Thanks to technology, a physical office is no longer necessary for many occupations. Cloud-based communication apps, such as Slack and Basecamp, allow collaboration across the globe. Remote teams and digital offices offer many benefits for both employees and employers. Workers aren’t stuck commuting to and from one location every day. Additionally, companies can hire from a global pool with reduced overhead. If you’re ready for a positive change, a work from home set-up could be ideal for you. More so, you may want to freelance on the side and then transition to working from home full-time. [Read more…]
As a freelance writer, you likely use occasional gigs to supplement your full-time income. There are many advantages to this setup, including having the practicality of a steady paycheck while making extra money doing what you love.
But if you love the process of freelance writing more than your current job, you may wonder about converting those one-off gigs into a full-time stream of available work.
Is it possible for you to turn your freelance work into a sustainable business? [Read more…]
The world of freelance writing is growing every day and the opportunities are more lucrative than ever before. For example… did you know that there are currently over a billion active websites on the internet today? Not only is it true, it also means there is a massive demand for new content to be created across these sites every single day.
With only around ten pages rankings organically on the main page of Google, it’s more important than ever for small, mid-sized and Fortune 500 brands to come out with great new content on a daily basis. For the most part, a great majority of this content is being outsourced — whether through agencies, writing networks of hiring new in-house or freelance writers.
In short, if you’ve ever wanted to find success with freelance writing, now is the best time to get started. To help with this process, I’m going to provide you with three actionable tips to not only help you get started but also to help you earn more in the process.
1 – Create Your Own Freelance Writer Site
In a world full of freelance writers, one of the best things you can do to stand out from the crowd is to have a professional website and portfolio of your own. With literally millions of writers to choose from, the odds will quickly swing in your favor just for having a simple website with a bio section, writing examples, past clients, testimonials and anything else of value you can offer.
Best of all, setting up something like this is now easier than ever. There is no need to set up your own hosting account, registering a domain name and messing with all the frustrations of setting up a real site. Solutions like WiseIntro make it easy for anyone to create a personal profile site in just minutes, and at a fraction of the cost a web hosting service and professional designer could charge you.
You can see an example of a personal site designed through their platform below. As you can see, it includes everything a freelancer would need to provide enough information (picture, bio, social profiles, portfolio, contact info) and value to their potential clients to further convince them to move forward with a writing deal. The premium version of WiseIntro also includes access to their WiseStamp service, which allows you to create a custom signature within your emails — which can also result in additional freelance writing work. To put this into perspective, just think about how many emails you are sending out on a daily basis!
Should your potential client have the decision between a freelance writer without a site and one that has everything professional laid out for them like the in the example above — the choice is clear. Adding a personal website and portfolio to your freelance writing business is a complete no-brainer.
2 – Utilize Freelance Writing Networks
One of the hardest parts to being a freelance writer is actually finding a constant supply of work. More often than not, new clients will come and go based on the actual amount of writing work they need completed. The horrible thing about this, is that your incoming revenue can simply dry up overnight.
A great way to combat against this is to simply take advantage of other high-end writing job sites already out there. Upwork is a great site for getting your name out there and occasionally bringing in new work, but it’s also extremely saturated. Better alternatives may come through sites like TextBroker and iWriter. These two sites are perfect for freelance writers of all sizes and skills, as writers are paid based off the quality of their work and their writing skills. (based off client ratings)
While freelance writing job sites mostly offer work on an ‘individual’ order/article basis, this can definitely add up over time, and it’s also a great way to bring in new clients that send a continual flow of new articles. TextBroker also has “Groups” set up within their system, that allows for clients to upload a large amount of articles to a select group (based on quality/expertise), which can result in many writing opportunities at any given time. Both of these sites also cater to writers who specialize in SEO — as most of the jobs coming through these sites will be for content sites that are looking to improve their existing search rankings.
Another benefit to using these sites is that payment isn’t collected or managed directly between the writer and the client. Instead, the actual writing site charges a transaction fee to the individual placing the order and will issue payment to the writer once the client is happy with the work. The benefit here is on both sides, as the writer will always get paid for their work, and the client will always be happy with their completed writing job.
3 – Secure Longterm Writing Deals vs. Single Jobs
The ultimate accomplishment for any freelance writer is to secure enough clients on a recurring basis. Once this goal has been met, it leaves more time for you to focus on the quality of your work and not worry about where your next paying job is coming from. More often than not, these opportunities will come out of nowhere but are definitely based off the skills and professionalism you present as a freelance writer.
To improve your chances to securing a long-term client, here are a few tips to implement right away.
