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I Want To Become A Freelance Writer: 5 Rules For Starters


All right, so you are thinking about branching out into the wonderful world of freelance writing but if you are honest with yourself have no idea where to start. There are so many benefits to following this route, not least the fact that you get to pick and choose your own hours. However, there are also numerous pitfalls. So, in order to avoid falling flat on your face before you even get started here are my five rules for starters. While success can never be guaranteed, by following them you will at least have a realistic chance of getting to where you want to be.

Brush up on your skills

This is not exactly rocket science, but you would be amazed at just how many people seem to think that they can start out in freelance writing with appalling English or grammatical skills. Granted, your writing doesn’t have to be of an academic standard to get started but it does have to be good. Especially if you want regular, recurring work. So, if you feel that your skills are in any way lacking it is a good idea to brush up BEFORE you make the transition.

Be flexible

The more flexible you are, the more work you will get. Period. It is all very well and good wanting to specialize in a certain area, but going into this with an element of snobbery is akin to going in blindfolded. You need to understand that there are millions of other freelancers out there globally. They all want what you want. If you are not prepared to go in at the bottom and work your way up then you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Go for volume

This is not the kind of thing where you can just dip your toe in the water by applying for one or two jobs. If you are going to do this then you need to do it with gusto; with relish. Register for all of the major freelance sites and then bid for as many projects as you are able to. Don’t worry about being swamped by work. I can guarantee that you won’t, at least not initially. While there are clients who will take on untested freelancers it is often those clients who will only pay peanuts.

Be prepared to work for peanuts

Unless you are ultra-talented or just plain lucky it is extremely unlikely that you will just waltz into a high paying gig. So, be prepared to work for a few dollars at least initially.

Create a strong profile

Even if you ignore every other piece of advice that I give you, make sure that you heed this one. A strong profile is essential in order to get not just decent work but any work at all.

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