So You Want to Become a Freelance Writer
I need to make a serious change in my life and, to get that started, I figure that the best thing to do is to ‘step out of my comfort zone’ (I hate cliches).
That means that I need to start writing and do it consistently.
Learn Writing. Practice Writing. BE Writing!
So I am going to start freelance writing as a career and, if you are interested, I would love to take you along on this journey.
I am going to get this going with a few ideas.
Obviously, since I am new, these are not based on industry experience; but, rather, common sense, based on other experiences.
Feel free to add to any of this in the comments.
Below are my first three tips for you, if you want to become a freelance writer.
How Do I Become a Freelance Writer?
Freelance Writing Tip 1: Just Do It!
Seriously. Put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and start writing.
Stop “learning” about freelance writing and just start writing.
In other words: Stop Procrastinating!
Once you begin writing, you will be surprised at how easily your words will begin to flow.
What Niche Do I Choose for Freelance Writing?
Freelance Writing Tip 2: Let Your Niche Choose You!
If you do not know what niche to get into right now, stop chasing niches.
Right now, you are just spinning your wheels, wasting time.
Just start writing and, over time, a niche will come to you.
Think about this:
If you pick a topic for your first article and start writing, more ideas are going to pop into your head.
Then you will write the next article on the same topic, based on those ideas, and more ideas will pop into your head.
And that pattern will continue.
Without knowing it, you will have entered into a niche; learning and growing within it.
So, in the beginning, do not find a niche for 10 articles; find a topic for one article.
So How Do I Find a Topic to Start Freelance Writing?
Freelance Writing Tip 3: Follow the Money!
Here are a few ways that you can find endless content ideas to write about.
- Article sites and multi-topic blogs.
- YouTube, Pinterest and other social media sites.
- Books, magazines, advertisements and other things that you read throughout the day.
- Things you experience in your daily life.
- eBay, Amazon, Etsy and other online sales sites. Look for best seller categories, rare/odd finds, etc.
- Go to any search engine (DuckDuckGo, Bing, Google), search for ‘forum’, scroll to the bottom, click page 10 and start scrolling for those obscure niche forums!
- Go to freelance websites, such as UpWork and Freelancer, and see what topics people are wanting to buy articles for.
- Visit sites that pay you to write and see what they want!
You want the money?
Go to the money.
Ask the money what it wants.
Give the money what it wants.
The money will give you what you want.
That may sound ridiculous, the way that I put it.
But you get my point, right?
If you want to get paid for writing, find out what kind of writing people want to pay for.
In summary, if you want to become a freelance writer, just get into it.
You can pick a niche later.
Just like everything around you is a photo waiting to be taken, so too is it an article waiting to be written.