Freelance writing is one of the best side hustles. It does not take up much of your time and it’s pretty easy for most people. However, getting started might be a bit tricky. You can easily get confused and lose clients. Here are tips on how to hack it.
Have the passion of writing. The first step in becoming a freelance writer is having passion. One must love writing. It’s like any other profession; in that, you must be ready to do it for a while. There will be times that you won’t like what you’re writing about, but you will still get a thrill when the project is complete, and you will have a wonderful finished product. A freelance writer should also enjoy researching and learning. There will often be times that you’ll be given a project that you know nothing about. This means you will have to dedicate time to research the topic, then write a unique piece on it. Writing is a passion that is felt deep down, and not everyone has it.
Understand the Types of Freelance Writing. There are different types of writing. Before you settle on one or some, you need to understand them all and what works for you. Some include SEO writing, blogging, copywriting, technical writing and B2B writing. Do some research about them and find where you fit in comfortably.
Know your strength. There are so many topics you can write about. There are also different ways of writing. Before you decide on being an online freelance writer you need to know which topics suit you best. You should ask yourself if you can write up to 1000 words in a day on that particular topic.
Decide on your niche. You need to choose which audience fits the kind of content you write and do your background research. As you do this, you need to keep in mind what kind of clients you are targeting. You can now start creating your client persona.
Join a Freelance Writer Website. Joining a Freelance Website is a good thing because it’s where potential clients find out a little bit more about you and can check out your writing samples, and hire you. Some of the websites you can join are Upwork.com, Guru.com, Rentacoder.com and Freelancer.com
Build a portfolio. When it comes to getting started as a freelance writer, many aspiring writers struggle with what steps to take first. It’s hard to get writing jobs when you don’t have a portfolio, yet you cannot build a portfolio without writing jobs. But start slowly. And start with low rates to give you a foot in the door.
Use Social Media Effectively. Social media can be used as your profile. First, use your official name. No one will take you seriously if your user name is something like ‘Chai moto na Mkate.’ Also, post relevant stuff. Stir up conversations that have meaning. You can build yourself on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Be patient Have patience. When a freelance writer is just starting out on their own, it can take a while to land that first job. Many freelancers get into the business as moonlighters or part-timers as they build up their portfolio and expertise.
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