You’ve probably read somewhere that freelance writing is one of the lucrative businesses of the internet. You’re excited about getting started but you have the beginner syndrome. You are literally lost in the middle of nowhere. Don’t worry I’ve got your back. This piece is a freelance writing guide for beginners. You will get all your inquiries answered in it.
If you don’t find a response to any other question, please drop it in the comment section. I would be glad to answer them.
Who can get into freelance writing?
I believe that as humans we can be whatever we desire to be. Anybody can become a freelance writer. All it takes is to write. So if you’re passionate about writing, if you always receive compliments on your writing skills, if your friends love reading your dissertations and diary; then you can be a freelance writer.
What is needed to get into freelance writing?
All it takes to start freelance writing is motivation. Once you got that, you can survive the storms of freelance writing. Motivation takes you anywhere. Afterward, you’d need a portfolio website where you make an exhibit of your clips. Alternatively, you can create a blog where you consistently write about a niche of your choice. Bear in mind that if you want to excel in your freelance writing business, you need a blog or a website.
You might also need a computer and a good internet connection. If you don’t have a computer, don’t worry. Katy Preen explains how she writes with her iPhone and earns on Medium.
How much do I need to get into freelance writing?
You don’t need much to start freelance writing. For hosting your blog and buying a domain name, your expenses will fall between $80 and $200 depending on your website host.
Is it easy to get clients in freelance writing?
I’d like to tell you fairytales about that but I cannot. The thing is, nothing is easy. But if you are consistent and committed to marketing, chances are you abundantly have clients.
How and where do I find freelance writing gigs?
Clients are everywhere. You know the quote:
Where there’s one person, there is money.
You can find clients on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any other social media. It is also possible to land freelance writing gigs on job boards. You also have to send cold pitches. Clients can also come to you through your website.
What is a job board?
In freelance writing, a job board is a virtual place where you find freelance writing gigs. You apply for the ones that suit you best and it works you make money.
But beware of scammers.
How do I start freelance writing?
If you are a beginner, starting a writing business can be intimidating. But don’t panic. All you need is a mentor and a coach. Feel free to reach out to us using our contact form to get assistance. Meanwhile, check this guide written by Carol Tice for jumpstarting your freelance writing business.
What is a niche?
A niche is a specific field, topic or domain you choose and get specialized in. For instance, if I love tech, I can make Tech my niche. Furthermore, I can niche down to Gaming or programming, you name it.
How do I choose my freelance writing niche?
Choosing a writing niche is as simple as defining what you like the most. So what do you like the most? Cars? Sport? Marketing? Take a moment and think about what topic you constantly talk about without getting tired. That will be your niche.
Can I make a living freelance writing?
It does depend on so many factors. But depending on your commitment and your goals, the answer to the question is a big YES. There are thousands of freelance writers out there who make five, six figures freelance writing. This life can be yours.
How much do I get paid for my freelance writing services?
There is no flat rate existing. Well, you can charge a major company $2,000 for one article and charge a small company $200 for a similar article. It depends on so many things. So it’s up to you to set your rates depending on your expertise, the client’s profile, the time you’ll spend on the work and the type of content.
How do I get paid?
There are many payment systems now. Most clients use PayPal or Wire Bank. Paypal is international but it doesn’t work in some areas like Africa. So if PayPal is restricted in your area, check out on Payoneer. It seems to be the best alternative.
What web host is the best for my freelance writing business?
There are hundreds of web hosts out there. Some are great, some are not. I do recommend Siteground. Siteground is the one I used for this website. However, Bluehost has received many praises for being one of the best. Check each of their websites and check out on your budget and make a choice.
Can I start with a free blog?
Sites like WordPress, Blogger make it easy these days to start a free blog. Sadly, a free blog isn’t going to help you that much. You don’t own your content, clients don’t take you seriously and you can’t monetize your blog.
Should I constantly write on my blog?
No. It does depend on you. You can set a publishing frequency for the blog. Maybe you can say 2 or 4 per month. Ideally, choose 2 per week and stick to it.
What if I lose inspiration for writing?
Cool down. It’s nothing new. In the writing jargon, we call it writer’s block. Almost every freelance writer has faced it in their lifetime.
How do my blog posts get read?
Once again, you have to market your blog. It is a must. If your article is optimized and rank on the first page of Google, then you can get huge traffic.
What is SEO?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It’s a set of techniques that help you put your article on Google’s first page. Read more about SEO here.
What is my advice to you?
Freelance writing is a very lucrative business. The more you’re committed to it, the more you earn. The best advice I’ve ever had about freelance writing is from Felicia Sullivan. She strongly recommends to NEVER WORK WITHOUT A CONTRACT.
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