These days, with the economy looking grim, more and more people are looking for ways to supplement their income. Freelance writing is an excellent way to do this, since you can literally start with no investment and it can be done during your spare time on weekends or in the evening. If you are interested in getting into freelance writing, but just don’t know where to start, this article will take you through the process.
Step One: Get Some Experience
Everyone will want to see samples, that is pretty much guaranteed. What most new writers don’t realize is that these samples do not have to be published! Just write some up and you’ll be able to show them to anyone who asks.
If you are looking to showcase some samples online, there are a few ways to do this. You can set up a website, or submit articles for free to places like EzineArticles and Associated Content, then point potential clients to your online portfolio.
Step Two: Start Applying
Looking for work can be tedious, no matter where you plan to work. However, this is one area that can really pay off. Start applying for all the jobs you feel comfortable taking. You can look on Craigslist, writing boards or even join newsletters that will send you job listings. Don’t pay see job listings, you can get them for free.
Be persistent and keep applying . . . eventually, you’ll get a job. Once you do, it’s in your best interests to turn that client into a return customer.
Step Three: Do an Excellent Job
Write to the very best of your ability. This will give your clients a great reason to keep hiring you! If you’ve turned out top quality articles or blogs for them, they have no reason not to continue hiring you.
That’s all there is to getting started with freelance writing online. However, there are a lot of techniques that can help you boost your chances of finding work and keeping it. If you want to get steady work, then you might want to look into blogging. You’ll write regular blog posts and get paid on a monthly basis. You can also seek out your clients instead of waiting for them to advertise.
Most of all, be persistent. Writing is not necessarily an easy job, but it is something that you can definitely do if you stick with it. Over time, it becomes easier as you build up a steady list of clients that keep coming back to you.