The 4 Steps to Becoming a Freelance Writer

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Freelancing is perhaps THE job of the 21st century; everybody’s freelancing something. The ones who have a penchant for writing would rather be their own bosses. Is it worth it? Yes, obviously. Is it easy to cut your teeth as a freelance writer? Nope.

This is not to say that it’s impossible to earn more in a month than the vast majority of the people who work in the office for 8 hours straight. If you’ve decided to become a freelance writer, here are the 4 major steps you should take.

  • Know What Type of Writing You Excel At

Are you into literature or more inclined toward ghostwriting and copy or content writing? There are different markets for each of these types. Naturally, you shouldn’t take on any job you’re given; first of all, it’ll probably bore. Second of all, because you’re bored, you won’t give 100%, which will return you a bad score.

Reputation is everything in freelancing, so you don’t want to rub people the wrong way. Assess what you’re good at and don’t accept projects just for the sake of getting money. There are great chances that you’ll have to give it back.

  • Know Where to Market Yourself

Freelancer.com and Upwork.com are the 2 most reputable platforms for freelancers at the moment. We’re not saying that others might not be equally good, but they might pose a higher risk of being scammed.

These 2 mediums will charge a certain fee for letting you market your services there, so don’t freak out if you won’t be getting the full sum you’ve been promised by the client. This is somewhat intertwined with our next point:

  • Don’t Start Freelancing to Fulfill Your Delusions of Grandeur

Yes, there are freelancers that earn twice as much as your average person, but – and hear this in Clint Eastwood’s voice – it ain’t easy to become the best. Prepare to have your fair share of failures before you begin your ascension.

People seem to think that freelancers sit at their desks all day, cracking sunflower seeds and cranking 1,000 words per day. The nerve on this maggot! Yeah, not really… Successful freelance writers write upwards of 5.000 words a day.

If you think that’s a small figure, try it on for size. You’ll be cursing the heavens halfway through.

  • Focus on More Work Instead of on Getting More Clients

Doesn’t having more clients automatically result in more work? Not exactly. Freelance writers should aim toward establishing business relationships, in the sense that they should build a strong base of faithful clients.

I wouldn’t have been able to get where I’m at today if it weren’t for 4 or 5 clients who made me their exclusive caterer. Sure, it’s great to see how people fight over your services, but if you keep on taking every client you stumble upon, you’ll burn out really soon.

The clients that stick will appreciate that you know exactly how much you’re worth and how valuable your writing is. To sum this up: the work you’ll get from your base of clients will be steady, which means that you’ll have a steady source of income.

Conclusion

The thing is – you won’t be learning how to become a pro freelance writer on WikiHow. You can only learn how to do it by doing it. If you have serious aspirations to join this huge club, believe us – you shouldn’t think twice.

Just be realistic about it, trust your instincts and don’t undersell yourself. You’ll be very tempted to do that once in a while, but it’s not a great way of cutting it in this business.