How to Launch a Career in Freelance Writing Industry

  | Brenda Savoie

Freelance writing is for sure one of the best jobs on the market! Although many believe that it is easy, there are a lot of challenging aspects to it. We as freelancers have to stay prepared all of the time, and our breaks are basically indefinite. When your office is your own room, there are so many distractions available that keeping concentrated can be difficult. That is why we need to stay focused and consistent in our work, and never forget that persistence is the key which opens all the doors.

Getting prepared for freelance writing is crucial, especially when there are so many people looking for this type of job. Some websites such as Fiverr started closing freelancers’ accounts for no reason. The competition is huge in the online market – and this is why you have to always stay on top of everybody else!

In order to get there, you have to begin first, right? But we all know how confusing beginnings could be. That is why I put up a basic guide on how to get better at freelance writing. Once you get the hang of it, you will nail it. So take a look at the following guide and help yourself build a rewarding online career.

1. Get Inspiration From Your Competitors

There are a lot of options when it comes to freelance writing. You can begin writing papers, essays, academic pieces, or even web content. Keep searching for your niche until you find one, and do not give up on the hard work even when you feel like it. Another good strategy to improve your writing is observing your competition.

Do not be ashamed to ask people for advice. Even future competitors will be willing to help if they see your desire to learn. Janet Green, a professional writer at Upwork, shares with us a part of her past experience as a beginner: “At first, I did not think I was going to make it. Everyone was so good at what they were doing. I thought I was the only one who knew nothing. But then I reached out to Thomas D. McEllrath, one of the best freelancers on my niche, and asked for his advice. I didn’t know if he was going to answer, but I risked it. And it worked. Now I owe almost everything I learned to my dear friend and competitor, Thomas.”

2. Search Engine Optimization

Understanding SEO is the key to success in freelancing. Writers who know how to work with SEO are better paid than the ones who do not. A professional employer will look for this criterion in your resume; not having it does not mean you will not get the job – but it is always good to learn something new, so why not try it?

If you really don’t have time for that, you should at least understand how keywords work. Your future clients will ask for certain keywords to be mentioned in their articles. You will have to use those in rational, valid sentences, so get prepared for that.

3. Find Your Favorite Job

Nowadays, there are so many online platforms to get you started. All you have to do is create a profile, add a decent profile picture, and browse to the online jobs. Few of the sites that are helpful:

* Upwork
* ProBlogger
* Freelancer
* Fiverr
* Toptotal
* Guru
* 99designs

Make sure you pick the one that fits your needs best at first. Then, you can experiment others too.

4. The Purpose of Starting a Blog

Your clients want to see your work. So what better way of showing them your writing style other than your blog? Instead of including samples in your job application, mention your blog address. That way, you grab their attention quicker than your competition and have better chances of being hired. There are a lot of essay writers who start off like this, and almost all of them are extremely successful.

There is no difficulty in starting a blog. All you have to do is stay pure and simple. Oh… and write. Write really good if you want the top.

5. Let’s Get You Started!

After setting up your profile, you can start applying for different jobs. Pay attention to the requirements asked, and be meticulous in presenting yourself and your past work and experience.

Make sure you follow all the instructions on your application – some clients put a lot a price on that, since they want to make sure you read the entire job description.

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6. Last One, Best One: Evolve by Exploring

This is the best part: exploring – and, of course, evolving. If you really stay active online, learn from your mistakes, and work hard whenever you receive a task, your results will improve. At first, you might have to work in what I like to call the ‘general area.’ Later, you get to pick. Your clients will be more and more satisfied with the tasks they give you and the results they see, and your chances of actually finding the niche you like will grow.

Respect and honesty are two of the most important values to keep in mind when working for and with someone. Without these two, there will be no confidence and reliance, and thus no good client-freelancer relationship. I am telling you from personal experience that keeping a pleasant relationship will benefit both you and your client.

Don’t forget to stay focused on your work (always), and stay connected to the online world. Make sure you answer really fast when asked something, and try to create a bond with your employer. Happy freelancing to you, my friend!

Author's Bio: Brenda Savoie is a content marketer, private English tutor, and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romance novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Check her blog BestWritingClues. Find her on Twitter and Facebook

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