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I Want To Be A Freelance Writer: Where Do I Start From?

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.

  • Get Some Experience
  • 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.

  • Identify Your Strengths
  • 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.

  • Create a Profile
  • 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.

  • Upload Your Samples
  • 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.

  • Utilize Keyword Searches
  • 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.

  • Write Effective Bids
  • 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.


  • If you intend to become a good writer, this blog will surely help you out!

    August 28, 2014 | (10 ) Comments

  • Very helpful for starters in a freelancing, but also good for advanced writers!

    September 5, 2014 | (10 ) Comments

  • Great tips from professionals! Good to see so many updates!

    November 19, 2014 | (10 ) Comments

  • Great ideas using which you'll never get down! Very useful for writers to get their skills prepared to freelance career.

    December 15, 2014 | (10 ) Comments

Expand Your Job Search and Add More Sources to Your List of Freelance Writing Resources

Keep your source list updated and continue expanding your search options. Sometimes writers are not able to land good writing jobs because they don’t expand where they look. In many cases good jobs are not advertised. You need know where to look and who to get in touch with when it comes to reputable sources with writing job leads. Great writers will know where to go to get work. This means your resource list should be diverse with leads in different niches. You should have an idea of which niches and writing jobs are in demand and those that offer lucrative earnings on a regular basis.