Freelance writing seems like a great career option. Browse through the internet and you will find numerous articles describing how to land writing gigs from various agencies. Just “make your bid” and if it is accepted, you will get plenty of work. And money too!
Only, it is not as easy as it sounds.
“The initial stages of freelancing can be particularly intimidating. Having said that, if you are ready to defy all odds for your love for writing and earn good income, a rewarding career awaits you.”
- Creative Writer, Henry Harvin Education
Launching a freelance writing career is not impossible. Around 64% of freelancers accepted that they are “very satisfied” as their own boss. There is not a lot of upfront investment involved (you can purchase a course if you want) and you have to be just good enough to make a start.
If you are willing to take the plunge, here are a few strategies you can follow to earn $4,000 a month while working as a freelance writer:
Strategy#1: Select topic areas of your interest and expertise.
You have to be very careful when it comes to choosing the topics. The clients will offer a variety of writing assignments but you can’t possibly write about everything.
“Identify the areas that you have expertise in. Start by writing on topics related to your specialty (it could be fashion, food, travel, education, etc). Gradually, you will learn more and then you can diversify into other challenging and more popular fields”
- SEO Content Writer, Henry Harvin Education
Strategy#2: Create a website.
“Since you are working as a freelancer, you need a platform to display your talent. Having a website will help you to put your work out to the job boards and set up a business.”
- Freelance Writer
Take a lead from the other freelancers’ sites and devote some time on Wordpress to create a portfolio that showcases your expertise to the clients.
Note: Don’t mention your prices right away; you can negotiate it depending on the gigs offered and the rates that other writers are currently charging.
Strategy#3: Write impressive samples.
Once you are set with your website, you need to write impressive samples for portfolio page. Write on topics that are directly related to your niche and post them on your website. In addition, you can submit your samples to other blogging sites and freelancing job sites.
“Post your blogs on relevant sites and link them back to your website. This will give credibility to your work and bring interested clients directly to you.”
- Blog Manager, Henry Harvin Education
Strategy#4: Keep pitching everywhere, even if you don’t get a reply.
Identify the companies that match your expertise and send out personal emails describing what you write about. Share a link to your website and to your other posts and request a reply.
“Don’t stop if you don’t get a reply to your post. You will hear from someone if your samples and expertise match what they are looking for. Create a profile at LinkedIn and join other groups related to your niche to draw attention to your work.”
- Internet Marketing Expert, Henry Harvin Education
Strategy#5: Search online writing sites.
There are several reliable online writing sites that can help you to find work. These sites can get you a break in the writing industry and bring exciting writing offers when you are just starting out.
Although you may not make $4000 in the first month (or even in the first year itself!), you will definitely reach there if you pursue freelance writing with all your heart and mind. Follow these strategies and build your reputation to bag well-paid writing offers.