Working from home is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people realize that it is a viable option. Freelance writing is a great way to make a full-time income from home. You don´t have to be an English major or a best-selling author to make a great income writing. All you need is a decent command of the English language and the time to put into your business. Follow these simple tips to be well on the way to writing for a living.
Get Some Clips
There are a lot of ways to get clips to send to prospective clients. Find nonprofits that need free writing services or contact local businesses. You can also write up your own clips in areas you want to write. These clips will be sent to prospective clients. Choose a niche, such as marketing writing, article writing, grant writing or blogging, and focus on getting clips in those fields.
If you are going to make serious money, you need to make yourself known. This doesn’t have to be intimidating. Tell everyone you are a freelance writer — friends, family, the people in line with you at the grocery store — odds are, someone will need your services or know someone who does. Have professional business cards ready to hand out. Write up a letter of introduction, which explains who you are and what you do, to businesses and trade magazines. There are a lot of online guides to help you write a great LOI.
Build a website to send potential clients to. The site should include your portfolio of clips and information on your business. Be sure it answers why you are the best person for the job. Some writers choose to include service and pricing for each type of project.
Use social media profiles to promote your business. Linkedin is particularly valuable for freelance writers, since it allows you to connect with potential clients. Be sure your page emphasizes your experience and desired fields. Don’t forget to include your contact information. Start a blog, which you can link to your website. It allows clients to find you and become familiar with your writing style.
Apply to Jobs
There are plenty of job boards with postings for freelance writers. Two great ones are Problogger and Journalism Jobs. You can also use regular job boards and type relevant search terms, such as “freelance writer.” If a job is asking for education or experience qualifications that you don’t have, apply anyway if you think you can do the job. If you find a place that is hiring in-house writers, ask if they also use freelancers. Another way to find clients is to do a search with the terms “writers guidelines,” “contributor guidelines” or “write for us.” This will get you a good list of places that use freelance writers.
Stay away from content mills, which hire large pools of writers but pay peanuts. Don’t give up. It often takes a lot of searching for a new writer to find great jobs, but it is well worth the effort.