Let’s face it, we’re all stuck in quarantine. There isn’t much to do at home. However, you can see on social media that many people are baking, painting, dancing, making TikToks, and a lot more stuff.
Then there’s you, who is bored all the time and not doing anything productive. If you feel low about yourself for being unproductive, try honing your writing skills and start freelance content writing.
Don’t know how to start? Well, we have got you covered. In this article, we are going to talk about freelance content writing and everything you need to know about it.
This article will cover topics such as, what resources you need to start content writing, ways to write to clients and companies, how to generate the most amount of money from this field, and special tips and tricks for gaining more efficiency.
So without further ado, let’s get right into it!
What is Freelance Writing?
To explain what freelance writing is, let’s first talk about what freelance means.
Freelancing refers to working for a specific client or company for a specific period of time on a certain number of projects based on a signed contract.
Freelance writing is, when you write content for someone and get paid for the amount of writing you have done. There is no fixed monthly salary, just a task and its payment.
When writing for freelance, you will be working with several companies, agencies and individuals.
They give you a task, set a certain deadline and you have to write the content within that deadline to get paid for the project afterward.
Prerequisites for becoming a Content Writer
There are certain things you might want to check off your list before diving into the whole freelance content writing world. So take out your notepad and see if you have the following things that we are going to mention.
The first thing you should consider is whether you have good writing skills or not. Having good writing skills, rich vocabulary, and a good sense of grammar is the most important thing in content writing. You can’t afford to deliver poorly written content to your client. So make sure your writing skills are good.
Secondly, you need a computer (desktop or laptop) and a decent internet connection. As almost all your work will be online, having a good internet connection is crucial.
Platforms To Find Freelance Content Writing Jobs
1. Content Mills
The best place to start writing content is content mills. Although most professional writers will discourage you from working in content mills, we think it is one of the best places to learn and experience writing for clients.
The only downsides to content mills is that the pay is quite low. They do pay pretty regularly (typically weekly or bi-weekly) and you do get work pretty often. Although the pay is low, you can work your way up to a reasonable hourly rate.
Some popular content mill platforms are TextBroker, WriterAccess, WritersDomain, iWriter, Crowdcontent. You can use either of these platforms to start freelance writing.
2. Freelance Marketplaces
This is the most common and widely known way to start freelance content writing. The freelance marketplaces are recommended by most freelance writers and experts.
Some popular freelance marketplaces are UpWork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and People Per Hour. Each site works a bit differently compared to one another.
There are mainly two methods of finding work on these sites. You either pitch or bid for job offers and advertisements posted by clients, or you advertise your own service and have clients come to you.
The only problem with this method is that it takes a lot of time and hard work to grow in these marketplaces. But with a little effort and patience, you can land a lot of clients and make loads of cash from these sites.
3. Writing Job Boards
Writing Job boards post several job offers on their sites and hire freelancers as well. These job boards are specifically for content writers and pay more than the content mills do.
You can get paid from anywhere between content mill rates up to over 200 dollars for only a 1000 word article. Some posts even let you set your own work rate.
Some common writing job boards are: Problogger jobs board, bloggingPro jobs board, and Freelancewriter.com.
How to Become a Freelance Writer with No Experience
There are several ways you can start writing content.
In this section we will be explaining the methods you should follow and routes you should take in order to succeed at being a freelance writer.
1. Start Your Own Blog
Writing in a blog will help you learn how to write online content and give you experience to actually start working. You get to experiment with writing styles and structures. This also helps you select a niche that will help you greatly afterward.
Writing in a blog regularly will let you practice typing and increase your typing speed. Not only that, but you will also be researching, structuring and writing content that will come in handy when you are assigned with a specific tasks from the clients later.
You can use your blog as your portfolio, so when you do get clients, you can show them your blog to gain more trust and confidence. So starting a blog can be very beneficial for a beginner writer.
2. Selecting a Niche
Selecting a niche is very important if you want to ace in the world of content writing (or any business at all actually). A niche is basically a field of expertise or specialty. Clients and companies look for experts to get a certain job done. It is the same in the case of content writing.
When you have a fixed niche, you are saying that you are an expert or nearly an expert at that certain topic or know about that certain industry. This allows you to attract the most amount of clients.
3. Job Advertisements and Pitching
Be it in any platform; keep an eye on the job advertisements that are posted. Half of the times those advertisements are jobs, and the rest half of the time companies and clients hire freelancers.
So make sure to never miss to pitch yourself properly to land a freelance job.
4. Content Writing Startup
You can start a business from content writing. All you need to do is be more commercial and think strategically to attract the right audience and provide them quality content.
What you can do, create a website and start attracting traffic towards it. You might have to pay for the domain or hosting, but it should get covered up by the profit you will make if you do everything right.
Do some research and market your website to get maximum audience. Set rates, offer good service and provide enough samples and proofs on your website dashboard so clients hire you for their work even more.
When you provide high quality content to your clients, they will recommend your business to other clients and companies. This will result in your business skyrocketing.
Tips and Tricks for Beginner Freelance Content Writers
When you start writing content for freelance for the first time, you face many difficulties and adversities. To give you heads up for what you are signing up for, we have some tips for you.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that you have to invest countless hours and lots of effort. And not to mention, money. Yes, you might need to spend money to make more money.
If you invest some money on a domain or hosting for your website, hiring affiliates and digital marketers to help you promote your site, you will get great results.
Another important thing is that, even as a freelance writer (without having an actual business) behave like a business person and not like an employee to your clients.
Stop putting them on a pedestal and letting them walk all over you. Set your fixed rates and stick to your words. There are loads of scammers out there who will surely underpay you if they notice the insecurity and desperation in you.
And lastly, you have to remember this for almost everything in life. You will mess things up. That is just how life is. No matter how hard you try, you will make mistakes and screw up a few times. But that’s okay. Get back up, and start writing again.
Don’t hesitate on selecting the perfect niche, trying a specific platform or taking any risks in general.
Try it out, if it doesn’t work, move on and try something else. This is will help you grow as a freelance writer and you will start making big money from this field.
So what do you think? Do you have what it takes to become a freelance content writer?
We hope the information that we provided you helps you to succeed as a freelance writer. Take the right steps and starts writing content today!