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How to Become a Freelance Writer

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So you want to become a freelance writer and work from home (or anywhere)? Read on to learn the steps you need to take to learn how to become a freelance writer in 2021!

I get tons of messages from people every day asking how I got started as a blogger and freelance writer. Honestly, I kind of fell into it! I knew when I was pregnant with my first child that the 60+ hour work weeks I was currently rocking weren’t going to cut it anymore. I wanted to explore what working from home might look like instead.

However, working from home isn’t a one size fits all approach. In fact, it can be difficult to narrow down what you want to do from home! Some people might love a job where they can jump on the phone, while if you have kids or loud pets those same types of jobs might be out. Becoming a freelance writer is a really good option for many people!

This tutorial is going to show you how to become a freelance writer. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have any experience with freelance writing to be a freelance writer. 

It’s a great way to earn extra cash and actually make a living from it, so read on for my guide to help new freelance writers jumpstart their business.

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What is Freelance Writing?

This is where you’re a contractor for someone who needs your skills. You don’t work as an employee. Instead, you work as a 1099 contractor for companies who need your writing skills. You will most likely have more than one client. In fact, it’s good business practice to have more than one client. 

Brush Up On Your Writing Skills 

Your first step in becoming a freelance writer is to brush up on your writing skills. Take a writing course, write an article that interests you, or just study up on grammar rules. Download Copyscape and Grammarly to help you write the best content possible for your clients. 

Set Your Schedule 

While you don’t need to have a set schedule, it’s always so nice to set a schedule. Freelance writing is flexible, which means you can take time off as needed or work whenever you want. You may find that working in the morning works best for you. You may also find that working at night is when you work best. Feel free to switch things up as you like. 

Choose a Niche

If you’re going to be a freelance writer, you can’t write everything. It’s best to narrow down what you want to write about. It’s also okay to take some time to figure out what you want to be in your niche.  A few niche ideas for freelance writing include – 

  • Blog writing
  • Website content writing
  • Social media content writing
  • Technology writing 
  • Ghostwriting 
  • Copywriting
  • Sales copy

And yes, those ideas break down even more! If you write for blogs, you can focus on topics from education to parenting. The options are endless! 

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Start Looking for Jobs

Oh, there are so many places in which you can start looking for freelance writing jobs. You can work with anyone anywhere in the world. A few platforms that connect freelancers with people who need a writer at Upwork and Guru

There are also Facebook groups that are full of writing jobs. These groups are full of businesses and individuals looking for writers just like you. 

Applying to Writing Jobs

When you start applying to writing jobs, you will find that you do need some things. You can complete a few writing samples to hand to potential clients. You can also create a resume and include any experience you think would help land you a job. Also, starting a LinkedIn can help you connect with potential writing jobs.  

Advertising Your Services 

Applying to jobs and advertising your services are completely different. While you are applying for jobs, you want to put your name and services out there. Some ways to advertise your services include …

Freelance Job Boards to Use

There are websites out there, mostly dedicated to freelance writers. Here are a few freelance job boards that you may want to check out.

  1. Flexjobs
  2. Freelancer 
  3. Upwork
  4. Problogger 

Go ahead and check out these websites to start looking for and finding jobs. 

Other Tips to Consider for Freelance Writing

Learning how to become a freelance writer is easy! Use these extra tips to help you get started. 

  • Cold email businesses to offer your services. 
  • Look for jobs posted on Twitter and Facebook. 
  • Contact local media agencies in your town, they may be hiring a freelance writer. 
  • Look closely at Facebook page groups to see what jobs you can find. 
  • Create a PayPal or Venmo account to use, so that your clients can pay you for your services. 

Hopefully, these tips help you with learning how to become a freelance writer. There are many paths that you can take to become a freelance writer, you just have to take the path that’s right for you. 

Are you considering becoming a freelance writer? Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this article, please share it to help us reach more people who could benefit from this information.

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