- Rewrites: A great starting place for aspiring online writers. Rewrites are easy, and will help you to think on your feet. You receive an article, and then have to re-write each sentence in the article a specified number of times. The catch is that you are not allowed to repeat the seed sentence. So you may have to write the sentence "I see a dog" 5 different ways, without repeating that phrase. This is boring and occasionally challenging, but pay for rewrites is normally quite good, and will prove to the employer that you can work towards a deadline. This is the first port of call.
- Product descriptions: As the name suggests, you will have to describe products. This is similar to rewrites, as you will receive a huge amount of short descriptions to write. Again, a great way to get your foot in the door.
- Article generation: When your employer starts trusting you, you will be tasked with writing articles of various lengths, normally 200 - 2000 words, about any given topic. Here client needs will be factored in, and you'll need to be flexible with regards to tone and register. If you can handle this, you are getting closer.
- EBooks: A massive test for any writer, which is basically an extension of the articles mentioned above. Here, you will receive a random topic, client instructions, a word requirement, and a tight deadline. And that's it. Your employer will leave you to write an authoritative text that will place research and plagiarism tests.
This guest post comes from Victoria. She is currently learning about the Canadian banking guide and the Canadian Stock Market.