If there is one question we tend to get a log of around is some variation of “I want to be a freelance writer but I don’t know where to start?” Ideally, we would like to know a little more about what kind of freelance writer each one of these clients would like to be because we may direct one person to technical writing gigs while another person might be more open to writing press releases or short articles. But for simplicity, we’re going to assume that the following general information should be quite helpful in answering most questions.
The first thing you have to do is gain some experience in the field. This doesn’t mean you do physical field work for clients, but rather you gain experience taking a variety of writing jobs for free or for a low cost. The idea is that you learn to get into the habit of writing and meeting deadlines.
As you start gaining some experience you’ll be able to identify your particular strengths. This will help you narrow your area of focus. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Stick with the kind of writing you know best. If your strengths lie in writing web content or blogs, then plan to bid on only these jobs when you first start out.
When you’re ready to create a profile you should take some time to review what other freelancers have done and identify what works and what doesn’t. Create a catchy headline that says exactly what you do. List your services and provide some detail about your background.
Portfolios are a great way to display your best work. Remember that experience you were supposed to start off with? Well now is the time to choose the material that is likely to attract attention while exhibiting your talents. Most freelance sites allow you to upload a lot of material, but choose only the stuff that will sell your abilities the best.
When you search for potential writing opportunities, be sure you try a variety of keywords. While search functions on freelancing sites are become more sophisticated you can’t be sure that people will prefer the word resume over CV. Think of different ways to search and you’ll connect with more opportunities.
Your bids should all respond to specific needs that are pointed out in a job description. Echo the same words as a potential client and make your case for being the best available option. Don’t get into sales details by listing prices. Stick with describing how you can create great content and you’ll start seeing the jobs come in.