So, you’ve finally taken the plunge and started a freelance writing career. Congratulations! You are going to love the flexibility and income freelance writing provides. While it’s exciting to start a new career, it’s also important to remember that financial security and total flexibility don’t come easily or all at once. It takes a bit of time and strategy to get there, but it’s is possible.
In an effort to help you grow your business, here are the top 3 tips for new freelance writers I can offer you to help you accomplish your goals.
1. Be Okay With Starting Slow
If you are just starting out, and barely have a portfolio (or don’t have one at all), that is perfectly acceptable. To make it as a writer, you don’t have to start out as Steinbeck. Instead, take it slow and make goals for continual growth.
I recommend starting out by writing SEO content (textbroker.com or bkacontent.com, for example). These type of sites don’t pay a lot, but writing SEO content will help you get in the habit of producing a lot of professional content and producing it quickly.
Another good way to get a great start is to check out Fiverr. At Fiverr, you get paid $5 an article (which is very low), but, again, it will help you get into the swing of writing often and help you build your portfolio. If you do end up taking off on Fiverr, there are ways to make money by charging more for add-on services.
Once you have the hang of writing SEO content or producing articles on Fiverr, then you can either move onto a content mill where you bid for projects. This, again, will help you build your portfolio while getting paid a little more. It’s easy to get sucked into a content mill, but remember, you don’t want your career, or your earning potential, to stagnate.
When you feel your portfolio is strong, ditch the content mill, and start independently reaching out to bigger clients within your niche and charging what you’re worth.
2. Build A Personal Website And/Or Blog
It’s difficult to establish legitimacy as an online content writer if you don’t have your own website. Your website should include information about you, samples of your work, a link to your resume, links to your social media profiles, and a blog that you update often.
It’s a lot of work initially to set up a website, but it will pay off in the end. Not to mention, you can link to your website in your byline, and clients that like your article will be able to find you, contact you, and hire you.
3. Leverage Social Media
I would say a good majority of my clients have come from either reading my byline and contacting me through my website, or through finding one of my articles on social media, specifically LinkedIn.
Whenever you write something, take the time to post it on LinkedIn. You can do this two ways. The first way is to simply post a status update. The second way is to repost your article (so long as you own the content) on your LinkedIn blog.
Social media is a powerful tool and a great way to get exposure and increase your client base.
As you follow these three freelance writing tips, you will see your business start to take off. Good luck! You can do it.