How to Become a Freelance Writer
Love to write? Here’s how to take the next steps and get paid to do what you love!
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Know Your Niche
Choose your freelance writing focus
What feeds your passion? Are you knowledgeable about any specific topics? The first step to becoming a freelance writer is to choose your subject matter. Perhaps you’re an expert on the latest Iphone apps or passionate about travel writing. Start writing about what you know and love.
Freelancers write about all sorts of topics from technology to sports to marketing. Spend time thinking about the types of topics you’re interested in writing about, then research publications, organizations, and businesses who may be interested in your services.
Know Your Worth
Choose your pricing strategy
Once you’ve narrowed your writing focus, choose your pricing strategy for clients. Freelance writers often charge by the word, the hour, or by a flat service rate. Beginner writers may wish to set their prices lower to gain experience and clients, but experienced writers should always charge their full rate.
If you’re working on slower, tedious editing job, an hourly rate might be the best fit for you. If you’re cranking out blog articles, a flat article rate may be ideal. However you charge your clients, be sure to know your worth and research the going-rate for writing services in your industry.
Set Up Shop
Set up your workspace & business tools
Now that you have your writing focus and rates, it’s time to set up shop! Carve out a writing space in your home, office, or local coffee shop where you can be productive without distraction.
As a freelance writer, you’ll need basic tools like a computer, workspace, and perhaps a set of headphones, but you’ll also need business tools like time tracking and invoicing to keep yourself organized.
An app like Freework is the perfect solution for freelance writers because it allows you to effortlessly track your hours, send project invoices, and more.
Build Your Client Base
Find clients and build your freelance writing business
Ready to write? You’ll need to find your first client. Freelance writing services are needed by hundreds and thousands of businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs all over. Start by seeking out publications and businesses within your freelance writing focus.
Next, reach out to family, friends, or local businesses who may be in need of writing services. A simple introduction email with links to your portfolio or website is a great conversation starter.
No luck with cold-call emails? Freelance job websites advertise thousands of writing, editing, and content creation jobs. Check out Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer to create a profile and get started.
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Write, write, write!
You’ve found your niche, setup your business tools, and found your first client, the only thing left to do is write! Be sure to honor deadlines and due dates and always communicate with your client if something changes with a project or timeline. The final product should always be delivered in an agreed upon format (such as Microsoft Word or Google Document) and on time.
Submit your work, create invoices, and get paid
After submitting your work, it’s time to get paid! Calculate your hours worked, total your word count, or use a flat rate to create an invoice for each freelance writing project or client.
An account with Freework makes this step incredibly simple with easy-to-use time tracking and invoice tools. Setup your client details, input your freelance rates, and use the time tracking tool to quickly generate your hours worked. Invoices can then be sent to all of your clients with the tap of a button. Freework makes it easy to get paid to do what you love!