- Offer Bulk Discounts – Yes, your writing time and skills are valuable, but if you can secure a client for long term work by offering them a discount, this is definitely something you should consider. This can also play a huge factor if you are writing outside of a micro-job site where the client might already be paying a transaction fee.
- Create Client Packages – Not all freelance writing work will come from job sites. This is especially true if you have a social media following, are well-represented on other sites and also have a bio/portfolio site of your own. If this is the case, be sure to offer writing packages through your site, and not just a blanket rate of “cents per word“.
- Simply Ask for More Work – Freelance writers shouldn’t be afraid to ask for more work from their clients, especially if they are a good one. Something as simple as asking, “How can we schedule in new content to make this easier for both sides?” could result in new monthly recurring clients.
- Use Invoices and Contracts to Close Deals – When working outside of a writing job site, it’s important to protect yourself and your writing in the process. Always have a contract or signed invoice in place to make sure you are paid for your work. To learn more about how to set this up, see these contract writing tips.
In addition to each of the bullet points above, the most impactful ways to bring in long-term clients is simply by delivering amazing work. Remember, there is a whole world of competition out there, and if you can make the writing process that much easier for your client… there is no reason why they wouldn’t want to stick with you for the long haul.
Take Action Right Now and Improve Your Freelance Writing Business
As you likely already know, the world of freelance writing is quite competitive. If you follow through and implement each of these three methods into your business, you will quickly stand out from the competition and earn more business in the process. Clients want long term writers that provide high-quality work. Make this process as easy and seamless as possible, and the writing jobs will just continue to keep pouring in.
Jumping off that cliff – otherwise known as a day job – to go freelance and be accountable to no one but yourself is a scary but exhilarating thought, isn’t it?
I think I am not wrong in saying that those of us who’ve done it felt those emotions (and everything in between), but that we wouldn’t have it any other way. [Read more…]
I remember my first ever freelance writing gig as clear as day. That was about 11 years ago, while I still had a 9 to 5 job and working on my thesis. It was an exhilarating experience, for I never thought I could make a decent amount writing on the side. I think that was a defining moment for me. I knew that one day, I would find a way to write full-time.
The universe had a different plan, though. It took me a while to finish that thesis, and I had to find a steady job to live. I stayed in the corporate world for another five years, all the while writing content on the side.
Then I got a break. THE break.
So here I am many years later, finally living that freelance dream. [Read more…]
Finding a career that suits your interests, lifestyle and income requirements can be a challenge. For some people, the idea of working from home sounds beyond perfect, with the opportunity to wear pajama pants all day and surf the internet. However, working on freelance writing gigs from home come with their fair share of downsides as well. Before you make the leap and quit your day job, here are a few things to consider to know if freelance writing is right for you. [Read more…]
Author: Kenneth Waldman is a freelance writer and content creator. He draws his inspiration out of the traveling. Get in touch with him on Linkedin.
You might be surprised to learn the number of freelance writing aspirants out there. However, many don’t dedicate time to fulfilling their dream. Alternatively, they go about their 9 to 5 traditional work routines, take orders from irritable bosses, and get paid less their worth.
If you wish to be a freelancer and your current situation is similar to the one outlined above, it’s high time you make a change. You’ll only waste time if you keep procrastinating.
Just remember that it takes some time to grow a successful freelance writing business. The steps to actually start are simple. They do not guarantee that you’ll be swimming in cash, but they will set you on the right path to gaining a solid income in the near future. [Read more…]
If you’re like many beginning freelance writers, no matter what your age, you feel conflicted when you ask yourself, “What should I write about?” The answer seems like it should be simple, but it gets tangled up in many different issues.
If you spent a lot of time in a creativity-deadening career before transitioning to writing, you might have forgotten how to take creative risks and how to feel confident about your ideas. Your interests, your hopes and dreams, your inner critic, and your concerns about making money also influence your writing choices. [Read more…]
Choosing to become a freelancer is both a positive and risky decision. You are setting our on your own, giving up the safety net of a steady employer. You are taking a step to be dependent entirely on yourself and no one else. It is liberating and terrifying, all at once.
Freelancing is a skill that takes some honing. While someone who has a knack for networking will find it easier than others, there are still challenges that you just have to work through. Much of it, in fact, is a matter of learning the hard way, and we all have our horror stories.
Of course, the risks and difficulties become more pronounced when working with people from countries other than our own. All communication is done via email or instant messenger, though some might occasionally ask for Skype. There is no real legal recourse when things go wrong. All in all, you have to rely on clients’ integrity, and they face the same problem with having to count on yours.
But despite that, the risk usually pays off. Working with a client from another country – or even continent – can be a rewarding and positive experience that you won’t want to miss. To make things a little less choppy, try following these guidelines for working with international prospects. [Read more…]