How to Start Freelance Writing?

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Hello, I have been searching around the internet trying to find how to start freelance writing, but I can't seem to find much.

Do you have any tips for a decent writer like myself to get started? I am in need of a job and conventional jobs are really working for me. So, if you have any advice, please share.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by MarketBlogMan View Post

    Hello, I have been searching around the internet trying to find how to start freelance writing, but I can't seem to find much.

    Do you have any tips for a decent writer like myself to get started? I am in need of a job and conventional jobs are really working for me. So, if you have any advice, please share.
    Hey. You should check out Ghostwriting Cash (.com) by Tiffany Lambert (formally Dow, sales page still has her old name of it). Not only does she have a background in journalism, but she has been writing for the internet for years. She really knows her stuff.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author NatesMarketing
    I've been following Tom Ewer's blog for a while: Leaving Work Behind

    Should be right up your alley.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I've ghostwritten for a ton of "Gurus" in different niches...

    And my grammatical correctness isn't even that great haha.

    My secret? Just start writing.

    Write, and then write some more.

    Search EVERYWHERE for gigs.

    Craigslist, WarirorForum, Fiverr, everywhere.

    And once you start creating decent enough content? And writing for some clients who like your stuff?

    That's when you'll have a strange phenomenon occur...

    Where you'll have too many gigs, and not enough time.

    I hope my brainstorming here can help make your dreams come true.

    :]

    Stay cool chief
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    • Profile picture of the author Syssolution
      Please join one of the following Freelance platforms to start working from home:-

      Elance.com, Freelancer.com or Guru.com etc.

      Above mentioned Freelance websites are best for online work. All the details are mentioned in the websites for guidance.
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  • Profile picture of the author bennie07
    MarketBlogMan, you may be interested in looking here:

    Freelance Writing - Freelance Writing Tips to Help You Make More Money

    Don't forget to download the free eBook, it has many ideas for those who want to do freelance writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    You could also try iwriter.com

    Even though it's not as you want a site to find conventional jobs, the more you work, the more you'll earn from your writing. So you can try as many options as possible and you should be pretty busy the coming days/weeks/months...
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Bennie suggested a great book. I have that one and lots of others myself. That book in particular goes into a lot of detail.

    But the best way to start is... drumroll... to START. Take action, Find clients and start writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjsing3r
    I got started by signing up for Crowdsource.

    Most content mills pay stupid low rates, but Crowdsource isn't too bad in comparison. Assignments range anywhere from 2.5 to 4 cents a word. You'll have to go through a writing test before getting accepted to the site, so hopefully you've got some writing chops. Also, they have a style guide that you have to follow, and they're pretty strict about it, so make sure you read through it multiple times until you feel comfortable with it.

    Working for Crowdsource helped me get a feel for what it's like to freelance. My advice is to work on marketing yourself while you're doing the content mill thing, so you can eventually have your own private clients, who typically pay better.

    I still use Crowdsource from time to time, as it's an easy way to make some quick money when I'm not working on anything else. But the majority of my income comes from my private clients, many of whom I work with on a regular basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnye
    The more platforms you set up your service offers on, the more clients you will get.
    iwriter.com,hirewriters.com,fiverr.com,elance.com ect
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  • Join as many content mill sites first to really get your foot in the door as a newbie. You want to start advertising on your own website as well to begin, but this is a good way to get started.

    You could join iWriter, Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, TaskArmy, Freelancer, Craigslist, Associated Content, Constant Content, Greenlightarticles, Content Authority, just to name a few.

    You could try writing for SEO companies and businesses themselves. Yes, there are businesses who want content. It's all about finding the right people.
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  • Profile picture of the author crums1371
    I've been funding a lot of my online start-ups with freelance writing. I had little to no experience going in on how to land jobs at all.

    I started setting up craigslist ads all over for various writing services and just stayed on it daily. I set up a group and other social media pages as well and promoted myself. I made my ad as professional as possible and within a few days I actually started getting emails.

    I took this bit of knowledge and experience and started expanding to other platforms, like fiverr and freelancer. They have given me some gigs along the way as well. I'm working on setting up a personal .com site currently as well, hopefully it will help.

    Pretty much just write every day. I try to write at least 500 words a day of something. Doesn't matter if it's just some silly story I thought up or an article on something cool I saw that day. Search for gigs and stay on top of your stuff every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author joshril
    Just start writing...

    If you're looking to write sales copy, find sales pages that stink and rewrite them...

