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How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today



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How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today

The Freelance writing industry is booming! There are literally millions of people all around the world that need things written for them. Whether it's an article for their blog, stories, e-books, sales copies or something else altogether. There is a high demand for freshly written content and freelance content writers by people who don't have the time and or skills to write all that content for their self.

And because of this high demand for written content, the freelancing writing industry provides a lot of opportunity for someone to earn money from it by becoming a freelance writer. And there isn't no shortage of websites and places you can use to sell your freelance writing skills on and earn some extra cash with along the way while also improving your skills and reputation all the time.

Freelance means = no strings attached. So you're not tied into some contract and don't have to get on their payroll to get paid. You just advertise, get the work, do it and then deliver it and then get paid. It's about the same for any freelance type of work you can find. But here I want to talk about becoming a successful freelance writer!

How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today


Pick a Niche, Any Niche.

One of the best things about being a freelance writer is that you can can pick and choose the topics, subjects or industries that you want to write about. You might not always be able to find writing jobs available that are based in your industry that you're educated, knowledgeable and skilled in. But if you can find someone that needs an article written on something you are, then you can do it.

Provided you get the job and are hired for it of course! One way to find writing jobs that you will like to do is on SEOClerks. You can browse through the list of wants and requests. These are requests made by other people who need that written work doing. The cool thing is you can even search that wants by keyword. So if your specialty is writing about puppies, search for that and you'll find any that were made for such a thing which you can then place a bid on. If the buyer still needs it, they can purchase it from your bid and you'll get the job and just have to write it and then deliver it to get paid. Simples!

Of course, the buck doesn't start and stop with SEOClerks. Another great site to find paid freelance writing work is on WordClerks.com because that site is dedicated to writing jobs of all kinds and it basically works the same way. However on each site you can create a service that advertises your writing skills and abilities and then people who need that can see it and purchase that from you.

Plus I don't really like to talk about and tell people about other sites when on SEOClerks. But there are other freelance sites you can use in the same token. Some of them include sites like iWriter.com or Odesk.com and Guru.com, Helium, eHow and Associated Content which provide you an opportunity to bid on peoples writing requests for whatever they need. You get hired, do the writing, deliver and get paid.

If your content is well written, researched and you've done a good job. There's a high possibility that you'll get hired again and again for the same writing tasks by the same people and that can provide a steady stream of income for you. When you have a lot of clients you're working for, the earnings can really add up and it can turn out to be a very profitable thing to do.

Charge Low and Gradually Increase

Due to the massive high demand for freshly written content, and due to the fact that there's literally millions of people that can do it and are bidding on it. Most buyers choose the writer who can do it at the cheapest price. So one way to bag your first sales is to provide written content at a cheap price to start off with. Once you've got some good reviews under your belt you can start charging a bit more. Eventually if you get a lot of good positive reviews for your writing work, you can start charging those higher prices. Since people will see you are highly rated and recommended they still will buy from you.

Another good tip that can help you secure those exclusive and high paying writing jobs is to create and prepare a resume for yourself. You can use that to list out all your writing skills, abilities, talents and experiences. How long you've been writing for, the kinds of subjects you've covered. That sort of thing. You could even impress them with an infographic resume which are sexy hot right now!

How about going one step further? How is that possible? Well you could create your own portfolio site of sorts and include lots of blog posts that actually shows off your writing skills. When people who want to buy your services check out your portfolio site and see your amazingly written articles they will be chomping at the bit to buy your writing services! How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today

Get out there and promote yourself!

Freelance writing is a business like any other. So you should think like a businesses like any other. In order for any business to be a success and to actually make money and or thrive today. That business will need to be promoted and advertised to people. And in the right places too! If you have your own freelance portfolio site you can SEO that for good rankings. Good. But you can also do the whole promotion thing and promote it on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter etc etc etc and it's a great way to plug your business and freelance writing skills for free.

One of the best ways to get guaranteed writing jobs though is to create your own service on here on SEOClerks and then bump it daily or purchase category highlighting or featured listings. That way people will definitely see it, you'll show up before the rest and it will increase your chances of someone clicking on the "Buy Now" button. It couldn't really get any easier than this.

How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today


Are you a freelance writer?

