Get started as a freelance writer with these tips

One of the greatest joys of being a freelance writer is getting rewarded for your skill. We are referring to financial reward. At a time where many people call themselves writers, what are the odds that you will get good paying freelancing projects?

Well. the odds are not that slim. You however need to take some steps to make it easier for you to attract those kind of opportunities that will make you smile to the bank. 

Here are some tips which we know you will find useful. 

Define Your Niche and Target Audience 

You cannot be a jack of all trades when it comes to freelance writing. You need to have a specialty. Will it be fashion? Lifestyle? Politics? Or Inspiration? You decide. 

Make your choice based an area you are good at or you can easily adapt to. Don’t limit yourself to areas you love. Think a little bit wider. 

Once you have chosen your niche, identify who your potential clients will be. If you want to specialize in tech, you may want to list out all the tech companies available and begin to do your research. Keep your ears open for opportunities to do freelance writing jobs with those companies. If you are bold enough you can even pitch your services to them.

Create a Website or Blog

How will potential clients find you? How will they assess if you are indeed able to deliver. A website or a blog will address this. 

You can begin by building a simple WordPress website or blog. Once you’ve done this, post some freelancing work you have done. Don’t forget to include a list of the services you offer, testimonials from previous clients if you have any (It’s always a good idea to get testimonials from those you write for) and of course, your contact details. 

We love the way Ebun Oluwole showcases her work on her personal website. 

Publicize what you do 

Yes, we know you are a writer but if no one knows what you do how will you make money from your writing skills? You must begin to see your freelance writing as a business and to attract high paying clients, you have to do some marketing. There’s no other way around it. 

Make the most of social media. Have a great bio. Across all the social media platforms, let it be clear that you offer freelance writing services. Promote your work on social media; both organically and through paid ads. You can do this with as little as $5. 

You also need to interact and do some social listening. Twitter is great for this. People are always looking for who can offer one service or the other. Another great platform for you to market for yourself is LinkedIn. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, we advice that you create one. You will come across several useful clients and opportunities there. 

The last thing we will suggest is for your to become visible on Google. Aside from writing blog posts on your website, feature on other websites through guest blogging and contributions. This will improve your Google ranking when your name is searched for. Always make sure your bio reflects that you are a freelance writer when you contribute to these sites. 

Don’t forget that making the money you want from your writing skill will take some time and hard work. You cannot afford to leave anything to chance. 

 

Dealing with the challenges of being a freelance writer

We want your writing talent to sparkle and we are glad you’ve taken the step to become a better writer by following this blog. However, we have to be real with you; being a freelance writer is challenging especially when you are just starting out. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is always a way to overcome these challenges.

In today’s post, we’ll focus on the challenges every freelance writer faces so you’re not taken unawares. As the week progresses we’ll tell you how to deal with those challenges. Challenges never stop a real writer; they just make a writer more determined to succeed!

Unpredictable pay

Needless to say as a freelance writer there’s nothing like job security. You can kiss it goodbye. You can get a fantastic writing job this month that will cover your bill for the next two months and then nothing comes up next month, or the month  after that.

One way to deal with this is to learn how to budget and plan properly. When you start out, never spend all the money you get from a job. Cultivate the habit of saving and you will be secure when the rainy day comes. And it will surely come.

Finding clients

We know someone must have thought “Why not find new clients to ensure you get at least one writing job every month.” Fantastic suggestion. The problem is finding clients and getting them to give you jobs is not as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment. You must be able to handle the word “no” because you’ll hear it on a few occasions.

The more you write and become known, the more clients will trust you and give you jobs. So look for free platforms where you can contribute and get free publicity in return. Most importantly, be patient.

Dealing with the wait

When we said “be patient”, we meant it. There are seasons of waiting in this journey. From waiting for your work to be featured to waiting for your client to pay up long after you have delivered their work, being a freelancer involves being a master at the waiting game.

To reduce the frustration that waiting may bring, learn to be realistic. Don’t send your work to only one blog or magazine and become sick with worry when you don’t hear back from them in two months. You need to cast your net wider. Send to as many as possible. Look for creative ways of publicizing your work. Never depend 100% on a client cheque because they do disappoint. Always have a back up plan just in case they don’t pay when they are meant to.

Writer’s block

We’ve written some articles about writer’s block. It’s a harsh reality that every writer faces but when you learn how to manage it effectively, it will not stop from being productive.

There you have it. Are there are other challenges you’ve faced as a freelance writer? Share with us and let’s talk about them.