So you want to learn about freelance writing?
Freelance writing is the best way to make money from your laptop in 2019 (and beyond).
But if you’re like most people, you probably think it sounds too good to be true right?
You can’t possibly get paid to type words on a laptop and work anywhere in the world… Or if you can, it’s not enough to do it full-time…right?
Nope, you 100% can! All you need is a laptop, wi-fi, and this guide to get started.
I know because I’ve been doing it since 2017 after struggling for nearly a year to make money online. I’ve also been able to 10X my income in 2018 and keep reaching new monthly income levels in 2019.
More importantly, if I can do it, you can too.
But right now, you’re probably thinking…
- What is freelance writing?
- How do you land freelance writing gigs?
- How much money can you make as a writer?
And probably another 100 questions if you’re like me back in 2017 when I got started.
But don’t worry, I got the answers (well, a lot of them)…and proof that if I can make it as a writer, you can too.
In this ridiculously epic post, I will cover everything you need to do to launch a freelance content writing business.
Whether you want a new side hustle or a full-time online business, this is THE ultimate guide for writers.
Here is a quick overview of what you can learn in this post:
- What is freelance writing?
- Why should you try freelance writing?
- How I 10X’d my writing income in in 12 months (working part-time)
How to Start Freelance Writing
- Picking a profitable niche
- Create a freelance writing website
- Build a portfolio to land high-paying clients
Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
- Guest Posts
- Social Media
- Cold Pitching
- Upwork for Freelance Writing
- Best Freelance Writing Job Boards
How to Make Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer
FAQS: Answers to the Most Common Freelance Writing Questions
My hope is that with this post, you have an exact blueprint to become a freelance writer that actually makes money.
Follow this advice, read it a few times, and take action immediately.
Because remember, ACTION leads to CLARITY.
***Quick reminder… this epic guide is NOT for copywriting, scholarly writing, writing white papers or publishing a book.
To get started, here is my proven formula to becoming a successful freelance content writer:
I realize this guide is SUPER detailed so click to one of the links below in the table of contents to go directly to a specific section if needed. Otherwise, if you’re brand new to writing or making money online, I created this to literally be a step-by-step guide.
Introduction to Freelance Writing
What is Freelance Writing?
So what is freelance writing anyways? How is it different from writing in magazines or the newspaper (if people still read those)?
A freelance writer is someone who gets paid to type words online. You get hired by a brand, blog or business to create content for their business. This is different than blogging or copywriting (which I’ll cover later in the post).
While this definition of freelance writing might sound overly simple, it’s literally exactly what it is. I really like this Quora answer for the best freelance writing definition:
A freelance writer is what I like to call a “Pen for hire.” In every niche that you work in, you’ll exchange your words or time for money. You work completely independently. You don’t work for anyone, but you always work with people on your projects.”
One of the best parts is that you can get paid to write about pretty much anything too. We live in a world that can’t get enough content which means blogs, websites, and businesses need writers in every imaginable niche.
Literally every niche needs content. For example, I’ve gotten paid to write about pets, personal finance, golf instruction, and personal development… just to name a few.
Plus, each client is different which makes it kind of fun. Not to mention, you get to choose your niche and decide to who to work with. If you don’t like working with someone, you can simply let them go!
Sometimes you get hired to write one-off projects, while others are weekly, and some might have a monthly posting schedule. These are all terms that are discussed before getting hired as a freelance writer.
Depending on the work that you do, you’ll have a number of different job titles. Some of the most common ones including:
- SEO Writer
- Ghost Writer
- Content Writer
- Freelance Blogger
- Content Strategist
- Freelance Web Content Writer
Why Should You Start Freelance Writing?
Now that you have a basic understanding of what freelance writing is, what are some of the perks?
There are literally hundreds of different online side hustles, so why try this one?
Here are just a few reasons why I LOVE freelance writing:
- Easy to scale
- Location freedom
- Low startup costs
- Can make money fast
- Create your own schedule
- No formal education required
- Can do it part-time or full-time
- Can get paid to write about stuff you’re passionate about
- Don’t have to learn too many new skills (compared to drop shipping, e-com, Facebook ads, etc.)
This isn’t to say it’s a cake walk or an overnight passive income source. But compared to blogging, Youtube, and podcasting, it will yield faster income.
Plus, compared with drop shipping, e-commerce, and Amazon FBA, almost no capital is required to get started. Here are some other reasons to start freelance writing:
How I 10X’d My Writing Income in 12 Months (Only Working Part Time)
Alright…now you know what freelance writing is and why it’s such a great way to make money online.
But why should you believe anything I’m saying?
You might be brand new to Inspire Your Success and have no clue who I am.
Let me introduce myself…my name is Michael Leonard and I am the creator of Inspire Your Success + a full-time writer.
For the past two years, I’ve been obsessed with all things related to digital marketing & side hustles. Specifically, freelance writing, blogging, and podcasting.
Back in May of 2017, I quit my $120,000 career to figure this whole “digital entrepreneurship” aka “Laptop lifestyle” thing out. I was determined to build an online business and pursue professional golf. Only one problem… at the time, I had made a whopping $200 from this blog #ballin.
Luckily, I was a personal finance geek before leaving the corporate world. I saved a lot of money and cut expenses so I could give myself some time to figure it out.
I kept seeing all these bloggers and writers making tons of money online so I figured…why not me!?
But I quickly learned that entrepreneurship isn’t quite that simple. The first six months I hardly made any money. I worked way harder than I ever did in corporate but I had almost nothing to show for it.
The next six months were a little better but needless to say, I wasn’t making it rain. In fact, I knew something had to change or my life would be turned upside down.
So I decided to go all in on freelance writing.
I had dabbled with it toward the end of 2017 but still never really committed. Most of time was taken up with blogging, social media, and pursuing professional golf.
So I took a bunch of online courses, joined a mastermind, and studied the best writers in the game. Because like Tony Robbins says, “Success always leave clues.”
And it worked.
From January 2018 to January of 2019, I was able to 10X my freelance writing income!
The best part?
I did this working on it part-time without ever going into an office! During that time, I averaged 15-20 hours per week writing. Some a bit more, some less.
Most importantly, it made me realize that I can always make money writing online. It’s a skill that isn’t going anywhere (despite what some may say).
Plus, since it wasn’t full-time I kept growing this blog, started Inspire Your Success Podcast, and kept the golf dream alive!
