEO writing company she founded in 2008. She's been a freelance writer since 1993, and has authored over 50 ebooks, which cover topics such as how to write for money how to write for money (ie, online freelance writing, SEO writing), self-publishing and online / affiliate marketing. They can all be found on her freelance writing website, Inkwell Editorial.com.
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