How to Land a Freelance Writing Job in 2021 (as a Beginner)

It’s 2021, and you want to be a freelance writer.

What are the new things you need to know?

I landed my first freelance writing job over 5 years ago. In that time, a lot has changed in how you find freelance writing jobs for beginners.

How to Land a Freelance Writing Job in 2021 (as a Beginner)

But, don’t worry! I’m up-to-date with what’s going on in the freelance writing world. I’m still a freelance writer, and I’ve learned to adapt to these new strategies or newer ways to find clients.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of this post, let’s go over the pre-requisites you need to become a freelance writer, how to be credible as a writer and what the popular freelance writing jobs there are in 2021.

After that, I will give you some detailed methods to finding your first freelance writing job even if you don’t have experience.

What Do You Need to Be a Freelance Writer?

The great thing about starting freelance writing is that you don’t need any experience!

I was able to start as a new mom to twins and with no experience blogging, and I was able to land my first profitable gig in just a couple of months.

But, this doesn’t mean you can start with nothing! Here are some materials and personality traits you need to become a freelance writer.

  • Laptop – you can get by with any laptop. My house is a Mac user house, and those are the laptops I do most of my writing. Just remember to type appropriately so you avoid hand issues over time.
  • Proper seating – invest in a good computer chair. Don’t base your entire freelance writing business on the couch! Big no-no! (or even the kitchen counter).
  • Paypal account – if you already have one, get a business account when you land clients.
  • Email address – most of your negotiations will be made via email or….
  • Skype address – some clients want to talk to you face-to-face, and Skype is a tool most know about.

Aside from the tools you need, here are some personality traits you need to succeed as a freelance writer.

  • Motivation and Desire – I get a lot of emails from those wanting to start but have a hard time motivating themselves. Freelance writing is a solo job. You have to motivate YOURSELF to do the work and to pitch. You also need the desire to want to CHANGE your life since freelance writing means you can ultimately make money from home.
  • Putting yourself out there – For a lot of newbies, the thought of putting yourself out there sends them to the hills! But, it’s 2021, and you can’t hide behind a cartoon avatar or without any social media profiles.

How to Show You’re a Freelance Writer (When You Have No Experience)

 

There are key ways to show that you’re an actual freelance writer when you’ve never freelance wrote in your life!

1. Start a Blog

This is the simplest way to get your writing online and one that can help land freelance writing jobs for beginners.

Check out my post on how to start a blog for your service-based business and make sure to watch the video tutorial! Even the non-tech person can do this (trust me, I did it, and I’m soooo not techy).

Starting a blog doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. With my special link, you can get started for under $100. When you think about it, when your parents wanted to start a business, they had to spend a lot of money to get business cards and an ad in the local newspaper.

In 2021, you start a blog, market yourself and can start making money as a freelance writer!

2. Start Guest Posting

Guest posting is when your content is on someone else’s website. You can get paid to guest post or land a free guest post spot.

When I started guest posting to build my freelance writing portfolio, I relied on free guest spots with high authority like Psych Central for example.

To find places to guest post, you can run a quick Google search on your niche and “write for us.” For example, here’s the result for pet guest blogs.

It’s that easy.

Click on a link and read the requirements. Some blogs want the whole draft, while others want several topics.

3. Sign Up for a Contently Portfolio

Contently is a content marketing blog, but also has a platform to showcase your portfolio. Here is what mine looks like:

When you register, you fill out your information. They ask where you’ve been published, but you can skip that and upload your guest post or sample (which I will talk about in a bit).

If you have a sample, Contently will populate the title (most of the time) and information, but will not populate an image. It’s up to you to grab the image and upload to Contently.

If you are a Mac user, you can get Skitch and take screenshots easily.

4. Start a Facebook Page

Now, I’ll be the first to say that my Facebook page doesn’t create freelance writing jobs. But that’s because my target audience is you – future freelance writers.

My page isn’t for promoting my freelance writing services.

But, you can create a Facebook page for that purpose. Many solopreneurs have a Facebook page to promote their freelance service.

Go here to create your page. You’ll be asked to niche down your business.

I chose Artist, Brand or Public Figure. From there use the drop-down menu and choose, writer.

From here you hit get started and fill out your page!

When you have your Facebook page all set up, you need to start following blogs and brands you eventually want to write for.

