My previous two posts namely, Work From Home –is it possible and Work from home – my journey in the writing world have been an introduction about “ME”. Now would like to come to the most important part that is “YOU”. I would like to begin with content writing and provide all possible details that would help you make a beginning in the online writing field. There are many friends and acquaintances who are curious when I mention freelance writing. Many however, do not seem to be able to understand as to how there can be such a huge demand for content online. To put it in simple terms, the virtual world actually is a replica of the real world and like you have newspapers and magazines there are websites here and they require content. Like a newspaper or magazine depends on the quality of its content to attract readership, the same principle works here for the websites. The websites need to have good quality and unique content if they wish to increase their readership or traffic. The content must also be updated regularly if they intend to bring back the visitors on a regular basis. In addition, to this content also plays an important role in website promotion. This is done through posting articles in various article directories and ezines. With search engines, like Google, ranking a site on the basis of its content, it surely is a good time for a writer who has a flair for the language and is capable of producing quality original articles. A webmaster has to attend to numerous issues to ensure that the website functions smoothly and profitably. He/she thus, prefers to outsource the content writing work. This works out economically more viable for a website and also allows the webmaster more time to look into the day to day functioning of the site and concentrate on the bigger picture. This opens up several avenues for writing. From website content writing, resume writing, technical writing to blogging, there are many opportunities here for the good writer. What are the pre-requisites to being a good writer? <!--[if !supportLists]-->Ø<!--[endif]-->The qualifications generally asked for by employers here is a degree or post graduation in English literature/ degree in journalism or mass communication. However, most employers are ready to cross this line if they find you to be a good prospective candidate. The general procedure after you apply and are short-listed would be to send you a sample assignment so that they can judge if your writing skills match their specific requirements. <!--[if !supportLists]-->Ø<!--[endif]-->A good grasp of the English language and the ability to express in written is a must. Understanding of the brief provided and to deliver as per the requirements is important. This is essential as most of the communication is through email/chat and sometimes a call. <!--[if !supportLists]-->Ø<!--[endif]-->Copying/Plagiarism are a big NO and an attempt at the same could ruin your reputation once and for all. <!--[if !supportLists]-->Ø<!--[endif]-->Understanding the importance of a deadline and meeting it without fail is essential. If you have a flair for the English language and are willing to work sincerely then finding work here would not be difficult. Have a few samples ready that you could forward with your resume. What rates to expect, how the payment is done and what are the dos and don’ts…..follow soon. Would be glad to receive your comments/feedback so that the future posts can be tailored to meet your specific queries/needs.