While a lot of people want a career in freelance writing, many don’t want to slug it out in the cattle market that is the generic freelance pool. I can totally understand that sentiment and it is indeed possible to get into freelance medical writing with no experience. You simply need to know how to go about it. Hopefully, by following my top tips you won’t have any difficulty securing the work that you are looking for.
If you are a medical student then chances are that you know someone or possibly even several people who are already topping up their income in this way. Word of mouth is definitely the best route in if you have no experience as a lot of people are happy simply to have someone vouch for your abilities. So, what are you waiting for? Start asking around, you might be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Draw up a list of the companies that you would like to work for and then set about the process of contacting them to see if there is any possibility of getting an internship. You might just strike gold. The beauty of internships is that they are designed for people like you with no experience and can be a stepping stone to a fantastic career.
The internet is full of opportunities. Some good, and some not so good. I would definitely suggest registering with the large online agencies. Even if you don’t want the generic work, medical work does come up from time to time and candidates with any form of medical background will stand a significantly higher chance of securing the work than those who don’t. Simply googling medical opportunities and your area may yield some lucrative results.
A lot of people still underestimate the merits of taking out an advert, either in a traditional print publication or online. Yes, it is going to cost some money. However, you need to see this as a business rather than a “job” and you have to invest in any business to make it grow. If you do choose to go down this route, then you need to make sure that you choose a publication that has the correct demographic as a readership. How you determine the correct demographic is entirely up to you.
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