I am low key angry, about how some experienced bloggers and writers, or say, those who have been in the industry for a longer time, keep telling aspiring writers, whenever they seek “quick help”.
When I started out writing, I was in the most desperate situation you’d ever imagine. Just so you know, I had zero experience, and $0. All I had was a laptop (God knows how I acquired this one lol), time, and so much urge to write. Yes it’s very possible, but it takes much than you think.
Most bloggers will advise you to join marketplaces such as Upwork after you’ve created a portfolio. It’s not a bad idea, because this how I started off. However, it might not be a good idea for someone who is in an urgent situation. In my Article Writing Course, I give my students every single trick on finding clients, aside platforms such as Upwork, and Fiverr. I know why I do this, and not to worry, I’ll give you the secrets.
There are benefits of starting a business when you have some money with you. It’s so comfortable. On the other hand, starting a business with $0 means accepting underpaid job offers, and much more than that. Within a period of time, you then find yourself not able to grow out of the low paying client zone.
I know you might be sincerely desperate, but this should never show up to your potential clients, as that would turn them off.
I want you to first of all drop that desperate mood; it will place you in a less powerful position. Not being desperate will help you notice an underpaying client, and go for the high paying ones. You will understand your worth as a writer, and that of your time.
Well I’m here to give you options much better than joining Upwork, and maybe ones that you never expected. First, let’s do some math; Instead of starting with zero dollars, how about you figure out an amount approximately needed to start?
Hold up hold up hold up! I know you’re already rolling your eyes, and calling me names (lol). Wait, it’s not that easy, I must confess. I have been as broke as hell before, and I totally relate. But now I can give you tips, on how to become better, using easier ways than I did.
You only need to pay for a website’s hosting and domain name. Any other thing you will need is a computer, and word processer, good internet connection, and the urge to write, which I’m convinced you have, for you to be reading this.
Truth be told: This is among the cheapest businesses you can stat in Kenya (Try budgeting for a number of them and let me know in the comment section).
I talk too much (sigh). Let me give you the 3 ideas that will help you out as a freelance writer, or a blogger. I have personally done all of them/still doing, so trust my words:
If you are going to ignore all the points, take point number 3!
Sell On Your Website
You opened up a professional writer’s website, set up a portfolio, and you have not landed a single gig yet. Here is what to do; add an eCommerce shop on it, and call it a shop. Here is A GOOD EXAMPLE OF MINE.
Remember you are too broke to even pay your bills, so start by selling off things you do not use/need anymore.
Take excellent pictures from all angles, and sell them off (I sell bags and purses on mine). What can you sell from your house? Look around, and pick up those old clothes and shoes.
Create and Sell A Course
Don’t wait for a reminder that it’s a new decade, and people went a digital long time ago. Create courses. What are you good at? What can you teach people? Provide course services, and see it pay your bills. I personally have a detailed course on my website. I train aspiring writers.
You’ll be surprised that some of your friends and family will show up as first clients lol. On my course, I mostly either get recommendations from my previous students or friends.
First, pick a niche, and consistently write about it. Publish as many well-written blogs on your site. Your website will make you, and the samples in it will relate to a company/firm that needs just that. So pick that damn niche, and work on it tirelessly.
You need zero experience to write blogs on any niche, so do not even think of an excuse. See how consistent I have been with my blog.
Now, you have a website, you are selling stuff on it, and a course too. You can still make more money from it – sounds good?
Now you have a few well put pages, and your portfolio is set. It’s time to col pitch. I must say that this is the hardest, but the most paying practice I have encountered during this journey. Email pitching is so wide on its own, and I emphasize it is importance in my course, and even go into detail to provide y students with an exact approach.
Feel free to join us by enrolling, and let’s chase poverty together.
In case you are not in a position to join our course, here is a brief description about cold pitching; It simply entails you sending emails to a large number of companies, which have advertised/not advertised the nee of content writers, yet they deal with stuff that needs content. A website plays a big role here, by providing a direct link to your samples, to increase chances of you getting hired.
We are not yet done extracting money from a website. I have one more thing that I do under this. Lastly, you can always monetize your site, as I have done with mine, and choose where to place your ads.
It’s already 1;27 am in the morning, and the typical blogger in me now wants to go to bed, but with the best feeling, that I’ve released that which was my heart, right to you lol. I hope you learned, and you will practice. Do not shy off from continuing this discussion, in the comments section, or much better, ask questions.
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