Here’s a quick snapshot of my income reports from Jan 2018 – Jan 2019.
How to Speed Up Success as a Freelance Writer
I want to be 100% clear, I am not trying to flex some cool numbers to impress you.
Some writers make 2-3X my income every month. But some of them don’t share their methods and honestly, if you’re a beginner, it’s hard to relate sometimes.
The reason I share these numbers is because if I can go from $0 to $6,500/month working part-time, SO CAN YOU.
*I actually invoiced $7,000 but had my first non-paying client that month #badkarmatohim
Again, I want to emphasize that I’m not any different than you!
When I started, I was an average writer (at best), sucked at proofreading, and made a ton of mistakes. But I kept learning as much as possible which led to making more money!
Not only have I been able to scale my income but I have been featured in big publications. Some of them include Goalcast, Fearless Motivation, Lifehacker, and more.
In fact, I became the #1 contributor to Fearless Motivation and have had hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people read my 100+ articles. Plus, I’ve done voiceover work for them and received millions of views on them as well.
Since Jan of 2019, I’ve continued to make around $5,000-$10,000/month. Some more, some less.
In 2019, I’ve prioritized other parts of my business but am still actively writing. And I’m still going strong. In fact, I’m about to make more in a single month than I ever did in my 9-5 🙂
So how did I 10X my income in 12 months?
Check out the graphic below for a quick snapshot:
Remember, if I can make money as a writer…SO CAN YOU!
Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step process on how to start freelance writing.
I want to have you start getting similar results and finally make money online!
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How to Start Freelance Writing as a Beginner
Before I jump into the nitty gritty details, I want to talk about something most writers don’t discuss. In fact, very few bloggers and online gurus don’t talk about it nearly enough either.
But it’s vitally important to becoming successful as a writer, solopreneur and entrepreneur.
It’s not some secret writing strategy.
It’s not some crazy pitch formula to land huge clients.
In fact, it’s nothing technical.
So what am I talking about???
Mastering your mindset.
Sorry to get woo-woo on you early in on the article but if I don’t mention it, you probably won’t become successful. Seriously, your mindset towards freelance writing (or any online business) is necessary for success.
Because here’s the thing…your mind will act as your best friend or your worst enemy when you’re starting a business. Your brain is designed to align your life to fit your beliefs.
Read that again…your brain creates your reality based on your beliefs.
Meaning, if you don’t believe you will become a successful freelance writer, chances are, you won’t. But if you believe you can make it happen, then you are setting yourself up for success.
As Henry Ford said, “He who thinks he can and he who thinks he can’t are both usually right.”
Seriously, this mental hack + the strategies I’m about to share, are why I’ve become successful at freelance writing. Every guest I’ve had on my podcast has said the same thing.
If you don’t control your mind, it will control you.
So make sure you are committed to upgrading your mindset for lasting success. Whether you want to make a few hundred bucks a month or you want to make $5,000+/month, your mindset will help greatly.
Alright, now that you have the mindset for success, let’s go into the tactical stuff. Because sitting around all day trying to get the Law of Attraction to work for you without doing anything won’t work.
Here are the steps to help you launch a successful writing career:
Step 1: Pick a Profitable Niche
Most people start by searching on Google for “most profitable freelance writing niches.”
In my opinion, this is the wrong way to go about it.
Just because a niche pays well, doesn’t mean you will enjoy it. To me, this is like taking a job in the real world that you hate because it pays well. Eventually, the money isn’t worth it and you’re left loathing how you spend your days.
I think life is too short to do stuff you hate all day. Sure, if you’re in a money crunch this makes sense but I don’t think it’s the best long-term solution.
Instead, when picking your freelance writing niche, you should find a combination of:
- A topic you enjoy writing about
- A topic that is in demand and can pay you well
- Something you’re knowledgeable about or willing to learn about
Niche Writer vs. Generalist
Finding Your Writing Niche
As the old saying goes, “The riches are in the niches.” And it’s true.
The more you niche down your writing, the more knowledgeable you are and higher quality content you can crank out. Finding your niche and zone of genius is what allowed me to 10X my income in 12 months.
Also, clients want to work with niched freelance writers. They want to know that you are an expert in a specific subject or industry as this will create better content for them.
Here are some tips to give you some ideas on potential freelance writing niches:
- Leverage your current job and past jobs. What skills have you acquired and how can that help people?
- Use past experiences and hobbies for ideas. As I mentioned, I’ve gotten paid a lot of money to write about golf. I never would have guessed I’d make thousands a month from it!
- Find other successful freelance writers and see what niche they are in. Ask yourself, could you see yourself writing about those topics?
- Look at big brands that you already know and love using. Trust me, they have the budget to hire a freelance writer and probably already have some. This could be any industry too (fashion, fitness, sports, etc.).
Pick a few niches to try out so you can get the ball rolling. Don’t overthink this.
Remember, action leads to clarity so get moving and quit pondering your niche. You can always change it in the future as well.
Step 2: Create a Freelance Writing Website or Blog
Now that you have chosen a niche, it’s time to start building your brand online. More specifically, creating a freelance writing website that you can call “home” online.
You might be thinking…do you really need a freelance writing website to become successful?
In my opinion, the answer is 100% … YES!
Here’s why you need a freelance writing website:
Pros of Creating Your Own Website
- You can customize it
- You control your brand
- It’s VERY cheap to create
- Can optimize for SEO traffic
- Help clients know-like-trust & hire you
- You own the writing website (i.e. not a 3rd party platform)
- You can constantly (and easily) update with new content & testimonials
Cons of Creating Your Own Website
- Hosting & paid theme costs
- Need to design (or pay for someone)
Honestly, there aren’t many cons to having your own freelance writing website. This is an essential part of becoming a successful freelance writer.
I tell all my students, if you don’t have a freelance writing website or blog, clients won’t take you serious. While you can make money without one, it’s going to take a lot more effort to land clients from job boards. Not to mention, job board clients won’t pay nearly as well as cold pitch clients.
Not to mention, you control your presence online. This will separate you from all the writers who haven’t invested in their business!
A freelance writing website is a very small investment with a ton of ROI. All you need is website hosting (I use Bluehost) and a paid theme to start crushing it as a writer.
Here’s what every writing website should include:
As I’m sure you know by now, you get what you pay for in anything life. A $10 steak at Sizzle doesn’t compare to a $50 one at Ruth Chris.
