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Opportunity Spotting : Freelance Writing Is
by: David Drake
The word freelance was first coined by Sir Walter Scott, a renowned
Scottish historical novelist and poet when he wrote his novel Ivanhoe to
refer to a medieval mercenary warrior. In 1903 the word was officially
recognized by etymologists and made it to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Simply put, a freelancer is a person who is self employed. Freelancers
seek out different projects which vary in their size, scope and variety.
In case of freelancing writing, projects may include article writing, book
writing, ebook writing, Technical reports, editing, proofreading, white
papers, direct mail, copywriting, newsletters, Ezine writing… and much
A Look at Current State of Industry
The freelance industry has literally boomed. $60 billion of work is now
outsourced to specialists’ worldwide. According to the US Department of
Labor “35 million Americans class themselves as independent
In the past three years, companies have increased their outsourcing by 22%
A survey done predicted that companies using freelance services will more
than double from 20% to 50%.
This trend is not a localized trend to be seen in USA or a few countries
but is slowly becoming a global phenomenon.
Looking at it ,being part of a $120 billion industry won’t be bad!
But why exactly has freelance writing boomed?
Though there are many reasons behind this phenomenon ,two reasons which
clearly stand out above the rest.
The explosion of the Internet
The Internet is a relatively new medium when you compare it to other
mature mediums such as television and radio and is still in its Wild West
days. Apart from being a huge information resource it is also a huge
advertising medium where companies get their businesses from.
Shift in business practices:
Back in the good old 60’s and 70’s you could set up a successful business
and could expect to reap profits for a long period of time. Businesses
could afford full time employees in all areas. With hyper competition and
large fluctuations in technology, businesses have adopted a different
model. They only do the thing which they do best and outsource all other
activities to specialists.
So rather than having a full time writer on the company’s payroll, it’s
more efficient to find a writer who specializes in a particular type of
writing. If a company needs articles written for their website they would
post a bid on a website such as Elance.com for a web content writer, get
it done and move on. Another time they need a good copywriter they would
post a bid for a copywriter, get the job done and move on. The key point
to understand is that companies now place more value on specialists -
freelancers who are more skilled in a narrow focus of work.
For freelancers, this literally means a world of opportunity. You can work
from home, doing interesting and rewarding work, working with customers
all over the world. You can be paid directly into your bank account, and
earn more than you ever dreamed possible in your 9-5 day job.
About The Author
Get the real insider secrets to make money writing online. David Drake
is the author of the ebook6 Figure Freelancer. It reveals powerful
strategies and a step by step blueprint to lay out a 6 Figure action
plan with online freelance writing.Visit at