How To Make A Good Freelance Grant Writing Career
You may be starting to think about your plans for the future. Well, if you have a good command of the written word, working as a freelance grant writer could be the path for you.
- What is it then?
- How easy is it to get work, and where do I begin?
- Building your profile and business.
- How can I make a successful business?
Simply put, it is the process of funding applications for institutions, corporations, governmental departments, trusts and foundations.
As an independent contractor, you will be applying for funding for grants on behalf of non-profit organizations. Tasks would include: research, creating proposals, drafting enquiries and conducting follow ups.
Being a freelancer means you are working for yourself and that it’s down to you to get the work in! It’s not for everyone, but it can be rewarding and it certainly suits a flexible lifestyle.
Presently, this is a very much in demand business. Because it is a growing sector, you will find there are a number of grant writing opportunities. Plenty of websites will contain posts from clients looking for grant writers. You can freely apply for these, but the more you build your profile, and the more experience you get, the more jobs you will find come your way.
You can also use online sites to create a professional profile and detail your experience, qualifications and so on. There are plenty of these sites online, so don't stick to just one! Market yourself and your services on as many social media sites as possible and you can’t fail.
Remember to also get your own website up and running. This is remarkably easy to do these days and it will help you to get traffic and look professional.
Some clients may be looking for specific experience in the service they are offering, so the more specialized you can be in certain areas, the better.
Many companies will also look for contractors that make a good match in work compatibility, so that they can create a longstanding business relationship; so such things as your history of meeting deadlines, your demeanour and your organizational skills will all be scrutinized!
The more that you build up a relationship with your clients, and the more experience you gain, the more you'll be able to make things work for you. Be determined to work hard whilst being professional and reliable and you will start to reap the rewards of what can be very lucrative work.