So you want to start as a freelance writer and work from home?
I have been working as a freelance writer for nearly four years now. I have been able to work with a few clients in the U.S and Australia. I’ve written content for internet marketing companies, interior designing, businesses, and a lot more.
Becoming a writer isn’t achieved overnight. You need to work your way to be able to become better in this career. Before I started working as a writer, I was privileged enough to be coached by writers, trained by writing blogs and articles, and joined organizations.
Indeed, passion, transparency, and your willingness to learn online writing are just some of the things you need to possess if you want to be a writer. Just like any job, becoming a writer isn’t an easy one. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to be one.
Today, I will help you with a few personal tips on how I started as a freelance writer and the things I’ve learned along the way.
1. Research About Online Writing
“How to Become an online writer?” “What is online writing?”- These are just some of the few questions I asked Google.
Before even applying for jobs, you need to make sure that you are backed by extensive research on how this whole online writing task works. Nothing beats proper research, and it’s almost the foundation of anything.
Read reliable sources online and understand terminologies like SEO, link building, ALT texts, and more.
2. Familiar with Writing Skills and Tools Required
You can totally start working as a freelance writer from scratch. Although I have a background in writing and in journalism, I am also still foreign with online writing. It’s different, and it also requires a different approach.
To be effective in writing online, you need to be familiar with specific writing skills used. Read online articles depending on the niche you want to write for. You can read technical articles about medical, news, and other industries.
For tools, I use Grammarly as my writing guide to ensure that I write flawlessly online. I also write from Google Docs since it’s more efficient with backups and saving, and I can also have everything in one place.
3. Build Your Linkedin Profile
Linkedin allows you to connect with employers, clients, and professionals online. A social media app for businesses, employers, and employees. It’s also one of the best channels to find work online. Whether in the US or locally.
It’s vital that you build your LinkedIn profile to ensure that you are giving the right impressions to your future clients.
4. Write, Everyday
The best way to become a better writer is to continually hone your skills– as in, write all the time whether you’re getting paid or not.
You can also use your saved articles for future use, or use it for your portfolio. You can even start writing for a personal blog, this way, you can have a reason to get content running every day.
5. Find Jobs and Be Patient
Go job hunting. For everyone who thinks online job hunting is an easy task, you probably got it all wrong.
Yes, there are many opportunities online, but it’s also the same thing when you’re applying for office-setting jobs. For me, it took me 2 months of continually sending emails to employers and connecting with businesses on Linkedin before I finally landed on my first job. It was tough, but you only have to be patient.
Also, make sure that you have prepared a really engaging resume. You can create one through Canva, they have beautiful templates for almost everything.
Voila! That’s it, as easy as 5 steps, you can then start applying for jobs and work online. Especially this time of uncertainty and crisis, working online has become one of the best options for other people.
Just make sure that you have sufficient internet at home, laptop, and PC to help you get started.
Moreover, you must invest in yourself. If you wanted to earn BIG through online writing, then you have to work your way on it. Research, write, build a professional profile, and be patient!