How to start freelance writing: List of the must-have resources

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Are you looking for a resource post on what is freelance writing, how to start freelance writing and make money online?

If you just nodded, then you are at the right place. But, before I move onto to talking about the most valuable investments you can make on how to start freelance writing, there are two things I want to clarify

First, you do not “need” to make all these investments (and, not everything listed in here is investments per se, some of them are just useful resources available to you free of cost) and how to start freelance writing can be learned reading the free resources scattered online.

Secondly, if you are a mom who wears different hats (cooking, cleaning, laundry, kids and the list goes on), it is smart to make these investments. As a busy mom, you don’t really have the time to do trial and error to find the best freelance writing jobs from home. What you need a proven strategy that will bring you closer and closer to 6 figure income.

Look, freelance writing is AWESOME. It allows you to choose the people you work with, the salary at which you want to work, the time schedule that suits you, select the best freelance writing jobs from home and deadlines that are comfortable with you.

BUT, it sounds enticing only if you are making money and finding worthwhile freelance writing jobs online. Right?

In this post, we will not talk about things that you traditionally read in a “how to start freelance writing” posts, but we will list down a few of the many resources I have tried, tested, invested in and (most importantly) found to be utterly useful and time saving for a freelance writing beginner.

So, brace yourself and be ready to steal the strategy and tools on how to start freelance writing at home. No more low pay, annoying bosses or content mills that toss the creativity out of you.

Let’s begin

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FIND AND ESTABLISH A SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT HELPS YOU

If you are a mom, you’ll understand how frustrating it gets by the end of the day. You are exhausted and tired – no more in a mood to invest yourself into building a business. Other times, things don’t work out the way it should with your freelance writing business and you are on the verge of giving up.

In all the ups and downs of establishing a successful work from home career and finding freelance writing jobs from home, you need a support system you can share it with and get inspired from. These are a bunch of people who are either in the same boat as you are or understand where you are (because of they have had those days themselves and fought against all odds to be successful freelance writers).

Besides that, you need tips and suggestions from other writers on how they handle their freelance writing career. If you decide to do it all by yourself, you are cooking a recipe for failure and disappointments. For one, you are bound to undercharge clients if you don’t ask for tips.

So, it is crucial to connect with other writers, ask questions, learn from people and move forward with your work at home business. Once you establish connections, give and get help, other writers may also feel generous to refer you work for the projects they cannot take for varied reasons.

Where do you find such a support group? For starters, you can check out these 13 work from home facebook groups and be a part of those which resonate with you. You probably have to be a part of all of them to see if it helps you at all.

A few groups that I highly recommend are

Grow Your Writing Income: Learn How

NOTE: Do check this out, it is a free training on how to launch a business as a freelancer and make money right away. A must for learning the basics!

EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU LAUNCH YOUR OWN FREELANCE WRITING BUSINESS

Have you ever seen a law firm hiring a person without a law degree or a hospital wanting a doctor without a degree.. seems illogical right?

It works the same way with freelance writing. If you are looking to grab the big bucks and high-paying clients, you need to know how to start freelance writing professionally and model your services.

As a freelance writer, it will be entirely up to you to find the best available freelance writing jobs online.  It is also entirely your responsibility to find clients, retain them, bill them, do taxes, and the list goes on. This is definitely NOT to scare you.

There are many resources out there which can help you start on the right footing. These writers share all their strategies and you can just walk the way which has already worked for someone else (instead of finding your own way through trial and errors, wasting tonnes of time which can be used to earn real money instead).

While there are many others available in the market, I recommend only two courses

30 days or less to freelance writing success by Gina Horkey

Write your way to your first $1000 by Elna Cain

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NOTE: Before you invest in any of these courses, I highly recommend you to read this post on how to become a freelance writer and sign up for this FREE course on getting paid to write online

Besides this, you can sign up for Skillshare and get free classes on freelance writing and marketing as a freelancer. If you use my link, you will get 2 months premium membership at NO cost.

TAKE TIME TO ESTABLISH A BRAND FOR YOURSELF

This is an absolute MUST.

Before you start promoting and advertising your services online, take the time to establish a brand for yourself. To begin with get yourself a freelance writer’s website

If you want to be taken seriously by high paying clients, you need to look the part. When was the last time you trusted a business, store or a consultant online who do not have ANY online presence? It just looks fishy!

You must absolutely have a website, and it is possible to have one in a weekend’s time. There is no need to spend money on designer or expensive themes or builders. All you need is a simple website that allows your prospects to know the most important details about your – contact information, samples of your writing, any client testimonials, services you provide and a basic rate (which is optional).

