Freelance Writing as a Full-Time Career
When it comes to freelancing careers, freelance writing over the years has been the most popular by far. There are more writers out there than marketers, virtual assistants, developers, and the list goes on.
Maybe you have done some writing in the past, have really enjoyed it, and have the desire to try doing it more full-time as a job. You may already be a writer and are looking for tips to take it to the next level. Either way, we are going to share some tips in this article to help you get closer to reaching your goals as a freelance writer.
Start with a Portfolio
When first starting out your career as a freelancer, one of the most important things you MUST have before trying to get gigs is a writing portfolio.
A writing portfolio is a collection of completed work used to demonstrate the writer’s proficiency level by highlighting projects previously completed in the past.
For brand new writers, it can often be challenging to put together a writing portfolio worth presenting to a potential employer when you have a very limited work experience. We recommend offering your work for free, but ONLY when you are first starting out and need to build your portfolio.
Think back about all of your writing projects over the years. Hint: they don’t all have to be for other people. They can be for yourself! In fact, your writing projects could be about topics you are really passionate about, because you will be able to elaborate much easier and get much more excited.
Put together a compilation of some of the best samples you have in your portfolio. Before you even present this portfolio to a potential employer or client, you want to first run it by a professional writer (maybe a friend or college of yours).
If you don’t know a professional writer, you could even consider hiring one for an hour or two to review your content and provide feedback. This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but if you are serious about trying to become a writer or furthering your career, getting other people’s feedback is very important. Get their honest opinions and don’t be afraid to make some adjustments and take notes on what you can improve on for the future.
Educate Yourself Constantly
When it comes to successful writers or any successful people for that matter, you want to always be educating yourself and look for ways to improve your skills. We took this a step further and pulled up some writing courses online that you can take. These are absolutely FREE.
Free Online Writing Courses (Non-Credited)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Open University
- Purdue University
- University of College Falmouth
- Utah State University (USU)
- University of Iowa
- University of Michigan
- Stanford University
Find Companies Who Will Pay You to Write
The first thing we would recommend is to go to Google and type something like, “best tech company blogs”. You can do this for any industry you are interested in. Start following the best blogs in that niche. See who is writing for those blogs. Successful blogs are very often looking for content, so if the right writer comes along, they will be willing to have that writer do some freelance work.
Another thing you can do is to follow the blogs on LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Engage in their messages and comment sections. Eventually, you will get a response and could get offered an opportunity to write for a blog. Whether it is free or not, take that opportunity and run with it!
Create a List of Prospects
You want to find reputable and popular blogs to write for. Your time is much better spent writing for a popular blog that gets large amounts of monthly visitors. One way to determine the popularity of blogs is by using the app buzzsumo. This popular tool allows you to search by keyword and filter our blogs by date, language, publisher size, and much more.
Use Pareto’s Principle
As a freelance writer, you want to always grow. Yet, in the first 3 months, growth is especially important and the way to maximize your growth is by using Pareto’s Principle. 80% of your first 3 months you should be prospecting to find clients to write for. The other 20% of your time should be spent writing.
This principle can be applied to so many different areas in life and can be especially helpful in business.
Invest in Yourself
There are two main types of education: niche education and freelancer education. Not only do you want to be well-versed in all of the skills that make a great writer, but you wouldn’t be a great freelance writer without the education on being a successful freelancer.
Freelancer Masterclass is a 10-Module course we offer that helps set freelancers up for a career of success no matter the type of freelancing you do. Not only will you be educated about all of the challenges you may face BEFORE you face them, but we will put you in groups of other like-minded freelancers to learn and grow together.
Becoming a freelance writer is a goal that can be achieved by anyone with the right amount of passion and know-how. Whether you are brand new to writing as a full-time career or you have been a freelance writer for years, the tips laid out in this article will help you get to the next level.
Sign up to be a student today at Freelancer Masterclass and learn more about how to become a successful freelancer.