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    Writing Assistance Business?
    I am interested in starting a business. With very little experience in starting one, or an idea of what industry to pursue, I need some assistance thinking of a profitable, fun, and managable small business idea.

    My interests are:

    Music, Money, Technology, Writing, Sports, Music Production, Video Games etc.

    I was thinking I could maybe start up a website for professional writing assistance. I dont have any credentials, but Ive been paid to write for people before, and they have been very pleased with my services and my swiftness. I have no trouble writing anything. I love entertainment and technology. But I find most of these industries have a great deal of competition and congestion.

    Any suggestions?


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    Re: Writing Assistance Business?
    You could offer your assistance with writing. The fact that you have experience doing this is a plus. Also you may want to get the people who paid you to write to give you testimonials. You could make a business of it - just figure how to target your market.


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    A writing service can be a good business if you enjoy this type of work and offer a service that business owners want and are prepared to pay for. Some writers work for peanuts while others make a good living - it depends on how your market yourself and who your target market is. Think about the types of writing you have done previously and had satisfied customers for. Copywriting (sales and promotional material) or content writing?

    You will need a website with examples and testimonials, whether you are approaching local businesses or not. You might want to specialize in certain business areas where you have specialist knowledge, or maybe remain a generalist before narrowing your market down later.

    If you know how to set up a blog or simple website you can offer this as a service too (and maybe work with a web designer when necessary), then write content or maintain a blog for the client, or a Facebook or Twitter account. You can also offer to write guest blog posts, press releases, brochures, sales letters, information booklets and much more.


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    In addition to client testimonials, if you have worked for an outsourcing site like oDesk, then you may want to place the profile page URL on your online resume and other communication with prospective clients.

    I have a simple blog that links to different articles online with my name. It's broken down into categories and I update the links as company name changes take place (e.g. Associated Content, now Yahoo Voices).

    You may want to apply copywriting and/or social media marketing skills to your promotion. This could be a whitepaper giveaway for those inquiring or sending out an ezine with coupons. Best


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    Since you have been writing for a long time, you may be well-versed with these topics by now. Take it to the next level by writing your own ebooks and selling the digital copies through Amazon.
    Freelancing can be profitable if you get a lot of clients but this can also be stressful. You mentioned that entertainment and technology are the topics you love, then go out and attend shows, technology events, and write about the latest stuff in the market. This could qualify as the "fun" part.


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    I agree with Athena that you should follow your passion. Attend live music and make contacts. I promote live local comedy shows. It is great to be paid for something you believe in.


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    These days writing companies are very many so I would suggest that you look for other options other than writing company. I do know what you intend to do in the field of technology. Maybe if it is creating apps then it will be a good idea I must say.


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    You could do blogging and freelancing. These are good ways to earn money provided you are willing to sell your content.


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    As suggested above, you have too many options to choose from. The best would be as recommended above - go for Digital e-Books and make them available for Kindle and other handhelds.

    You can also try contacting local dailies, local magazines and a few online e-zines (which would pay you to write reviews for them). You can also start your own website and become a Critic or Analyst. To earn from your website, it might take a while to get popular but going by your experience and the niche, it would be easier than for many others. Once this is achieved, you can put up adverts etc from relevant websites and maybe endorse brands etc.


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    Freelance writing would be one but it's obviously very hard to make a decent profit, especially in the beginning.
    How about going a bit more towards the music side? Make a deal with some local small bands about promoting them against a small commission... such as a tiny % of their ticket and merchandise sales etc. Your writing skills will come handy when doing articles about them for publicity, marketing their gigs etc.


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