Becoming a freelance writer is difficult and for some writers it may be hard to break out of their bubble. Showing off your work can feel intimidating. As a writer you want people to like your work and truly enjoy reading your writing.
However, it is important to understand that your writing won't please everyone nor be to everyone's liking. If you are considering getting started as a freelance writer, keep these following tips in mind.
Showcase Your Work
If you are new and don't have any previous experience with clients, it is important that you somehow develop a portfolio, so that potential clients can see your style of writing to determine whether you are the right fit for the job. Consider creating a few titles on your own, some which may even interest you, and write some articles.
Once written, post it into the portfolios on all your profiles. You can even attach files on your proposals.
As a freelancer, getting your foot in the door sometimes requires you to work for much less than expected.
However, charging a low fee is a part of the journey to the top. Don't be bottom dollar, but beat your competition and explain in your proposals why you think you would be a good fit, and you're willing to negotiate your price to get your foot in the doors. Clients understand, and some even look for new writers only for the reason that they are cheap but still good.
Keep Your Money Organized
At first, the first few hundred dollars you earn as a freelance writer can be exciting and will most likely be pocketed. However, if you are planning on continuing and even quitting your job to eventually become a freelancer, it is vital that you keep track of your jobs and income. Taxes won’t come out of your payments; you should be prepared for the end of the year.
For your benefit, it would be best if you have previously written work, some experience in writing or even enjoy writing. When getting started as a freelance writer, it may take you some time to adapt and adjust to the requirements, the routine, and the time it will take you.
In the beginning, your writing may be slow; however, as you gain experience, your writing speed will begin to pick up. Maintaining a very active profile on sites such as Enthuse, Google+, Twitter, and any other major social media sites is vital to promoting your service and potentially reaching a new market.
However, if you don't enjoy writing and especially aren’t a good writer, consider a different field in the freelance industry.
Robert is a small business owner. He is also a consultant to many other small businesses. He consults on the importance of incorporating the internet in their brick and mortar business. He can be found and contacted through his profiles on Google+ and Enthuse.