If you have a background in health or medical areas and you enjoy writing, starting your own freelance health and medical writing business may be the career path you want to go down. It can be tough getting your name forward as a freelance writer in general and this is the same for medical writers.
To begin your freelance journey, you need to set out clear goals and make decisions that will get you started in this field. Whatever kind of health or medical writing you wish to partake in, here is what you need to do to get started.
Set Out Career Goals
Whatever profession you are in, setting our clear long-term and short-term career goals can give you the push you need to get started. They also give you something to work to and you can plan out strategies which you need to follow to get to these goals, or even surpass them.
Becoming freelance health and medical writer is a long-term role for many and therefore you need to have everything prepared for your new start-up to work. If you are unsure of how to set these goals, check out this handy guide for setting goals as a freelance writer.
First Things First
Once you have completed your goals, it is the time to begin setting up all of the practicalities that come with being freelance health and medical writer. This includes making your own website, setting up pages on social media, beginning your own blog and joining some freelance sites.
All of these ultimately will lead you to some work, but you need to be patient. It can take time getting your name out there, and with other competitors, it is extremely important you look professional to be chosen by clients. This means your website and social media need to be informative and professional at all times.
Other Ways to Find Clients
Having some real-life experience in medical and health writing can improve your chances of finding work as a freelance writer. EPPA jobs offer recent graduates and students the opportunity to work as medical scribes. This means you would be working alongside a professional, taking note of everything that happens within the clinical setting, from start to finish. Having this on your CV when working as a freelance medical writer is one way to get noticed and find work easier.
You may also want to reach out to organizations yourself, telling them a little bit about who you are and what you do. You never know when a company may be looking for new freelance writers to join their team and there is no harm in trying. It may be that you send 100 emails and only get a few replies, but we all must start from somewhere and you cannot expect work to be flooding in straight away.
Whether you wish to become a journalist in medical writing, to produce marketing content, or you just want to use your health and medical knowledge alongside your writing skills to earn some money as a busy parent, following these tips will get your business up and running.
Also published on Medium.