How To Become A Freelance Health Writer
How To Become A Freelance Health Writer is a comprehensive guide to starting your freelance health & medical writing business.
It’s time to begin your journey
- 6-week online course
- Exclusive focus on health & medical writing
- Lifetime access
- Learn the fundamentals of freelancing
- 1:1 and group support
Who is this course for?
How To Become A Freelance Health Writer Alumni include:
- Aspiring writers
- Experienced writers
- Health communicators transitioning from an employed role
- Health professionals
- Freelancers keen to specialise in health & medical writing
Everything I need and more
“Studying How To Become A Freelance Health Writer has given me all the information I need and more to confidently get my freelance career underway!” Nicola Parrington, Hong Kong | Clinical Copy
What will you learn?
How To Become A Freelance Health Writer is your ultimate guide to getting started as a freelance health & medical writer, covering:
- Business planning
- Finding your niche
- Must-have documents
- Finding clients
- Retaining clients
- What to charge
- Negotiating rates
- Self-care strategies
- The foundation for long-term success
When does the next course start?
The 2019 class will start on Monday, 17 June. This will be the only class in 2019. To register your interest, join the waiting list. Registration will open in May.
Dozens of best-practice, industry-leading resources.
Lessons packed full of useful, actionable content
24 audio lectures
Podcasts covering the weekly learning objectives
Advice on your website, business plans, proposals, portfolio and more
Resources to complement the weekly lessons
Support to help guide your decision-making processes
Summaries of the key learning objectives and take-homes
Connect with likeminded freelance health writers around the world
Access and download all course updates throughout the year
Personalised advice for all your freelancing concerns and questions
Refer back to the material whenever you need a refresher
Learn at your own pace – log on at any time, from anywhere
Free monthly webinars, loyalty discounts and ongoing support
How does it work?
Here's what you can expect.
How To Become A Freelance Health Writer is a self-paced course. That means you can work through the course content at your own pace, and take as long – or as little – as you need! Each lesson requires a time commitment of around 4-8 hours. The course begins on
Your 6-lesson curriculum guide.
Lesson 1: Business Goals & Freelancing Essentials
- Clarity on your freelancing vision
- How to find your niche
- Setting motivational goals
- Why planning is key to your success
- How to create a freelance writing business plan
- How to plan to enable success and growth
Lesson 2: Freelancing Processes & Must-Have Documents
- How to prepare before you start pitching
- Developing your step-by-step processes
- Effective workflow management
- Essential templates and documents
- Contracts, invoices, briefs and email templates
- Must-have software and apps
Lesson 3: Setting Rates, Client Liaison & Productivity
- How to keep clients happy and wanting more
- How to work efficiently and save time
- Work/life balance and self-care strategies
- The ultimate guide to setting rates
- Hourly vs project billing
- How to negotiate rates
Lesson 4: Nailing Your Health Writing Website
- Freelance writing website fundamentals
- The most compelling content to include on your website
- Setting up a portfolio
- SEO basics
- Strategies to bring clients to your website
- Blogging for business essentials
Lesson 5: Marketing Your Freelance Business
- Getting comfortable with online marketing
- Social media for writers
- Establishing yourself as an expert
- LinkedIn as a freelance marketing tool
- Making the most of your online presence
- Networking essentials
Lesson 6: Finding Clients & Long-Term Success Strategies
- Where and how to find your first clients
- Where and how to find the best-paying clients
- Effective strategies for retaining clients and upselling your services
- Setting the foundation for long-term success
Join a supportive group of like-minded health writers
When you join How To Become A Freelance Health Writer, you become a member of the Health Writer Hub Alumni – a smart, diverse and friendly community of health writers from around the world. Alumni benefits include:
- Access to FREE monthly online webinars – a new health writing webinar is released every month
- Loyalty discounts - 30% off any other Health Writer Hub course
- Community - connect with a lovely bunch of enthusiastic, professional health writers
- Opportunities to pitch for freelance work - when work is referred in the group
- Real-time advice - ask the group questions, and get practical help whenever you need it
- Immediate access - join as soon as you register
Who I am, and why I want to help you succeed.
Hi – I’m Michelle Guillemard, creator of Health Writer Hub. I’m also a freelance health writer, President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association, a mentor to aspiring health writers and a contributor to the European Medical Writers Association Journal.
When I launched Health Writer Hub in 2014, my aim was to create a best-practice resource to empower health writers to develop their skills, grow their careers and improve the quality of health content on the web.
In How To Become A Freelance Health Writer, I share ALL the strategies that gave me the confidence to build my business, quit my job and commit to freelance life.
I discuss the tactics that have helped me – and countless others – to secure gold-standard clients, get invoices paid upfront, charge premium industry rates and maintain a steady flow of ongoing work.
You’re probably interested in How To Become A Freelance Health Writer because you have health, medical or scientific qualifications and/or writing qualifications. Yet, you're feeling challenged when it comes to building a career as a freelance health writer. You’ve got the skills – you’re almost ready to begin.
My course will fill those last remaining gaps – so you can start your freelancing journey with confidence and be equipped with the knowledge and power to succeed.
Walks you through every aspect of becoming a freelance writer
“As an academic scientist, making the transition from lab bench to medical writer has not been the easiest or straightforward of tasks. However, after enrolling in How To Become A Freelance Health Writer, that path has been well and truly illuminated. From setting a business plan to formulating templates and processes, Michelle walks you through every aspect of becoming a freelance writer.” Dr James Graham, Australia | Craftext
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What past students have said about How To Become A Freelance Health Writer.
