Freelance writing is something I had been planning to do since college. I have been in love with writing since my high school days. Getting to do more of it in college was just pure bliss. However, I had no one to guide me back then, so I felt lost.
Only recently I have realised what my main goal in life is: to write for a living, remotely.
I started this blog with a vision to share my knowledge, but I will not deny that I also wanted to make some money through it. But it is easier said than done. I am so glad I found the path to freelance writing.
What is Freelance Writing?
I wouldn’t call freelance writing a “job.” Because if you look at it, it’s basically a business. You sell your skills through your articles, and instead of bosses, you have clients.
So, you write stuff that your clients need, you deliver the stuff, and they pay you for the stuff. Just the good stuff! That’s basically what freelance writing is. Although there are different kinds of writing (and services) you can do online to earn some bucks, I will share with you how I managed to earn $100 in 10 days.
A quick disclaimer: the things I’m going to be sharing with you are the steps I have done in order to earn my first $100. There are more ways to earn, but I will show you specifically how I did it. Realistically speaking, I can’t quit my job if I earned $100 every 10 days. It’s going to take me months or years probably before I can earn an I-can-quit-my-job income.
So where do we start?
Are you good with writing? Can you write thousands of words a day and still have brain cells left to spare? Can you spend hours writing about a topic you hate? If you answered yes, then you will have no difficulty freelance writing!
Before you start plunging into the freelancing industry, you have to know your strengths and weaknesses. If you clicked this blog because you already know you wanted to write, then that’s great! But for people who are not really fond of writing, there are other areas of freelancing that you can try. There are jobs for virtual assistants, graphic designers, web designers, etc.
I already knew I wanted to write for money, so I was off to a good start.
After you have decided which skill you wanted to sell, sign up on websites like Upwork.
Upwork is a platform that connects clients and freelancers and sort of works like a middleman in every transaction. They charge 20% on every transaction, which is a bummer, but it’s only a small fee you have to pay for the assurance and security. If you’re a freelance newbie like me, this is a good place to start.
There are two kinds of jobs: fixed and hourly. For beginners, it’s ideal to do fixed-price jobs so you can easily build up your portfolio. It’s also less of a hassle!
There are many websites you can find that work like Upwork, so feel free to try others!
Submit Well-Crafted Proposals
The key to landing clients is to send well-crafted proposals. Avoid sending out copy-pasted proposals. Make sure you craft each proposal especially for specific clients. They will know if it’s a copy-paste!
Read their job postings carefully, and follow instructions. Some will require you to put a specific word or phrase somewhere in your cover letter, so watch out for that.
With Upwork, you get 60 “connects” per month if you’re on a free account. Connects are sort of like your currency on the site. Each proposal you submit costs 2 connects, so use it wisely if you want to keep using the site for free. Your connects replenishes every month btw!
I utilized my connects very well on my first month and sent out as much proposals as I possibly could. A couple of days later, I got an invitation for interview!
Work on More than One Gig and Maintain a Decent Track Record
Working freelance is very different from your regular 9 to 5 corporate jobs, where you are only focused on one or two projects at a time. These projects rarely differ in terms of end goal.
When you are freelancing, it is impossible to earn a decent amount if you are only attending to one client as a beginner. If you plan on doing this for a living, you better do as much projects as you possibly and realistically can.
Of course, initially, it is okay to focus on one project if you are still learning the basics. But never stop with one client. Always look for new ones if you have more time to spare.
More clients, more projects. More projects, more money and experience. And more experience means higher paying clients in the future! You will have to literally start from the bottom, but once you’ve got it going, there is no stopping you!
It is important though that you keep your record in pristine condition. You may be working with four clients at a time, but please make sure that you are meeting their requirements. You don’t want to get negative feedback! If you know you can’t handle more than two or three, don’t force yourself to work with more. Always remember, quality over quantity!
Join a Community
You still might think that this guide isn’t enough. Don’t worry, I won’t take it hard! It’s important that you meet people who are in the same field and connect with them. They will be able to inspire you and even assist you if you meet a couple of hurdles.
When I first started out (like literally after I’ve signed up on Upwork), my good friend and planner sister Nizza Gueco introduced me to the world of freelancing. She invited me to her thriving Facebook group called Freelancing With a Heart. There I was able to learn more and connect with fellow freelancers from all fields.
I am also wanting to expand my writing abilities, and I’ve been learning how to be a decent copywriter. I have found the best community for copywriting in Copywriting Dojo, and people there are very warm and welcoming! I have a long way to go before I can even write a compelling copy, but I know I will always have the support and assistance I will ever need.
So that’s how I earned $100 in 10 days…
I am currently working with two clients. Upon signing up on Upwork, I spent the first three or four weeks crafting my profile and sending out proposals. When I have finally landed on clients, I was not afraid to ask questions. I told them upfront that I was a newbie, and I was still on my learning curve with regard to Upwork.
Within the next few days, I was on fire. I wrote articles every day, submitted them before the deadline, and the next thing I knew, I had $100 in my account. It is ready to be withdrawn, but I am keeping them in my account for now!
I hope this blog inspired you to try freelance writing. Don’t forget to join me in my communities linked above, and leave a comment below if you have any questions for me!
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