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How to Build a Freelance Writing Team


Freelance writing is one of the top 5 jobs for work-at-home moms. If you're working as a freelance writer, you already know how great it is to have control over your own hours, and have flexibility to pursue or avoid different writing gigs. Your potential to earn money depends on how much you are willing and able to write. It soon becomes apparent though, that you could earn more money each day if there were more of you. The way to do that is to build a freelance writing team.

How Freelance Writing Teams Work

Companies hire individual freelancers to generate content for websites and other information products. You may already be a writer for one or more of these companies. What you may not know, is that many of these same companies hire writing teams. The team leader takes a percent of the articles written by the team members. The role of the team leader is that of a project manager. They divide assignments among the writers on their team and ensure that the writers meet deadlines. Some team leaders review the work that the writers submit and edit it, before sending it in as a complete assignment.

Where to Find Freelance Writing Team Members

You have two options for finding a writing team: post individual assignments or invite writers to join your team. When you post individual assignments, you're testing out writers to see if they would be a good fit for your team. For example, you may have seen Craigslist ads that say something like "I need 5 articles on biking. Please send your resume, two samples and rates." When you find someone with a resume and writing samples that you like, you can hire them, submit their work and pay them what you agreed to. You then have a prospect that you can continue working with for more individual assignments, or ask them to join your team. You could post an ad in one of the forums as well.

Another approach is to have prospective writers go through a formal application process, much like what you may have done to join some of the content generation companies you work for. Post an ad on job boards or in the same places you would post individual assignments. Ask writers to submit a writing sample along with an application, and determine whether they would work well as freelance writing team member. Sometimes, you just have to try people out, because great paperwork doesn't translate necessarily into a dependable writer. Asking for a reference or two is an option if you're concerned about training and retraining new people.

Paying a Freelance Writing Team

Freelance writing is competitive, and much of that competition is global. The rates that companies are willing to pay are not as high as they used to be, because writers from many places are willing to work for low fees. You may have to take a percent from an already low price per content generated. You may have to charge 40 percent to cover your business expenses, editing and project management fees.

Building a freelance writing team can increase your income, but you'll have to manage people, which can be a hassle.

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