Get started freelance writing with our freelance writing tips. Learn how to become a freelance writer by reading our blog posts on creating a freelance pitch, finding jobs for freelance writing beginners and by learning how to create samples for your freelance writer portfolio. Getting started freelance writing begins by finding your freelance writing niche or niches. Once you’ve chosen your freelance writing niche, you can start to build your portfolio by gaining writing jobs or by guest posting on other blogs and websites. Create effective freelance writing pitches and build a services page on your website to let potential clients know that you are available for work. Get started freelance writing.
You’ve probably heard a lot of writers mention their freelance writing niche. But, what is a niche and is it really as important as it seems?
Let’s get straight down to business – a freelance writing niche is essentially the subject or topics you want to write about. So, if your niche is technology, you’re going to be writing about tech topics.
Why is a freelance writing niche important?
- By choosing a freelance writing niche, you’ll be able to position yourself as an expert in that area.
- You’ll be able to charge higher fees due to your expertise.
- You’ll be able to define your ideal client – you’ll know where they hang out so it’s much easier to pitch to them.
There are many reasons to become a freelance writer. I’ve been freelance writing and making a consistent income for over the last 3 years and I’m lucky to say that I love my job. If you’ve been contemplating the freelance life and writing is a passion of yours, here are 7 badass reasons to become a freelance writer.
One of the most effective ways to land a freelance blogger or writing job is to pitch. Pitching is an essential part of being a freelance writer and while it might seem like an overwhelming process, it’s actually pretty straightforward once you know how.
In this post, I want to show you an example of a simple pitch I created that landed me over $500 of work.
Related: a 3 step magical formula for creating a freelance writing pitch.
A pitch doesn’t need to be a Nobel prize winning piece. In fact, some of the most concise pitches have landed me high paying clients.
Searching for online writing jobs is often the thing that most freelance writers struggle with.
I’ve been there.
Content mills like Textbroker, Writers Bay etc sound like the perfect way to start earning money – once you’re signed up you don’t need to keep pitching, there’s the opportunity of constant gigs and you’re getting paid to work from home.
So, whats the problem? Crappy pay, being undervalued and no opportunity for progression.
Trust me, content mills are not the way to start a freelance writing career. I remember signing up to a content mill when I first started and getting a shitty $5 for a 250 word product description. Not good.
If you’re currently relying on content mills for an income, don’t worry! I’m here to let you know there’s an alternative route.
Why do you need a freelance writing portfolio?
A great freelance writing portfolio is going to land you the writing jobs you want, help you to get paid what you deserve and sell your services. If you’re a new freelance writer you may be wondering how you can build a writing portfolio when you have zero experience!
When I started out, I didn’t even have a portfolio and it cost me work! Sure, I had a few samples I used that I linked from my blog but a portfolio would have made me stand out from the crowd and scored me better-paid work.
Luckily, there is an awesome way of building a writing portfolio, even if you’ve never had a paying client.