How to Become a Freelance Writer Without Experience

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Each one of us begin our career in any field without experience in the same. This is how we begin our career in freelance writing as well. No writing experience, no published work to add to a resume, no achievements to showcase in a portfolio, and many such dilemmas will hit you hard in the beginning. The good news is that it is not the end, it is indeed the 'rise of a freelance writer'. Whether you aim for print media or online, you gotta do these! Here is how you can rise and succeed to earn your living through your freelance career without having any experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Give out free samples first in exchange for testimonials.

    You can do it right here on the Warrior Forum by posting in the warriors for hire section or by using your signature link.
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  • Profile picture of the author oppyeaunome
    The best way to get started is to start. There are a lot of people who spend more time thinking about getting started than actually taking action. In the beginning when lots of people don't know who you are you may have to do some work for free. Many people may not want to do this.

    Doing some work for free in the beginning can help you to figure out if you're good enough and also it gives you a chance to get some testimonials. Testimonials allow you to build a reputation.

    Always remember to offer lots of value and put your all into it. Build up your samples and create a professional looking website. It may start out slow, but once it takes off, it can't be stopped.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      I guess you did not notice that the OP is not asking questions, but telling you how (except that he/she/it/they forgot the how part, the post ends at "Here is how").

      Spam is spam even if it reads well.

      Originally Posted by Manoj V View Post

      Give out free samples first in exchange for testimonials.

      You can do it right here on the Warrior Forum by posting in the warriors for hire section or by using your signature link.
      Originally Posted by oppyeaunome View Post

      The best way to get started is to start. There are a lot of people who spend more time thinking about getting started than actually taking action. In the beginning when lots of people don't know who you are you may have to do some work for free. Many people may not want to do this.

      Doing some work for free in the beginning can help you to figure out if you're good enough and also it gives you a chance to get some testimonials. Testimonials allow you to build a reputation.

      Always remember to offer lots of value and put your all into it. Build up your samples and create a professional looking website. It may start out slow, but once it takes off, it can't be stopped.
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  • Profile picture of the author rhealy29
    Epic spam post. Epic.

    Anyway, for anyone actually looking to get into freelancing, the route will depend on the type of freelancing they want to do.

    If freelance web content writing is the goal, I truly believe the best way to go about it is just to start and offer up services at an appropriate price. Practice is key, and even if it doesn't pay well at the start, there is such a high demand for web content that a new writer might as well get paid a bit while they hone their craft.

    For those looking to get into freelancing for the print world, there are a number of good books by notable freelancers on how to get started. On top of that, I don't know that there's a much better investment than a subscription to Writer's Market. Small time publications won't pay like the big players, but there are so many small magazines that offer great opportunities for new freelancers who can put together a decent piece. My first published article was in a tiny Canadian poker magazine that has since gone under. It paid $100, but hey, it was a start and it provided me with a first clipping.
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  • Profile picture of the author RazvanRogozC
    Hello,

    Not quite.

    A writer needs to write. That's about it. You don't need published work, you simply need to show something. You can blog on sites like medium.com and LinkedIn. You can create your own eBooks. You can build a huge portfolio out of thin air.

    Bonus tip: Quite a few people got a huge ROI by posting on Quora.com and building a reputation there.

    Best regards,
    Razvan Rogoz
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  • Profile picture of the author Jade Evans
    Let start by anything free. Like as answer on Yahoo or Quora. Or Iwriter is also where good for start.
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Write 1000 words every single day in a Word document related to your niche. Trash the doc when done. This is the easiest, simplest and yes, at times most uncomfortable way too to become a skilled freelancer.

    I have written 126 eBooks following this daily writing habit but also grew a thriving freelance business back in the day, even ghost-writing a best selling eBook that generated tens of thousands of dollars in sales.
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