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Start a Freelance Writing Career with $400 or less

How much money does it take to start a freelance writing career? This is a common question that aspiring writers ask others as well as themselves. As you probably know, freelance writing is a good career to get into if you do not want to deal with large up front costs, as well as recurring expenses. When it comes down to it, starting a freelance writing career is one of the most cost efficient for anybody who is interested in working for themselves.

So what are the costs involved with starting a freelance writing career? It is difficult to list every expense because some people already have the basic items. With that being said, the list below is compiled based on somebody starting with nothing.

1. The number one thing on your list should be a reliable computer; you can buy either a desktop or a laptop. While computers used to be expensive, in today’s day and age you can find a good unit for $300 or so. Remember, you do not need anything special. The three things that you do need are: a good word processing program such as Microsoft Word, a reliable machine, and one that will allow you to connect to the internet. Additionally, consider buying a computer from a manufacturer that is tossing in a free printer. Believe it or not, there are plenty of these deals to be had at the major electronic stores. 

2. Speaking of the internet, this is an expense that a freelance writer cannot do without. Gone are the days when you could complete assignments and mail or fax them to clients. While I do send projects in the mail from time to time, this has become more or less obsolete in the freelance writing world. You need to pay for internet access, and if you want the best of the best, splurge for cable instead of dial up.

3. You will need miscellaneous office items. This includes everything from stamps to pens to notepads. You do not need a lot of office supplies, and what you do buy should last you for quite a long time.

As you can see, it is quite cheap to start a freelance writing career. For approximately $400 you can get set up with everything you need. And as you know, if you already have a computer, your biggest expense is behind you!

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