How common is it nowadays, to start earning online through technical writing? The answer is simple: Very common! Infact you can call it a trend. Almost everyone that you meet is hooked online doing one or the other thing. But what all people commonly do online is READ. One can only read what is written and hence technical writing has become an extremely essential online tool.
Writing of course needs an excellent command over a language. The grammar and sentence formation are the basics. If you aren’t good at these you can always learn! You may then start your own blog, write for others or start your own business singly or in groups!
The question is, can technical writing replace your normal office job? In other words, can you opt to fully depend on online income to lead your routine life? The answer is YES! It also means that you can actually make a career out of it.
The catch is that, you won’t become a millionaire overnight. Cash flow may be very minimal initially but as you build-up your clients you will see rewarding results.
Again, it is wise to realise that there is no sense in dropping your office job before you establish yourself online. Instead, convert to full-time only when you are making enough cash that guarantees your sustainability.
A lot of techniques are needed to supplement your writing skills like building blog traffic, advertisements and marketing your products or services to the public. All these put together correctly can make your products or services to go viral. Remember, your ultimate tool is your writing style. Keep it simple and yet mermesizing. The choice of words used should target your audience. Nobody is interested in sitting with a dictionary while reading your articles. Let it be comprehendable and yet have a light note to it where appropriate.
The key to success as a technical writer is lots of hardwork and patience. You may need to do a lot of research and spend tidious long-hours with perhaps little eye-strain in front of your digital screen daily. Initial efforts and hardwork paves way to long-term rewarding returns.
How long is the initial phase, is what many people ask me. Well, it could be anywhere from months to years depending on things like the online social support, your skills and efforts, the demand of your products or services and of course your target.
What’s the initial investment? That’s another common question. The answer is actually quite variable. I’ll explain. If you are planning to start your own blog with an existing platform like blogger for instance, it is actually fee free! All you will be needing is a dependable internet connection with a digital screen (desktop/laptop etc). You may have to pay a small initial fee if you are planning to join an online writing industry with additional benefits. A little more costlier will be owning a domain/website where marketing may take a bigger chunk of your initial investment and so on.
With lots of success stories and encouraging work-from-home nature, technical writing as a career is definitely an option to consider.