The same goes for choosing a theme for your freelance writing website. Free themes look like free themes and clients can tell. Paid themes make you look like a professional (even if you’re a brand new writer).
I’m not telling you to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars getting a designer to customize your website like this one. But I always recommend paid themes.
Plus, they aren’t that expensive either. Most paid themes are a one-time fee and are usually around $75!
I use Genesis by Studio Press on my writing website and this blog. It looks super professional, it’s easy to set up, and very little maintenance is required.
Not to mention, when you invest in yourself or your business, you will upgrade your mindset. By spending a few bucks, you are showing your mind that you are serious about becoming a freelance writer.
Spend the money upfront so you can help clients know-like-and trust you (more on that in a bit)!
Remember, all it takes is one small client and you can instantly repay the small investment.
Eye-Catching Home Page
You only get one first impression when you send potential clients to your freelance writing website. Your home page needs to clearly communicate what you do in 2 seconds or less.
This is NOT the time to put up random stock images or unnecessary text. Everything on your home page and writing website should be very intentional.
Here’s a quick snapshot of my home page on my writing website – www.michaelleonard.net
Your about page is another unbelievable resource when creating your online portfolio. I recommend creating an about page that isn’t solely about you.
Let me explain…
Clients care about you to an extent but at the end of the day, they want to know how you can help them.
Here are two examples of what I’m talking about:
- My name is Michael and I’m a freelance writer who focuses on writing epic content about entrepreneurship and personal development.
- Do you need epic content about entrepreneurship or self-improvement topics? Are you ready to finally turn readers into long-term customers? Then I got you covered. My name is Michael and I’m (……and then get going).
Notice a difference?
You want to include information about you (including a lot of pictures, especially ones with family and/or pets as it makes you relatable) but don’t forget about the client. Make it clear how your writing will make their business more successful!
Work With Me Page
What sounds better… using the term “hire me” or “work with me?”
In my opinion, “hire me” sounds like a desperate plea to put food on the table and pay your bills. Hire me sounds needy.
But “work with me” makes it sound more like a collaboration between you and the client. It makes you sound much more professional and established. Even if you’re new, you want to make it seem like you’ve been doing this for years.
Subtle shifts like this make a huge difference!
Social proof is so important!
People like to buy or transact based on other people’s opinions. This is why Amazon make reviews such a big part of their platform.
As a writer, it’s your job to get as many positive testimonials as you can. You can include them on different pages of your website and make it clear that you can get the job done.
If you don’t have any clients yet, ask old coworkers or use your LinkedIn recommendations.
Step 3a) Create Writing Samples
In the real world, would you apply for a new job without any proof that you can actually do the job?
I’m guessing the answer is NO.
The same goes for freelance writing (minus the resume part).
You need to show to potential clients that you can do the job.
To show off your skills, start by creating 5-7 writing samples that match your ideal client. This will help with a couple of things.
First, it will help you get into the habit of writing. If you want to become an awesome freelance writer, you need to write consistently.
I don’t have a hard and fast recommendation but agree that the more you write, the better you will get. Some writers say to write at the same every day, others will say to write 4-5 times per week.
Do whatever works best for you!
Second, creating epic samples will help you land clients in your target niche. Start writing samples that your clients would use on their website or blog.
How to Write Samples That Attract Clients
For example, if your writing niche is personal finance, start writing samples that will attract potential finance clients. I started in personal finance and wanted to write for money blogs & personal advisors.
For my sample pieces, I created samples about investing, paying off debt, millennial finance issues and retiring early. This helped potential clients learn about my writing style and show that I could do the job. I highly suggest doing the same.
Remember, the last thing you want to do is send samples that aren’t relevant to your potential client. This is a good way to never hear back from a pitch!
Once you’re written 5-7 samples, it’s time to share them with the world. Once they’re 100% edited, here are some of the best places to start sharing them online.
Best Practices For Your Freelance Writer Website
On your website, you will want to show off your work. This again will show credibility and prove that you can do the job.
To create a writing portfolio on your own website, here are some best practices:
Keep It Clean and Easy For Clients to Read
Complexity is the enemy of execution.
Don’t make your website or portfolio more complicated than it should. While you should invest ample time to make your portfolio and writer website look good, don’t get caught in paralysis analysis.
Also, don’t make it sloppy by posting the entire article on your site. Use PDF’s and attachments by uploading into your media files.
Never post entire writing pieces onto the portfolio page so the client has to scroll and scroll to view.
Organize Your Portfolio
On my writing portfolio, I have samples divided by the different topics I’ve written. I have one section dedicated to personal finance, entrepreneurship, and self-improvement.
I even have an entirely different section on my website all about golf. As I’m an avid golfer and have published a book, I wanted to clearly separate my two niches.
This is easy to do in WordPress. You can simply divide with headers or different colors to make it easy for the client to find the right samples.
Link to Social Media
Most of the time, potential clients are probably going to look for you on social media when you apply for a gig. It’s up to you to make sure they see social media profiles that help your cause.
Make sure your social is “client friendly” and link to your Twitter and LinkedIn from your website. You can also link to Instagram and Facebook as well (More on social media coming up).
Use Thumbnail Images
Create thumbnails for each writing piece to entice more visual appeal. This will help encourage potential clients to click through and read your work.
Add Copywriting Techniques
Where possible, add a title, a short description of the clip and a link to the full article. Add some brief copy at the top of the page (1-2 sentences) to your marketing message and sell your skills as a writer. This is optional but it can work well.
Add Hard Copy Clips to Your Portfolio (if applicable)
If you have a magazine, newspaper or print clips, you should include them in your portfolio, create a PDF, and upload to your site or Google Docs.
Always Update Your Portfolio
Like your writing skills, your portfolio is always a work in progress. As you start getting more clients, you might feel like it’s not as important to update.
But I promise, it is. Every time you work with happy clients, add that testimonial to your website.
A good idea is to track all of your writing in one place with a google spreadsheet. I recommend that you track the titles, website, and links for the content you write.
Create Your Portfolio For Your Niche
When creating your website or portfolio, always keep your niche and your perfect client in mind. If you meet someone new when you’re at an event or seminar, what would they think about it?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Is it easy to view and navigate?
- Does it really look professional?
- Will my portfolio appeal to prospects and clients?
- Does it include writing samples relevant to my niche?
Remember, your writing portfolio can help potential clients decide you’re the right fit for their content needs.
