Get Into The Act of Freelance Writing

Get Into The Act of Freelance Writing
Get Into The Act of Freelance Writing

Get Into The Act of Freelance Writing


As confusing as it may sound, the first step to being a freelance writer is not your ability to write.

The truth is, like I said before you don't need to have a degree in English or be an expert in any field to be a freelance writer.

As long as you have the basic writing abilities I talked about earlier, you can research and write on any topic.

The first step to focus on as a new freelance writer is identifying your writing niche. Yes, there are so many things to write about online so It makes sense to choose a topic or set of topics to focus on.

Step 1: Choose Your Writing Niche.


Choosing what to write about is a very important first step in your freelance writing career. It is important to pick something you love or enthusiastic about when picking your niche.

 It also makes sense to pick a niche that is related to your current or past job, something you have some experience in. This will make writing much easier for you.

 If you're, say a makeup artist or a hair stylist, you can easily start writing about hair care products, hair styling, make up kits and so on for style and fashion blogs and magazines. You could also choose from popular niches or pick a hobby of yours.

Cooking and nutrition
Travel
Entrepreneurship and business
Personal finance
Family, love and relationship
Health
Style and fashion
Entertainment
Yoga and meditation
Career and leadership
Parenting
Automobile
Freelance writing
Digital marketing

Step 2: Write Great Samples


After selecting what to write about, you'll need to create sample works in your niche topic. This proves that you're a freelance writer.

You need to take time out and write some good stuff. These sample writings will serve as your portfolio or CV when pitching, so you want to put in your best when writing them.

Make sure they're well structured and punctuated and easy to read. You want to leave a good first impression.

There's hardly any topic or niche out there that something hasn't been written on, what makes you a good writer and what will make clients hire you is your ability to add fresh perspective and tone to a topic.

Writing samples should be at least 1000 words to show value.

Step 3: Pitch Your Way To Your First Job


More action for you. After writing good samples, it is time to actually start looking for gigs. You'll find that many blogs, magazines and online publications accept submissions for blog posts, articles and essays.


Target small blogs and websites in your niche and start pitching for work on these platforms. Some of them will pay very little or not pay at all but the intention here is to get your writing out there and build your portfolio.
This will show prospective clients that your work is good enough to be published.


Keep your pitch clean and simple and straight to the point. Pitching can be intimidating at first, but what is the worst that can happen?
Guest posting on blogs in your niche is also something you should do.

 Find blogs and sites in your niche that accept guest posts and pitch your topic ideas to them. Send out as many pitches as you can daily, because you won't be hearing back from most of the sites you pitch.
At this stage you must be ready to accept rejection.

 As hard as it may sound to hear - many will reject your pitch or will simply ignore them. This doesn't necessarily mean your writing is not good enough, sometimes it might simply mean they don't have a need for your article as at that time.


All you should be thinking about is getting your name and work out there. Remember nobody knows you're a freelance writer yet. This is you laying the foundation for your freelance career so you must take it seriously.
Here are a few good ways to get your name and work out there.

Pitching

Guest posting

Looking at job boards like; Fiverr, 

Freelancer, upwork, problogger, iwriter

Reading and commenting on popular blogs 
in your niche

Setting up your social profiles, especially LinkedIn

Exploring Job Boards

As a freelance writer there are many ways to find writing jobs. The best way is to use job boards.

There are a host of businesses, individuals, bloggers and brands posting writing jobs on job boards like; freelancer, upwork, Fiverr, iwriter, problogger etc.

Your job is to get on those sites and apply for writing jobs.
You can build a good portfolio and become highly successful on job boards if you're able to build a good reputation and get good ratings from clients.

You must conduct your business with clients in a professional but friendly manner, and strive to always meet deadlines. Satisfying your clients should always be your top priority.


 Just Start


Getting started is always the hardest part in any new endeavor. Freelance writing is no different.

Freelance writing can be fun as well as a source of income. You have the freedom to work from anywhere and on your own schedule.

And you will need little or no money to start off as a freelance writer.
Most people will tell you to start a blog, but I am not a big fan of that idea especially when you're just starting out.

It is easy for you to get drowned in all the non-writing aspects of setting up and running a blog like; hosting, design, SEO optimization, traffic generation etc.

This can severely slow your momentum.
As a new freelance writer, start off writing and guest posting on other blogs, writing articles for online publications and securing jobs on job boards.

Find your voice and style of writing first before delving into blogging. This way you're focused on what really matters; writing.

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