Where freelance medical writers can find good jobs
Some jobs as for samples of previous work. If you do not have any paid writing pieces you might try spicing up an old report you wrote in school or taking an hour or two one day to write a creative reflection piece on a current event. Even a simple 500 page article you write on a topic of your choice can be used as a sample for every job until you start writing more.
Another way to land your first job on these sites is to look at the client profile. They are looking at yours so it cannot hurt. Most clients know that if they want the highest quality work they will have to pay more. However not every client wants to pay for the highest worker. Sometimes they select the lowest bid or the fastest delivery time. You can learn a lot about catering your bid to their needs by reviewing who they have selected in the past for previous jobs and determine the link between them.
- Were they all the lowest bid?
- Were they all the fastest turnaround time?
- Were they all people who attached writing samples?
- Were they all new hires?
In some cases you may get lucky. There are often people who seek out newcomers to these sites. These jobs typically pay less than the average job but they give you a chance to get great feedback in exchange for working less. You can often find these based on their job description and/or title which will clearly state something for “beginners” or “newcomers” or “newbies”.
Another alternative is to pre-write articles on whatever niche you want and sell them to an article directory. Certain sites that cater to beginners allow you to browse through topics that have gone unanswered and write an article in response. The articles you can select from are listed in order of their price so you can write on topics pertaining to the price you want to charge. The prices per article range from three dollars to fifteen dollars. Obviously the three dollar questions are much simpler than the fifteen dollar questions. You can select generic topics or follow a niche of your choice. If you are better at financial writing or technical writing you can narrow down the topics to only those topics. They must then pass inspection from an editor and once they are approved you earn the money.