Do you have a flair for words? A strong creative streak? A passion for research? A good grasp of market dynamics? If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, then you may have a calling to be a professional blogger. This article will guide you on how to work from home as a blogger.
Skills and Qualifications
Working as blogger entails 3 major requirements: blogging-related equipment and tools, hard skills, and soft skills.
– Your own desktop computer or laptop
– A reliable, high-speed internet connection, such as that provided by DSL, cable, or something similar. It has to be high-speed to enable you to access the Internet and the information quickly and seamlessly.
If you don’t have your own equipment and tools yet, you may also opt to work from an internet café or do your writing from a friend or relative’s house. However, such arrangements should be temporary.
– A good grasp of the language. You must have the ability to observe the most updated rules of grammar and spelling. If you will be writing for an international audience or market, the language you’ll use will most likely be American English.
– Excellent typing skills. You need to be able to type fast if you are blogging on behalf of others (ghostwriting), as you will be adhering to the content output schedule of your clients. If you are blogging for your own business purposes, (as in using your blog for AdSense and other forms of online advertising and marketing), then you do not necessarily have to be a fast typist, because you will be the one determining the amount of content you serve.
– Sufficient researching skills. You must have the ability to quickly source out relevant and accurate information online.
– You need to have deep reserves of patience that you can draw from, particularly when dealing with a difficult topic, writing to address the interests of an audience whose demographics you don’t relate to at all. Or working under the direction of various kinds of clients, some of whom may give you unclear or incomplete instructions.
– You must have negotiation and communication skills. This is for when you need to blog under the directions of your clients. You may need to negotiate the content, as well as your fees.
Employment Sectors to Target
Telecommuting bloggers can work for nearly all sectors and industries. The only things that can limit them are their own skills (see above).
The main job responsibility of a work from home blogger is to come up with content that will be useful to their audience or their client, as applicable. Other responsibilities, such as generating high pageviews, making a topic trend, and promoting a client through image building posts, may be assigned by a client.
Pay is variable, and ordinarily depends on the blogger’s reputation, skills, and going rate, as well as the topic or project being written about. Bloggers working from home may earn anywhere from $3.00 to thousands of dollars per day.
Getting the Competitive Edge
Learning how to work from home as a blogger doesn’t stop with simply being able to produce content. To be competitive, it helps to have some working knowledge of SEO (especially the correct use of keywords), and a proven ability to handle deadlines.