Found my first client within 6 weeks
"Michelle's course was excellent. This was my first taste of medical/health writing and following the course I felt like I had a clear plan for how to proceed to find my way into the industry. Following the suggestions from the course I found my first client within 6 weeks." Matt Boyd, NZ | Adapt Research & Writing
Exactly what I needed
"Suddenly going freelance for me was a big nervous step, so this course was exactly what I needed. Not only did it cover the many aspects of freelance health writing, but Michelle is also there for personal and continued guidance. The interaction with new and past students in video calls and online is also valuable." Richa Srivastava, Ireland
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to start a career as a freelance health or medical writer
"I recently started my career as a freelance writer. This course helped me in understanding the basics and essential requirements of this business. The content of the course is very well organized and has clarity. Michelle is a very helpful coach. She has been very responsive to my queries.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to start a career as a freelance health or medical writer." Dr Heidi Hilton, Australia
Loved the practical focus
"I loved the very practical focus of the course. The material was well structured, varied and easy to fit into a busy schedule. Time and money definitely well spent." Helga Mikkelsen, Australia
A true treasure for any freelance wannabe!
"I cannot recommend this course enough. The information is comprehensive; you can confidently launch your business with all the tools and knowledge that Michelle has offered in How To Become A Freelance Health Writer. A true treasure for any freelance wannabe!" Hamsa Al-Aqqad, UK
I have not looked back ... Michelle's advice and support are fabulous
"Michelle is friendly and approachable and her advice and support are fabulous for guiding me through the early phases of business set-up and delivery. Michelle shares her business insights openly, understands my needs well and is readily available to talk whenever I need further advice. I highly recommend Michelle to anyone seeking a confident entry into the medical and health writing field." Kara Gilbert | KMG Communications
An absolute must
"How To Become A Freelance Health Writer is an absolute must for anyone considering becoming a freelance medical writer. The amount of information made available is brilliant and very informative. The podcasts accompanying the information are excellent. Michelle’s advice is invaluable." Angela Johns, Australia
Really enjoyed the course
"I really enjoyed the How To Become A Freelance Health Writer course and came away with a lot of very useful information and strategies for expanding my freelance business. Thanks Michelle for being so generous passing on all your wisdom and experience." Joanna White, Australia
You sincerely want me to thrive in my health writing career.
"I love how you are clearly passionate about what you do - health writing, website development, and teaching. I felt like you sincerely want me to thrive in my health writing career. I also like the very down-to-earth tone of the course."
Ilana Murphy, USA
One of my best investments
"I would say that How To Become A Freelance Health Writer is one of my best investments on courses. I am so glad to have taken it! I learned at the beginning that I needed to have a business plan, which I now know is very important, if not vital. With Michelle’s enlightening teaching, I came up with my niche of bilingual Chinese and English medical writing. I cannot be happier with it! My favourite is the lesson on setting up a website. Before the course, I would not ever ponder setting up my own website, sending newsletters, or writing a blog. I am doing all of these now. The course has transformed me, from knowing nothing about freelancing to conducting my business with confidence. Michelle is also very timely and helpful in answering all my questions, whether on the student forum or via email. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is new in freelance health and medical writing." Dr Amanda Xiaoqing Mao, PhD | Acurit Medical Communications
Logically thought out and easy to follow
“Having “hobbled together” a consultancy business for a year between jobs, I am so impressed by the way Michelle has put together everything that I eventually learned plus so much more that I just didn’t think about in this course. Everything is logically thought out, easy to follow even if it isn’t easy to do and provides a great framework for thinking through all the essentials for setting up a new business. ” Dr Deborah Southwell, Australia
Provided me with the foundation and tools I require to find success
"There is a lot of detail involved in starting a health and medical writing business. I can only imagine the time and energy this course has saved me on researching the ins and outs of building a successful business. This course has provided me with the foundation and tools I require to find success. All my questions were answered, and I have already bragged about this course to several people!" Leah Weiss | Weissedits
Very engaging and informative
"A very engaging and informative course for those wishing to use their writing skills to create a business." Dr Catherine Odlum, Ireland
My only disappointment was that it came to an end!
“I really enjoyed the freelance health writer course – my only disappointment was that it came to an end! The content was very informative, well structured and relevant. Michelle is responsive and always ready to discuss further questions via email. I would recommend it to others thinking about freelancing.” Amanda Holman, UK
I now feel prepared!
"How To Become A Freelance Health Writer is well-designed and logical. The materials are of excellent quality, and very detailed. I now feel prepared!” Simon Van Rysewyk, Australia
Michelle is extremely thoughtful, professional and generous
"I feel very fortunate to have made a professional connection with Michelle. After meeting Michelle in 2013, she has been assisting me with advice and guidance on how to further my work and refine my skills as a medical writer. Michelle is extremely professional, thoughtful and generous. I also value her extensive experience in the medical writing field. I know I can continue to learn a lot more from her guidance, insight and encouragement. She has been a great influence on the writing choices and progress I have made since we met. I cannot recommend her highly enough." Annalies Corse, Australia
Provides us with knowledge to run any business
“How To Become A Freelance Health Writer provides us with knowledge to run not only a freelance health writing business but also any other business.” Bundeth Seng, Cambodia
The go-to expert for those starting out a writing career in the health niche
"I was fortunate enough to have Michelle as my writing mentor when I began health writing. She's the go-to expert for those starting out a writing career in the health or medical niche, with insider tips and advice to help you start successfully. In fact, Michelle pointed me to an online resource where I managed to land one of my best-paying clients!" Joe Leech | Diet vs Disease