Congratulations! They say the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, and guess what? You’re taking it. At the end of this article, I want you to win all the freelance writing jobs that you come across because I’ll be uncovering industry secrets to making money freelancing online using the tricks I’ve learned with over three years of freelance writing.
These days It feels like everyone is losing their jobs, especially with the rise of the novel COVID – 19 pandemic. Most companies have taken the remote working option from coercion from their government or the threat of fostering the spread. What does that mean for you? Well, it means there are a lot more jobs online but also a lot more competition. If you want to win every job, then you need to stand out and be noticed, King Kong style. So without further ado:
- 1. Get Qualified and Specialised: It’s great that you already have a gift for writing or at least an interest in it but now let’s get serious. Saying ‘I’m a writer” isn’t enough. You have to be able to stand and say I’m a writer not just because I can write but also because I have done this or that. Getting certifications that prove that you’ve gone through some kind of training would help make you stand out from the rest. It gives a more qualified look to your portfolio and lets the employer have a little more faith in what you have to offer to their company. But please avoid having multiple online degrees with little or no practical experience because that could be detrimental in getting you that job or client.
- Now, let’s say you get a certification, then what happens now? Well, now is the time for you to decide what type of writer you want to become. Are you a travel blogger? Do you love journalism? Or is the idea of writing for businesses more alluring to you? You need to ask yourself these questions, and although it may sound fun to say ‘I’m a generalist’ often when you apply for a job, you would be asked if you’ve had previous experience creating that kind of content. Think about it, would you hire someone who writes about lifestyle to come and write an in-depth piece on crypto trading? Choosing your specialization also means choosing your industry. What industry do you think you would enjoy creating content for the most? Figure that out, and you’re one step closer to becoming a success.
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- 2. Pick a platform: There are so many great platforms that you can get freelance writing jobs sent straight to your phone. Gone are the days where you’ll have to newspapers just to see the job vacancies. The internet is your friend and the best one to have too. Many platforms like Fiverr and Upwork offer daily job alerts with you determining how much you’ll accept as payment for your services. Some platforms even offer to pay you for just showing up and writing great content. You can check out our list of the best platforms for writers in 2020 by clicking here. No matter your style of writing there’s someone who is looking for that unique writing voice in their company. Positioning yourself on multiple platforms is fine as long as they let you get the right freelance writing jobs. Some platforms are more nitch based and would serve other professions better. But you can check out our list of platforms that serve writers by clicking here.
- 3. Create an online portfolio: If you’re reaching out to different firms online then you need to have an online portfolio that they can easily view with samples of your works for them to see or read. Sending a C.V with multiple pdf samples is outdated and stressful. If you create that platform it’s as simple as sharing a link with them. Many platforms give you the option of having an online portfolio for absolutely no cost to you. These platforms usually have organic traction or viewership, and because it’s a nitch based, you can guarantee that employers would go to these platforms to solve their recruiting needs. Uploading your work samples let them understand that you’re a professional with experience creating written content. Websites such as clippings, Linkedln, etc. give professional-looking portfolios that’ll showcase your skill to the right audience. If you want more options for creating professional-looking online portfolios, click here.
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- 4. Collaborate: Offering your writing services to small blogs or websites for free would help you gain more content to add to your online portfolio. It also shows a good record of activity within your writing career. It says I write because I love to do it, and I know how best to do it. If you have some publications on different platforms, it would help to carry more viewership to you. People would see it and want to know more about the creator. Some would even share it with their friend, and before long you could have an avid audience waiting for your next post. This audience adds to the list of benefits an employer would see while deciding to hire you. But you must carefully on what writer to collaborate with. Some website or their creators might have a bad reputation, and by collaborating with them you’re putting their work under negative scrutiny. Select a platform that best promotes your nitch, creates a relationship with the creators, and then reaches out to them about wanting to provide them with an article on a certain topic that you feel their audience would connect with. This type of approach piques their interest and could get you your next publication.
5. Offer other services: Learning new skills that could complement your writing helps you stand out even more in the hiring pool. Skills like proofreading, Editing, SEO Marketing, etc. would help the employer see how much of an asset you are to the firm. It also gives you a better position to negotiate a salary for your freelance writing jobs. So say you are a certified content writer with experience writing SEO lifestyle articles and digital marketing for multiple publications applying for a content writing position in a Magazine company, you would be shortlisted for the job.
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