Much of my online work experience really involves a lot of writing. In fact, I started my home-based journey as a freelance writer.
Even while working full time as a marketing professional, I’ve taken on various writing projects for U.S. and Australian companies on a variety of topics, from baby clothes to fishing equipment! Weird, right?
But wait, I know you’re thinking, “I don’t have a professional writing experience, I can’t become a freelance writer!” While there are some aspects of writing that you would need to learn on an academic level, it doesn’t mean THERE’S NO WAY for you to become a freelance writer. What I want you to know is that you don’t actually need to be a hard-core professional to become a freelance writer. You just have to be PASSIONATE and you have to really LOVE what you’re doing. Otherwise, you’ll just end up getting burned out.
So with that being said, if you are passionate about writing and would really want to pursue freelance writing, then by all means, please read on!
What does a Freelance Writer do?
A freelance writer gets paid to write a variety of content. Typically, freelance writers write blogs for websites. They also write advertising copy, such as brochures, Facebook ads, websites, etc. Sometimes they get hired to “ghostwrite,” (this I do a lot), or write an ebook or an academic paper. It can be anything and about different topics.
You have the option to work exclusively for yourself and choose only the writing projects you want and get paid on a per-article basis. Or you can offer your services as a consultant to different companies and get paid a monthly retainer fee. And of course, you can also look for writing gigs in job sites like Upwork.
Starting your freelance writing journey can be the most challenging part, which is why I’d like to share with you some tips and techniques in launching your freelance writing career.