Friday, July 18, 2014

How to Become a Freelance Writer



It seems that more and more writers realize that freelance writing:

  • can earn faster and more money with article writing
  • can build their platform and author brand as well as a writing portfolio
  • can reach higher rankings on Google’s Search Engines with well-written content
  • eventually you can make a living with freelance writing

Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme
Freelance Writing is hard work and it may take many months to make a full-time living. So, don’t quit your day-job right away. Start this business while you still have a pay-check. Diversify your approach to freelancing, e.g. write for small businesses who want stronger content on their websites or for short articles in local newspapers, and adapt with the market needs in order to succeed.

Checklist How to Prepare for Freelance Writing

1. Learn to Write for the Web and Social Media

2. Know How to Write Press Releases
3. Study Potential Contract Givers’ Websites
4. Update your Writer Portfolio / Resume
5. Social Media Presence

How to Find Clients
Jamee Rae, Coach and Freelance Writer explained in her blog: “Clients don’t come out of the woodwork. You have to find them, and they need to be able to find you. A website or a blog is an absolute necessity these days. You have to be able to present your work online and to establish SEO. But you’ll also need to create a package to send out to clients. When I started out, I sent my resume and writing samples to every advertising agency in the city. While most didn’t respond, I landed one client that I worked with for over 10 years. I also started networking and landed another agency client who I have been connected with for the last 15 years. Once you have established yourself with several clients, you can begin to count on word-of-mouth advertising to keep the money flowing in.”

Read More:

Freelance Writing: A Rewarding Challenge

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs for Airlines

7 Writing/Publishing Resources

Great Tips for Freelancers

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