Do you crave a flexible schedule that allows to you work from home, be your own boss, and have the potential for an unlimited income?
If so, you NEED to consider getting started with freelance writing.
Have you ever dreamed of ditching the 9-5 life to create your own schedule, build a self-sustainable business, and increase your income each month? Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mama looking to create an income from the ground up. Whatever your need, you need to consider getting started with freelance writing. Glassdoor estimates the average freelance writer makes $52,807/year, however, many freelance writers make a lot more than this! Some freelance writers also make a lot less depending on their niche, the content they provide, their experience level, and how many clients they take on. Freelance writers produce content for publications, companies, brands, and other organizations. They may do this through blog posts, white papers, case studies, website copy, news articles, press releases, email campaigns, social media captions, e-books, etc. There is no one avenue in which all freelance writers make money, it depends on you.
If you think about it, our world is powered by writing. Think of the last think you read. It could have been a restaurant menu, a billboard on the way to work, a product description for a new cosmetic, a Facebook ad, or an email from your favorite clothing boutique. Freelance writers are always in demand, because there is writing all around us! Getting started with freelance writing isn’t hard; you simply have to make yourself known.
Why should I consider getting started with freelance writing?
Think of it like this: the time is going to pass anyways. In six months from now, where will you be? Unless you make a change, you’ll be in the same place you are now. If you need extra money, if you are unhappy in your career, if you are a stay-at-home mama trying to make a few thousand dollars for your maternity leave that isn’t covered, whatever your need is – please let me introduce you to the amazing, limitless world of freelance writing!
How much does it cost to get started with freelance writing?
Running a freelance writing business is super affordable compared to other business ventures; there are only three things you need for a successful freelance writing business. You need: a phone or laptop, an internet connection, and a freelance writing website. You likely already have the first two, so you’d just need a website from here. You need a domain and hosting for your website, and this will cost around $10 for the domain and $4/month for hosting. You can also pay for a full year of hosting upfront, making the monthly cost much cheaper. As you become more experienced, you can purchase different tools and courses as you wish that will add to your business expenses.
I don’t have a college degree. Can I still be a freelance writer?
Yup! I don’t have a college degree, either. In fact, I passed high school by the skin of my teeth (not necessarily proud of that!) I went to an alternative high school; I have never been one to go the traditional route. I guess that is why it’s not so surprising that I am a freelance writer! This is not a traditional career, and that is why I love it so much. You simply need to prove you’ve got the chops to be a successful freelance writer. Getting started with freelance writing simply requires you to produce samples and reach out to potential clients.
Having said that, freelance writing does require a few basic criteria. The first criteria would be a solid grasp on the English language. I am in the U.S., so my advice is primarily geared towards writers and clients in the United States. Not to say you can’t be a freelance writer living outside of the U.S., but it is going to be very important that you have a near perfect grasp on the English language if you are pitching American clients. So, that is requirement number one: having a solid grasp on the English language. Your grammar doesn’t have to be perfect, but you should know the basics. If you don’t, there are plenty of free grammar resources to teach you before getting started with freelance writing!
If you want to be a freelance writer, be prepared to work hard and cut through the noise telling you you don’t have what it takes.
Freelance writers are business owners. We aren’t employees. We provide a service (writing content), we get paid, and we move on. This means that finding clients is our responsibility. This is an amazing freedom to have, and it truly puts you in total control of your income. This also means that you must constantly put yourself out there and reach out to new people. This is very intimidating to some people, but don’t let it be. It is always scary to try new things, but the reward is worth taking the plunge.
If you’re a new freelance writer, be prepared to dedicate a good 5-20 hours a week on building your business. When I first started freelance writing, I’d wake up in the middle of the night thinking about clients. I would work while my children napped, while they had lunch and were occupied, etc. I made the time. If you aren’t willing to consistently make time for your business, you likely won’t get very far. Before getting started with freelance writing, make sure you are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. You won’t achieve success overnight, but about three months into my freelance writing journey I was making about $600/month. There is no reason you can’t do that too, so long as you dedicate the time and rise from your mistakes.
Once your business reaches a certain point, you can drastically cut down your hours. Once you make a name for yourself, you won’t have to work as hard to find clients – they will come to you. But in the beginning, prepare to grind!
How much can I actually make freelance writing?
Glassdoor’s salary estimate for a freelance writer is $52,807, like I mentioned. However, many writers make much more! I recently had my first $10,000 month, though I don’t make this much on a consistent basis yet. The sky is the limit, and you are in control. Freelance writing offers such flexible scheduling, you can work as much, or as little, as you’d like! The number of clients you have, your rates, your experience level, and your niche will all play a part in how much you make.
When will I make money?
That just depends on how hard you work. I mentioned above that I was making about $600/month by month three, and this has only grown every month since then. The first step to making money? Getting started with freelance writing, simply getting started.
Getting started with freelance writing
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