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How to Become a Freelance Writer

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If you are looking to make money by freelancing, what are the most profitable sites available to you?  Let’s explore freelance writing and how to go about finding jobs to fund your lifestyle.

The Freelancers Basic Toolkit

First things first, we need a tool-kit. You don’t need the most up-to-date of equipment really, just as long as they what you have is reliable.

The Gubbins

  • Internet Connection: the faster, the better, and Sky Fibre Broadband, if you can get it in your area, is impressive (it’s what we use)
  • Computer: Mac or PC, it doesn’t matter. Mac’s are a better value in the long term though as you don’t need to spend as much out on them for anti-virus, firewalls etc.
  • Proper Email (none of this “xxbabyface68” stuff). Get a professional sounding email, even if it is a Hotmail or Gmail. Make it sound like you mean business. Something like “miss***smithblogger” will do.
  • A Word Pressor: Microsoft Word from Microsoft Office is my go-to as it’s a doddle to use and works on both Mac and PC. Or you can grab a free one from Google Docs.
  • A PayPal account/BACS account (so you can be paid)
  • A blog (see my article on How to Buy a Domain Name and Web Hosting)

That’s all you need equipment wise. Anything else you need you will either learn about while doing the job, be given in your role (primarily if you are working as a Virtual Assistant) or be able to buy at a later stage.

Freelance Work. Freelancer Woman Working On Laptop Computer. Bus

You and Your Skills

Next, decide what you are good at doing. You don’t need qualifications to start freelancing, so anyone as long as you have a basic grasp of the English language can write.  Just work out what you excel in. I’ll use myself as an example. I know a lot about organic gardening, so if something comes up where they need someone to write about it, I’m your girl. I also have a great interest in alternative health, and again if someone wants an article written about that, I’ll take it. Overall, I’m quite good at journalism and media/video production (it’s what studied at college) so anything that needs designing, like a newsletter or an ebook that needs layout, I’m the one to do it.

How Long is Long Enough?

When you start on your journey to becoming a freelance writer don’t just jump in. You need to have a little experience of writing to gauge what people are interested in reading. Blogging is one way to build up your portfolio. So get that blog up and running and start writing about things that interest you. Six months down the line you’ll be confident enough in your subjects to start writing content for others. From little acorns.

I Have The Knowledge So Where Now?

Fantastic. So you’ve built up your skills and are now ready to approach websites and offer your services. What’s out there and how should you go about it?  You need to register yourself on all the large freelance websites.

Where to Find Jobs

People Per Hour – A variety of different jobs available here, from content writing, administrative work, bookkeeping as well as quick jobs for $10 (about £7.50) for merging PDFs or converting a video format.

Upwork – This has got to be the largest freelance website around. Doesn’t pay as well as some of the others as you have to work your way up from the bottom and get a decent reputation to get more work. Once you build up clientele from here, you generally have them for life.

Freelancer – It’s the biggest in the UK. I’ve used it several times as a buyer, and it’s by far the least complicated. It’s free to join, and you can bid for up to 8 jobs at a time. They offer upgrades and have exams that you can take to demonstrate your skills (some at a cost, so be aware of that).

Constant Content – You can register with this company and set your price. Some articles go for $10 (mainly when you’re not selling the rights to it) and others for anything up to $70 a piece (giving over full rights). To join though you need to sit quick tests which consist of a set of grammar questions and a short 300-word article on the subject of their choosing.

Fiverr – This is by far my most favourite of sites. I was here at the very start. You can be a jack of all trades, a voice-over artist, a writer, a crafter. Whatever you want to do, there is most probably someone out there that will pay you $5 (about £3.40) to do it. It’s full of fun little jobs with some taking no longer than 10 minutes.  But you can also sell your writing there. 300-word article for £3.40. I mean you don’t have to be a genius to knock out 300 words about a subject. Easy and quick.

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So there’s our delve in what’s on offer. Have you found a better site that makes you quite a lot of cash, or are you still on the lookout for something a little more lucrative? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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