To gain followers, you have to share valuable content as well as personal content. Some examples might be:

  • Your latest blog post
  • Your latest guest post
  • Your latest client piece
  • A video that can help your ideal client
  • An article that can help your ideal client
  • An update on your freelance writing business
  • A Facebook live on a topic in your freelance writing nice (Ex: if you’re a food writer, you can do a Facebook Live on your latest blog post on food safety measures and repurpose it as a video – while you cook dinner!)

5. Create a Sample

There are some easy and obscure ways you can create samples. The easiest is to draft a blog post.

I learned quickly the best ways to create a blog post for my portfolio. But for many of us, we have a personal blog and then your freelance writing blog.

For me, Twins Mommy is my personal blog, and Elna Cain is my freelance blog. While the topics on this blog are for freelance writers, I have landed jobs from this blog alone.

The thing to remember though, creating a sample is different than creating a blog post for your personal blog.

For example, if you have a personal blog about parenting, a post on YOUR blog could be:

5 Tips To Get Your Baby Sleeping Through the Night

But, if you have a parenting client, a blog post idea might be:

What the Sleep Experts Say About Crying It Out

Do you see the difference? Your post is more personal with examples from your experience sleep training while your client’s post is credible ideas from experts on one idea of crying it out.

So make sure when you create a sample, you think of it as a client post.

If you don’t have a blog, you can use a blogger platform like Medium to create your sample. Medium is a great platform as you can really grow your presence on there and get seen by top editors as well as find freelance writing jobs!

When you have a sample, make sure it’s on your website. You can have a portfolio page or a blog (if you created a blog post as your first sample).

I would then go and upload it to Contently and share it on Facebook!

Get the word out that you’re a freelance writer now!!

6. Network With Other Writers

Finally, the last way to show that you’re a legit freelance writer is to network with other writers. This is what I did when I was learning about freelance writing jobs.

I emailed a few top writers and asked questions like how to set my rate or some ways to guest post. A lot of freelance writers are helpful and want to offer their tips.

I get a lot of emails from new writers, and I do my best to answer every single email.

You can also visit freelance writer websites and learn how they market themselves, where they’ve been published and what they write about.

Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners in 2021

Do you want to know the secret about finding freelance writing jobs as a beginner in 2021?

It’s finding a profitable and recurring freelance writing job.

What are the top profitable niches for freelance writers in 2021?

Speechwriting

According to Oberlo speech writing and CV writing will be big this year.

One type of speechwriting is trying to convince an audience of one idea or concept. The other type is more general like with commencement speeches or those you hear at conferences.

When looking at freelance jobs in 2021, you also have to look at the top eCommerce industries.

Small Business Writing

Top eCommerce niches include – organic & eco-friendly products, weight loss equipment, CBD products,  and smartphone accessories.

What this tells you is that more small businesses will cater to these niches online, making more projects for content and lead generation. That’s where you come in.

This is great for mom bloggers!

The baby equipment niche! Sign me up.

As a new freelance writer, go offline and check out magazines, shop at stores that cater to these niches like Baby R Us or PetSmart.

See what types of products are out there and then do your research online to find those eCommerce sites that cater to those niches.

Yes, I know that sounds like A LOT for a BRAND NEW FREELANCE WRITER, but this is 2021.

You have to be a better writer than everyone out there, and that means upping your business savviness!

What are other popular freelance writing jobs there for 2021?

Video Script Writing

I strongly believe that video marketing will get bigger this year.

With Facebook Live being so popular now, more and more apps and tools are being created to leverage this new niche.

As a freelance writer, you can market video script writing, or you can blog or do more content marketing writing for new apps that cater to video marketing.

One of my long-time freelance writing clients asked me to do an ultimate guide for email marketing. I jumped at this opportunity because I LOVE digital marketing.

I decided to up my freelance writing game and created a video for that post! And you know what?

I far exceeded my client’s expectation.

If you can start offering more than just freelance writing – like video script writing or videos – you will generate buzz and income.

But, you’re brand new – how do you do this?

That’s okay. Start as a video scriptwriter. Then when you’re comfortable – for me, that was 3 years! – dabble in Facebook Live’s for a while.

For writers that have been at it for at least a year, I can bet you can offer video tutorials with your blog post and suddenly became your client’s #1 writer for the rest of his or her life!