    If you want to write articles, write articles for blogs you enjoy and submit them as to the blog owner...

    You'll quickly build a nice portfolio, and if you've got some chops, you'll get some clients along the way...

    If you aren't a good writer, you will get better.

    Just start writing and put yourself out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lizfish
    1. Do some free work to get some experience / testimonials
    2. Register with Elance / peopleperhour.com and bid like crazy for work
    3. Make money. Niche and learn fast. Make mistakes fast. It is both rewarding and can pay well if you take the time to develop your craft. And read lots too.
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author JonesMurray
    Whatever you decide to use or write, make sure it's as near to perfect as possible and fits in with the kind of freelance writing that you aim to do in the future.
    Some important tips are follow for making career in freelance writing.

    You can start a personal blog.
    You need to join online publishing community
    Find content development sites and follow them and make profile
    Find successful freelancers and follow them and also share your work or inquire them.
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  • Profile picture of the author alaynaaleah
    There are so many writing ob in the freelancing site, to get this job, you must be expert in the specific subject. If you know who to write article, you will get the job about Article, if you know how to write Resume, you will get job about resume. so you need to be expert. without knowing vast, you will not be a good write in the freelancing site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mcfoxr
    Join sites like writersmarket.com, iwriter.com and fiverr.

    You can also take this a step further by setting up a setting offering writing services and do aggressive promotion of that site. If done properly, you will get always get tons of jobs that you might even have to hire other writers to work for you.

    Establish your presence on those freelance sites and fiverr inclusive. Be active on this forum and use your site as your signature. You will be amazed at the ton of orders you will be getting.

    Just my 2cents
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  • Profile picture of the author npoint
    Have you tried SeoClerk ?
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    Originally Posted by MarketBlogMan View Post

    Hello, I have been searching around the internet trying to find how to start freelance writing, but I can't seem to find much.

    Do you have any tips for a decent writer like myself to get started? I am in need of a job and conventional jobs are really working for me. So, if you have any advice, please share.
    To be honest, there are SO many great blogs out there on freelance writing that it is just not feasible to list all of them down here.

    Here's my suggestion as a seasoned writer:

    Start writing something everyday.

    And read anything you can lay your hands on (preferably fiction).


    That's all you need to know for now.
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  • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
    Build a small website for your services and include all of your services on that website, then start promoting your offer on forums such as this one, Namepros, DNForuml DigitalPoint, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leather Rebel
    Theres quite cheap product from Tom Ewer at www.leavingworkbehind.com, all information you need to start freelance writing is there. He earns more than $5000 a month from writing, so he knows where to get writing jobs and where to start in this business.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
    Lots of people are going to say, sign up for Fiverr or other gig site. And, there's nothing wrong with those sites, if you have no other options. But, once you train yourself to think of $5.00 as an acceptable amount to be paid for an article, then you will never go further. Even a cheap freelance writer will earn $0.02 to $0.04 per word and you won't earn that on a gig site unless you are charging $5.00 for 250 words.
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    Hope this helps you
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by selfdisciplineacademy View Post

      It's a very useful skill to learn: copyrighting.
      Copywriting isn't a bad one, either.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    I use textbroker.com and they seem to have a host of freelance writers.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingGoetz
    freelancer, odesk elance
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  • Profile picture of the author jumanorbert
    1. Check out these sites: writersincharge.com, freelanceswitch.com, and makealivingwriting.com plenty of free resources there from successful freelance writers. Freelance

    2. Start your own blog where you can showcase your writing. This is the best route.

    3. Guest post on other sites to market your services. Not limited to this though. There many marketing strategies available just find what works best for you. Guest posting works best for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnnyPlan
      Originally Posted by jumanorbert View Post

      1. Check out these sites: writersincharge.com, freelanceswitch.com, and makealivingwriting.com plenty of free resources there from successful freelance writers. Freelance

      2. Start your own blog where you can showcase your writing. This is the best route.

      3. Guest post on other sites to market your services. Not limited to this though. There many marketing strategies available just find what works best for you. Guest posting works best for me.
      The guest posting idea is very valid and likely to result in leads as you are actually showcasing your writing quality on other sites which will already have a built in audience of potential buyers (depending on how well you target the sites your content is published on).
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  • Profile picture of the author gmarklin
    Advertising your skills on Craigs List, you should pick up some jobs there. Join Writing forums, Elance is a place to check out
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    There are a few ways you can get started:

    1) Join the freelance writing sites mentioned above

    2) Start your own freelance site marketing your services, and promote it

    3) Approach ezine owners and ask if they are in need of a freelance writer

    4) Make a "Warrior For Hire" post on this forum

    5) Offer your services in a WSO

    Not hard. Do more research on what niche you want to participate in strictly, and make it happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    I'd start it just like I would any business.

