How to Start a Successful Freelance Writing Career, When You Have No Experience
How to Start a Successful Freelance Writing Career
Hello and welcome so you’ve made the decision you’re going to step into a freelance writing career, but you realize you have no experience how are you going to get clients who want experienced writers when you don’t have any yourself, so if this is you then this post is a must see you can still get dozens of clients even if you’re just starting out and lack experience, but before you go out there and get started let’s talk about what you’ll need to help you appear as a successful.
freelance writer as you work your way towards becoming one,
a website or portfolio so building your online presence is essential for branding and marketing yourself it’s imperative that you not only have a website or portfolio but that it’s professional it’s fresh and it’s effective, if you don’t have an inviting website it won’t even matter how good a writer you are that first impression of you as a professional writer is. initially determined by your website now, if you don’t have any experience creating websites you can search for online templates so search Google for terms like, writer portfolio, writing portfolio or writer website, and you’ll find a lot of information on how to setup a website or portfolio even if you don’t have any experience setting up a website the online portfolio websites make it super easy to get something online and some are only a few dollars a month or even free a Google search with the terms I listed will help you find many to choose from.
samples of your writing so you have a website or portfolio but an empty portfolio will do you no good, so take some time and write several samples to post on your website, now one of the reasons perspective clients are visiting your website is to view your writing so this is where you can really shine, now if you’re leaning towards your writing specialty then write samples on that specialty, but if not then include samples in a variety of topics to just round out your skills and also identify each article or piece by some director category, so that the client can pick and choose those that they want to read now if you don’t have a specialty yet, no worries as you progress in your career you may discover that you’re a specialist in more than one area and you didn’t even know it that’s what happened to me with internet marketing or you may find you like writing about one topic and you can make that your specialty, but for now just create samples about familiar topics that come easy for you to write, so that you’re not spending too much time on this.
so how many samples do you need? well the more samples the better you never know the people who might come on your site and say yes, she wrote an article on the topic that I need but when you’re starting out five to ten will do and you can also post samples in different types of writing as well so.
for example give writing samples for blogs web copy articles press releases and any other kind of writing that you’re going to be offering as a service if applicable, now one note here don’t rush this these writing samples are your calling card also make sure to add a link in your navigation bar at the top of your website and this will allow prospective clients to find or easily access your samples.
content Mills now contact mills are a great place to begin and gain experience as a paid freelance writer, these broker websites hire you to do work for the clients who contact them so they act as the middleman ,so that you never actually interface with the client directly and one of the good things about content mills is they will help you improve your writing skills because editors will critique your work before you get paid so sometimes, it can be uncomfortable because who likes getting critiqued but in the end it is all good because it will help raise the standard of your writing be warned though although content mills will allow starting freelance writers to gain experience and make some quick money they are not worth.
using throughout your career they do not pay writers what they truly deserve so once you’ve gathered all of the knowledge to move on to the next level and you feel you’re ready to move on to working with your wrecked clients then go for it.
set goals I have found in my experience that a lack of setting goals and sticking to them are one of the main reasons that writers are not successful in this industry, now if you’re used to having to punch work everyday and having people over you telling you when to work and when to leave then living the life of a freelance writer can present a bit of a challenge and that’s why setting goals is imperative now. there are six basic steps to goal setting and achieving success,
number one, set a date you will begin working at freelance writing.
number two, decide what you want to achieve in one month six months and one year and write your goals down.
number three, make your goals attainable and not too lofty.
number four, create deadlines.
number five, make new weekly goals every Monday morning to start your week.
number six, break down your weekly goals into daily tasks so once you start creating to do goal-setting lists you’ll find yourself following them naturally as you achieve each goal just check it off your list and reward yourself even if it’s taking a walk to your favorite coffee place to relax for an hour.
sound confident even if you aren’t now I saved my number one point for last because it is the most important if you don’t think you can be an asset to a client, then they won’t believe you can either so even if you’re just starting out you have life experience to offer and you can draw upon that mentally to feel more confident now never mention to a prospective client but you have no experience or that you just want to be given a chance or anything similar that has that lack of confidence energy around it,
sound confident and direct even if you don’t feel it you don’t need confidence to start a freelance writing career you just need courage to be able to sound like you’re confident believe me the confidence comes as you act like what you want to be when I started out as a writer I not only lacked confidence, I was downright terrified but I took a step forward in spite of those fears and then confidence built along my journey I hope you learned something today and that I was able to help you feel a little more courageous about taking that step and starting your career as a freelance writer, there is no better time than right now to start your career as millions of businesses need online content to share their message and interact with their customers these five points can ensure that you don’t only appear to be a successful season freelance writer but that you will evolve into.
on and get started on the right foot also don’t be afraid of getting involved in the forums and asking questions of it will help you stay motivated and kick any fears that you might have to the curb now, we all started exactly where you are right now and we all felt that same apprehension well day after day you will gain more knowledge and confidence and experience and you will earn more money the only way you won’t succeed is, if you don’t try I am living proof that it works I went from nothing to six figures a year and so can you thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time.
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