How to Start a Content Writing Business?

How to Start a Content Writing Business

The internet is filled with people suggesting freelance writing as an easy and effective source of side income. If you have ever considered stepping into freelance content writing I am sure you must have come across at least one freelance writer boasting about the freedom they have despite earning way more than a normal employee does. Well, that is true for a bunch of content writers and it can be true for you as well if, of course, you are ready to invest yourself in the process.

Is Freelance Writing a Good Business Option?

Yes, freelance writing is a great business option. There is no way I, or anyone, is going to tell you otherwise. As a freelance writer you get to earn and work however and whenever you want. You can work from your comfort and if you wish to start a business out of it and hire writers under you, you can do that as well. There is this freedom, to choose a lifestyle and work on your own terms. These are the benefits of choosing freelance writing as a career, to say it is a great option as a business as well, one can consider the income window.

As a business, freelance writing or content writing has very less risks involved. Given, you have decent writing skills and you avoid plagiarism as much as you can. Now, if you think clients can scam you or not pay you what you deserve, having a legal business can probably save you from that. It’s majorly independent freelance writers who usually face these scams.

What You Need to Know Before Starting a Writing Business?

Before starting any business it is important to understand that you will need to learn a lot about the industry. There will be loads of trials and errors. You cannot learn everything through books and blogs, there are risks involved and you will learn better through the experience.

Coming back to writing business, there will be a lot that you are supposed to do before turning content writing into a business. From learning about the industry to setting up your website and finding clients, freelance writing demands significant time investment. To make decent income from writing, you will have to get familiar with different types of writing, pick a few niches, and understand the market better.

One of the most important things that you always need to keep in mind as a beginner in this field is that growing takes time. You will start on the right foot and still not find good, high-paying clients initially and it is okay. All these freelance writers who are now earning in thousands didn’t start earning that income the day they started their writing business. They learned, failed, explored, worked their way up to where they are today. You will get there if you embrace the difficulties, learn from your mistakes, and do not give up.  

Do I Need California Seller’s Permit for a Writing Business?

Becoming a freelance writer and starting your content writing business is a totally different thing. As a freelance writer you don’t need a seller’s permit or any licenses whatsoever but in order to start your own business or company and have a different business account, you will need a California seller’s permit.

Having a separate business account and running a business with all the legal permits and licenses will reduce the risks and make taxes easier for you. There are several benefits of having a seller’s permit for freelance writers as well and that is probably the reason why writers consider registering their freelancing and content writing business. But it is not absolutely necessary.