Tips for preparing your writing samples when applying for a freelance writing role with Topcontent

How to write a writing sample when applying for a freelance writer role

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a job that also happens to be their passion. For me, being a freelance writer is no less than a blessing. Yes, starting out can be challenging, and finding a balance when working from home takes a little time. But once you’ve found your feet, the world is your oyster. Working freelance offers a flexibility and freedom that most other jobs can’t; and if you’re looking for a freelance writing job, there’s no better place than Topcontent. But before you apply, you’ll need to gather a few writing samples that will allow us to see for ourselves how great a writer you are. This blog post will help you write a writing sample and pull together a portfolio for prospective clients – us included!

Do … know what topics we specialise in

You wouldn’t be considering applying for a writing role if you didn’t have a way with words, and that is precisely what we’re looking for. But before you click ‘Apply’, it’s worth doing a little research. Being a creative writer isn’t enough – you also need to be a good researcher. We are a global content company and our clients come from all over the world, so the content we are obliged to create varies widely. Our top topics include iGaming and e-commerce related content, but you may also be asked to write about travel, food, exercise and much more. What you do have to keep in mind is that the aim of most of our content is to sell a product or service, so you have to have a knack of writing persuasively.

Don’t … Think you’re not good enough

Many budding writers start off penning narratives, and that’s certainly no reason to think you can’t tweak your style and start writing freelance. Some of the most creative novelists are also adept researchers so, if you’ve never written an article in your life, don’t let it put you off. Our comprehensive writing guides will show you how to write a writing sample, how to craft a casino or slot review, blog post or anything else you may be asked to write about.

Do … read a variety of books Read books to improve your writing sample and freelance writer application

At Topcontent, we believe that reading feeds your writing soul. Immersing yourself in your language of choice will help increase your vocabulary, improve your spelling and grammar, as well as add to your general knowledge – which are all characteristics we like immensely in our writers! There’s also a great source of inspiration.

Don’t … let lack of experience put you off

While many jobs will put down experience as a prerequisite for potential candidates, at Topcontent, we ask for nothing except a passion for writing. We believe that some careful guidance and well-placed feedback can help you go from a good writer to a great one. Besides, our assignments are tiered according to writer experience; beginner writers are given less challenging tasks and can later progress to more challenging ones as they gain experience – and get paid more, too! We also have a team of proofreaders who will painstakingly go through all our writers’ work and give them the constructive criticism they need to improve.

Do … write as much as you can

You won’t learn how to write a writing sample unless you actually sit down and start. Like all other things, practise makes perfect, so we recommend writing as much as you can, about anything that you like. One thing to keep in mind is that you’re not writing for yourself, and this is especially true if you’re writing content. Einstein said that, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, then you can’t understand it yourself,” and that’s a good point to keep in mind while you’re writing. 

Don’t … stick to writing only

We all know that variety is the spice of life, and that’s why you will find a range of writing roles you can apply for at Topcontent. Are you fluent in more than one language? Try your hand as a translator. Have you got an eagle eye for spelling and grammar mistakes? Apply for the role of proofreader. Have you got a knack for creating informative and engaging articles? Why not take a shot at blog writing? Or else mix it up and do a little bit of everything!

Don’t forget to sign up!

Now that you know exactly what we are looking for, it’s time for you to start preparing for your job application with us! Though we have some great news; to start your writing career at Topcontent you don’t need to even apply! You only need to sign up and choose your favourite writing role!

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Kylie Grech
Editorial Writer for TOPCONTENT.COM