Email Marketing Writing

Another freelance writing niche for 2021 is email marketing.

Email marketing is HUGE for small businesses, big brands, and the solopreneur.

From onboarding series’ to sales funnels to launch emails, there is no shortage of this type of content.

And it’s high paying.

As a copywriter, I would suggest getting to know various email service providers like MailChimp, ConvertKit or ActiveCampaign.

I would also sign up for businesses emails like Grammarly for example.

Learn the type of emails they send and how they engage with their customers or leads.

Ghostwrite for Small Businesses

Finally, digital products will take a huge surge this year.

This is anything from an online course to eBooks to printables or guides. You can market yourself as the ghostwriter for those eBooks or lead magnets.

You can even ghostwrite courses. Here is an inquiry from a client of mine that requested coursework writing.

These projects usually take months to do and are very lucrative, and something new freelance writers should embark upon!

As a freelance writer, you have to be up-to-date with what is happening online in 2021.

How to Find Your First Freelance Writing Job

The time has come.

How to find land that first freelance writing client in 2021. I’m going to share with you four main ways to find freelance writing jobs.

There are many, many other ways to find an online writing gig, but for this post, I don’t want overwhelm you with all your options.

If you stick with these core strategies, you’ll have no shortage of finding recurring work.

1. Look at Freelance Writing Jobs

One of the first things I used to find jobs was a freelance writing job board.

Check out this post for an insanely fast way to find freelance writing jobs.

My top free job board is ProBlogger.

ProBlogger’s job board is updated all the time with fresh new leads. You can quickly scroll down the list for new job listings or use the search function to find relevant jobs in your niche.

How can you tell if a freelance writing job is legit or good quality?

  • The ad shows that they value content
  • The project isn’t mass articles like 20 articles a week
  • The pay is adequate ($50 or a post)
  • You can research the company (mostly)
  • They don’t pay pennies for pillar type of content as seen on QuickSprout
  • They don’t ask you to draft a sample just for THEM.

Most good quality jobs ask for recurring content and understand that freelance writers have different skill sets.

You can also look at markets for paid submissions. All Freelance Writing has a directory of paid markets.

Finally, you can look at LinkedIn Jobs to see what is available.

With LinkedIn jobs, it is based on your location. For me, LinkedIn is finding gigs in the Vancouver area, which is cool. I don’t mind working with Canadian companies!

If you want more freelance writing jobs, check out this post with my best 5 freelance writing job boards.

2. Use Your Website

Your freelance writing website can be a strong marketing tool and can help you land amazing and high-paying freelance writing jobs.

You don’t need a fancy website with an expensive theme. You can get started with a free theme.

Make sure, though, to have these pages on your site:

  • Services page – tell your ideal client what your services are and how that can help THEM with growing their business
  • About page – show them how YOU can help THEM with their business. Don’t write about how you grew up loving writing or that you went to college to be a writer. Businesses want to know how YOUR writing can help THEM.
  • Portfolio page – share all your content on this page. There are many ways you can display your portfolio.
  • Contact page – make sure you list any social media profiles and/or your Skype ID. Make it easy for leads to contact you.

If you need more help starting a freelance writer website, check out this!

Once you have your writer website, it’s time to optimize it to drive more inquiries. You do this effectively by promoting your website in your emails and guest posts.

You’ll know if your writer website is working for you when leads come to your site and fill out your contact form.

3. Cold Pitching

Cold pitching is when you pitch to companies that aren’t readily seeking a freelance writer. Sounds scary, right?

But, it totally works. Here’s a Writeto1k student’s success with cold pitching.

But, how do you cold pitch?

First, you need to understand and know your ideal client.

Who is your client?

This can take some time to decide, but it’s essential to cold pitching. Think of clients that have products or tools. You know that they can pay a freelance writer.

For example, my ideal client is B2B digitally native brands.

Maybe your ideal freelance writing client is medical equipment companies. Or, female financial authors.

Once you find your ideal client, you can start finding those companies.

From there you do your search. Read their about page, mission statement, blog, and any other pages. Find out who to email (usually editors or those in charge of marketing).

Then craft your email.

To find clients to cold email, go to Angel List and scroll to the bottom.

Click on, marketing jobs. This section shows writing jobs.

From here, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Job Roles.

Then click on More Marketing Roles.

Then on Content writing

From here you can see the roles and companies and pitch to.

