What to do when freelance writing clients ask for a FREE sample?

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Freelance writing clients can be tricky sometimes! I have been writing professionally for over a year now and have come across thousands of clients who have asked me to write a sample for FREE if I wanted to land that freelance writing job. In my opinion, it is ok to consider it. Hey, before you shoot any question or badmouth me for asking you to work for free, just listen up. Some freelance writing clients want to “test your knowledge” in that specific area, some have “company policies” to not hire anyone until you write a sample. Truthfully, most of them are trying to exploit you or get free content written by multiple freelance writers in the same manner. While I advise you to politely decline these generous offers, there are a few you should be willing to consider. I won’t lie to you! When I began as a freelance writer, I wrote FREE SAMPLES. But, not for everyone. So, how do you decide what to do when freelance writing clients ask you for a test gig? Let’s take two scenarios If you don’t have relevant samples (meaning, you are a beginner freelance writer or just starting out) I am […]

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10 ways to land freelance writing clients as a beginner

Freelance writing clients are difficult to find, especially, if you are just starting out. I have been a freelance writer and blogger for two years and the one question I get asked a lot is – Where do you find freelance writing clients that pay well? How to get clients for content writing?  When I started out, I had NO idea about this as well. I stalked other writers, was overwhelmed by the information available on the internet and made a zillion mistakes on the way. But, you don’t have to go through this. In this post, I will show you 10 legit ways I landed freelance writing clients (that paid well!) in the last two years. If you are just considering freelance writing as an option, pin this post to your Pinterest account or bookmark it for your future reference. 1. Start cold pitching your dream freelance writing clients All the successful writers standby cold pitching to land high-paying freelance writing clients. For those of you who are unaware of this, cold pitching is a strategy where you email potential freelance writing clients (this is your ideal client) and tell them how you – a freelance writer – can help […]

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How I got “$250 for ONE blog post” client as a new freelance writer in India?

If you are here, you are probably struggling to kickstart freelance writing in India. You are tired of low paying jobs which pay you INR 0.20 – 0.30 paise per word (if they pay you at all, that is!). You are sick of your day job and want to do something of your own to be able to spend more time with yourself, kids or family OR you cannot see yourself going out to work because of an obligation. BUT, you have NO idea where and how to start looking for these “high paying clients” who are sweet to work with. In my first month of freelance writing in India, I landed a client who paid me Rs. 15000 for a SINGLE post. It is possible. It is NO rocket science BUT it is hard work. Let me tell you one secret, it wouldn’t have been possible, without this blog and my professional website. You still don’t have one? You can use my guide to kickstart your WordPress blog in under 15 minutes.  Adopted “I am not an employee” attitude [Freelance writing in India (or anywhere else for that matter!) is a business] Confession time: Being brought up in a […]

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