Become a Freelance Writer

You will learn: what a freelance writer does, how to develop your skills to succeed as a freelance writer, how to start your own freelance writing business, how to get hired to write for publication, and how to get hired to write for corporate clients.

What Happens in the Freelance Writer Certificate Course Online

The Freelance Writer Certificate course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Freelance Writer). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Freelance Writer Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Freelance Writer Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Freelance Writer Certificate Course Online has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Freelance Writer Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

Topics covered in the Freelance Writer Certificate Course include the following:

Introduction

  • Freelance Writing as a Career
  • Types of Freelance Writers
  • The Writing Industry

Getting Ready

  • Writing Skills and Knowledge
  • Part-Time Freelancing
  • Getting a Writing-Related Job
  • Learning from Other Writers
  • Evaluating Published Writing

Writing for Publication

  • Types of Publications (magazines, newspapers, books, online)
  • Your Writing Specialty
  • How to Find Publications to Write For
  • How to Write a Query
  • Analyzing a Writing Assignment
  • Working with an Editor
  • Tips on Writing and Revising Articles

Writing for Clients

  • Writing Opportunities with Corporate Clients (copywriting and marketing writing, technical writing, and more)
  • Best and Worst Ways to Find Clients
  • Getting Writing Work with Corporate Clients
  • Preparing Proposals
  • Contracts for Writing Clients

Starting Your Own Freelance Writing Business

  • Creating a Business Plan
  • Setting Your Fees
  • Finding Support Staff
  • Managing Writing Projects for Clients

Marketing Your Writing Business

  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Freelance Writing Marketplaces
  • Free Media Publicity

What Is Included in the Freelance Writer Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Freelance Writer Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Freelance Writer Certificate Course
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Freelance Writers for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Freelance Writer Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Freelance Writer (e-book edition)

Your Faculty Member for the Freelance Writer Certificate Course Online

The Faculty Member for the Freelance Writer Certificate Course is Kelly Boyer Sagert, who has written seven books and sold well over 1,000 pieces of her writing to magazines, newspapers, online sites and other publications. Author of the IAP Career College Guide to Become a Freelance Writer, Kelly is an experienced copywriter and grant writer. She also writes for encyclopedias and other anthologies, including publications from Macmillan and Harvard University Press.

Register for the Freelance Writer Certificate Course

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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

SPRING SPECIAL: This all-inclusive registration package for the Freelance Writer Certificate Course is priced as only $149.00 for the April 15, 2024 course.

Register today for the Freelance Writer Certificate Course. Enrollment is limited and registration is on a first come first served basis, so we recommend that you register early for the Freelance Writer Certificate Course online to avoid disappointment.

If the course is full, please email support@iapcollege.com to be notified when a new course date is scheduled.

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About a Career as a Freelance Writer

Imagine having a rewarding career that lets you get paid to write. Welcome to the world of professional freelance writing!

You may have dreamed of becoming a writer ever since you were a child, but now you can discover how to turn that vision into reality with this certificate course. In this course you will learn how you can start a freelance writing business and get hired to write for publication or write for clients.

If you are like many freelance writers, you love to see your writing in print. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of picking up a magazine, newspaper, or book and seeing your own words on the page – knowing that thousands of people will read what you have written.

And if you write for popular online publications, your words could be read by literally millions of readers. The icing on the cake is that you are paid to do something you love.

You might also consider writing for corporate clients, a form of freelance writing that can offer solid rewards including more stability and higher pay for many freelancers.

This guide shows two paths to freelancing: writing magazine and newspaper articles, and writing in the corporate world. The guide emphasizes the business side of freelancing, with lots of information about how to find and approach clients and how to bid on projects. If you can write, you can do it.
from a review by Sue Fagalde Lick, Freelancing for Newspapers

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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  • How Much Do Writers Make?
    According to the United States Department of Labor, 2012 median pay for salaried writers working is $62,170 per year, with the highest ten percent earning more than $121,670. As a freelance writer, you may also earn unexpected financial bonuses, including payment for rights to stories that have already appeared in print or getting royalty checks for work you did years ago.
  • What Does it Mean to Be a Freelance Writer?
    As a freelance writer, you can start a freelance writing business and get hired to write for publications or write for clients. You might also consider writing for corporate clients, a form of freelance writing that can offer solid rewards including more stability and higher pay for many freelancers.
  • How Do You Become a Freelance Writer?
    Earning a certificate as a freelance writer will equip you with the principles and techniques for becoming a professional freelance writer. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Freelance Writer Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Freelance Writer Certificate Course you will earn certification as a freelance writer and learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional freelance writer. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.