Do you use sites such as iWriter.com, Odesk.com and Guru.com, Helium, eHow and Associated Content or even SEOClerks or WordClerks to find work?

What tips could you give someone starting out in the freelance writing industry for the first time?

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anwebservices

Very informative and motivating discussion / post and thanks for sharing this great information Mike. It's true that so many people have such good skills to write quality articles and contents, but sometime they think: well who would need my knowledge i only know how to write about this and that, but there is really need for every single niche possible and writer just have to get out there on start selling this skills, no matter what he / she is knowledgeable about. Really! I guess, YouTube is really good proof of this, that some dumb ideas get really huge amount of views and interest by ordinary people, so the same thing could be with writing and selling articles.




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Lynne

Yes Abid, I couldn't agree with you and Mike more here. I would much rather buy content writing services from someone that specializes in the niche I need, someone that is passionate and knowledgeable.

That is much more preferable than buying content writing services from people that claim they can write about anything. I mean I can also write about anything... but the articles I write that are related to my niches will be top notch content and some other topics that I find boring I will probably write a garbage article!




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idealmike

Thanks Abid, yeah unless you write it and publish it you wont ever really know. Even some of the silliest things can go viral on the Internet. I once wrote a fictional story about a dog that was "drone napped" by a drone. I made it sound really realistic and it went viral on Reddit and tons of other social media sites. I think I got about 100k visitors in a few days from that article and I only wrote it on a whim as I was feeling a bit goofy lol. But it just goes to show that when it comes to the Internet you can never tell what people will like unless you post it! How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today




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MusicMoguls

Once again Mike you have amazed and informed me about something i had no clue about. I am going to sign up to Iwriter today and im going to have my wife do so as well. I will let you know how that goes for sure, other websites i have signed up for have not gone well. I would not call myself a successful freelance writer just yet but Seoclerks is definitely giving me my first step up into the writing world. The amount of stuff i have learned since i have been writing here on Seoclerks is just amazing. I just hope im able to make a few more bucks maybe writing for another site as well and diversify my income further. these kids are not eating any less and the money cant stop coming in. I would say to a new writer to stick to what you know best and write about that. I would also recommend writing about something that is very popular because when people search for that they will find your blog. Thats all i have this is a great topic that you for the great new sites.




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idealmike

Thanks Jkeyz, always happy to share the knowledge and wealth! Knowledge is power and sharing is caring as they say! And yeah same for me bro, that's one of the best things about the SEOClerks Community Discussions is that people are sharing amazing stuff that is actually useful and practical and can help to improve or better your life or career in someway. But yeah, any freelance writer should well include samples of their work on their site along with fresh unique articles about things connected to that industry and larger, popular industries that might possibly have people looking for content for it. Then when they stumble upon your site, they can see your writing and then just contact you easily and hire you for the writing services they need. It just goes hand in hand with the rest. How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today

Cheers!

Mike.




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EliteWriter

Hi jkeyz2, I just read that you intend to sign up on iwriter. I used to write over there, and I believe I spent some 4-5 years. The site used to be relatively good, but lately there have been many requesters who cannot be trusted. Just check out their approval rates and it will shock you. I have actually stopped writing there and have not bothered to go anymore for the past year. It is not fair to spend time and effort writing, only to get the article rejected. And from my experience chances of rejections are very high. Moreover, do not expect to get any assistance from support when you get a rejection. I only want to act as an eye opener so that ou do not waste your time. I do not want to discourage you, as you have every right to give it a go of course.




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Lynne

Hi Mike, this is a brilliant article.

I don't think people have any idea how powerful written content is for a website owner. Me for example, I am trying to publish at least one 1000+ word post every day Monday to Friday on my mommy blog and I can tell you that it is not always easy to keep up.

Imagine people that have huge websites, not like a little blogger like me, they will need masses of unique and fresh content all the time and perhaps they are not a blogger. Not everyone wants to write every day for themselves, some people detest writing....but as we all know new and fresh content keeps your website high in the SERPs so the best way to get traffic is to keep on writing.

I can only imagine how much content is being paid for on a daily basis around the world.