    Who Is Your Target Market?

    How Can You Contact Them To Sell Your Product Or Service?

    How Can You Contact More Of Them And Close More Of Them By Offering a Superior Product or Service?

    Then do it man...

    I've written a few articles here and there in my time and I wouldn't depend on sites like fiverr, getafreelancer, odesk or any of those places to just start throwing work at you... you'll need to get active and find the work, apply for it and do a good job to build up a reputation and hopefully repeat clients along the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Build a portfolio by offering to write at VERY LOW PRICES at first. Once you have a portfolio and track record, increase your rates.
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    • Profile picture of the author @tjr
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      Build a portfolio by offering to write at VERY LOW PRICES at first. Once you have a portfolio and track record, increase your rates.
      So when are you going to follow your own advice?

      You've got an ebook offer that you're writing for $0.0185/word. It says "80% off for Warriors", but there is nothing I can find on your website or otherwise that suggests you're charging the still small $0.0925/word somewhere else. I'd love to be proven wrong of course, so present evidence proving otherwise.

      Then there's your article writing offer that's being sold at eight tenths of a cent per word. No word of a discount here, and again no evidence that you're selling articles for a higher price somewhere else. I'm starting to get the feeling that you're not really offering a discount at all: you're just playing the often used game by newb Warrior writers of fabricating prices you're not really willing to charge to make people feel like they've "gotten a deal".

      By the way:

      My rate is always $5 for 1000 words. Feel free to resell my work-I've seen it
      sell for as much as $40 for 1000 words!
      You might want to correct that bit in your sample article, lest your clients come asking for that additional $3.50 back. Let's see proof of your work being sold at $40/1000, too.

      But let's get to why I'm crapping all over your post now. Telling new writers to offer VERY LOW PRICES at first is so highly misguided and incorrect that I had to make sure that it was shut down. The fact that you haven't followed your own advice by any evidence available is just the start though. The "methodology" itself is flawed as well. Your $.01/word client base is not going to pay you more for your work. There's no reason to!

      1. It never made them a dime, and this is often the case with content written at this price range. If you don't live in a third world country, then you can't make enough at these rates to survive. Forget about putting the time and effort into a piece that will actually cause the purchaser to profit.

      or

      2. You're just crazy enough to forgo sleep (and a home) to put a $.25/word+ effort into a $.01/word article. It makes the owner money. You decide it is time to raise your rates. The owner drops you more often than not. They've already made money with a writer only getting paid $.01 per word: why drop their "profit margin". There's literally a thousand other writers at any given second ready and willing to beg for your spot. No, most will not see the "business sense" in keeping you. The ones with a brain big enough to understand that never shopped in the bargain basement to begin with (why take the risk), or go to pay these prices because they want SEO fodder, and they don't need to pay more than basement prices to you for the reasons already given.

      Writers (and Warriors in general really), let the post this guy just wrote serve as a lesson and a warning to you. When someone wants to throw out a piece of advice to you do at least a rudimentary amount of research to see if they have any reason to be doing so. Just a surface level check (like I did, through the very signature link being pimped), usually tells you all you need to know for better or worse.

      Christ almighty .
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  • Profile picture of the author tourist
    just do it .
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  • Profile picture of the author imagoodguy
    How and where can I learn how to properly write articles and such that involves freelance writing ?
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  • Profile picture of the author veronicajacob
    visit skillpages.com , iwriter.com make an accout there and please do start your own blog too :-)
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  • First and foremost, you need to create a portfolio. Set up a blog/website that clients can go to and see how you write. Link that website to your social media accounts and freelance job accounts.

    Show your skills to as many people as possible to increase your chances of getting hired.

    And once you do get hired, be a professional. Be polite and always deliver your best work. Avoid burning bridges and try to maintain a good relationship with current and previous clients. And don't hesitate to ask for a testimonial or a referral. =)
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  • Profile picture of the author smoor2012
    Miguelito203 is absolutely right about tiffany lambert and her ghostwriting ebook. I am almost finished with it and I am well pleased to say the least. She is very straight forward and knows what she is doing.

    Go to her site and get her book for starters and watch her blog. She is very sharp.
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    PM me and I will respond as soon as possible

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