This Is How You Become A Freelance Writer Without Any Cost

This Is How You Become A Freelancer Without Any Cost

Written by Johnson Temiloluwa

Johnson Temiloluwa is many other things creative but, first a storyteller laced with simplicity. Times when she’s not writing, she is watching movie or thinking of how to get plantain.

May 18, 2021

It’s a beautiful thing to string words into meaningful statements and watch readers feel everyone that you write. It’s only fair that you want to get paid while being awesome at that art and hobby. I am very sure you are reading this because you have questions on how to start freelance writing in Nigeria. You are in the right place and I have tips for you.

How do you get started?

Where do you find gigs?

What does it mean to be a freelance writer in Nigeria?

Freelance writing is a flexible and interesting side hustle. It is fast becoming a major hustle now though. It is one of the few hobbies that pay in Nigeria, and one of the few businesses you can start with a little amount or no at all. A freelance writer is a self-employed writer who writes at the comfort of their home.

How To Become A Freelance Writer In Nigeria Using 5 Easy Steps

1. Find Your Niche

The fastest way to finding your niche is writing, writing again and writing. The more you write, the more you find out what kind of things your mind likes to weave into words. The more you find that space that you own and fully build on it.

For some, it is a trial and error stage and for others, it is a broadway street.

Also, your niche doesn’t mean you only write about one thing, you could be a writer with two or more area of specialization.

Either way, Find your niche(s)

2. Create a Portfolio

A portfolio is simply a compilation of your writing(s) all in one space or place. It shows your range as a writer and also points out your organization skill- which is a skill that every writer should own.

Mostly, potential clients want to see samples of your writings so they see how and what you write. It is the access into your writing world. It is a brilliant idea to have it well-arranged.

You can have a portfolio by building a free website like WordPress or blogspot or check for other ways to do this online.

3. Build your Social Media Presence

In all honestly, your first job might be from social media. I got mine from social media.

It is clearly stated on my social media handles that I am a freelance writer and open to work.

Build your social media bio, your employers will find you.

Engage contents online and show your way with words in every post you make. It attracts attention.

4. Create your Resume

This is what outlines your expertise, experience and skills as a writer.

Prospective client should see this and want to work with you straight up, make it tidy, organized and professional as it can be.

5. Build Your Certification

I got my first writing job without a certificate.

Recently, I did online courses and got certificated. It boosted my resume and opened up more quality and well-paying opportunities.

After a portfolio, take online courses that will enhance your knowledge on the niche that you’ve chosen for yourself. It shows that you know what you are doing and you are professional about it.

You want your potential clients to see this.

6. Sign Up on Freelance Sites

You have mastered your art and you have samples to show for it.

The next thing to do is to sign up to freelance sites to start getting jobs and offers.

Freelance platforms help to connect freelance writers with potential gigs.

Sites like Upwork, Fiverr, Guru, Freelancer and many others are example of freelance websites you can sign up with.

Happy freelancing!

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