Here on Grad Money Matters, we talk a lot about taking control of your life and doing what you want to do, which might include learning how to become a freelance writer.
- Building your Reputation as a Freelancer
- Finding Private Health Insurance When You’re Self-Employed
- Freelancing Options
- Advantages of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
There are many positives of becoming a freelance writer, such as for a blog or a website like thepensters.com. The positives include:
- Having a flexible schedule.
- Being able to work from home.
- Being in control of the amount of money you earn each month.
- And more!
Writing online is a career that many people enjoy, including myself. I love what I do and I honestly wouldn’t do anything else!
So, what should a person think about if they are interested in writing for a living?
Do you enjoy writing?
The first thing you need to think about is whether you enjoy writing or not. If you do not, it will usually come through in your writing and it will probably be somewhat hard to write enough articles in order to make a living, because each article will most likely take longer than usual to write since you are forcing it.
If you love writing though, then becoming a freelance writer may be a perfect idea for you! I actually hated writing in school, but I love blogging and freelance writing more than anything. It still surprises me to this day, so even if you think you do not like it, I recommend that you at least try it out to see.
Do you have a blog of your own?
Blogging is a great way to see if you will enjoy being a freelance writer. You will get to experience everything that is related to owning a website, freelance writing, editing, etc., which can help you understand what goes into a freelance writing career before you ask someone to hire you.
It is also great because you can use your blog sort of as your portfolio, which you can then give to future clients for them to view and analyze very easily.
Due to the reasons above, I always recommend that a person has a blog of their own before they start freelance writing for others. A few have done it the other way (write for others, then start a blog), but it is usually harder to take that route as it’s a little harder to free freelance writing clients to hire you since they can’t really see your writing skills.
Who would your clients be? How would you find them?
There are many, many different people to write for as a freelance writer. You can start writing for a blog, a company, a magazine, a newspaper, a website of your own, an advertising company, a site such as thepensters, and more.
If you want to find clients, you can search message boards, look on job boards, contact websites you are interested in writing for, letting others know that you are looking for a freelance writing opportunity (such as by networking with those in your niche), and more.
Are you interested in learning how to become a freelance writer? Why or why not?