More people engage in writing to communicate with like-minded people and share ideas via blogs for fun, as a side hustle, or a full-time job. You might have a similar interest, and you are wondering where to start. Keep reading for more insights.
What You Need To Get Started
You wouldn’t need all the resources in the world to get started. You’ll only need to put a few things in place, in the following order:
- Workspace And Equipment
You wouldn’t need a lot of money to get the required equipment. A good investment in a laptop and workspace is vital. If you choose to work from home, set up a space that allows you to focus, with the right equipment and setting that fuels your passion. As much as possible, choose an area that’ll keep you away from distraction, keep your body in good shape, and focused enough to know when to attend to other things.
- Motivation And Structure
It’s essential to stay motivated in your writing and build a structure that ensures it. You’ll do well to set a specific time and several tasks to do within a timeframe. It’ll be handy when it’s time to sort your papers and balance accounts.
- Create A Payment Account
You’ll need it to get payment from clients, and some may have preferences like PayPal. You could use a multi-currency account that allows you to take cash in different currencies. You could choose to spend, keep, or transfer it to your regular accounts. It’ll also come handy if you love to travel to different places.
- Professional Online Profiles
Update your existing social media accounts by adding professional touches to it. That would include your Linkedin and Skype accounts. Make sure you have a professional email address, and your online posts are filtered for unprofessional posts. It helps you position yourself aright for your clients as they begin to reach out to you.
- Portfolio And Pitch
Get your written samples together as your clients will request them before entrusting their work to you; others may ask for links to published works. Be intentional about it, and put your best out there. You could also craft a pitch to bid for tasks or use it to seek the audience of companies.
Establishing Yourself as a Freelance Writer
The first thing to consider in this part is to pick a niche of interest, where you’ll find your skills until you become a sought-after specialist on the subject matter. You could start a blog to help your online presence.
Writing a guest post on authority blogs will help you to gain a tangible readership on your blog, driving traffic via your blog link in your bio. Your online presence, website, online portfolio, and social media pages are other great ways to drive traffic to your new blog.
Write more on topics related to your niche to help your readers focus and drive the right audience to your blog. Publishing your work on different platforms, like Medium or Linkedin, will also help to enlarge your audience cycle.
Check out Linkedin, BloggingPro, Contenna, and ProBlogger for different freelance opportunities that might interest you. You could also make some money selling digital products, writing email content, and video scripts. Just go online and search out areas where these services are needed.
Freelance writing full time or as a side-hustle requires these major building blocks and a good deal of hard work and patience. It’ll pay off, especially in financial rewards, in the long-run.