Another place to find companies to cold pitch to is Manta. Manta is a small business directory. Scroll to the bottom to get a list of businesses.

Click on a niche and see the businesses to pitch to.

4. Guest Posting

I’ve talked about guest posting already, but now let’s talk about how to do guest posting right.

The best places to guest post on are high authority sites. These are sites that everyone knows about or sites that rank in Google when you search a term.

When you land a guest post on such a site, it will open the doors for freelance writing clients. Writeto1k student landed a guest spot on Lifehack! Nice!

Take the time to scout big publications and websites and when you’re ready, pitch to them.

Another strategy for guest posting is to guest post on niche blogs. These aren’t popular with the masses but are related to your freelance writing niche.

This can show your credibility and give you social proof that you’re the expert in your niche.

When I first started freelance writing, I decided one of my niches would be autism behavioral therapy. Since this is in my background and I have extensive training in this application, I thought a guest post in that niche could help me in the future.

So figure out your strategy. For brand new writers, try the niche guest posting strategy first.

This is what I did.

Time to Pitch

Your pitch is the way you’re going to land freelance writing jobs. Whether you pitch a guest spot or a content job, you need a strong pitch.

I suggest you develop your own pitch that shows your credibility in your niche. But, you can use a template.

In your pitch, state who you are, what you do and how you can help them. A simple pitch can be:

Hi,

My name is Elna and I’m a freelance writer in the digital marketing niche. Your ad on ProBlogger caught my immediate attention.

I exclusively write in the digital marketing niche by providing content on email marketing, content marketing and social media marketing.

Please check out my portfolio for samples.

I would love to discuss some content ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.

Send out your pitches and wait.

If you hear back from some of those pitches, congratulations! Now comes the negotiation part.

Read the email and see what the prospect wants.

Many will come back with more information about what they are seeking. It’s up to you to reply with your experience and credibility accurately and persuasively.

Here’s a handy infographic if you want to share it! Thanks so much!

Become a Freelance Writer in 2021

This is a great year to become a freelance writer! More and more businesses are starting online, more digital native brands are popping up and more and more opportunities are here!

Don’t think that there aren’t freelance writing jobs for you. If there is the internet and if there are businesses, you will be in demand.

I encourage you to become a highly-paid writer today and enroll in Write Your Way to Your First $1k.

