Freelance work is becoming more and more popular each year, and 2020 has seen it surge like no other. With the benefits of being able to work wherever and the need to stay away from the chaos that 2020 has brought, freelancing makes a lot of sense.
In fact, over 57 million Americans do freelance work, either full-time or part-time. If you’re ready to dive into the freelance writing world and don’t know where to start, don’t fret! Read on to learn four tips for landing those entry-level jobs without any experience.
When you start looking for entry-level freelance writing jobs, you’ll find a lot of different websites and job boards promising great writing gigs. Though you might not have experience, you’re still worth more than a few pennies for each job you do.
Sites like Upwork have many opportunities, but the pay is usually very low, and they are one-off jobs. This means that the client only wants one job from you, so once it’s over, you’ll have to bid on another project, woo another client, and go through the whole hiring process over again.
You’ll get burnout really fast if you freelance this way, and you’ll make very little money. Take the time to find jobs that promise ongoing work and have a rate you’re comfortable with.
If you’re just getting started applying for freelance writing jobs, you’ve probably noticed that all your potential clients request at least one writing sample, but usually more. You don’t have to have a whole portfolio, but creating a few samples could help you begin your freelancing journey.
Depending on what jobs you’re applying for and what your niche is, you’ll want to write samples that show what you can do. Writing a general non-fiction sample is a great way to start. Many clients just want to see that you can actually do what you say you can do.
Researching your clients can make the difference from either landing that writing job or not. Along with your general samples, if you’re creating a pitch for a client, you’ll want a teaser sample that shows you can write exactly what that particular client wants.
They want to see that you did your research about them. Visit their website, google their business, see what other types of writing content they have, and produce that same quality for them.
One of the greatest benefits of being a freelance writer is being able to write what you like to write! Of course, you’ll also probably have to write content that isn’t your favorite, but if you know you’re niche, you can lean into that.
Pinning down exactly what you want to write can help you find those particular gigs easier. This is especially true if your niche is tight-knit as there might not be as many writers going for these jobs, so you’re more likely to find them. You’ll also be more likely to love what you’re writing!
Now that you know how to start, those freelance writing entry-level jobs are out there waiting for you. Though it may seem intimidating to start, you have everything you need to join the freelancing world today.
With some hard work and sharpening of your skills, you will be making money as a freelance writer in no time. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to share it with your network, and contact us today with any freelance questions you might have!
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