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17 Freelance Writing Tips for Beginners

Kshitiz Gaur is experienced in earning money online in a variety of ways, including freelance writing, answering questions, and blogging.

Freelance writing can be a tough industry to break into, but these tips can help you find success sooner.

Freelance writing can be a tough industry to break into, but these tips can help you find success sooner.

Do I Really Need Freelance Writing Tips?

I still remember how happy I was when I got my first client as a new freelance writer who had nothing to prove his worth. To be honest with you, it was easier to get started as a freelance writer back then because a lot of people weren't aware of this rewarding job and the various advantages it offered.

Nowadays, freelance writing is more competitive than ever, and clients have started to look for writers that are professional and possess exceptional writing and SEO skills.

I worked as a freelance writer for five years, so I know how you can succeed and get those five-star reviews from your clients. It would be wise to learn from my experience and avoid making the mistakes that I did. In this article, I share 17 freelance writing tips that beginners can use to become successful.

1. Start Small

At the start of your freelance writing career, you won't have any reviews or past projects to attract big clients. Therefore, I advise you to do something that I did, which was starting small. Look for a client who wants just one or two well-written articles, and work your hardest to satisfy them. Do this for your first few jobs so that you can create a portfolio and get positive reviews to back up your writing prowess. There is no reason to rush into it and try to make those big bucks in your first month. You will get your chance. Be patient and keep working on it.

2. Bid Right

I have already written about bidding on freelancing websites—specifically Upwork. The short version is that you just have to be smart while bidding and always ask for a fair price. I learned this really late because I was charging a lot less than I could at the beginning of my freelancing career. You should never be afraid to ask for what you deserve. Avoid working with clients who don't want to pay you a fair price.

3. Invest in Yourself

If you can find the time to take courses and get certificates, it will help you improve your content and credibility. Investing in courses and books is something that will give you an edge over other freelance writers, and you just might get a great return on your investment.

4. Learn SEO

Search engine optimization is about giving the right signals to the search engines so that they rank your article for a particular term or phrase. It not very hard to learn if you put in consistent effort.

My advice is to write for people first and search engines second because the content that people like is often also preferred by the search engines. I think Neil Patel's blog is a good place to start learning about SEO.

5. Blog

You must start a blog or website to showcase your skills and look like a professional freelancer. You can use your blog to experiment with various ideas and also generate some income.

The blog needs to be on a topic that you are passionate about so that you can deliver your best content and impress any potential clients. It could be about anything—fixing cars, taking care of pet fish, playing video games, etc. You can also add a "Hire Me" section to your blog or website.

6. Edit Your Own Work

Unless you are working with an editor or a big client who already has an editor, you will need to know how to edit your content on your own. I know that editing can be boring and time-consuming, but your article won't be impressive if it contains a lot of errors or the flow is not natural.

I recommend spending at least 15 minutes or so each day reviewing grammar rules and learning new vocabulary words. This trick will get you results in a matter of months, and you will see the improvement in your content.

7. Master Content Writing

No one expects you to be one of the best content writers when you start, but you need to master content writing if you want to satisfy demanding clients in the future. The best advice that I have for you is to write daily and adjust your content according to what your client wants. Even the best content-writing advice can get you so far; you will have to work hard and go the rest of the way on your own.

8. Manage Your Time

I know that it is tempting to get that one extra client so that you can earn more. The problem is that you don't really know how long writing an article might take in a lot of cases. It is always nice to have some free time for work that takes longer than expected.

A lot of freelance writers who take on more clients than they should end up being overworked, and the quality of their content suffers as a result. Remember that sometimes, less is more. You should have a fixed time slot for writing because you can't meet deadlines if you only write when you feel like it.

9. Become a Niche Writer

When I worked as a freelance writer, I specialized in writing reviews of online money-making programs, investing apps, MLM companies, scams, etc. It was easier for me to attract clients that wanted reviews because I was already familiar with writing reviews on almost anything.

