So you’ve decided to become a freelance writer. That’s great! However, you need to keep a clear strategy in mind to succeed. Such strategy is especially important when it comes to monetizing your business.
What’s the easiest way to start writing? Probably create your own blog. This way you are able to write about things you like and at the same time demonstrate your writing skills to the others. You may write articles, reviews, practice creative writing, or even help students with dissertation writing. However, don’t simply start a blog right away: you need to think about it well if you want to become really successful.
1. Start a blog
The first step of blog creation is to choose the right niche. It has to be interesting not only to you but also to your readers and potential clients. Moreover, you have to have enough knowledge about this niche to be able to offer something that other bloggers cannot.
After choosing a niche, move on to the creation of the blog itself. You don’t have to invest money into it if you aren’t willing too – there are a lot of free blogging platforms and design templates that allow you to create amazing blogs. However, it’s important to invest time into blog creation: do a small research, look at other blogs, compare them, maybe read some tips, they could help you come up with a nice blog name and choose the best design.
2. Start sharing your posts
There are so many things you can do to make your posts visible online: use keywords, improve your SEO, and so on. However, even if you know nothing about SEO and stuff, there’s still one simple thing you can do: share your posts on social media. You don’t need any special knowledge in order to do so, all you need is to use your existing social media account or create a new one (if you don’t have it already, for example).
Sharing is more important than you probably think it is. When you share your posts on social media, you show them to the audience that is more loyal to you than other people online are. Some person who finds your blog with the help of Google doesn’t know you at all, but your friends, family, and colleagues know you enough to evaluate your work and give you honest feedback.
Another good thing about sharing is that it allows people to share your content, in turn, therefore making it available for the bigger audience. That’s the best free promotion you can get!
3. Try looking for freelance jobs
When you have a blog, it can serve as your portfolio. However, if you want to improve your skills, to receive useful feedback and to earn more money, you should try looking for a freelance job. Not only does it bring you some extra money, but also allows receiving constructive feedback.
If you decide that you need to look for a job, you can try different options. One of them is using freelance writing services like Up work, Fiverr, etc. Another is asking your social media friends for help. We all have so many contacts on social networks and it would be wise to search for a job among them first. So why don’t you try placing a request on your social media and waiting for some offers to come?
4. Place a freelance writing offer on your blog
It might be tough to look for a job if you don’t have enough experience. However, you can simplify the whole process greatly if you place an offer right on your blog. Doing so allows you to earn money right from the start of your blogging career. While you have to build up an audience in order to place ads, you don’t need to do so in order to start writing for money. Moreover, this way you won’t have to search for the clients yourself: most likely they’ll come looking for you.
If you want to make the process as clear as possible, be sure to make this offer very detailed, stating everything starting from your terms and ending with the amount of money you charge for writing. This way your potential clients will contact you only if they agree to your terms.
This is probably all you need to know to start monetizing your blog. However, I want to help you with one more important thing: an answer to a question whether you should do it in the first place.
Without a doubt, freelance writing is challenging and risky work. You have to put so much time and effort into it, you have to be persistent and don’t stop no matter how bad it looks. That’s why so many people are afraid to try freelance: they think that they don’t have it in them to do this kind of job.
These are the difficulties you might experience while trying to switch to freelance work. You’ve probably heard about many of them already, so I think it’s important to mention the benefits too.
First, freelance work gives you freedom. You have to organize yourself, yes, but at the same time, you can work from any place that suits you, be it a café or another country.
But what’s even more important is that freelance allows you to express yourself. While an office job might guarantee you stability, it doesn’t necessarily give you satisfaction. I know many people who decided to risk losing this stability simply because they wanted to do the things that really interest them.
That’s why I think that the main reason why you should try freelance is because it will allow you to do things that you like. And while it might be challenging at first, it will definitely become easier if you are persistent and passionate enough.
So if you are tired of your office job, don’t be afraid to risk it in order to pursue your dream. I hope that your freelance career will be successful and wish you good luck with it!