How To Get Well-Paid Freelance Writing Jobs In 3 Steps
Freelancing is a hot job right now. It appeals to free spirits and people who find the traditional work environment oppressive. It can be hard to get paid well when you’re new though. Here are three major steps you can take to skyrocket your earning potential in this field:
- Learn to write properly
- Learn to market yourself
- Get used to the job search
Bad writers make the entire freelancing industry seem less professional. This leads to lower rates for everyone involved. The exception to this is the highest level of writers who have proven themselves to be above the rookie mistakes. Take time to figure out your most common writing mistakes and find ways to fix them. Read through grammar texts. Analyze your syntax carefully. Look at the work of others in the field who are making the kind of money you want to make and emulate their style while adding a few personal touches here and there so you can still seem original.
Writing well will get you to a slightly higher level of payment than the semi literate but what will get you making good money is the ability to put yourself out there so the right people see and appreciate your work. Do you have a portfolio? Any serious writer should. This is your way of saying that you can do the job and showing examples of pieces that back that statement up. In this day and age, your portfolio isn’t even enough. You aren’t considered a serous writer without a blog and a regularly updated social media presence. If you already have accounts with all the major social media sites, either clean them up so that clients will be impressed by them or create new accounts that won’t lose you clients. Some people only succeed once their professional and personal identities have become separate.
It can be disheartening to put in all the work required in the previous two steps only to realize that jobs aren’t rushing to you immediately. It can take time so be ready to accept a few lower paying jobs or even free ones for exposure until you’re noticed by the right people. You may even have to go to them repeatedly before they hear you out. This is normal, don’t get upset.
These are the three most important steps. Take them and success is imminent.