There are many freelance writing opportunities for specialty writers, such as medical writers, regardless of your experience. And it is easy to understand why more and more people are starting to work as a freelance writer, either full time or part time to supplement their income—you can work from anywhere you have an internet connection, you can set your own hours, and you can set your own rates.
If you are interested in medical writer, there are a few basics that you should know before you start searching for jobs:
There are dozens of different websites that specialize in freelance writing which can help you to find jobs, connect with clients, and even get paid without having to wonder if every job is a scam. They are all a bit different with different terms and different focuses, so you should do some research to find out which one has the most medical writing opportunities. If you are planning on only pursuing medical writing jobs you may want to create a profile on several websites to make sure you’ll be able to get enough work.
Most clients that are looking to hire a medical writer will expect you to either have a background in medical writing, or be an exceptional research writer so that you are able to write competently on a subject without prior knowledge of it. Regardless of which of these camps you fit into, make sure that you make your qualifications and experience clear in your resume, profile, and proposals for jobs. Even if you aren’t sure that some of your experience is particularly relevant, its typically better to include to much rather than not enough.
You’ll probably be putting together a portfolio of past work to share with potential clients. If you are planning on focusing on medical writing specifically, make sure the bulk of your portfolio is medical writing samples. If you haven’t done any projects for clients yet that you can include, you should write a few short pieces on your own. It is also okay to include some other writing samples, and it is best to show a range of different writing styles with them such as technical or academic and blog or article writing. Make sure that your portfolio is uploaded to the website you’re working on, or send it to potential clients.
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