Freelance writing is one of the easiest ways to make money. The main skill required is the ability to write in English. The other skills required can be learned along the way.
As a freelance writer, there are several benefits you will get to enjoy.
For example, you will be able to determine when you want to work and when you want to take a break because you will have no boss over your head. In other words, you will be your own employer/ supervisor.
You will also be able to determine how much you want to earn per month. This is because you can take as many jobs as you can do per month on most freelance writing platforms.
Lastly, you will be able to take as long a break as you want from work without any serious repercussions.
Below is how to begin and build your career as a freelance writer
- Sharpen your writing skills
As I said, the main skill required is the ability to write in English. However, if you are like many people, then you have probably never before written an article professionally.
This means any article you write is unlikely to have a professional look and feel to it.
So you must sharpen your writing skills. To do this, you should enroll in a freelance writing program/ course.
There are many such courses being offered online for free or for a small fee.
- Sign up on Freelancer.com or Upwork.com
Once you are confident that you can write a good article or any other kind of text, you should sign up on Upwork.com or freelancer.com. These are the two main freelance writing job sites.
You can apply for as many jobs as you want on either site.
To increase your chances of being hired by clients on such freelance writing job sites, you should make sure your profile stands out.
You can easily do this by searching for top writing freelancers on the platform you have signed up on and paraphrasing whatever the top freelancers have written on their profiles.
- Send proposals/ bid without giving up
At first, it is often difficult to land jobs on freelance writing job sites because most clients on such sites usually prefer freelancers who have plenty of work experience under their belt.
So you not get many jobs initially but do not give up.
To increase your chances of being selected when you are still new on Upwork.com or Freelancer.com, offer to write clients free short samples.
- Specialize to get more money
Most freelancers complain that freelance writing does not pay a lot. This is true.
However, you can change this reality by specializing. By this, I mean identifying what type of text you are really good at producing and focusing on it.
So if you are really good at writing gardening articles, you should rewrite your profile to position yourself as an expert garden writer. You should also take a course or courses on gardening.
Rewriting your profile to focus on a niche, will surely reduce the number of jobs you can get hired for. However, it will also mean that clients will be more willing to pay you more money since you will come off as an expert.
By doing all the things above, you should be able to quickly become an expert writer and to start earning good money from writing. Remember, the hardest step to take is usually the first one. Once you take it everything will become easier.