Becoming a freelance writer is not the easiest career to start up, especially in such a competitive industry. You’ll need skills, determination, motivation and the drive to go out there and get things done. However, there’s a lot more to it than just these attributes.
To help get you started, here are eight key tips you need to know to get you off on the right foot.
Set Your Rates
There are going to be clients out there that want to rip you off and get something for nothing, as there is in any industry.
To combat this, set your rates and stick to them. You could look into what other similarly skilled writers are charging or set your hourly rate.
“One of the best ways to set your rates is to work out how many words you can write per hour and therefore your charge per hundred words,” says Joseph Lake, a writer from Ox Essays.
Build a Portfolio
Most employers will want to hire you based on your past experience. A company won’t want to take a risk on a beginner unless you’ve got the work to prove it. Even if you create five articles off your own back to showcase your experience, this will be enough to get work.
Create a Website
There’s no better way to showcase your skills and to get in touch with clients than having your own website. It looks professional, smart and is a great place for hosting your portfolio. Make sure you add a contact page.
Use Business Cards
Not all your work will need to come from online sources. You may even be able to find some in your local area. Create business cards so you can hand them out when you spot new opportunities.
There is a tonne of freelancing websites out there that are dedicated to providing you with all the knowledge you need to get your career off to the best start. Use these resources as they are there to help you and could save your career a lot of hassle.
Explore Your Niches
When it comes to non-fiction freelance writing, there are a lot of niches that you could get involved with. Try not to try yourself down to one niche unless you’re sure it’s what you want to do. Here are some niches that could experiment with.
Many customers will want to read reviews on products or services before they make their purchase decision. You can find work testing these goods and writing reviews about them at websites such as UK Top Writers and Essay Writing Services.
A lot of students these days are turning to the internet to have their essays and assignments created on their behalf simply because they don’t have time. Many of these services, such as Elite Assignment Help, are becoming so popular that they are becoming featured on sites like the Huffington Post (for example at Dissertation Service).
There are so many blogs on the internet these days, and there needs to be a source of content for these blogs to share with their readers. Whatever niche or industry you’re into, you can be sure there’s a blog that covers it. For writing content writer ideas, head over to blogs like Via Writing, State of Writing or Academadvisor.
Editor & Proofreading Services
By becoming an editor, you’ll be responsible for monitoring and perfecting content that comes to a blog or through a service. You’ll need a keen eye for detail and the ability to work quickly and efficiently. Check out sites like Revieweal and Studydemic for a rough idea.
Use Social Media
Whether you love it or hate it, as a freelance writer, social media is your best friend. Use it to network, to share your content and to meet writers and clients. This is such an important part of getting your content in front of a lot of readers will define your success.
Start Small, Grow Big
You’re not going to be able to jump straight into writing for big publications working full time. Before you go and quit your job to start writing full-time. Build up your client base and your experience before you take the plunge.
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