As a Follow on to my first with my experiences of becoming a freelance writer, I thought I would follow this up with another post with my 9 Top Tips on becoming a freelance blog Writer.
Freelance Writing might is a great job that allows you to work from home, full or part time and work when you want to work. If you decide that for the next month you do not want to do any work then you do not have any commitments that force you to be in work each day.
However becoming a freelance writer maybe harder than you think. I first thought that writing a few 600-800 word posts per week for someone else would be quite easy, however whilst I do enjoy it, its by no means easy.
Below are my Top 9 Tips on becoming a Freelance Writer.
Start Slowly - Don’t think that you are going to become an expert writer over night. I have personally spent weeks and months trying to get myself into a position where I can write good quality posts easily and to be honest I am still not very good at it. I am sure this post could be written better as an example!!
Don’t quit your day job, even if you want to become a full time Freelance Writer, until you have got through the first 6 months of taking, writing and completing jobs. Every post you write at the beginning will take you far longer to complete that you expect therefore whatever you do, don’t go out and commit to lots of different writing jobs in the beginning as the last thing that you want to do is to make a complete mess of your new career before you have even started.
Pick a Niche Market that you know well - Doing research is a nightmare and even worse if you know nothing about the subject your researching. How do you write about or give advice on something that you know nothing about? It will take you hours to produce a good blog post and if you get something wrong and therefore cannot back your post up with examples, you going to look pretty stupid very quickly. I can write for hours about your career options, however if I had to write a post about eBay, I would not know where to start.
Do your Best - If your not going to give it 100% of your attention, then don’t bother to start in the first place. A good reference will really help you earn future writing projects and your are not going to get a good reference if you don’t give it 100%. If you get any freelance writing jobs, whether it be one post or even a trial post, make sure that you use your best stuff. A wild article in a blog will not help the blog that you have written for and certainly will not help you.
Showcase your Work - One of the first steps to become a great freelance blog writer is to create your personal brand. There are many ways which you can do this, however for me a great way to do this is to create blog of your own which can showcase your own work and give you a chance to practice your skills. Most importantly you need to write good quality articles that will serve as blog post samples to any potential employers.(Create a Blog – See this from make a website and dollars and roses.
Become Noticed - To get noticed in the beginning when no one is reading your blog posts, you need to submit your best posts to social media connections such as Reddit, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn. As long as you have written a good blog post, people will comment, and share with their friends therefore driving traffic to your site and in-turn get your brand name noticed.
How much do you want to Earn - You need to have a target per hour rate that you want to charge and stick to it. Maybe you can charge a little less at the beginning, however once you have been going for a while, only take jobs at that rate. If you start out only taking jobs that pay 25 USD Per hour, and then take a job at 20 USD Per hour, sods law a good job will pop out at 25 USD per Hour and then you will be in a mess trying to complete two jobs at the same time.
Watch Out for your Reputation - its very hard to build a good reputation online and will take time, however its very easy to destroy it. Meeting your deadlines is an obvious one.
Be Professional - Make sure you have a contract that includes the details of the job before you start. Make sure it includes, payment rate, when and how they will pay you, Minimum number of words, what format, should there be images, the deadline and how to submit it.