One of the ways to do that is to create epic writing samples.
Step 3b) Build Your Portfolio
Once you create epic samples that will attract your ideal client, it’s time to post them on your writing website. Plus, you can also write content here as well
LinkedIn is only growing in popularity and is one of the best ways to land freelance writing gigs. Unlike the algorithms of Facebook, the content you post is easily found on LinkedIn by your network.
Plus, it’s not nearly as crowded and noisy as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
This gives your work a much higher likelihood of actually getting read. I recommend sharing regularly on LinkedIn, finding groups, and reaching out to new people as well. Building your network is one of the best ways to land freelance writing gigs.
If you don’t know, Medium is an awesome site that makes it easy to share content with the world. You can submit content to your own personal site or choose to submit to publications.
Submitting to publications is a great way to add some credibility to your writing resume. If you’re brand new to Medium, make sure to check out how this beginner guide to get published in publications.
Using our earlier example, let’s say you chose personal finance as your freelance writing niche. You can find other personal finance blogs (as there are a ton) and submit your content to them.
Not every blog will say yes to guest posts but newer ones that are just getting started are very likely to accept. If you are in the personal finance writing niche, make sure to check out the Rockstar Finance directory to find potential guest post sites.
For every guest post, you write and is published make sure you receive an author bio with links back to your writer website, portfolio, or social media profiles.
The final spot to share your 5-7 samples is your own blog or personal freelance website. Depending on your overall goals, you can either create a new blog or choose to share on a personal website.
Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners - Best Paid Online Writing Jobs
So where do you actually get your first freelance writing job? Well, there are nearly endless amounts of digital magazines, job boards, cold pitching, and other ideas.
Here are some of the most common ways to get started.
1. Guest Posts
Guest posting is one of the best places to get started landing your first freelance writing job. I used guest posting in the beginning of my career and it led to several paid gigs. One of them was Fearless Motivation, a top motivational website with millions of followers.
I wanted to start doing more motivational/personal development writing in 2018 so I reached out. At the time, they were accepting contributors so I followed the guidelines and submitted an article.
Sometimes, blogs and websites will have paid guest posts but for the most part, they aren’t paid. But it’s a good way to get your own name on big websites, gain a backlink, and maybe parlay it into a paid gig. Remember, guest posting is usually free.
After writing three free posts (around 500 words), I reached out about making it a paid position. Here’s the exact email I sent:
My biggest tip about guest posting is to follow the instructions! Every website has a clear set of guidelines for what they want from guest post-er’s yet very few follow.
If they say your piece needs to be 1,000 to 1,5000 words, keep it in that range. Don’t submit a 500 word junk article or 2,500 word mega post. Clients want to see you can follow instructions!
Otherwise, there is really no downside to submitting guest posts. They help get your name out there and can easy parlay it into a paid writing position.
Lastly, for every guest post that is published, make sure you receive an author bio with links back to your writer website, portfolio, or social media profiles. This is how you can get “link juice” to your freelance writing website and gain exposure.
For more info, make sure to watch my Youtube video on guest posting as well.
2. Social Media
Resumes are dead.
I’m not one of those freelance writers who will tell you that you need a writing resume. I’ve never used one and never been asked for one.
Social media is the new resume.
If you’re not showing up on social media, you are missing out.
Building a brand online is one of the best ways to stand out and separate yourself from so many other writers.
This doesn’t mean you have to post on every platform, do Instagram stories daily or create a Youtube channel. It just means that you need to show your face and keep your profiles up to date.
You want to control what people see online.
Remember, clients buy (or in this case, hire) from people they like. It’s up to you, to make sure that your online brand helps people know, like and trust you.
I suggest getting started with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram profiles.
You might be thinking… Instagram for freelance writing…really?
My answer…YES, YES, YES.
The world is living on Instagram and that includes your clients. In fact, in 2018, they hit over one billion monthly active users.
Don’t believe me?
Look at this crazy graphic about Instagram monthly users from Techcrunch.
In fact, my highest paying client found me through Instagram.
He liked my motivational content, clicked on my writing website, and then DM’d me. We’ve been working together since December of 2018 and it’s been an awesome experience.
Not only is the pay great (roughly $2,500/project – sometimes more) but I LOVE the content. Plus, working with a millionaire entrepreneur 1:1 has helped my business in many other ways.
Here is a quick overview on how to dominate social media as a freelance writer.
LinkedIn is still one of the best places to find freelance writing jobs. I like to think of LinkedIn as Facebook for business.
The numbers don’t lie, check out some crazy facts from this Hootsuite survey:
- Two professionals join LinkedIn every second
- 3 million American jobs are posted on LinkedIn every single month
- 45% of LinkedIn users are upper management (aka decision makers)
As a freelance writer trying to land gigs, here are my five best tips to crushing it on LinkedIn:
- Optimize your profile: Add things like “freelance writer”, “writer”, “copywriter” and other search terms to your profile. This will help you get found in search results
- Have a professional photo: If you look at all my profiles, there is one photo across all of them. Do the same so people easily recognize you on all social media. P.S. You don’t need a photo shoot, portrait mode works just fine!
- Share your content: If you get featured on big websites with your guest posts, share your content. Your followers can then like it, share it, and comment on it.
- Nail your “about” section: Make it clear in the first sentence who you are and what you do. Specify what type of writer you are and who you can help.
- Add jobs to your experience – If you become a regular contributor to a site, add it as a job experience. Share a few bullet points of what you do for the company and link to your best writing samples.
- Have a business account: This is so easy yet few writers do it. Separate your personal life from your business account. Potential clients don’t want to see 900 pictures of your kids (sorry). Use your full name as the handle or your LLC.
- Post relevant content: Remember, Instagram is a visual platform. Don’t screenshot your articles and expect people to double tap. Instead, post photos and captions (next point) that show off who you are. This will help get clients to know-like-trust you!
- Write epic captions: If you’re a writer, show it off in the captions! Post a relevant photo in your niche and then write a cool caption. Think of it like a mini sample of your writing.
- Use the right #hashtags: Use hashtags that your ideal client would be searching for. Also, add ones like #freelancewriter #copywriter #writer #writersofinsta and others to your posts (15-20 is good).
- Optimize your profile: In your Instagram bio, make it clear what you do, who you can help, and share your writing website.
No fake news here!
