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Can anybody be a Freelance Writer?

In today’s day and age, it seems as if anybody and everybody thinks that they can be a freelance writer. You would not believe how many times I have heard the saying, “I have been writing since I was five years old.” When it comes down to it, freelance writing is about much more than words that you put down on paper. Anybody who thinks that this is a simple career path is totally off base.

I spend a few minutes everyday reading forums such as Digital Point. This is one of my favorite hangouts because not only are there many topics on freelance writing, but I can also talk about other areas of business as well.

Almost every time I visit Digital Point, there is another thread about how easy it is to earn money and achieve success through freelance writing. While I am glad that others are having success, it is disconcerting to read what these people mean by the words “earn money” and “achieve success.” Most of these threads are full of typos, grammar mistakes, and other errors that are obvious even if you are not a writer. While I do not put a lot of time into my forum posts, at the very least, it is obvious that English is my first language. It is amazing to think that so many people with no comprehension of the English language are making money as freelance writers.

In my opinion, you need more than a computer to become a freelance writer. In theory, that is all you need, but in the long run this is not the case. In addition to the basics, successful freelance writers have a good grasp on all aspects of the English language, as well as a wide range of business skills.

Have any of you guys or gals ever been told that anybody can be a freelance writer?

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