You are a talent for writing and you have wrote some papers as a freelance writer, but nothing so serious to bring you so much profit that you could make a living out of it. Now you want to make this your occupation – be a full-time freelance writer who earns enough and work from the comfort of your own home. But figuring out how you can do this – do something you love and pay the bills with the money you make from it – can be tricky. That is why we prepared 8 tips that will help you make (more) money as a freelance writer.
1. Specialize in some subject
Find a theme you enjoy exploring and writing about and think about making a career out of it. If you like creative arts, write about that. If you are into science, explore it and present it in an easily readable manner. Today, writing about technology, health and nutrition, celebrities, lifestyle and such topics seems to be the most profitable, but anything you choose to write about will find its audience if you know how to present the information you are working with.
2. Become an expert in a certain field
After specializing, this is the most important thing when you are working your way up as a successful freelance writer. You need to become very familiar with the theme you are writing about and have the above average knowledge. If that is medicine, than you need to be able to take all that complicated information from medical studies and reports and present it in a manner understandable to a regular person who doesn’t have any knowledge about that specific field. The same goes for all other themes. You need to know what you are talking about and back up your every claim with evidence and examples (whether from personal experience or something you’ve read, seen, etc.). For your credibility to grow strong, you always have to be at the top of your game and never stop being convincing. The fact is that writers become ‘famous’ or at least well known by those interested in that specific field by the topics he/she writes about, if the writing is good.
3. Work on your writing skills
This becomes much easier if you write every day. The more you write and the more you’re faced with challenges, the more experienced you will become and the better your writing will be. Work on your vocabulary, make sure your grammar is impeccable and your written thoughts are interesting to read. Even if you don’t have a writing project at the moment, make a project of your own and set a deadline to make you complete it in the amount of time you want it to be finished. It can be a journal, poetry, book reviews… Whatever comes to your mind. But make sure you keep writing even when you don’t feel like it.
4. Work on your portfolio
Seek jobs that would look good on your portfolio. Obviously you’ll have to start with something small, but aim to be published on websites, and if possible – on several of them. The more places your work can be found, the more credible you will look and the more people will want to cooperate with you. You will start receiving job offers, and your work will probably start being paid more than before.
5. Sign up for a freelancer website
Websites such as Elance.com, oDesk.com and many other of this kind are online portals where freelancers can find a great variety of jobs in the sphere of writing. Most of these sites don’t require you to pay a membership fee, but they do take a small percentage out of your earnings through the site (which is fair considering that you find your jobs there). A good thing about these websites is that the administration takes care of the fairness of deals and makes sure that interests of both sides (employer and employee) are met and that the employee is paid the agreed sum.
6. Promote your work
These days, marketing is everything. You have some work published, and now it is time to promote it and get some attention and more work. You can set up Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google+ accounts where people can read about you and what you do, share your thoughts and your writings and maybe even get some constructive feedback from your fellow writers on how to improve. Moreover, starting to network with other writers and potential clients can do much for you, so don’t forget to make contacts.
7. Ask for endorsements
If your former clients liked the work you did for them, why wouldn’t they give some feedback that other people could read? The more people like your work openly, the more credible you look and the more clients you will attract. But it doesn’t have to be only your clients, you can also ask some of your colleagues to endorse you or talk about the quality of your writing. Gather as many written testimonials you can and then you can put them on your website or your online profile on a freelancer’s platform.
8. Start a website
More and more freelance writers have their own websites where they can display the samples of their work and attract potential clients. You can start by blogging or setting up a free website, and later you can move on to something more serious. You could even start your own writing website where you could publish your work and even get paid for the ads some companies would post if it had many visits.