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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Hello Elna! Your article has really helped me understand all aspects of freelance writing. I wish to do it too. However, I’m a student at present and would not be able to give it as much time. Do you think I could still manage to do this? Is it a good option for a part-time job?Reply to Krutika
Hi, Many people do freelance writing on the side as a side hustle. So yes, it is possible to only work a few hours a day on freelance writing to be successful!Reply to Elna
Hi Krutika, Many freelance writers are doing this as a side hustle. So they have a full-time commitment like school or work and on the side they do freelance writing. Once they make enough money on that side hustle they can start thinking about quitting their 9-5 job for good.Reply to Elna
hi Elna, thanks for the amazing information. I have always wanted to start freelance writing job. I want to start a blog on fashion as well as motivations though I really do not know how the two connect. advise me please. thanks again.Reply to Tusubira
Hi Tusubira, That’s fantastic you want to land some freelance writing jobs and start a blog! It’s ambitious to do both but it’s possible! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Your posts are amazing and I want to start blogging in skincare niche and freelance writing in technical niche, should I start both on the same website, will it be a good idea or not? Can you suggest me something? ThanksReply to Karishma
Hi, Thank you so much! I suggest you have a separate website for your technical side as the skincare niche isn’t related to tech – unless you can merge the two (i.e. tech in skincare).Reply to Elna
I always have a dream of being a freelancer and many times have been looking forward to getting started with your guidance on this post am really encouraged. Thanks.Reply to Edna
Hi Edna, That’s fantastic to hear! I know taking that very first step to freelance write is scary! But, I’m here for you!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna! Your posts are very helpful, easy to read, motivating and full of facts that I am always looking for when I search. Your posts actually take most of my time and are like mini courses already. Thank you for your non-click bait contents. Now I have a direction on the road I want to take. Thank you!Reply to Monielajane
Hi! So happy you found my post helpful to landing a freelance writing job! Good luck!Reply to Elna
I have a fulltime job, but would like to earn a little extra money. I have a big passion for Electronic Dance Music and would love to write for client’s like DigitalDJTips or DJ Mag. I just have no idea if Freelance writing is something I could do besides my fulltime job?Reply to Florian
Hi Florian, Interesting writing niche! I would lean towards dancing and companies in dance and pitch to them and then some of your topics can incorporate electronic dance music. Or you can look at dance clubs online and businesses that serve dance clubs and pitch to them.Reply to Elna
I have been thinking of becoming a freelancer but something have been holding me back. Just by reading this piece, am rejuvenated and deeply encouraged to start it as soon as possible. Thanks, Elna.Reply to Simon
Hi Simon, So glad to hear that you want to start freelance writing! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Thank you for this very very informative detailed post! Really, compared to other ones that made me feel overwhelmed and hesitant about the freelance step, yours was just simple and encouraging, smoothly guiding me step by step. If I may ask, I had like a very old blog (created in 2011) where I used to write my thoughts, kind of journaling and I stopped in 2013…Do you think I should just ignore it and start over? or work from there? Appreciate your advice! ThanksReply to Ghany
Hi! You’re welcome! Glad you found this post on landing a freelance writing job as a beginner helpful and non-anxiety provoking! As for your question, you can use your old blog as long as the URL isn’t general or personal. Typically to have a writer website the URL needs to be somewhat professional!Reply to Elna
This article was very informative but I think I may have accidentally overloaded my brain at this point after days of researching about how to start freelancing. So basically I need to start a website where I can publish articles that I have written for fun in order to have published work to submit with my applications. Step 2 would be to guest write on a flew blogs if I can. Honestly my head is spinning at this point.Reply to Andrew
Hi Andrew, πŸ™‚ Information overload! I hear ya! I get like that when I am learning a new thing like Facebook ads! Break everything down and form a plan! What you have is a great start!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna Thank you for your amazing content here in this article. It really helped. I wanted to ask a question: does it matter where you live when you want to start writing as a freelance writer? Do you have to live somewhere like America, Europe, Austrelia… Cause I live in a pretty unknown country in middleast and the stuff you mentioned in the article above are somehow accessable for people in the west.Reply to Violet
Hi Violet, Most job boards will tell you if they want a writer in a specific country, but not all of them. I’ve landed work in Canada and have worked for people all over the world. Many of my writers that live in other countries are successful too. If you present yourself as a credible English writer online you should have no problem. You don’t have to state where you live if you don’t want to.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thank you very much on this exceptional and very encouraging information. I have always loved writing and was encouraged by a very close friend to try freelance writing. Oh boy did I think it was easy,especially since i am not a tech freak. But reading through what you have written and signing up for the 6 days course i feel very comfortable moving forward. I don’t have a blog yet but after the 6 day course i will have one. I write mostly about relationships,family and being and young mom. Do you think continuing in this lane will attract the right audience?Reply to Deborah