Twitter is a great place to find freelance writing jobs. Plus, having a big following will help you gain leverage with clients as you can share with your audience.
There are even job boards on Twitter. I recommend following these accounts so you can see the most up to date listing on your social media feed.
Follow these job boards:
Here are my five biggest tips for Twitter:
- Add writer in your title: Use words like “Copywriter for Hire” or “Freelance Writer.”
- Link to your writing website: Make sure to link to your freelance writing portfolio so potential clients can see your work.
- Show off where you have been featured: I do this on LinkedIn but recently changed my picture showcasing my podcast. Make sure to #humblebrag where your epic writing has been featured!
- Share your articles: You’re only on tweet away from sharing a viral post!
- Follow the job boards: Make sure to follow the five job boards above to maybe land a new gig.
Here is my Twitter profile for some inspiration:
3. Cold Pitching
I’m confident to say that cold pitching is the #1 way to land high-paying clients!
Cold pitching separates writers who are making a $1,000 per month vs. $5,000+ plus each month.
Because when you are cold pitching clients, you are emailing (or calling) your ideal clients. You aren’t settling for the clients who post on job boards or gigs on Upwork.
But for some reason, this scares the hell out of beginning writers (myself included).
But once I started cold pitching, my business blew up. I finally started finding clients that valued my work and paid me .20 cents or more per word.
So why is cold pitching so scary?
I think it’s because human beings hate being rejected. It sucks when you hear no because most people think “I’m not good enough.”
This is a losing mentality that I once had as well. You can’t think like this if you want to really crush it as a freelance writer.
This fear holds so many people back from landing high-paying clients. But you can’t let it stop you.
Like Jack Canfield said, “Rejection is a myth, you never had it in the first place.”
Instead, you need to reframe rejection and start thinking of it as a good thing. Because the more “No’s” you hear, the sooner you will find someone saying YES!
Here is one client I routinely write for and charge around .25 cents/word. In about five hours, I create five, 1,000 word blog posts and earn over $1,000!
Cold Pitching for Freelance Writers
Start by sending out personal emails to individuals and companies related to your niche. Find sites that you want to write for and think you could add value too.
Do some research on LinkedIn so you can find the right contact person. Don’t just say address it to “Office Manager” or something generic.
In the pitch, you want to keep it short but include:
- What you write about
- How you can help them
- Links to your great work, your portfolio or samples
- Ask for a reply
I can’t stress the last part enough. Too many freelancers are too vague here.
After working in sales for 7 years, I found that you don’t get what you don’t ask for. So make sure to ask if you can set up a call or if they are looking for. writers.
Here’s a sample of one of my pitches when I was a rookie writer cranking out cold pitch emails. This ended up landing me one of my first clients and boosted my confidence big time.
4. Freelance Writing Job Boards / Freelance Marketplaces
Job boards or freelance marketplaces are another great (and free) way to land clients. Plus, they don’t cost you money like Upwork (more on. that coming up).
Freelance marketplaces usually get paid by employers or take a fraction of the amount from your payment.
They are a slight upgrade from content mills. You get to choose what type of work and the amount of money you want to earn.
Overall, there is a lot more control with freelance marketplaces than content mills.
How Freelance Marketplaces Work
- A clients will post writing assignments or jobs to the marketplace.
- Freelancers can bid on them through a contact form or email form.
- Typically, you will include samples, portfolios, and other resources to the client.
- Then, clients will sift through the applications and choose the freelancer he wants to hire.
ProBlogger Job Board
A great example of a freelance marketplace is ProBlogger.com. This is one of my favorite sports to find great writing gigs but it is competitive.
So, when you are filling out marketplace applications, make sure send a quality pitch. Try to fit the description of what they are looking because a lot of people are applying for that gig.
You need to find a way to stand out in the crowd of other freelancers!
Make the client understand how your work help them grow their business. Whether it’s sending a strong I found some of my freelance writing jobs from these type of listings!
But remember, it is competitive. I once asked my golf writing client how many people applied.
You know what he said…?
Over 200 applicants! For a golf writing gig?
Luckily, he liked my pitch, story, and writing samples. Now, I would consider him a friend and one of my favorite clients.
The longer we have worked together, the more work he has given me too. Here’s some of paychecks I get from clients I’ve landed on job boards.
So even if the odds are against you, make sure to create a customized pitch. Remember, it could be you getting this money every month!
There’s no sign-up process and you don’t create a profile. Just find a job that fits your skills and apply online. Another cool feature – the site includes resources that bloggers can use to improve their own blog.
You can share your experiences and promote the blogging medium. It’s really a one-stop shop for current and aspiring bloggers.
Contena is another great place to find a ton of freelance writing jobs online. Disclaimer: This is a paid membership site but it’s well worth it.
Contena is a great site because they provide you with the most up to date job listing information without making you scour job boards. Because remember, when you’re searching for clients, you aren’t making money!
Plus, when you sign up with Contena, you get a ton of writing bonuses. They have their own online course, writing pitch templates, and even some coaching as well.
Your coach can review your portfolio, make recommendations, and even send pitch samples too. This is a huge bonus that I haven’t seen anywhere else!
Thanks to Contena, I landed a client in the first month that paid for the entire membership alone. Not to mention, it’s been one of my favorite clients yet.
So yes, it does cost money but it will save you time. You can always make more money but you will never get your time back!
Freelance Writing Gigs
Freelance Writing Gigs, simplifies writing jobs from Craigslist into one daily blog post. This is huge as it’s a massive pain to try and find writing jobs on Craigslist.
Plus, you can still search for different categories and different locations, too.
While the site tries to reduce bogus listings, make sure you’re still looking into the client hiring you so you aren’t scammed. There is always some sketchy listings on Craigslist so make sure to do your homework.
I will say, I’ve yet to use Craigslist but wanted to include as a lot of writers have used it.
Clients place ads on this job board almost daily so make sure that you update frequently. You can find a variety of freelance writing gigs here with much less hassle.
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Blogging Pro is a great job board that very easy to find new freelance writing gigs. The site gets updated almost daily with new online writing jobs for all areas of expertise.
I used this site to help land some of my first clients and have found it super helpful.
You can use their easy to search tool to find writer positions, editors, and even long-term jobs. Plus, they also have a good amount of resources to help beginning freelance writers get started as well.
All Freelance Writing Job Board
All freelance writing job board posts jobs within the last 30 days. This is helpful as it makes it easy to find the most up to date jobs. Some boards do 90 days which is a huge waste of time.
