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If you have had a job or hobby, raised a family, or even fishing worms, you know a great deal about something. Write about it. As long as you know punctuation, spelling, and how to avoid the run on sentence, you can write. Join a group like Hubpages and write an artcle. Do not publish it right away because, as Hemingway said. "The first draft of anything is S---!" Park it and go back in a couple days and proof read it.
Here is my story. I wanted to write at 15. I needed a real job at 19. I lost my last "real job" a couple years ago at 59. I tried to find any job without luck. I wrote an article. Then I wrote another and one more. I saw an ad for a someone to write ads for vacation rentals near Disney World, I submitted a sample. I got got the job for 1.00 per ad. One day I saw an ad for article writers. I gave him a link to an article and I got a job paying 22.00 each for a 600 word web page. Since then I have had several clients and have written over 1000 pages in two years. Today I write full time and have several clients including two SEO/Marketing companies, an attorney and a national hunting and fishing site.
The internet adds countless pages every day and the demand for writers is huge. You just need to start off and build a little portfolio. It is a great way to suppllent social security or even start a new career. I am going to start a blog, very soon, called Freelance Over Fifty and show anyone step by step how they can do it. It is not hard. You are not writing fiction, you are researching and reporting. When people ask me what I do I say, I look things up and write them down. By the way, I never went to college and failed English in high school