There are plenty of great reasons to be a freelance writer – the number one thing for me is that you can work remote. Being able to work from anywhere means you will be able to travel to your heart’s content as long as you have a WIFI connection you can get your work done. When I was freelance writing, I’d often preload information on my laptop and write while traveling on planes, boats, even buses if it was smooth enough. Freelance writing let me earn money while traveling and it was such a blessing for me. Here are my top simple tips for becoming a freelance writing:
1. Focus on Your Strengths
If you’re not a strong writer, then you might struggle with freelance writing. However, you can focus on your strengths. Have you studied something at university or college that you would be happy to write about? I started out writing about travel and quickly learned that everyone wants to write about travel, meaning that it’s not as profitable and there’s a lot of competition for other people wanting to write about travel. This means that the price per article is low, and you’re competition with a lot of people for the same job.
2. Specialise in Something Technical
There are so many industries online that are growing and have such a huge demand for content. Things like software companies, tech companies, jewellery or cryptocurrency. Specialising in one of these industries can allow you to command a higher price per article, meaning that you will be able to make more money and separate yourself from the generic writers online.
3. Keep Hustling
One mistake I see new freelance writers make, is that they get a few jobs and they stop pitching. They might finish up with one client and be working slightly less than they want to, but they’re happy overall. They stop applying for new work and suddenly one of their main clients drops them because the project is finished or has run out of budget. I preferred to constantly apply for work, but when I’m busy I’m even more selective about the work I’m applying for, focusing on jobs I’m super interested in and that pays really well. If you want to learn more, check out this link.
4. Don’t Take it Personally
When working online, clients are a lot less likely to give you notice like they would in ‘the real world’ – in my experience you can work with a client for months or years and suddenly they can fall off the side of the planet. It can also be challenging when you’re applying for job after job and not hearing back from the clients. My biggest tip is to not take things personally – there are so many jobs and clients out there you will find the right match for you. If you’re constantly being ignored, then you might want to try lowering your rate in order to get some more feedback.