As the name suggests, you will be writing content for the money.
A freelance writer is an independent contractor (not an employee) who get paid for their expertise in writing content and engaging audience.
You will NOT be working for one company or have a boss.
You will have MULTIPLE clients with whom you will be entering into a contract to provide writing services and deciding the method of payments.
You’re not an employee and you’re an equal partner to your client.
This is extremely important for you to understand, remember and implement if you want a profitable freelancing career.
— WHY BECOME A FREELANCE WRITER? —
According to NASDAQ, 43% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2020 (i.e. next year!) and according to Freelancers Union, 36% of the US workers (57.3 million) are freelancers who work from home.
They collectively contribute $1.4 trillion to the economy every year. It’s a 30% increase since 2016.
All the successful writers standby cold pitching to land high-paying freelance writing clients for beginners as well as experts.
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 grow their online presence or meet business goals.
When I started out, I was skeptical about sending emails to strangers. Also, I did not know what to write. Sounds familiar?
But, trust me, it is much easier than you think. Start by shortlisting brands or businesses you want to work it.
They can be a blogger, magazine, news site, business or a startup.
For sending an effective cold email, you should
Personalize it and no, I am not talking about sharing your personal lives. Go to their website, look around and tell them specifically how you can help. For example, you noticed that they don’t have a blog but should.
Make it about them – Instead of writing about what you do (and your experience), focus on how your services can help their business.
Send your email to a personal ID – If you are targetting a blogger or a small business, it is best to send the email to the founder, owner or CEO. For big businesses, you can target the content head or digital marketing managers. Avoid generic email addresses like [email protected] or [email protected]
“Chhavi’s ebook is a blessing in disguise not only does it teach you step by step how to find clients but it actually starts at the very beginning to help you understand and choose the best niche to focus on for you at the writer. It also helps you set up your portfolio for success. Although the ebook is just over 50 pages in length it is jam-packed with tons of tips and tools to find, pitch and track all of your client interaction. It is well worth the price you pay for the ebook. It also helps you find clients in places that you never thought of looking.”
– Alvern Bullard
2. Network with potential freelance writing clients before pitching
It may sound contradictory to what I just said. But, you cannot wait to nurture a lead when you are starting out.
I just searched Twitter while writing this post and landed on this
That said, Twitter is messy and disorganized. So, why not use a free tool to handle it?
Check out this video to know the tool and how to use it (trust me it will make finding freelance writing jobs online so much easier)
7. LinkedIn for finding writing clients
This has always been my go-to platform for a freelance writing job.
I have landed some of my best clients on this platform and every time that happened, I quite literally looked like this
Go to the LinkedIn job and look for companies looking for a writer.
From here, you can decide whether you want to go for cold pitch or warm pitch.
While you keep your cold pitching game on, let me also tell you that LinkedIn is the best platform for warm pitching.
Add a bunch of relevant connections (like content heads, content manager etc).
If they have an immediate requirement, they might send you a message asking you to share your details.
Even if they don’t (and most of the times they won’t), you should engage with them for some time (by commenting on their activities and sharing their posts/articles) before you decide to pitch your services to them.
8. Use your services website to land writing clients that pay well
Start writing for other blogs for free. Sorry, what?
I am not talking about a random blog which has a following of 100 people but blogs that have thousands/millions of readers.
This will put your writing in front of a potential freelance writing client base.
I wrote a guest post on YourStory on how I earned Rs. 82000 a month by freelance writing in India and I have already received two gigs.
This has another advantage. You will have live samples to show your clients as you grow.
Sometimes freelance writing clients are adamant about reading live samples and guest posts come in handy.
How to know where to post?
Search for “your niche + write for us” and look at the top 10-15 results.
When you are submitting a guest post, spend considerable time to write your author bio.
That’s one chance you have to convince people to visit or hire you.
10.Asking friends, relatives, and previous employers
Last but not least, you need to let your friends, relatives, and previous employers know that you are running a freelance writing business.
If they are aware of what you do, they will refer you in case they find any freelance writing jobs.
It is also possible that one of them might need content for their brochure or a new website.
Taking up a few freelance writing jobs like this will help you create samples and receive real testimonials for your work
Many writers shrug it off as a meh tactic, but you never know until you try.
I just showed you 10 legit ways to find high-paying freelance writing jobs.
No more of “How to get clients for content writing as a beginner” “How do I land freelance writing clients who pay well. I am just a beginner” or “I don’t ever land the best freelance writing client”.
Get ready to kick some butt!
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#11 Freelance marketplace to land gigs right now
Before we move on to this post, I want to make one thing very clear.
While this is a way to land easy freelance writing jobs for beginners, I DO NOT recommend spending a lot of time on these platforms.
Here is the list of freelance marketplaces you can use to get freelance writing clients –
Upwork (previously, Elance) – It has a fee-based structure and can take almost 5-20% of your total earning. The longer you work with a client, the lesser Upwork will charge from you. It includes payment protection but every communication needs to be made within the platform
#Top 3 recommendations for a freelance writing course
Writeto1K by Elna Cain: The best part about Elna Cain’s course is that she holds your hand through the process and helps you in every possible way. From what is freelance writing to the things you need to do after you score a client, she touches upon everything. She understands the problems as a stay at home mom with kids and helps you with that as well. Her course is also decently priced for the tonnes (and tonnes) of value it provides.
30 days to freelance writing by Gina Horkey: If you know the work from home domain, you have heard about Gina Horkey. I will let this post by her on what is freelance writing do the talking. You can access her course here.
Writers Den by Carol Tice – This is not a course, but a Facebook group where you have access to everything (including Carol). The value she provides inside of Den is more than any course can ever provide at that price.
FAQs on freelance writing jobs from home & landing freelance writing jobs for beginner writers with no experience
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