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You can start a website with as little as $3.95 a month or Rs. 276 a month (if you are in India, you can also opt for Hostgator for Rs. 350 a month) or go with the free options. However, I do not recommend using free options. You can read about other options here and here.

You can use this step by step tutorial to get your WordPress blog up and running. If you have difficulty in understanding the basics (like domain name, wordpress.org or .com, hosting etc), you can read this article on website basics.

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If you do not want to invest in a website designer (which I did not, and created this website on my own), buy a theme builder like Elementor. It is super easy, is almost drag and drop and did I mention – it has a FREE version too!

Relevant Reads

What I did to earn $900 as a freelance writer and a non-native English speaker?

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

3 freelance writing job boards to land your first gig quickly

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

10 ways to land freelance writing clients as a beginner

CREATE AN IMPRESSIVE PORTFOLIO

I cannot emphasize it enough that you need a freelance writing niche to start with. You can download this free guide I have created by clicking on the picture below and know everything about picking profitable niches.

Is it important to have a freelance writing niches? Yes or No? If yes, what are the profitable niches? What are my options as a beginner freelance writer with no experience? There are just so many questions around becoming a freelance writer. This PDF is a detailed guide to all your questions on freelance writing niches. By the end of this, you will know what you want to pick up. Click here.

Depending on the niche you have, you will need to create an impressive set of portfolio samples. So, before you go on hunting for the best freelance writing jobs online, have everything in order. When clients ask for samples, you should have plenty of them to show.

This post can help you with 3 simple ways to create a killer freelance writing portfolio.

NOTE: When you are writing portfolio samples, make sure you have downloaded Grammarly extension for Chrome. It works with Google Docs, Gmail and WordPress along with its own platform. It will help you avoid mistakes while writing and reduce the burden of proofreading

FIND FREELANCE WRITING JOBS AND PITCH CLIENTS

When it is time to look for jobs, check out these 3 jobs boards and FlexJobs. These are the only 4 places I recommend you to check.

Other than this, the best way to land clients is to cold email them. Meaning, email them directly and explore opportunities. You can read more about it here.

Last but not least, you will need these tools to turn in your best work and ace at how to start freelance writing as a beginner.

Good luck with your freelance writing career. If you follow these tips, you are bound to find success. Also, do not forget to sign up for my free course on how to start freelance writing the right way and earn $1000 at the earliest

If you have any questions on how to start freelance writing, let me know in the comments below and I will answer all

Freelance writing tips for beginners who want to know EVERYTHING on how to start freelance writing and make money online. This has resources required for profitable freelance writing career, freelance writing portfolio and cold email pitches.

Actionable tips

Check out “Start a blog with ease” series and get started with your blog

Join my Facebook community and post your questions, wins and get the support

Resources that will help you get started working from home – 

50+ work from home options that are high paying

How to be a freelance proofreader and earn $40000 a year

How to be a virtual assistant? Earn $100 an hour!

Resources that I love: 

Jumpstart your work from hom career: Ready to work at home, make a sizable income, and spend MORE time with your family, but have no idea how to get started?? This is exactly what you need! It is help you with how to start freelance writing the right way!

Also, do NOT forget to check this out if you are overhwhelmed with the information and starting to work from home. It is a resource that can get you from being overwhelmed to overbooked with clients! No exxageration.

Skillshare – Skillshare is my go-to place to learn a new skill without having to splurge hundreds of dollar. It is an online learning community where you can explore thousands of classes in design, photography, business, and more. You can get started with a free trial using my link and get access to hundreds of courses. 

FlexJobsIf you are a freelancer, you should sign up with Flexjobs. It will help you go through great flexible job listings from legitimate employers quickly, easily, and safely. Every single job on FlexJobs is hand-screened for legitimacy, with no ads or scams mixed in, and every single job offers work flexibility such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or other flexible options.

Pinteresting Strategies – If you are interested in making money online (either with blogging, e-commerce store, digital products or anything else like coaching or writing services), let me tell you one thing – You need Pinterest. In any course you may buy for business, they recommend investing in Tailwind app (the only permitted scheduler for Pinterest).

Many of you, on a tight budget, would not be able to (or want to) pay for it. But, Carly Campbell has figured out a way to go from 1 to 300k by manually pinning on Pinterest. She is a Pinterest strategy goddess, grab her book here. Using her tactics, I quickly scaled from 0 to 150k views.

You can also signup with my link and get a month of Tailwind plus free (if you want to try it out before investing ANY money into it).

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