Another huge perk is using its price filter. You can quickly scan the pay range and see if clicking on the listing is even worth it. The site’s very clean and easy to use as well!
5. Upwork Freelance Writing Jobs
Alright, the last method to land freelance writing clients is Upwork.
If you do a quick search on Google or Youtube, you will find there is a love/hate with Upwork and freelancers. Well, it’s more on the hate side.
So is Upwork a scam?
Upwork is just a different type of freelance writing job board. Unlike other job boards, you have to give a portion of your earnings to Upwork.
Here is there updated pricing model for freelancers:
Do I recommend Upwork then?
Yes and no. First off, I love how easy it is to get started.
You can create a profile today and start applying for gigs in just a few minutes. You can build momentum and get your first writing gig relatively easily.
The ease of use is by far the biggest perk. There is no barrier to entry, just create a free profile and start pitching!
Here is my first writing gig on Upwork. While it wasn’t life changing money, it did help me build momentum.
The biggest downside is that there are a lot of low-paying jobs on Upwork. But like I tell all my students of Freelance to 5K, don’t say yes to jobs that have super low pay!
That’s what always makes me laugh. So many freelancers whine about Upwork on Youtube.
So don’t take the job if the rates are super low…It’s as simple as that!
Instead, find jobs that can help you make a few bucks and further your writing career.
Check out this mega post for 50+ freelance writing jobs for beginners.
Set Freelance Writing Goals
Alright, at this point you should have a great mindset, an epic writing website, and the top five ways to land clients. The next part is doing putting it all together and getting yourself out there.
Set Income Goals
Before getting started, ask yourself, what is the goal of this online business? Do you want to make a few hundred bucks for a car payment or do you want to make $5,000 or more each month?
I’ve found that setting income goals will help keep you motivated. Having a tangible, revenue goal will help you stay focused and keep landing new clients.
Set Pitch Goals
Once you have a clear income goal, start setting daily and weekly goals. By chunking down your goals into smaller tasks, it’s less scary.
I’ve found that so many writers don’t ever get started because they get scared or overwhelmed. So keep it simple and break down your goals.
Schedule Time for Your Business
If you’re like most writers, you will start your writing outside your 9-5 which means your time is limited. It’s important to schedule your time each day and week.
Whether it’s before work, at lunch, in the evening or on the weekends, schedule it. This will help you stay accountable and committed to reaching your income goals.
7 Freelance Writing Tips to Keep Clients Happy
Alright, now that you know how to land freelance writing jobs, it’s time to deliver for your clients.
Landing clients is step one, step two is delivering high-quality work. The goal is to keep your clients long-term for recurring work.
Remember, you aren’t making money when you are searching on job boards and pitching clients. You are making money when you submit work, invoice, and get paid!
I want to really stress this point because I lost a huge client at the beginning of my freelance writing journey.
After months (literally months), 10+ emails, and two paid sample posts, I finally landed this whale. This was back in February of 2018.
It was my dream client. It was a $3,000 per month retainer deal where I was ghostwriting content for a millionaire, best-selling author in the personal development niche.
I signed an NDA so I can’t discuss who it was but I will say he’s a very big name in the industry. Plus, I loved his content.
Needless to say, it didn’t work out. 99% of it was my fault as a rookie writer.
I didn’t communicate enough.
I didn’t deliver proofread enough.
This led to getting “ghosted” aka fired without knowing it. That sucked!
So I don’t want this to happen to you.
Here are some freelance writing tips and tools to avoid that awful situation. These tips will help you retain clients at a much higher rate.
1. Communicate Early and Often
This seems like a no-brainer freelance writing tip but you would be surprised. A lot of clients tell me how other writers don’t reply for days!
If you’re just starting out, this is a recipe for disaster. If a client emails you, get back to them quickly.
That’s not to say you need to have notifications sent to your phone and respond 24/7/365. This isn’t a productive use of your time.
Instead, check your inbox 2-3 times per day for client emails. This is very important at the beginning because you are just cultivating your working relationship.
Also, if they want to setup a quick call or Zoom session, do it! If you’re a brand new writer, stand out from the crowd.
As you become more successful, you can start charging per hour for calls/video but you have to start somewhere.
2. Edit, Edit, & Edit Some More
Want to hear something embarrassing?
At the beginning of my freelance writing career, I lost my biggest client…mainly because my editing was AWFUL.
Things like run on sentences, lack of commas, and basically every error you could imagine. Thankfully, I learned from my costly mistake and found some new tools.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to read your work out loud and review it several times before sending to clients. Especially if it’s a pitch, you only get one first impression!
If possible, have another writer, friend or family member read your pitch or initial email for errors.
And if you’re using a template, I warn you to use caution. While copy and paste templates will speed everything up, it’s a great way to make an error that you can’t come back from.
So if you’re going to use copy and paste templates, make sure to spend time reviewing them properly before sending your pitch email. Plus, the more you customize them, the more rapport you can build with potential clients.
3. Format Like a Pro
Clients love articles that are easy to read. They also love it if you match the existing articles they have on their site as their readers expect a certain format.
Spacing and formatting are two big pieces to start with. Remember, most people are reading on their smartphones so write accordingly.
Big blocks of texts will make them click away quickly! This increases bounce rates (which clients hate) and make you less valuable as a writer.
Ideally, 2-3 lines of text on a desktop is equal to 4-5 on a mobile device. Make sure that your writing structure is short and sweet.
To structure a blog post better and make it more readable, I recommend using:
- High-quality images
- Numbered lists or bullet lists
- Subheadings (H2, H3, and H4’s)
These five things can help your content breathe and allow the reader to actually read the post.
If you upload on WordPress for clients, make sure to preview it as a reader. You want to make sure the post has plenty of room to breathe.
The better reader experience, the more they will stick around and keep reading.
4. Keep it Casual
Take a look at this article. Is it formal or casual?
It’s not college, it’s okay to have a conversational tone for your writing. I like writing in this way and so do readers!
Dumb it down. Short sentences, short paragraphs, and easy to read words. According to Contently, people read at the 4th-8th-grade level!
Remember, clients, are using your content to attract leads and grow their business. They want content that is easy to read and understand.
I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. Make sure that you use simple words and phrases that make it easy to read.
5. Always End With a Clear Call to Action (CTA)
Don’t you hate it when a great blog post suddenly ends…?
