You probably have a way with words and don’t know how to monetize it, or you don’t know much about freelance writing but would want to learn how to make a living writing. And if you are like me, dread the corporate job and want a writing career that comes with freedom.
You might want to grab a seat, and stick with me till the end!
There is not a singular way to start a successful freelance writing business. However, in my wanderlust into a writing career, I discovered this step-by-step guide to help you pull through even if you have no experience.
What is my Freelance Writing Story?
After college, I looked for jobs. For me getting a job wasn’t the easiest thing or maybe I wasn’t so passionate about corporate jobs after all. I’ve always had a knack for writing, so I stepped into freelance writing.
I wanted to get over my frustration with securing a corporate job, my failing baking business, and of course my empty purse. Freelance writing became my saving grace. This was how I began to make money as a freelance writer by creating valuable content for brands and businesses.
What Is Freelance Writing?
Freelance writing is a self-employed kind of writing. A freelance writer gets hired to work for several companies on various assignments. A freelance writer is ultimately self-employed: an entrepreneur who decides whom to write for, and to what numbers of clients to work with. “Freelance” writing gives you the freedom to be yourself, work with several clients, and write from wherever you are.
To start, you might be thinking:
“Do I need a degree to start?” NO! You don’t. You don’t even need to have had an experience.
Below is a list of what you need.
How to Start a Freelance Writing Career?
1. Identify Your Writing Niche.
It could be tempting to start out writing on any topic because you think you’d get more paid opportunities to write. Most prospects looking to hire freelance writers want experts or those who present themselves to be the pro writers they need.
Being a Jack-of-all-trades won’t set you up for an emerging career, I made this mistake when I started freelancing. To be a successful freelance writer, choose a profitable niche to write in. I advise not choosing more than three.
Ask yourself these questions: What topic am I passionate about? What would I like to research about? What experience do I have? Is this niche profitable?
2. Build Your Freelance Writing Portfolio
If you intend to make money freelancing, you need to treat it like a business. For freelance writing, this starts with building a portfolio that showcases your writing samples to prospects.
You need to know businesses don’t hire freelance writers without writing samples. If you claim to be a freelance writer, put your money where your mouth is!
How? Show them a collection of your best writing samples-your writing portfolio. You could host your portfolio on a paid website or free portfolio platforms like contently, clippings.me, etc.
How do you create these samples? By guest posting, posting on social media platforms, or starting a blog. You could also create samples using google doc. I generally advise creating samples relevant to your chosen niche. In this way, it gets easier when submitting your portfolio for perusal. Your prospects see content related to what they want.
Don’t create samples on food and nutrition, if you know your chosen niche is tech.
3. Establish an Online Presence
Don’t let the fear of putting yourself out there stop you from making money as a freelance writer. It could be a hard thing getting on, and engaging on social media, but money has gone digital and to make it, you need to be online.
It could get overwhelming, that’s why you need to slow down and take it a step at a time. A credible website or social media presence is not a day job, just be consistently active.
You need the online realm to digest your content. More so, building an audience online is important for your business in multiple ways. You can start by building a Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook profiles.
4. Land Writing Jobs
Now that you have a portfolio to show you know your stuff, find freelance writing jobs!
You can do this by pitching to
- Freelance job boards and newsletters like freedomwithwriting.com, freelancewriting.com, problogger.com.
- Freelance websites like Upwork and Fiverr.
- Social media platforms like LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook.
- Businesses directly.
Let your pitch be brief, clear, and straight to the point. Let your prospect know who you are, what you do, and how you can be of help.
Note: Businesses dislike automated pitches, so take time to draft your pitch. You want it to sound professional yet personal. So, research about the hiring company, and create a business-specific pitch for each. Your first, second, and even third pitches might not land a client, don’t give up!
Create a pitching strategy, and continue pitching while developing your writing and pitching skills.
What step are you in starting a freelance writing career?
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