You want to learn about being a freelance writer, or you are probably planning on getting started. I’m dedicating this article to you. If you follow this guide, you will not pass through several mistakes many people make before getting in the right way.
I’m only 8 months old into the field, but trust me; I already have a lot to share. If you know me, then you know that I’m passionate about freelance writing. A lot of freelance writing materials I share either on Instagram, on my blog, and other social media platforms leave my emails, and other inboxes full of messages asking me how to break into freelance writing.
Well, your location does not matter a thing, when it comes to freelance writing. The steps you need to take are equally similar. Freelance writing is one of the best ways to earn extra cash and make a ling from it.
DO NOT BE MISLED. You don’t need a degree, an intense informal training will help you become a freelance writer. No certificate is needed.
I thought it wise to write this guide, and help an aspiring freelance writer jumpstart their writing business. If you are a blogger or a stay-at- home mum, freelance writing business is a perfect match for you.
It is a profitable business, such that some people quit their secure jobs, to pursue freelance writing, with ZERO experience in writing experience.
I started a freelance writing business when I was earning $0.00. When I ventured in it, I honestly had no idea about what I was signing up for. I just loved the flexibility in it, from what I saw from my friends in the business.
8 months later, I would advise anyone with a good command of English, to come into the business. I’m not one of the highest-earning freelance writers, but I can boldly feel the difference. I know friends, who took over 2 years to be where I am, I, therefore, know exactly what I’m about to talk about.
Please take notes, as you continue reading, as the article is exclusively informative.
- Have What It Takes
Again, don’t be lied! It is not a walk in the park, as most people could put it. You might have been made to believe that freelancing will be a quick fix to your financial problems (sigh), and a way to quickly make some cash to pay your bills when you are on your vacation – WRONG!
I hate to disappoint you, but you have to know that hard work is key to successful freelance writing. If you are for a quick fix, you are starting with very wrong reasons, and you will not make it that way. Again, be ready to work extremely hard, on your first days in the job, without making a coin.
Also, it takes lots of passion, especially in reading (long articles). Think about it.
2. Types Of Freelance Writing Gigs
We have several categories in the broad freelance writing industry. I thought you should know a number of them. Note that these are just a few:
- Article Writing
- E-Book Writing
- Blog Writing
- Technical Writing
- Fiction Writing
- Resume And Cover Letter Writing
3.Find Your Niche, But Be Open To Other Options
Only call yourself a freelance writer, if you can work with most of the above-named gigs. Narrow down your skills to a niche. For instance, I’m good at writing blogs and articles. I, therefore, call myself an Article Writer.
The good with finding a specific niche will help you land more jobs in your field. Apart from writing articles for blogs, to help attract traffic, I’m also a copywriter, and I write newsletters and eBooks too. Of course, there will be a point when you’ll need money so bad, and you should, therefore, be prepared to work in any of the above areas, to be on the safe side.
4. Build Your Experience And Reputation
Developing my own website/blog has helped me a big deal. My website acts as my portfolio/or a supermarket (as my mentor, WALTER AKOLO) puts it, it. Most of the times, when you are pitching, or say, looking for a writing gig, your client will always, if not in most cases, ask you for samples of your work.
In this case, I give out a link to my website, and that completely boosts my success rate. Clients will have a kind of different outlook on you, if you have your website, especially a self-hosted one. However, a website is not the root of success in this business.
Try out MEDIUM. It gives a free platform for you to publish your articles, therefore giving you exposure. If you are exclusive at writing, you can use Medium, as your portfolio.
5. Choose A Platform That Offers Services
I’ve always advised my students to use freelancing platforms that offer writing gigs. I work on Upwork, and my honest opinion, based on my experience, is that Upwork COULD be the only platform a beginner need, to make a massive difference in his freelance writing business.
Be very careful, when choosing platforms to work in. I would strongly advise on Upwork and Fiverr. Freelancer.com was awesome, but it has recently been having scam cases, and therefore I discourage my students from using it.
Are you still interested to become a freelance writer? If you answered yes, you are about to make the best decision ever!
I hope this article will help you out when you’ll be making major steps in your freelance writing journey. I wish you nothing but the best!
Let’s meet at the comments section, as we discuss more. Feel free to interact with me, and ask any questions you would wish I answer. I will always be glad to help.