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How To Become A Freelance Writer With No Experience

You may know someone who works as a freelance writer and loves it, or maybe your read about how you can make a good living from anywhere working as a writer. But no matter how you found out about it, chances are you are interested in it for the freedom it will give you, the opportunity to make more money, or the fact that you won’t ever get bored with constantly changing projects.

Regardless of whether you have writing experience or not, you can become a successful freelance writer in just a few steps:

  • Sign up for a website
  • There are many different websites that you can use to find projects, connect with clients, and even get paid without the worry of getting scammed. These freelance writing websites are by far the easiest way to find work and to build up a good reputation that will make you more marketable to potential clients. Some websites have a free option and a paid option. For somewhere around $10 per month the paid option can be well worth it if it allows you to see what other writers have bid on projects.

  • Put together a portfolio
  • Even if you don’t have any experience working as a writer for pay, you probably have some writing experience. Putting together a portfolio with samples of your writing, even if they are old school papers or pieces that your wrote specifically for this purpose, will make you more marketable to clients because they won’t be taking as big a risk hiring you if they already have an idea of what your writing is like. When compiling a portfolio you want to include your best work and to give a good variety of different kinds of writing and the different styles of writing that you are capable of.

  • Identify your own strengths and experience
  • There are so many different kinds of writing that you can do working as a freelancer, from technical writing to grant writing to academic writing to article and blog writing. First you should decide what kind of writing you’d most like to do. Then, if possible, try to find something to specialize in. For instance, if you want to be a blog writer, and you have a lot of experience in the culinary world, you could specialize as a food blog writer. By focusing on your strengths and not trying to market yourself for everything, you’ll make yourself more appealing to clients.


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