Hi Deborah, Thanks so much for signing up to my free email course! I hope you like it! Regarding your niche topics, you might want to explore that a bit more. Lifestyle content like relationships, family and young motherhood can pay, but it may not be a lot at first.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, thank you for this valuable information. I just started out freelance writing, was on my way giving up cos am not getting clients. Fortunately, I find my way here, and now I feel more than equipped to journey on with my freelance writing business.Reply to Ruth
Hi Ruth! Don’t give up! Many successful businesses fail before they make it big! You can do it! πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Say, I’m a teenager, should I lie about my age so people will give me a chance? Or should I be up front and honest that I don’t have a bunch of fancy degrees? And, also, does all of this still apply to more fiction style writing as well? For example, someone made a character, and I’d be down to help them write a story for that. Could that still be considered freelance writing, and could I make a career from that? Kind of like how some people do art commissions.Reply to Sam
I had exactly the same question as Sam. I’ve been writing fiction for the last 10 years, and can’t think of any other niche. Making stories, creating characters, writing scripts is all I have done. Do you think, Elna, I’d be able to interest someone online in my particular talent/niche?Reply to Ahmed
Hi Ahmed, Regarding your expertise, you can lean into copywriting since copywriters are storytellers. Other avenues could be quiz writers (in the literature genre perhaps), greeting card writing, and entertainment writing like in TV/film media. I am not familiar with any of those industries however and cannot help you there, other than with copywriting!Reply to Elna
Hi Sam, I wouldn’t lie about your age. I don’t share my age on my writer website πŸ™‚ As long as you appear professional online you should be fine. I know there have been freelance writers that started out in highschool and went on to be authors or ghostwriters. As for fiction, not sure if it applies but you could do ghostwriting for authors!Reply to Elna
Elna, I have been banned from Facebook. Thanks to the TBI that prevents me driving my short term memory is bad. I forgot my password and had no help retrieving it. Someone told me to start a new account and I got banned. Do I need a FB account to write? I’m kind of worried since online work is my only hope.Reply to Rachel
Hi Rachel, I’m sorry to hear this! I hope it gets resolved soon. You don’t need to be on Facebook to land work. I only landed one job from FB, the rest from my writer website!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, this is really an eye opener for me as I have just started my blogging. Thank you very much for a detailed explanation. I need you to clarify that whether a content writer can do services as resume writer.Reply to Murali
Hi! Congrats on starting a blog! Glad you want to also start freelance writing as a service to your blogging. Yes, you can niche as a resume writer for sure! You can start a writer website and only market your resume writing skills and have your blog separate.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I have a question as you said make a service page on your website. My question is am a blogger so can I make my service page on my blogging website? If yes, then you also said make a portfolio page to show your previous work. I Am having a blogging website and also selling my service on the same blogging site, stilI need to make a portfolio page? or my blog section will be enough for that?Reply to Alizeh
Hi! Great question. You CAN put up a hire me page on your blog and link to some writing samples for sure! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Your information has been so helpful, and I’m very interested in freelance writing; however, I’m wondering how I can just start to see if it’s something that will be long-term before investing in a website, business license, etc. Can you provide any tips or suggestions?Reply to Sharonda
Hi Sharonda, That’s a good question. It’s also a difficult question to answer. I’m afraid you have to invest something to see if freelance writing will work out in the end. Just think of people who start a restaurant or hair cutting place. They take a big risk on the location to have their store. One pizza store was right on the corner of my condo but no one came to his store. Within two years he shut down. For him, that wasn’t the best location because there wasn’t much foot traffic. So I suggest you invest time first and sign up to my free course. In that course you can decide if freelance writing is truly what you want to do. Then give yourself 30 days to try this (like really try this). I feel the people who succeed as freelance writers, often jump right in!Reply to Elna
Elna, Your posts always have so much VALUE! Thank you for all the information that you share freely with all of us. I’m particularly curious about emerging profitable niches moving into 2020. I hmmm’d over which niche to pick for so long, but eventually told myself to just pick one! Get some samples, pitch, try it out. If it doesn’t work, I can always try another niche. Adaptability is very important in the freelance world. Thanks again!Reply to Amy
Hey Amy, Thank you so much! Glad you are enjoying me freely valuable posts πŸ™‚ I want to truly help a million people learn to be a freelance writer!! I’m glad you didn’t get stuck in the deciding phase and decided to just pick any niche and go with it! Good for you!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna! I just want to say thank you for this information! I am a current student about to graduate in December with a degree in Creative Writing and trying to figure out what I want to do with the experience I received from the program. Reading this has definitely relieved the stress that was slowly piling up in my mind. Again, thanks so much!!Reply to Ricky
