March 11, 2019 | Tags: article ideas, beginner tips, content marketing, freelance course, freelance pitches that worked, freelance rates, freelance tips, freelance writer, freelance writing tips, how to make more money, online course, productivity, writing tips
If you want to become a freelance writer with no experience and are eager to start a freelance writing career, apply some of these freelance writing tips to break in as a freelance writer.
Content is king right now so every person, brand, service, and product needs articles, writing services, content marketing, and copy. You can help them if you have solid writing skills and a hustle mentality.
I find that freelance writing students and freelance beginners tell me that they have a ton of ideas—some of them potentially great!—but they don’t know where to pitch them, the right editor to email an idea to, and the process of landing a paid freelance writing assignment.
(Ways to come up with new freelance article ideas if you’re struggling.)
Here are 5 freelance writing tips to help beginners find their first freelance writing job.
Seriously. Email friends, family, and former colleagues letting them know that you’re freelance writing and would be happy to offer your writing services to them. Working connections and your network are one of the secrets of being a successful freelance writer and a six-figure freelancer.
You’re not going to become a great piano player simply by sitting in front of a piano and banging on the keys. The same goes for freelance writing. Here’s how to find time in your schedule to start freelance writing. You might want to make up a freelance schedule this week:
A freelance writing career is more than just writing articles for magazines. Look around you. Peek through your postal mail. There’s copy and content everywhere. (Try this exercise to find content marketing clients right under your nose!) You could be a copywriter, copyeditor, editor, content marketing writer, freelance writer for magazines, freelance writer for websites, SEO writer, ghostwriter, blogger, press release writer, a corporate writer for businesses, social media writer, travel writer, the list goes on.
Here’s what experienced freelancers wish they knew about freelancing five and 10 years ago.
Once you’ve decided what area you want to concentrate in, research the markets. I get more in-depth in this skill in my “Get Paid to Write” comprehensive freelance writing course, but you should read a few issues of the magazine you want to pitch. Spend some time on the website (and social media accounts) of the online outlet you’re going to pitch, and familiarize yourself with the brand or organization you’re offering your services to. Skipping this step is a mistake many beginning freelancers often make and it’s what can set you apart from the rest. Do the research and you’ll be much more likely to land an assignment. You’ll also want to spend time researching the idea you want to pitch.
This is a question you’ll often see posted in beginner freelance writing forums online: “How do I get writing assignments when I don’t have published articles or clips to show a client?” “How do I break into freelance writing?” or “How do I get started with freelance writing online?” Here are a few tips (of the many) tips I share with Freelance Writing students who enroll in my e-course on “How to Get Published When You Don’t Have Experience.”
Don’t forget to check out other successful freelance writer friends’ number-one tip for beginners to get started freelance writing here.
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