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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. 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?
Freelance writing is a flexible and interesting side hustle – it is fast becoming a major hustle now though. A freelance writer is a self-employed writer who writes at the comfort of their home.
A Step by Step Guide on How to Become a Freelance Writer
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, and 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 areas 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 organizational 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. Therefore, it will be a brilliant idea to have it well-arranged.
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.
You don’t have to become a social media influencer, but you can engage content 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 clients should see this and want to work with you straight up. Make it as 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 certified. It boosted my resume and opened up more quality and well-paying opportunities.
After a portfolio, take online courses that will enhance your knowledge of the niche that you’ve chosen for yourself. It shows that you know what you are doing and you are professional about it.
You would 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.
Now that you know how to start freelance writing, happy freelancing.
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