Hi Ricky, That’s awesome! Congrats on graduating college! Yes, there is a market for writers and your creative writing experience can lend well freelance writing. Clients seek out a storyteller that can add value to their content strategy! Good luck!Reply to Elna
This is so awesome! I’m just starting up and a bit overwhelmed. All this useful information has helped me so much. Thanks!!Reply to Karin
Hi Karin, So happy you’re here! Thanks for commenting on this post! Glad you want to be a freelance writer and found these amazing freelance writing jobs for you! Good luck!Reply to Elna
thank you for the useful information..i am going to try my best and apply these tools for a independent route to employment..thank u again..Reply to Joe
Hi Joe! That’s great to hear! Good luck on becoming a freelance writer πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Hello Elna! Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I currently write for a company at $10 per article, however these take around two hours to accomplish as they require a decent amount of research and editing. I am finding myself unable to make ends meet. Is this fair pay? How should I approach the situation, and others like it, as I develop my business? Sincerely, Robert.Reply to Robert
Hi Robert, That doesn’t sound like fair pay for the amount of work you are doing. But, I also don’t know how many words each article is that you are getting paid for. If they are 500 words and it’s taking you 2 hours to write that, then you need to improve your writing speed. It should take you no more than 45 minutes to write a 500 word article with adequate sourcing links. A typical freelance writing rate I tell my course students is to charge $.10/word for blog articles!Reply to Elna
Hi, Elna, Thank you for sharing your experience. Reading your post is like an eye opener for me. May I ask if your clients are mostly from your home country or not? I am in Asia and wondering if it will affect me in finding clients outside Asia? If I can rephrase my question: do clients care about where do you come from? Thank you for your kind help. BellaReply to Bella
Hi Bella, That’s a great question! I have freelance writing jobs from all over the world! Canada, US, UK, Dubai and more! My course students have clients in Mexico, Germany, Switzerland and more!Reply to Elna
Do you have to have the same niche all the time? Or can you pick more? Thanks in Advance, Windy LinkReply to Windy
Hi Windy, You can pick up to three niches to start freelance writing! That’s what I did and I eventually found digital marketing!Reply to Elna
Greetings! Thank you so much for the information, Elna. Fear has kept me away from going public with my writing for so many years. What’s more amazing is that there’s an entire writer’s world out there, willing to help. Starting on these steps immediately.Reply to Sheena
Hi Sheena! So happy you are fighting your fear! You can do it! <3Reply to Elna
Hi elna thanks a lot a house wife want to train on academic writing I will follow the steps dearReply to Joyce
Hi Joyce, Awesome! I hope you land your client as a new freelance writer! Good luck!Reply to Elna
I think you give great advice that is put together in an easy to understand way! I was wondering do you think product reviews is a promising niche? I have no experience and can’t afford to buy different products to try out but I know I have the writing skill to put together good reviewsReply to Trevor
Hi Trevor, What you describe can be affiliate marketing. So you sign up to products’ affiliate pages and then create a blog post around the product using your special link. If someone uses that link and ends up buying then you get a commission! It’s not the best money making strategy but it’s something!Reply to Elna
I want to start writing as soon as possible.Send me a link to sign upReply to Tabitha
Hey Tabitha, Here’s the link to my free course: https://elnacain.com/course/getpaid/Reply to Elna
Thank you for the information. I will do my best to fallow your instructions. I want to do this. I have been at the same job for thirty years and am ready for a change.Reply to Kendall
Hi Kendall! I know you can do this! I’m here to help you!Reply to Elna
Hi! Elna Retirement is great, but I needed something more to do and to make money. I am thrilled to have come across you as an experienced freelance writer. My experience as a writer ( Memoir 2014) was put on a shelf and you have given me the courage to pursue freelance writing and other avenues you have mentioned. I am excited to get started. Thank You!Reply to Ruth
OMG!! Thank you elna for putting your experience up for us newbies. I was literally tired thinking about where to start, what to do etc. But I’m glad that I’ve landed in the perfect place!! Thank you again. XxReply to Sumbul
This article hit home! Gave me the info I was looking for. But wasn’t overwhelming with info. This article also reassured me and let me know that I’m off to a good start. Thank you so much for this article. It just gave me sooooo much inspirationReply to Erin
Hi Erin, That’s great to hear! So happy you found the post about how to land a freelance job in 2019 helpful!Reply to Elna
This is the best article I’ve seen on freelance writing. I’m pretty new to the whole blogging thing and I want my work and my blog to be seen by more people. I am really interested in guest writing and freelance writing. I will definitely be using your ideas. Thanks Elna.Reply to Matty
Hey Matt, That means a lot to me! I’m so happy you found my guide on freelance writing accurate and helpful! I do my best to have the best info for freelance writing, online writing and writing out there! Guest posting is a great way to grow your brand, get a new audience and get on the radar of potential clients!!! Good luck!Reply to Elna