No conclusion, no summary no bullet points…all of a sudden, it’s just over!? As a reader, this is super frustrating.
So make sure you always have a clear CTA when you submit work to clients. Discuss with them beforehand.
Maybe you’re linking to an ebooks, funnel, paid course, or engaging in the comment box.
As far as formatting, I prefer to have a new subheading with a conclusion phrase like:
- Final Thoughts
- Wrapping it Up
- Next Steps
Then I write a few sentences wrapping up what I wrote. For clients, I may expand on this and summarize key points in my post.
I then turn it around and ask a question to the audience as a way to start a conversation. This helps increase engagement and generate buzz about your topic.
6. Never Miss a Writing Deadline
I’ve mentioned this a few times but want to say it again. Always hit deadlines and submit them early if you can!
Clients have publishing deadlines and if you’re late, clients will get mad. Even if you submit the best article ever, being late doesn’t look good. Of course, life happens and things can change in your schedule but make sure to communicate with the client.
7. Ask How You Can Help Them
Once you have some clients and have built rapport, ask them how you can help. Maybe they need help creating a lead magnet, coming up with copy for Facebook ads or help with their email list.
Almost every time I have asked a client how I can help them more, they give me more work or even a referral. Always be of service and I promise you can’t lose.
How to Make Your First $1,000 as a Writer
Before answering a lot more detailed questions about freelance writing, I want to share some success stories. Most of my new coaching students I work with and students of my course all ask the same question — “How do I land my first client?”
I got my first paid client through Upwork. And I made my first $1,000 from guest posting that turned into a paid client. If you want to learn how I made $7,000 in one month, watch this Youtube video.
Below is an interview series I did with a ton of different bloggers, writers, and entrepreneurs to show how they got started. Plus, how they made their first $1,000 as a freelance content writer.
Kelan & Brittany
“We landed our first writing client after we reached out to a brand about a possible sponsorship deal. At the time they were not offering any sponsorships so I asked about possibly writing for them.
“I landed my first writing client by simply reaching out to them via email. I wanted to pitch to a site that I knew was doing really well and would therefore perhaps be looking for writers. It worked!
I then reached out to another blog in the same niche and secured that client too. It wasn’t too long before I had earned my first $1000 writing personal finance articles for others in my niche. I love writing and
could do it all day, every day!”
Francesca @ Pennies to Pounds
“I landed my first writing client from a thread in a Facebook group where someone had commented that they were looking for someone to write an article about their experience as a proofreader (and that the article would be paid).
After I completed that assignment and had made a few hundred dollars, I did some writing on a literary site and ghostwriting for a blog client, which helped push me over the $1k threshold. Worth noting that I achieved that working for $0.10 and $0.20/word and that those are approachable rates for beginning freelance writers. Freelance writing is a great side hustle to pursue and complete in just a few hours per day.”
– Drew @ Drew DuBoff
“I got my first freelance writing client through networking or ‘word of mouth’. I also created an account on a freelancing site, Upwork. I made sure my profile was complete enough with relevant samples, and a winning pitch.
I strongly believe that a good pitch, and a website portfolio, can get you a well-paying gig. Fortunately, a client from Upwork booked me straight for 3 months and paid me more than $1000. But, I only got this client when I strictly narrowed my freelance writing niche, and managed to send few excellent samples.”
Arfa @ She Means Blogging
“I actually landed my first freelance writing job when I was still in college. I was lucky to have a 4 month internship at a digital marketing company in my second year, and as I approached the end of my term, I realized that their remote writing team was in need of another writer for some upcoming projects.
I pitched the concept of me working remotely as a part-time writer to my boss, and he agreed to keep me on as a writer while I finished school. The role was different than that of my internship, but it was able to provide me with steady part-time work while I finished my degree.
The work wasn’t always glamorous, and I started out earning roughly $15/hour, but the path lead me to reach my first $1,000 in freelance writing income and got me started with paid writing in general. Never be afraid to ask for opportunities!“
Tom @ This Online World
“I landed my first client when my mom told her neighbor about my new writing business. She needed help with her realtor business’ social media and emailed me straight away. My first $1000 happened when I landed a gig I found on Craigslist for a cookbook–it’s the largest check I’ve received to date!”
Emma @ Emma Write Now
”As a new writer, I found my first client on Upwork. I figured if I just kept sending proposals, eventualy someone would hire me and I was offered a writing job within a couple of days.
Once I started getting positive reviews and had some samples to show potential clients, it was easy to begin slowly raising my rates. My goal was to earn $250 per week and I earned my first $1,000 within my first full month of freelancing.”
Jamie @ Jamie Johnson Writes
“My first freelance client was someone that I had already been doing freelance social media work for (this client was referred to me by a family friend). I had been blogging for years and explained to the business owner how much of an impact relevant quality content could have for their e-commerce site.
Based on my previous work he took my word for it and allowed me to start writing the first blog posts for his brand. “
McKinzie @ Moms Make Cents
“I landed my first writing gig through the ProBlogger job board. It was a low-paying job (only 3 cents per word) but it taught me a lot about SEO.
I didn’t start making good money until I took an excellent course on becoming a freelance writer and narrowed down my niche. When I started networking in Facebook groups, at conferences, and in person, I quickly made my first $1,000. I ended up quitting my full-time job and replacing my salary in three months with freelance work.”
Veneta @ Becoming Life Smart
“My first writing client was referred to me by a fellow freelancing friend in one of my facebook groups. She had a lot of projects and wanted to know if I’d want to help, which of course I did.
I completed a couple of projects for the client. Meanwhile, I started pitching to money-related online publications and reached out to contacts for which I had become an expert source and asked if they were looking for freelancers.
Turns out they did and I’ve been working with them and others ever since, earning my first $1,000 as a freelance writer and have been growing my revenue each month since then.”
Gina @ The Frugal Convert
“I landed my first writing client through ProBlogger. It was a pregnancy site and I had very little writing experience with no live links to published work at the time. What worked for me was that I shared a little bit of my personality and writing style when pitching.
To reach my first $1,000, I set up my website, started guest posting, and changed my niche to something I also enjoy but pays better (I now write content for online businesses and entrepreneurs).”
Khanyi @ Iconic-Writing
“I found my first freelance client by attending a local blogging group. As members learned that I knew how to do SEO, some of them hired me to do some work for them and others hired me for 2 hour training sessions. This is how I got my first client and that job was for $1,000.
