Is it possible to become a freelance writer without prior experience doing a similar job?
The answer is a big YES!
You might have asked yourself this question many times and hesitated to apply for writing jobs even if you know that you’ve got the talent and skills.
Every freelance writer has started at a point of having no experience at all. There are a lot of things that I’d like to discuss in this article but let’s start on the foundation of it all.
You Need To Be Patient
Time is the most important gift that you can give to yourself if you really want to become a freelance writer. And since it takes time, you will need to have much patience. Take time to invest in yourself.
If you put energy towards the goal of becoming a full-fledged freelance writer then you’ll surely become one. You can’t achieve it by merely wishing that you’ll become one. The key is starting now by setting aside at least an hour or two each day to write.
Make a schedule for yourself before you start doing some tasks. Be sure to get the schedule to match your time. By allowing yourself to have some time to be invested on some goals, it isn’t wasted and it will surely lead to some good results in the long run.
A Professional Sounding Email Address Is Important
If you’re still using the email address that you had when you were once a teenager then it’s about time to create a new one.
When you give your email address to a potential client who wants to proceed with an interview with you, it’s like you’re inviting them to your workplace. Sending out a professional-looking resume with good pitches would work great to your advantage.
Editors and potential clients will most often skip someone who’s still using a very old email address.
Why is Your Email Address Important?
In our modern day and age where conducting business or client to contractor processes are done via Google Drive, Google Docs, Google analytics, and other similar services on a day to day basis, clients would want workers who are able to jump into the hustle.
There will always be automatic assumptions from clients whether you have the knowledge in existing systems and processes just by looking at the email address that you’re using.
In professional settings, an email address on Gmail is the best one in terms of professional dealings and that’s what most client would prefer.
Creating a Gmail account takes just a few seconds and don’t worry, your old email can still be used for your personal dealings. It is always a good thing to be able to separate work from your personal life.
Build a Good Portfolio
Now, it’s time to get to some serious but fun stuff.
If you still have little or even zero experience, there’s always the fear that no one will ever dare to hire you. You know that experience is a big plus for getting hired.
When I was starting, I had nothing in my portfolio to show off. I knew clients were out there but I had little confidence that I was ever going to be hired by any one of them. But I did some things which really worked:
- Tell The World – I told the people that I know about my goal of becoming a freelance writer. I did post on social media and asked help from friends and family to spread the word.
- Dare to Barter – Another thing that I did is working for free in exchange of reviews and testimonials. It may sound a bit tiring but it really worked!
Writing for friends and friends of friends really worked. In wasn’t that long before there were messages coming in to my inbox asking help for something to get done. The material I had to work on for free varied but it got me to where I wanted to be.
Put Some Serious Thought On Every Feedback
There would be articles that you write which will not get the praises of your client but don’t feel too bad about it. Instead, use that feedback to improve your craft. Use them as points of learning for your growth as a freelance writer.
Those feedback will also help you to have a better knowledge about the kind of clients that you would work for. There would be occasional crashes and burns along the way but it should turn you into a better version of yourself. You will commit mistakes but don’t ever stop trying.
Start a Blog
There are clients who would be willing to work with you once they see a sample of your work and there’s not other perfect way of doing this than to start a blog. They would be willing to hire you after seeing that you’re already doing the job for yourself.
Don’t Forget To Network
Getting connected with other freelancers is another good thing to do. You can accomplish that by joining forums or subscribing to email lists for a website or blog.
Look for groups on social media which are focused on freelancers and freelance writing. Pick some ideas from them and ask questions to help you get started. Most will actually be happy to help you by sharing some information.
Be sure to heed their advice while being aware of the fact that not all tips would work for every writer.
Get Started in Writing!
So what is a freelance writer’s job? What do they do for their clients? The answer almost anything! When it comes to the work that you’re going to do, there’s no limit to it actually.
So be sure to decide whether you’d like to venture into blog or website content writing, journalism, fiction, or work on articles for the big magazines.
Once you know where you want to go, START WRITING! Write on a daily basis and establish a good habit out of it. The more you do this, the better you become!