The mistake that I made here was that my niche wasn't specific because I was writing reviews on almost anything. My advice for you is to focus on something specific—like writing reviews of financial apps. This way, you will be able to attract clients that need an experienced writer in that particular niche. Having your niche is good, but a freelance writer should always be flexible enough to work on projects outside of their niche if they are interesting.

10. Communicate

I was always honest with my clients and gave them advice that could help them in improving their rankings and making more money. If you have anything to say, you should never be afraid to say it. Communication is the key to solving a lot of problems and avoiding misunderstandings.

If you have plans to go somewhere and won't be able to work, you should let your client know well in advance. Always be a good communicator and reply quickly during work hours.

11. Don't Go Full-Time Right Away

After you have enough experience and feel confident that you can manage freelance writing full-time, then you can go full-time. I can't say how long it will take for you to be ready because it depends on your starting level and your learning capabilities.

Freelance writing is all about adapting quickly and thinking on the fly, so people who think fast will always be decent freelance writers. I recommend taking around three to six months to establish yourself and learn the basics before considering going full-time.

12. Always Meet Your Deadlines

When I used to work as a freelance writer, I only missed one or two deadlines per year. It is true that I only worked part-time and therefore had less work to manage, but nevertheless, hitting deadlines wasn't easy because sometimes it takes a lot of time to write, and unforeseeable circumstances often lead to issues. Clients will always respect you if they know that they can rely on your words. If your actions don't match with your words, your freelance writing career will suffer.

13. Embrace Feedback

It is not easy to accept the fact that a client is not happy with your work or wants a lot of changes. However, this will allow you to grow as a writer. A professional should never take feedback personally and should always work on improving their craft.

In fact, I encourage you to demand feedback from your client if you aren't getting any. I used to bother my clients a lot about feedback and always tried to adjust my content accordingly.

14. Remember That Nobody's Perfect

It is easy to get lost trying to write the most amazing article the world has ever seen. The problem is that you can't take this approach for every article that you write. A good freelance writer always writes according to how much they are getting paid and the expectations of their client.

I am not saying that you shouldn't exceed the expectations of your client and amaze them with your content. However, you can't write your best content if you are only getting paid $10 per article. Of course, all of your work should be free from mistakes and flow naturally, but you need to avoid wasting your entire day writing just one article.

15. Master the Mental Game

A lot of new freelancers get excited by making some money working online. They don't really think about going further and becoming one of the top people in the industry. You can't get to the top with a weak mindset, so you need to develop a strong mindset and write down the goals that you want to achieve.

If you want to earn a thousand dollars per month through part-time freelance writing, the first step is to believe that you can actually do it and make a step-by-step action plan to accomplish your goal. This is an unpredictable business, and new challenges arise every day, so you need to have the right mindset to tackle those challenges and manage a variety of clients with different demands.

16. Choose Projects Wisely

A lot of rookie freelance writers don't worry about client history or the requirements of specific projects and simply choose their projects based on how much they can earn. This is a big mistake that can ruin your profile on freelancing websites or waste your time if you work independently.

When I used to find jobs on Upwork, I tried to apply to projects from clients who had good hiring histories on the platform. The worst client experiences I had were with clients who were completely new to the platform. There is often no point in applying for projects where the client is new because some of them don't know what to expect or how to deal with the freelancers.

17. Realize That Tips Can Only Get You so Far

If you go to the gym or have basic bodybuilding knowledge, you should know that your diet is more important than supplements. Freelancing tips are just like supplements because they can help you get better results, but it all depends on how you apply them.

Reading one tip and applying it is better than reading ten tips and applying none. Therefore, it is your responsibility to use these freelance writing tips to get the best results. I hope you learned something new today. Your thoughts are welcome in the comments section below.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Kshitiz Gaur


Kshitiz Gaur (author) from Jhalawar on April 04, 2021:

Thank you, Umesh.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 04, 2021:

Nice points.