I have just recommenced my blog and looking into freelance writer with no experience in writing for others. How do I get paid writing gigs from my blog. I’m also a twin mum plus have a older child. I would love some Advice and helpReply to Leah
Hi Leah, That’s great you want to become a freelance writer! To gain clients you probably either need a page on your blog explaining your writing service or better yet, a writer website. This is a dedicated site that can help you land client work easily.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna. I love writing. And I hope that I can make a living by putting words together. But the problem for me is that people rarely ever respond to my applications -both individual and job board applications. I think it’s because I am not a good enough writer. Some more experienced writers I sent my samples to, commented that my writing was sub-par. What do you recommend I do to improve my writing? People won’t pay good money for shoddy work.Reply to David
Hey David, Just practice. Keep on writing and learn how to write for an online audience. Check out Copyblogger. They have great post about writing engaging content. Smartblogger is another source too!Reply to Elna
I would love to quit my low-paying job and become a writer. I wrote a book about three years ago. It’s on amazon. My daughter and I have created a website to empower women and we posts blogs on it. What else can I do?Reply to Qiana
Hi! If you become a freelance writer you can land gigs quickly! Just need proof and a strategy in place!Reply to Elna
Number 1 is done. Now I’m working on #2! I’ve loved writing since I was a kid and I’m learning to face my fears and just go after what I’m passionate about.Reply to Whitney
Hey Whitney, That’s fantastic to hear! Good luck on following the rest of the steps!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I am so glad I found your website! I have always had an interest in making a living as a freelance writer. However, I had no idea on where to even begin the first step. I love your website, and it is extremely helpful for beginners. Learning a lot so far! Thank you for posting all your great insights!Reply to Diana
Hi Diana! That’s great to hear! So happy you want to be a freelance writer and make a living from this! It really is the best thing I did as a mom to twins πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!Reply to Elna
I am a freshmen in high school and I was wondering if freelance writing is a good part time job for me. I enjoy writing about things that interest me and I wanted to do it as a high school job even if the pay is mediocre. Also, thank you for taking the time to write this article and reply to the comments.Reply to Peter
Hi Peter! I’m sure you can get started as a freelance writer if you’re in high school. I would connect with Lauren Tharp https://littlezotzteens.com/Reply to Elna
I was just raking through my brain about how to make use of my extra time to generate an extra source of income with my writing skills. Google search showed several results and choosing to click on your site is definitely by divine directions. I’m really awed by the information you shared here… very inspiring and equally motivating. I’ll be visiting frequently even as I begin to put the lessons into practice. You just earned a huge fan! Thank you.Reply to Peace
Hi Peace! I’m so happy you clicked over here to my little blog! As a freelance writer, I love writing and I love helping others be a freelance writer! I hope to see you around here more!Reply to Elna
If one were to start a contently portfolio, do you need to make sure your portfolio (or if you make a blog) is focused on one and only one topic ever??? I would hope we could just write whatever we want all across the board… but that’s just me. I just want to be able to write and help people in many different ways, not just with one topic.Reply to Heather
Hey Heather, You can blog about different topics and put that on your Contently portfolio, but it’s best that all the pieces of content are around an umbrella term or central theme!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for this article! There is so much great information in here for beginners, I really appreciate you sharing all this!Reply to Ashley
Hey Ashley! Love your blog πŸ˜‰ I hope you enjoyed the Writer Website course and Writeto1k πŸ™‚ You can email me any time you need help with freelance writing!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for this article. I want to start again to become freelance writer after around 6-7 years ago I worked as writer for my friends link market business (now I feel quite rusty since it’s been long time I never write many articles again :D). This article gives me more confidence to work as freelance writer again (hopefully it can be my full time job πŸ˜€ ).Reply to Dede
Hi Dede! That’s great news and thanks so much! I’m happy to hear you want to be a freelance writer in this year! I find the more time I’m an online writer, the more amazing it becomes! So many new tools and tactics are needed, but I love learning them!Reply to Elna
I unknowingly worked for free. The client never paid even after publishing my articles. Discouraged.Reply to Forsa
Hi Forsa! Yes, that is discouraging, but with the right tools you can get started as a freelance writer easily and safely!Reply to admin
Hi Elna Thank you very much for your post. After reading it, I am encouraged to pick up the pieces and just do it all over again. I have been a freelance writer for 1 year. But at the beginning of this year, I fell prey to an unpaying client. He published my articles and never got to pay for them. Efforts to reach him have proven futile since he spread them over several blogs. This is my advise for freelancers: Even with the signed contract, you have to be keen with all negotiations you make. Its no joke to write 19,000 words and never get compensated for your efforts. Thats just it!Reply to Heena
Hey Heena! Yes, that is excellent advice. Although this has never happened to me, I do know that many writers want pay upfront or half pay upfront to account for this happening!Reply to admin