Finding Freelance Writing Work as a Beginner

Updated on March 27, 2018
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Robyn has been working as a freelance writer for seven years now. Additionally, she has postgraduate qualifications in the medical field.

Start Getting Experience as a Freelance Writer

As with any job, you're not going to attract clients unless you start generating experience. If you're new to freelance writing and your previous job or academic qualifications don't include writing work, now's the time to start bulking up your new resumé.

My first suggestion is to begin writing for sites such as HubPages. Alongside demonstrating your skills online, you'll potentially attract relevant advice and information from fellow writers.

Other options include signing up for freelancing websites, content mills, and gig selling sites. While you shouldn't make them the mainstay of your paid work, they're great for developing an instant income and boost your CV.

Build a Freelance Writer Website to Gain Attention

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Gain Attention with Your First Freelance Writer Website

Do you want to start attracting clients immediately? And, do you need somewhere to show off your work? Producing your own freelance writer website is a great means of advertising. It takes some commitment, but with time you'll generate the organic SEO you need to succeed.

Places to Find Instant Work as a Freelance Writer

Let's say you want to start making money like, yesterday. If that's the case, you can turn to content mills. Content mills are sites that assess your writing skills, assign a competency level, and allow you to write articles accordingly. Examples of such sites include:

  • Textbroker
  • Writers Domain
  • Great Content

Now, like most experienced freelance writers, I don't believe content mills should act as your main source of income. But, they will allow you to fill gaps when work is slow and develop your CV.

Start selling gigs

Have you ever heard of a little site called Fiverr? While there was once a time when you could sell gigs there for $5 only, today you can boost your gig packages to make extra money.

While the per-word fee is low, there are some freelance writers who have found significant success by selling through Fiverr. Sure, you need to put in a lot of effort to get there. But, with persistence, your client base will grow and so will your ability to command higher fees.

Freelancing sites

Again, many a freelance writer will inherently disagree with using freelancing sites such as Upwork and Guru. But, if you want to find clients quickly and build a portfolio you can flaunt, they do come in handy.

Unfortunately, such sites feature far more low paying than high paying gigs. But, if you're okay with dedicating a little time to searching hard, you may just strike gold.

Remember to create a resumé and writing samples

Most prospective clients will want to see a resumé and/or writing samples. Create them now so that they're ready for when those requests come in. Also, never write a customized sample for free; such requests sometimes mean the client is looking for free work, and they may not move onto hiring you.

Pitch to Clients Consistently

Pitching consistently is the best way to secure ongoing work, and you may negotiate better rates.
Pitching consistently is the best way to secure ongoing work, and you may negotiate better rates.

Make Sure You Begin Pitching in the Right Places

Remember, if you want higher paying work, start looking at sites such as ProBlogger and the Freelance Writing Morning Coffee Newsletter. They're ideal for finding better work, with greater rates.

Start Perfecting Your Craft

As a freelance writer, you might want to develop a niche immediately. Mine is health and medicine, but that doesn't mean I don't write about other topics.

Developing a niche gives you a greater chance of improving your reputation in a particular field. Also, if you're especially proficient your pay becomes even higher.

To hone your craft further, keep reading and learning. Becoming a freelance writer sometimes means taking a look at what others do. Don't copy them, but do get a feel for how they operate and adapt your approach.

Don't let the fun leave; stay creative

Tips for making your freelancing adventure fun with creativity

From the start, you'll have to write about topics that are boring. If writing is something you love, keep yourself sane by writing about topics you love.

In Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic, she emphasizes the importance of writing about what you love, whether you'll gain anything from it or not. Doing so reduces the risk of taking the fun out of your work.

Ways to do this include:

  • Writing a blog about a topic you love
  • Pitching to sites such as the Huffington Post
  • Creating an ebook and selling it
  • Writing for sites like this

With the right balance of creativity and dedication, you'll generate a freelance writing career that works for you.

© 2018 Robyn Parr

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