How To Become A Freelance Writer With No Experience: Vital Advice
You wouldn’t believe how often we get questions about starting a career in freelance writing. It really comes as no surprise. It’s an excellent career choice for people who have a love and skills for writing and want to earn a little extra cash or possibly turn freelancing into a full-fledged career. A specific concern that many people have is not knowing where to start when they have absolutely no experience. Here’s our expert advice to getting started:
Identify the Kind of Writing You Want to Do
If you like writing you should have a pretty good idea of the kind the kind of work you would like to do as a freelancer. It’s still a good idea to consider several questions just to be sure. Browse both print and online writing. Do you like articles? Do you want to write blogs? Would you consider writing memoirs for other people? All of these can offer a lot of opportunities so list everything that comes to mind.
Start an Online Profile with a Portfolio
Today, freelancers need to have a web presence so that potential clients can learn about the services they have to offer and to know how to go about contacting them for work. There are several sites where you can create free profiles and upload pieces to a portfolio, but don’t limit yourself to just these sites. Consider broadcasting messages on all of your social pages to reach a wider client base.
Research What Other Freelancers Charge
You should learn as much about the industry as possible. This means doing some research to figure out what other writers similar in skill and in your area charge for their services. This will ensure that you aren’t over-charging clients and missing out on opportunities, but also helps you make as much as possible when you are starting.
Look for Opportunities, Submit Samples
Even with a profile and portfolio you can’t expect to receive many job offers for some time. That’s why you need to proactively search for opportunities and submit proposals. A lot of clients want to see samples to gauge your skills in an area, so be sure to send high quality work that sells your abilities to perfectly match the job request.
Be Patient and Continue to Develop Your Craft
Lastly, be sure that you don’t get discouraged if you aren’t getting as many jobs as you had hoped. It will be harder when you start, so you can’t expect to make a lot of money your first year. But gradually as you develop your craft and get more pieces to display in your portfolio, you will find success.