Four Big Steps to Become a Freelance Writer

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Every writer has the same two goals. Write more. Write better. With enough experience and skill you can become a freelancer and write for a living. This article suggests one way to achieve that goal.

The following sections cover some popular targets for short nonfiction. As you read through each, you will see that either the amount of writing or the difficulty of the writing increases. Sometimes both.

If you already produce a lot of high quality writing daily, you might want to skip one or more of these. If not, working through each of these writing types will build up the quantity and quality of your writing. Achieve them all and you will become a freelancer.

Blogging

This is the least demanding type of nonfiction writing. You can post as many or as few articles as you want.

Blogging is a popular choice. At least 100,000 blogs are created every month. Most of them are not competitive. They talk about themselves, their pets, their kids, their town, their something. They are only read by their friends and relatives.

Popular bloggers write informative and entertaining articles focused around one main topic. Only those writing about the same topic are competing for the same audience. This is the kind of blog you should write if you want to become a professional writer.

For loads of information about blogging, read Problogger.

When you find you are writing at least one article a day, consider moving up to article writing.

Article Writing

Article directories are the easiest way to break into article writing. A few pay a small amount per article. Most pay nothing. Article directories are useful for writers in at least two ways. First, most allow authors to include a brief bio and a link to an external website. Second, the articles you write for them are examples of your writing that have been accepted for publication.

Two article directories that pay are Associated Content and Constant Content. Search either of these sites for “article writing tips”. You will learn about article writing and see examples of what each site wants at the same time.

You can also get published in print magazines. Some give their submission guidelines in fine print in the magazine. Most will require you to go online and search for the details.

Another place you can post articles is as guest posts on blogs. Read a few dozen articles on a blog and then write an article that’s a good fit.

When you find you are writing 10 articles or more a day, it’s time to consider moving up to copywriting.

Copywriting

Copywriters are paid to write advertising and publicity copy. Everything they write promotes a product, cause, person or business. Every ad you see or hear was written by a copywriter.

All copywriting pays. Copywriters are among the highest paid writing professionals.

Why not do this first? Because you can’t. When you have no examples of your writing ability, nobody is going to hire you. Blogging and article writing create a portfolio of your writing ability that any client can view online.

For loads of information about copywriting, read Copyblogger.

Freelancing

If you are blogging, article writing, and copywriting, you can start calling yourself a freelancer. It’s time to expand your freelancing abilities.

Now that your writing speed and proficiency are up, you can write a company’s blog. The usual rate for this is around $100 a post depending on the details.

You can write all the material for a static (non-blog) company website.

As a freelancer, you will want to expand into every kind of writing you can find to maximize your profit. Any time you find yourself reading something, ask yourself, “Is this something I could be getting paid to write?”

For loads of information about freelancing, read Freelance Folder.

With enough income streams from writing, the only work you will need to do is writing.

Article by Ivan Izo.

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