How To Make Money In Freelance Writing: Professional Advice


Freelance writing is becoming more and more common, and through the internet has become a more viable way to make a good living. There are so many advantages to it: you can work from anywhere, decide when you want to work, and decide how many hours a week you want to work. And because you’re always working with new clients, it never gets boring. While making as much money at it as you would with a normal full time job is possible, it takes work and requires you to make some smart decisions.

Follow this easy professional advice to establish a stable and profitable freelance writing career:

  • Choose the right website to work through
  • These days most freelance writers find jobs or work through a website. There are lots of advantages to this: it helps you connect with clients more easily, it helps ensure that you won’t get ripped off by clients who don’t want to pay, and it allows you to build a track record and credibility. There are dozens of websites you can use—some are very general and some specialize in certain skills. Be sure to choose the website that is right for you, that meets your needs and is a good match with your skills.

  • Focus on your strengths
  • It is helpful to brand yourself as a freelance writer. Even if you have a wide range of skills, its best to choose a few that you want to focus on and gain a lot of experience with. When doing this, keep in mind what kind of work you enjoy doing the most, and what kind of work you have the most experience in, and what kind of work pays the best and is most steady. Focusing on grant writing will probably be more stable and pay better than focusing on fiction writing, for instance.

  • Don’t waste your time with badly paying jobs
  • If you are new to it, you may need to start out with lower rates that you would normally charge and build up to what you want to be making once you’ve established a track record and good portfolio. But in general, don’t waste your time with jobs that don’t way well. A good rule of thumb is to calculate how much you are making per hour, whether it is a job that pays hourly or a fixed rate job.

  • Keep repeat clients

    Repeat clients are a key to stable, steady work. So put in some effort to follow up and cultivate repeat clients.

 
 

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