People often ask me how I can travel so much. My answer is simple: I’m a freelance writer, and I can work virtually anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection.
I know a lot of people who are also into freelancing nowadays. Even you—yes you!—can do it if you really want to. It’s not easy; but then, nothing worth doing is.
Here are some things you need to know about becoming a freelance writer.You already have the skills to make a living from writing. All too often, people think that anyone can be a writer. Unfortunately, this isn’t so! Look at this text from the profile of a US contractor. Do you think she’ll find it easy to find a sustainable job in the marketplace?
My dream is to become a writter. I love to write and would love the chance to prove it. My first artical is on my profile, so take a look at it if you would like. Just please keep in mind that it was my first artical and that I fill that if I get the chance to write more the better my articals will become. If you have the time and would like to give me the chance please let me know I have the time if you do.
If you’re confident you have something to offer your potential client, you should sign up on freelancing websites like oDesk, Elance, or Freelancer.com. There are a lot of writing opportunities there, and while majority pay bottom feeder rates, there are also some which pay well. Once you have signed up, create a profile and complete it as much as possible. Look at the profiles of other contractors in your field and pay attention to how they phrase their objectives. Remember not to copy/paste!
Create a porfolio. While waiting to hear back from potential clients, build your portfolio. It would be nice if you could have bylined articles published in other sites, but it’s not a problem if you don’t. Just go to Blogger.com and create a blog. It’s free and you can write anything there. Suggestion: Write as if a potential client would read your posts. Put out your best and use your blog to show clients how well you can write.
Be professional. As a freelance writer, you are your own boss. There’s nobody to tell what to do and when to do it. Make sure then to be professional. Meet the deadlines you set and submit only quality work. Never plagiarize or copy/paste the content of others!
It can be hard going at first when you’re just starting, but take it from me, it’s highly fulfilling once you get established! I work only 10-20 hours a week, and I earn more than I did when I worked at a brick and mortar company before.
Here’s a very important thing to remember though: never quit your day job to go freelance until you have established your name as a freelancer and you have saved up 6-8 months’ worth of your salary. Freelancing is not a stable business and you’d better be prepared for it!