how to be a freelance writer for beginner
Did I use to ask myself, how to be a freelance writer?
yes, I did.
I’ve been in this freelance writing profession for the last 2 years and it’s going pretty well for me.
I always wanted to write about it and help others with what I learned along the way.
So, I think this is the right time.
Just know that,
I will use a step-by-step method for this article, therefore, you will be able to better understand and apply the topics.
Freelance writing is becoming a very popular profession for those,
who want to make money from home.
Some professionals are using it as a primary source of income and others are using it as part-time work.
There are some popular myths about freelancing that I want to blow up today.
People say you need proper training or certification to start writing online.
Just know that you don’t need any professional training or degree to work as a freelance writer.
No matter where you live in the world or what your qualifications are,
you can always be a freelance content writer.
This is a lucrative business for moms, bloggers, or anyone who wants to live away from 9 to 5 jobs at home. Currently,
writing freelance content is my full-time source of income and I am quite satisfied with it.
Set clear and smart goals to be a writer
See, writing freelance content is not something that gives you instant results.
It takes time and you have to be patient with this process.
Thus, when thinking of building a career in freelance writing, it should be clear what you want to achieve through it.
if you want to work it full time or keep it part-time? This will help you set specific financial goals. Also, you can make a proper schedule or routine for you.
Second, keep in mind that as a freelancer you will encounter many problems such as:
- Clients are paying late.
- Clients are not paying at all.
- There are payment transfer problems.
- Getting a lot of work in one week and no work for the next few weeks.
- Demands shorter deadlines and corrections.
Facing a situation when you are not paid at all for your hard work causes a lot of frustration.
So yes, you must have a well thought out financial plan before living your life as a freelance writer.
If you quit your job to enter the content writing profession, it is best to have some reserve funds for 8-12 months to deal with emergencies.
When I started working as a content writer, I was not aware of the potential problems mentioned above. At that time I had no clear financial and emotional goals. That’s why it took me so long to learn how to deal with such situations.
Find out your skills
I always talk about finding your passion and working on it. The same goes for writing freelance content. Take a pen and a piece of paper and list the things you can write well. Be aware that you should always do research before writing a quality article for your client. If what you are writing about goes with your interests, it will be easier for you to write and research about it.
On the other hand, if you feel that you are not interested in a particular subject, you can choose a category and build your skills in this subject.
Don’t limit yourself to one place or area. Experiment with different types of writing. It will help you get exposure and know the enormity of this field.
How to be a freelance writer
My comfortable places to write are technology, blogging, SEO, and entrepreneurship.
I wrote a law document for one of my clients a few days ago.
I didn’t know much about it so I did a lot of research on it before writing. The client appreciated my work a lot and came up with another order for me.
It has made me realize that we should challenge our limitations and always be ready to learn and do something new.
every expert was once a newcomer. That’s right if you don’t have the skills or knowledge to write on a particular subject, you can always learn.
Remember, continuity is the key. Settle on the mind and then stick to the plan.
Keep working on it and one day is an expert.
Start anything and start small
Once you can build your mind as a freelance writer, stop waiting for the right time. Stop thinking you don’t have enough experience or knowledge about this field.
Start somewhere, wherever you are.
Take the first step and eventually, you will find your way.
As you go through this trial and error process, you will learn a lot about this freelance writing marketplace.
Also, in the beginning, it would be best to take small projects to build your portfolio.
Remember, there are no shortcuts. It takes some time to build a reputation as a great writer.
In the early days, you couldn’t claim 300$ for a 500-word essay,
so, be patient in the process.
Build your portfolio
When hiring you as a freelance writer, clients always like to see samples of your previous work so that they can analyze your writing style and skills.
For this reason, you should always focus on building a portfolio that can reflect your skills, achievements, experience, and qualities.
If you have profiles on various major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn,
there is a huge opportunity to market your skills.
Mention in your bio that you are a freelance writer. Write about your experience and what kind of place you can cover.
create a good professional profile on this popular social media network. Share your best articles from time to time.
Create a network around people in the same industry. Contact them and let them know about your work. Keep talking normally.
Don’t pitch anything until the other person shows interest. Incidentally, this will help you find some good and long-term clients.
If you go to my personal social media profile, you will see that I have mentioned the work I do, my experience, and the companies I work for.
It actually helps build trust relationships with construction authorities and clients.
Keep improving your skills
The best thing you can do for yourself as a freelance writer is never to stop learning.
You should always keep modifying your writing style, learning process, business skills, social profile, and client search methods.
When you grow up as a writer,
you can work with different types of clients who run different types of websites. To work with them, you need to get some advance knowledge about their location.
This is possible only when you keep yourself open to learning new things all the time.
Also, as a writer, it is important for you to be in touch with art analysis. The market for freelance writing is changing rapidly.
For this reason, you should always have accurate information about the current conventional writing style, and what other writers are doing.
Treat clients professionally
Every freelance project starts with communication.
Long before clients make a deal with you, they can actually learn about your writing skills and abilities through your communication.
This is why effective communication with clients is essential.
Remember, effective communication starts with setting some boundaries.
Treat clients on a professional level. Try to understand the scope of the project, ask them what they are, what they want, and when they want it.
This will clear up most of the issues for you and them and set a track to work.
I keep in touch with the client and keep him updated with the work.
It helps me to clearly understand the client’s perspective on that particular project. It helps the client to better understand and effectively express his own ideas.
Learn time management
The biggest challenge you will face as a freelance writer is how to make the best use of your time. A lot of times you get seven to eight jobs at the same time and it becomes really difficult to get each of them delivered on time.
If you want to be a good freelance writer, you need to make good use of your time. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.
When I have a lot of work to do, I manage my time off all the confusion, make a list, sort the work into pieces, and then finish the hard work first. You can use any up for time management.
So yes, managing and delivering work on time, helps build a long-term work relationship with clients.
Do your work honestly
I am the kind of person who believes in working honestly. If you think you can fool clients with copied content, believe me, you can’t go too far in this freelance writing career.
Once you take on a project, work on it with complete dedication. Do not copy content from the Internet. Yes, you can take ideas from the internet but you can’t copy the whole content and then pass it on to the client. It’s dishonest with your profession and with the person who is paying you to write the “real” text.
Once you have worked with a client, try to exceed his or her expectations in as many ways as possible. Good reviews hold a lot of value and building a profile with excellent reviews is a sure way to satisfy a client through your work.
I read somewhere that if you want to be a good writer, always be humble. If you want to grow as a writer, learn from everyone.
Many times, writers take themselves very seriously and question their work.
But like the best thing in life, although it is not an easy journey, the way of life of writing is definitely a valuable one – and we look forward to helping you along the way.