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How to Become a Freelance Writer

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The ideal scenario of working from home—even in your PJs—is livin‘ the dream, even if you’ve never even thought about it before.

Arranging your own schedule, being your own boss, and making money on your own time, even if you’re a stay-at-home parent can all be done with the job as a freelance writer.

However, we don’t need to paint you anymore convincing pictures—the reason you’re here is that you want to start your freelance writing career. Today.

To help you out, we’ve set up this easy-to-read guide on how to easily become a freelance writer, on your own time, in your own way. We hope it can help you set up a career that you’re not only going to be happy with but also that will help you rake in the cash—especially when you need it most.

How to Launch Your Career

So, the first thing you should learn about how to become a freelance writer is how to get started.

To help you see if this is even something you want to do,we’ve outlined a few skills that are critical in this career:

• Writing skills (obviously): You need to be able to write—and do it well. It also helps if you enjoy it but the quicker and better you are, the more money you can make.

• Self-starter mindset: You’re going to be your own boss,which means that you should be able to set an initiative and stick to it. If you can’t motivate yourself, this isn’t a job for you.

• Time management: It’s critical to manage your time effectively to meet your due dates. Even though your job is all online, that doesn’t mean you should spend hours browsing the internet—just because you can.

• Self-critical with editing: Although there are plenty of apps and websites that can help with editing, there’s nothing that beats a human editor.Unfortunately, as a sole freelance writer, you won’t have that luxury.Therefore, you need to be able to step aside and look at your work with a critical point of a view.

• Organization: Along with every adult job you’ll have, you need to have pristine organizational skills. With freelance writing, it’s the same—if not,more—since you’ll be hacking it on your own.

•  Good people skills: What? You thought that because you’reworking from home you don’t need to have people skills? WRONG! You’re your own advocate, which means you need to be able to communicate with your clients effectively—from e-mailing, messaging, texting, hopping on the phone every once in a while or even meeting a client in person to help understand their project.

Becoming a Freelancer

Fortunately, there are so many different platforms to help you set up your profile or even portfolio to get the word out there that you’re open for business.

There are sites like Upwork, Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, the list goes on and on.

To help you find the most effective website, do your research beforehand so you’re not creating hundreds of profiles on different platforms just to find out that’s not really the one for you.

With the millions of freelancers out there, how will you succeed?

Patience, perseverance, and a go-getter attitude are essential but to help you stand out from the rest, you need an eye-catchin’ portfolio, a well-crafted proposal letter, and take-anything-you-can-get attitude right from the start.

Especially in the beginning of your career, you need to have an open attitude about building up your prices—which means you’ll have to start from the bottom.

Managing Your Career

From taxes to registering your business, most platforms have got you covered. Depending on the channel you use, you’ll need to speak directly to your tax advisor on how to do it correctly, however, just know that as a freelancer, you’ll be doing it through a self-employment channel.

If you need help managing your career as a solo worker,this article, can help you work through any kinks.

Don’t feel that confident? Don’t worry—every freelancer started somewhere. Whether it was making less than minimum wage or competing against drop-out high schoolers, you might have to pay your dues in the beginning of your career (unless you get extremely lucky and find a great-paying client off the bat).

Some freelancers feel more comfortable if they begin their freelancer career on the side, keeping their employment of a more stable job at first. This way, you can have a steady income if your freelancer well is running a little dry. This is a great way of easing into the water. However, if you want to go all-in, you can!

Get Out There!

We hope this article has helped you with the first few steps of how to become a freelance writer. The best advice we can give you is to get your feet wet and venture out for yourself—you’ll never know if you like it or how successful you’ll become unless you try!

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