Short guide on how to become a successful freelance writer

If you enjoy writing and have a way with words, you might want to consider turning these skills into a career or in a useful way of generating a little extra income.
Making a living as a freelance writer doesn’t always mean that you can just write whatever you want. Sure, you could start writing your heart out, publish it or post them on a blog website, but generating an income this way is not an easy job and can prove to be pretty challenging.

The most freelance writer opportunities that you will encounter during your search online, will prove to be jobs like SEO (Search Engine Optimalisation) writer, writing online casino reviews, reviewing online products, working with social media channels, etc.

As a freelance writer myself, I took the liberty of making this short guide that might kickstart your new career as a freelance writer.

Start making a portfolio

If you’re starting from scratch, the prospect of putting together a portfolio can be intimidating. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can begin constructing your portfolio one piece at a time. Consider starting a blog to showcase your writing skills if you’re having trouble getting published. Not only will you be able to expand your portfolio, but you will also be able to improve your writing skills.

Start a blog

If you’re just getting started and don’t have any published bylines yet, becoming a blogger is a great way to get your name out there. Many editors or potential clients will ask for clips or writing samples to get a sense of your voice; by having something to show them, you’ll be able to impress them. Blogging is also an excellent approach to develop a regular writing habit. Even if your girlfriend is the only one who reads it, developing those habits will help you become a better writer. You never know, your work may be discovered along the road.

Start pitching

It’s time to start pitching potential clients now that you have a portfolio and a few blogs. Conduct some research in your chosen area to identify potential outlets for your work. Reach out when you have a lead on a website or magazine for which you’d want to write.

Tell the editor what you enjoy about their site, what you can contribute, and show off your fresh work portfolio. Include a story idea that you believe would be a good fit for their material. Don’t be hesitant to approach editors with your ideas; the worst they can say is no.

Don’t give up

It takes determination to be stuck behind you keyboard for hours, waiting for replies from the dozens of potential employers that you have contacted, and being unsure if this freelance writing is actually cut out for you. But be patient. Unless you are J.K. Rowling, most successful writers didn’t become great in one day. Trust in your skills and use your tools well and I am sure that soon I will be reading one of your articles instead of you reading mine.