A successful freelance writer’s career is no less challenging than that of a full-stack engineer—Just kidding.
Freelance writing has many hidden rocks. And it takes more than hitting a keyboard and filling a page to be successful. It requires you to have a deep understanding of the freelance writing industry.
My first experience as a freelance writer was like my first day of school. I barely knew what I was going to do, how things worked, and I relied on the basic knowledge shared here and there.
Those were tough days for me. And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that between the beginner’s stage and the expert stage, there’s a bridge—hard work.
Everyone goes through the step from beginner to expert. Any other freelance writer who has made it to the top will tell you the same thing. Unfortunately, It took me long to realize that I wasn’t doing the right thing.
So I hope you know what to do next, after reading this post.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Learn The Right Move
The Internet is a big box of knowledge share of all sorts. You can not begin to imagine the amount of knowledge is out there.
Searching the keyword freelance writing on google, for instance, gives you thousands of knowledge share. Isn’t that great? Still, finding a concise guide that helps freelance writers newbie to take their career off the ground is a real challenge.
You need to understand the freelance writing industry operation. What it does and how it does it. Furthermore, you need to know where you’re going, what you’re going to do, and what will be the result at the end of the day.
At this point, minding how much it pays doesn’t matter. Though it’s part of the learning process, focusing on payment can only distract you from the real purpose. Unless you can afford the training fees, you should be willing to go the extra mile and learn things on your own.
Read blog posts, articles, eBooks, or whatever relates to freelance writing. Subscribe to the newsletter and get updates on the latest tips that work. You’re more likely to have all the necessary information you need to know. Remember to select first-hand pieces of information, and pen them down somewhere.
You can have all the background information you need. Either in a week or a year, this will depend on your ability to learn things quickly and apply.
While you’re reading and taking note of the relevant information, you must match them.
Matching the pieces of information hield from your multiple reads and analyzing them will let you know how to launch your freelance writing career. Quick start with the freelance writer beginner guide.
At a certain point, you should be able to determine whether you’ve gathered enough knowledge to hit the freelance writing game. Figuring out what Kind of writing fit your skills is the onset of your writing career.
However, you also need to train yourself to get to the expert level. For instance, learning how to handle calls and emails with potential clients is a game-changer.
“Plan your work and work your plan.” ~Napoleon Hill
To succeed at implementing the knowledge you acquire during your reading journey, you need to design your step by step guide to thrive. Jot it either in a block note or on sticky papers you put within sight so you can track your progress.
If you still don’t know where to start or how to handle the marketing aspect of your freelance writing career, you can find some more details here. Summing up the whole process,
Your potential clients want to learn who you’re, and this won’t happen unless you build an About me page and a Portfolio.
These are places you showcase your writing skills and your accomplishments. Most of these pages are online and free. Though some may require you to upgrade to a premium account to get more advanced features, the basics features are good enough for starting. Example of pages are,
“No one cares about you being a newbie in freelance writing if you prove to be efficient and productive.”
Strong Social Media presence
Unless you’re Seth Godin—pioneer of the freelance writing industry—you will have to sign up for social media profiles to be more visible, in one hand. On the other hand, both employers and employees fear scammers.
Your social media profile prove that you exist, and is likely to tell your potential client, how you interact with people. Here are some social media you can begin with,
“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” ~William A. Ward
It takes money to buy some happiness, but it takes discipline, courage, consistency, and focus to succeed in freelance writing. Especially if you’re a newbie, it’s hard to stick to your computer every day if there is no shift since you’ve started.
Build your working space, schedule your workings hours and stick to it. Work as much as you can, and rest when you feel the burnout. Another consideration, avoid content mills if you can. They’re full of poorly paid gigs and take up a lot of your time.
Read Bamidele Onibalusi’s post to have more detail on where you can find high paying gigs.
You may feel good to know there are around 380 sites built every minute of the day. So, buckle down, there still a long way to go and a lot to learn.