Many entrepreneurs need the help of a business plan writer. If you've got a passion for small business, writing skills and an understanding of how to launch and operate a business, then you've made a great choice to become a business plan writer. What you need now is work. Here's how to get it:
Go Where the Business Owners Are
Many new entrepreneurs are not going to come looking for you. Veteran owners may, if they're in need of a business plan in order to expand their business. In either case, you can't lay back and expect customers to show up at your doorstep. You have to go where they are, and you don't have to leave your home to do it. There are many small business online communities where entrepreneurs gather to get fresh ideas, help or encouragement. Make a list of those communities, and visit them often. Get involved, by answering questions or posting helpful comments. Your signature line should always include the title "business plan writer," with a link to your website or an email address. Even on websites where you're not allowed to leave personal information, entrepreneurs will find a way to contact you. Post you real name, and they'll Google you to find you, or if the forum allows it, they'll send you a private message.
Check Freelance Writing Job Boards
Others can do the work of finding jobs for you on job boards. Check freelance writing job boards daily, searching for "business plan writer" jobs. Some business owners will submit their ads to a particular job board, or the writers for the jobs will search the web for opportunities. You could find much of the work you need by checking two or three websites daily. Someone may post a job ad in the forums of some of the communities you visit, so check the forums as well. Beware of jobs that are vague and have no official contact information. These are often scams to entice you to send in your resume, so that scammers can add you to their spam list or sell your personal information.
Hold small business development workshops in your area, explaining the business planning process. You might think that it's counterproductive because attendees will write the plan themselves. That's true for some do-it-yourself owners that use little outside help for their business. However, some entrepreneurs will see the value of having a business plan writer with more experience and time than what they have. They understand when to delegate, and they'll hire you. Teleseminars are also an option, which will allow you to reach a larger audience, and you don't have to leave home.
Network with Small Business Accountants, Attorneys and Consultants
Business owners often hire small business accountants, attorneys and consultants before hiring business plan writers. You need to network with as many of these people as possible, so that they can refer clients to you. Accountants and attorneys don't write business plans, so they're not your competitors. A consultant might be, but they may be too busy and outsource work to you.
Getting work as a business plan writer takes an entrepreneurial approach in most cases. Appreciate the irony, and go get work.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.