As you can tell from all of these experienced writers, there are TONS of ways to land your first client. Whether it’s guest posting, Upwork, Problogger, networking or something else.
The key is to just get started. Because if you can get one person to say yes, then you can get a lot more clients!
Freelance Writing FAQs
Alright, at this point you should know:
- How to create a winning mindset
- Freelance writing website fundamentals
- How to create samples & build a portfolio
- Landing your first client and making your first $1K
- How to apply for gigs, use social media and pitch clients
But there are some smaller things that I want to cover as well. Here are some of the most common freelance writing questions and answers:
What is the average freelance writing salary?
At this point, you’re probably thinking…“How much money do freelance writers make?”
This depends on so many things like:
- Your work ethic
- Monthly income goals
- Which niche you choose
- Number of hours per week
If you’re motivated and willing to get better, pitch more, and write more, you can make great money.
As I mentioned, I earn between $5-7K per month (sometimes more) depending on my work load. I would spend more time on it but my goal isn’t to scale. I am focused on helping more people learn how to make money writing and growing my podcast.
With entry level freelance writing jobs, you can make a few hundred dollars per project. But some freelance writers make huge amounts of money who do it full-time and put in a ton of hours. With more experience, you can charge up to a $1 per word and can make $200,000 or more.
While there is no freelance salary, there is an unlimited opportunity if you are willing to put in the work.
How can I make $100,000 writing?
Are there any easy freelance writing jobs to get started?
In general, I think that job boards are the best place to get started. But they aren’t “easy” since so many freelancers apply.
Crafting a compelling pitch is key to landing gigs in a crowded market. I recommend trying a mix of Upwork, cold-pitching, and job boards.
Do you recommend content mill jobs?
As I mentioned in the Upwork section, I recommend content mill jobs only if it’s decent money and will help your writing business.
I definitely do not recommend taking jobs that are ridiculously low wages. But I’m not opposed to using job boards or Upwork to get your feet wet and build your confidence.
Remember, you have to start somewhere! In the beginning, try any and every avenue to get your first few clients.
What is the difference between content writing vs. copywriting?
This article was all about becoming a freelance content writer. But copywriting is another great way to make money writing persuasive emails, landing pages, video scripts, and sales pages.
Check out the graphic below for a quick breakdown:
What are the best freelance jobs with no experience required?
Before cold pitching clients, I’d recommend job boards like Problogger or Upwork. If you don’t have experience or a freelance portfolio (yet), it’s hard to get clients initially.
This is why it’s so important to build your portfolio, guest post, and get your name out there. And the most important thing is to just start.
Once you start making writing a habit and land your first gig, you will get motivated to keep going!
How do I get my first freelance writing job?
The best way to get your first freelance writing job is to start applying for gigs. Quit thinking about it and start doing it!
Action creates clarity and helps build momentum.
Freelance writing is just like sales, it’s simply a numbers game. You have to put yourself out there, quit fearing rejection, and simply keep pitching/applying.
The more you pitch or apply for gigs, the higher the likelihood you will snag your first freelance writing job.
How do freelance writers get paid?
Every client has a different invoicing and payment system. If you use Upwork, you must get paid through them. Otherwise, you could get kicked off the site.
But when you land clients any other way, it’s up to you and the client to decide. For 99% of my writing jobs, I either use Freshbooks or Paypal Business.
Payment schedule differs as well. Some of my clients pay the same day I submit my work while others do weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Personally, I’ve found bi-monthly invoicing to be the most convenient.
Is freelance writing is still a good way to make money online?
Yes, in fact freelance writing is a booming industry. Robots won’t replace writers anytime soon.
In fact, Upwork and Freelancers Union released an impressive study that found quite the opposite.
Here were some of the biggest facts from the survey:
- Freelancers are expected to be the majority of the U.S. workforce by 2027, based on growth rates witnessed in the past year.
- Freelancers contributed an estimated $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy this year and believe that a healthy freelance economy boosts America’s middle class (67 percent of freelancers agreed).
- The U.S. freelance workforce is growing faster than the overall U.S. workforce, outpacing overall U.S. workforce growth at a rate 3x faster since 2014. It numbered 53 million in 2014 and grew to 57.3 million this year (8.1 percent growth since 2014) while the U.S. workforce grew from 156 million to 160 million in the same timeframe (2.6 percent growth).
Do I need a degree to start freelance writing?
Absolutely not! This is one of the many reasons I think freelance writing is great for college students.
You can start freelance writing regardless of education. Whether you’re a high school dropout, college student or have your masters, you can start.
I will say I have my bachelors but I’ve never once told that to a client. Because it doesn’t matter!
So if you don’t have a degree, it is no excuse. Don’t let your education hold you back from making great money as a freelance writer.
While anyone can be a freelance writer you still need to learn the basics of writing content. You can’t expect to make money if you don’t email clients back, hate writing and spell awful. Sorry, this just isn’t the right fit for you.
But, if you find writing fun, you have the passion, motivation, and persistence to really do it, then you can absolutely succeed.
How much time does freelance writing take?
The more you work as a writer, the quicker and easier projects, research, and editing will become.
What is the difference between freelance writing vs. blogging?
Great question! There are some similarities but some key differences as well.
With freelance writing, you are writing someone else’s content. You make money once for your work. But you are also trading your time for money.
With blogging, you are writing your own content. It takes longer to monetize than freelance writing but you can scale your income.
Watch this Youtube video about writing vs. blogging to learn which is the best option for you. (or click the image below).
Ultimate Guide to Freelance Writing Wrap Up
Hopefully you enjoyed this epic guide to becoming a freelance writer.
If you have made it this far and apply what has been discussed, I know you can make money writing. As I’ve said time and time again, if I can do it…so can YOU!
This isn’t rocket science but it does require the right mindset plus strategies and tactics. There are so many great freelance writing jobs from home if you know where to look and how to land them.
Once you get it down, it’s simply rinse and repeat. In my opinion, freelance content writing is the best and easiest side hustle / online business for 2019. What other business can you 10X in one year, working part-time, with skills you already have?
Here is a quick recap of what we covered:
- Take action
- Set income goals
- Believe you can do it
- Build a writing website/portfolio
- Pitch clients and apply for gigs to get your first client
- Deliver high-quality work and always hit your deadlines
- Keep setting income goals, don’t get complacent, and learn new skills
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