If you want to start your career as a freelance writer, there are more tools than ever available to help you. But as you probably already know, it won’t be easy without doing some research first to get you started. Freelancing of any type comes with freedom as you have the freedom to create your own schedule.
It can also be very volatile because you have no guaranteed salary and no proof of projects coming in. It can be harder to be a freelance writer now than it was a few years ago because everyone wants to get in on the action and most people who speak the language feel they can write the language. However, that’s not always the case, and a career as a freelance writer is about more than just the ability to write.
If you want to start your career as a freelance writer, follow these steps:
Research the industry – find out what other people are currently making, the types of jobs available, the education or experience required to land the job you’re looking for, and other information. It’s critical that you do all this research before jumping off the limbs and wanting to do something you don’t know much about.
Know what kind of writing you want to do – you can always change your mind later or add a new type of writing to your resume, but first you need to specialize in a niche and market yourself professionally on it first. If you try to spread yourself too thin as a jack of all trades or a know-it-all, it’s going to be hard to stand out from the crowd as an expert at anything.
· Build a portfolio – Potential clients need to know that you can actually do what you say you can. Therefore, you need to build a strong portfolio for this. As you get more and more experienced jobs, you can keep replacing items in your portfolio with better pieces that better reflect you. But besides your words, you always need something to start with.
· Get a job – sometimes you just need to get away from it all and work. Follow job boards, apply for writing gigs, spread word of mouth that you can be hired, and more. Find some work and keep building your experience and portfolio.
· Keep learning – As a freelance writer, you never stop learning. It’s important that you take the necessary steps to stay on top of what’s going on and what you need to stay ahead of the competition and stay a writer.
When you follow these steps, you can start a career as a freelance writer and find out if it’s right for you. It’s a career that often requires a lot of dedication to be successful. You have to put in the time before you start reaping the rewards. However, if you are really passionate about pursuing something, you can achieve success through hard work and dedication. Today the first step starts. It’s never too late to make the decision to become a writer.