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idealmike

Thanks Lynne. Yes, lots and lots of it and the demand grows and grows. There will always be people, businesses, blogs and entities that need content written for them for a myriad of reasons. That's quite some task you're on to write a 1000+ word on your article every day Monday to Friday. That must have you doing some serious brain storming! You want to take it easy and go at a steady pace as you can get burned out over working yourself like that, plus that might show through as well. It's not important to write every day on your blog as much as it is to spend more time on an article so that it's in depth and informative. Although that shouldn't be too hard if it's something you're knowledgeable and passionate about. I'm just trying to look out for you. How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today




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hitmeasap

Mike. I hate to say this, but thank you very much for an awesome topic once again! How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today

During the years I've been online, I've actually got approached by people who's in need of content. Most of the times I've refused and that's basically leaving money on the table. - I've never sold content like articles or anything like that.

My brand building business is one thing, but that's different. I don't sell content in that sense. The only time I've been selling content, is when I've sold my ebooks. And the main reason I don't sell articles and similar things, is due to the fact that I'm not native in English.

I mean, even though I personally somehow think that I write decent English, it just feels inappropriate to sell content when I'm aware of mistakes I do. or when I'm aware of the fact that there'll be mistakes in the content. If I would sell content I would also have to hire someone to proofread it for me, and that just won't work in the long run. Perhaps for a huge project but I would never be able to hire someone to proofread what I wrote for a $5-$10 order.

I wish I could sell content. It would be awesome.. But I don't believe I'm good enough to do it.




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idealmike

Man no way! Your English is excellent! I've said to you before that unless you had told me that English wasn't your first (native) language, I would have just assumed that English was the main language you speak. I'd think you'd really excel in providing written content Andre. One of the reasons you was chosen as a FAQ mod and contributor is because of your excellent command of the English language and you have a good way with words. And everyone makes mistakes in writing, call it spelling or grammar mistakes. But that's what a spell and grammar checker is for. How to Start and Become a Successful Freelance Writer Today




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EliteWriter

Being a freelance writer is certainly a good idea to start earning money online. There is indeed a demand for writers, as content needs to be written regularly and it is required for sites and blogs, for product reviews and descriptions, for ebooks and much more! However it is important to point out that even though there is a market, not everyone can expect to make a living out of it as it takes plenty of effort and commitment and obviously, good language and writing skills. I agree that one should start small, and as it shows that clients are happy, and ratings and recommendations increase, then the rates can be increased a bit too. That is how I did it.




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Cristian

I always give the same advice to friends and people I know that want to get into freelancing. Read some articles, read some ebooks and start a small blog for you if you want to get into freelance writing. Whatever you learn from ebooks and articles you will put into practice with your blog, that blog will help you figure out how to write for the web.

After all this you are ready to offer such services, go on popular marketplaces and offer better deals than most of the freelancers there. You will get tons of orders in no time because of this. As your quality of work will increase you also need to increase your rates. Done you are now a freelancer.

None of my friends actually managed to become a freelancer. Which is pretty sad actually.




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Barida

I must say that you have given quite a good number of tips that can help anyone willing to succeed as a freelancer to have a great success in the job and in as much as it is not always easy to survive in the industry, it is not an impossible journey for anyone that is willing to achieve it as a freelancer.




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vinaya

If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you need to have your own website where you not only advertise your services and products but also post your portfolio as well as your work. You need to promote your website so that people will find you and may hire you.
It really gets clients on your own. Therefore, you have to join freelancer sites like SEO clerks, Fiverr and Upwork where you can find jobs as well clients. You will have to advertise your services as well as apply on suited jobs on these freelance sites. Once you have a job, you will have to give your best. When the client gives you a good rating, more jobs will follow. Now you have to convince the client to become a regular client.




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Corzhens

I agree that a freelance writer has the convenience of choosing what to write. As a forum provider, I am choosy with the forums that I join and I also post only on boards that I am comfortable with. Posting on a topic that I am not well-versed is a drudgery while posting on topics that I know is a breeze and I feel my posts are natural.




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augusta

This was very motivating and inspiring for us that really want to be good with our writing career, it isn't easy to do a lot of things but the most important thing is that it is doable.Every good or great writer started little, so we can also become great by starting little, we choose our niche that we have preknowledge and start there to become good writers.Thanks for this.




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