The question that I get asked a lot is “How to become a freelance writer?”.
Since I have been in this field quite some time now and made quite a lot of bucks which helped me to make my life quite easier.
So I thought of answering the question by writing a guide on it. But before I go ahead and talk about the guide let me clear one thing:
“You need to be extremely good at English writing.”
Well, this is the common myth that many people have in their mind. But actually, you can write well even without having a strong knowledge of the English language. Talking about my story, Well I grew up in a Bengali family. So my first language is not English even I learned Hindi after I got into school.
So from the very beginning, my connection with English was not so strong. But still, I managed to make a career in the field of content writing. So what I am trying to explain is you can write good content even if you have average English writing skills.
However, to give you a better understanding let me point down some of the points that you can follow to improve your writing and make a career in the field of content writing.
How to become a freelance writer?
Read Before You Write
You cannot start writing well from day one. You need to do a lot of research and improve your writing skills. However, improving writing skills still a big challenge for most of us. So what you can do? Well, all you have to do is read before you write.
You can visit different blogs and see how their articles are written. Observe their styles and then try to follow the same. If not same then do try to make your own changes and see how your writing goes.
Another good part of reading other blogs is that it will help you to improve your English(Just in case if you are not so good at it).
Choose a Niche
You cannot write in every niche and even if you do you cannot be perfect at anything. That’s why I would suggest you to focus on a single niche and be a pro at it. Like if you are good at explaining things, then you can start writing Technology articles. If you are good at writing reviews, then you can start by writing reviews.
Ask yourself what excites you the most then choose a topic and start writing. However, when you start writing, you may make quite a lot of mistakes. But do not worry, We all make mistakes. Even this article also has some.
Use a Grammar Checking Tool
You cannot have someone who can always point out your writing mistakes. That’s why I strongly suggest you to use a Grammar checking tool. And when it comes to Grammar checking tools, Grammarly is the best option out there.
However, the free version of the Grammarly is not that helpful. Of course, it can point out minor mistakes. But to see the major mistakes, you better use the Grammarly Premium. But Grammarly Premium is quite costly. However you can cut down the price by using Flikover.com, It is group buy website where you can find different SEO tools including Grammarly. Talking about Grammarly, well you can get it for as low as Rs.200 or $3 a Month.
Now before you start working as a freelancer content writer, you need to make sure that your writing is as something that people would pay for. That’s why you should seek feedback. You can ask your friends to get feedback.
Also, you can start a blog where you can publish your articles and ask others for feedback. A Blog would not just help you to get feedback, but a blog will also help you to create a market presence. And there is a high chance that you can get a few clients by promoting your content through your website.
Now that you have gained a bit of experience in writing contents. The next part is obviously you want to start approaching clients and start making money.
Well, in this case, your website will also play an important role. You can use your blog as a portfolio to showcase your writing skills.
Anyway, talking about approaching clients, well there are quite a lot of ways. You can join websites like Fiverr or Upwork where you can apply for different writing jobs. You can even directly email a website owner asking if he or she needs any kind of help with writing or not.
Even there are quite a lot of Facebook groups are available which regularly posts queries about freelance content writers. Just make sure to be active on every platform, and you will soon get some projects and start your career as a content writer.
So those were some of the points on “How to become a freelance content writer” question. Now it’s your call to go ahead and give a try and see how these points are helping you out. In case if you have any questions, do feel free to comment below.