Freelancing is a fantastic way to earn extra money, build your skills and experience, and give you more control over your work life. However, freelancing isn’t always easy. Without a fixed place of work, regular income, and co-workers to help you brainstorm ideas, freelancing can be challenging. But with the right strategies in place, you can become a successful freelance writer at home in no time! Here are 10 ways to become a successful freelance home writer:
Decide what type of freelance writer you want to be
This will help you to focus your search and also help you to hone your skills to be the best in your field. For example, if you want to work in the travel/tourism industry, you’ll need to become a freelance travel writer who specialises in writing about luxury travel destinations, hotels, and adventures, whereas if you want to write for a consumer goods company, you’d be better suited to be a consumer home writer who specialises in reviewing and testing products at home, and writing about consumer products in general. You can also choose to be a combination of these types, or even a hybrid freelance writer covering multiple fields.
Research your market and set rates
Before setting out to be a freelance home writer, it’s important to do your research and make sure there’s a demand for your skills and expertise in your chosen field. When researching your market, you can also look at what other freelance home writers in your field are charging for their services. This will help you to form an idea of the rates you should be charging as well. If you’re new to freelance writing, you may want to start out with lower rates, until you’ve established yourself and built up a portfolio of work. You may want to consider offering your services for free to start with, in order to build up a portfolio of work samples, gain experience and make connections with potential future employers.
Build a portfolio site
Once you’ve got your rates, and rates for similar freelance work in your field established, you’ll want to build a website to showcase your skills, experience, and work samples. Having a portfolio site will allow potential employers to view your work, your rates, and get in touch with you for future work. If you don’t have your own site, you can use sites like Upwork or Problogger to showcase your work, and even take payments through these sites. If you don’t have a lot of experience, you can use sites like Contently to find work samples you can contribute to, and earn money while you build up your portfolio.
Network with potential employers
One of the best ways to find work as a freelance home writer is to network with people in your field. You can do this in a couple of ways: join online communities where professionals in your field are, and engage with them, or join an offline meetup group in your city where professionals in your field are. Even if you don’t feel like you have much to offer yet, you can still network with people in your field. You can start by asking questions about their work, and/or offering your services. Offer to write sample articles for free, and use these samples as your “calling card”.
Write consistently and stay at the top of your game
Freelancing is a lot like being an athlete. You have to train and practice to keep your skills sharp, and be at the top of your game, or you won’t make any money. There will be periods where you have no work, and other times where you won’t be able to keep up with the work you have. But if you want to be a successful freelance home writer, you must write consistently, and resist the urge to take time off when you’re busy, or when you don’t have work. Try to set a schedule for yourself, and commit to writing a certain amount of words each week. Depending on the type of freelance work you’re doing, you may want to set aside a certain amount of time each week to work on your freelance work, in order to keep up with your deadlines.
Don’t forget to treat yourself!
Freelancing can be a long and challenging road to success. You’ll probably have some slow and busy times, and you’ll need to learn how to manage your money, stay focused, and stay motivated, even when you don’t have any work. There may also be times where you don’t feel like writing, or you just can’t get the words out. This is completely normal, and you certainly don’t ever have to force yourself to sit down and write. But if you ever feel like this regularly, it’s time to re-evaluate your career as a freelance home writer, and find a new path.
Freelancing can be a fantastic way to earn extra money, and it’s an industry that’s growing every year. However, it’s important to know what type of freelance writer you want to be, and also research your market and set rates, before setting out to become a freelance home writer. There are many ways to find work as a freelance home writer, but you must write consistently, and stay at the top of your game, in order to be successful.