10 Successful Tips that Beginner Freelance Writers need in 2017

Freelancing has played a major role in the economy of countries and individuals this year. There have been milestones attained, and breakthroughs in the year in view. As the year finally winds down, many individuals will join the freelance industry.

Experts have predicted that 2017 is the year of freelancing.

Freelance writing will continue to soar as I revealed in this post.

As a newbie freelance writer, you might wonder what should be put in place to enable you compete favourably in the ever demanding market.

In today’s post, I share with you ten (10) tips for a successful career in freelance writing in 2017.

And guess what? I have a special gift for you at the end of the post. So read on:

  • Start small: 

    “Little drops of water make a mighty ocean”. Starting your career as a newbie in the freelance writing industry requires that you start small and then climb the success ladder gradually. When starting, do not compare yourself with experts in the industry, they started somewhere too.

Approach small businesses, start by writing for small online publications, and volunteer to do some work. When you start small, you can measure your progress and success too.

So, start small and achieve big.

  • Create a niche:

    What is a niche? You might ask. A niche is your area of specialization as a Freelance writer. This is the area where people know you for, and can vouch for your expertise too. Okay, to simplify it:

The first time you visited this blog, what niche do you observe? Writing and Freelance writing isn’t it? That is why I can’t publish posts on Music, Politics, and News etc. on this blog, because they are not my blog niches. In the same way, as a freelance writer, you should have a niche to succeed.

With a niche, you are good to go.

  • Remain focused:

    Let me tell you something frankly. Freelance writing is difficult. Why is it so, you might query?

It’s difficult to get clients.

After getting clients, writing is an arduous task.

After taking your time to write, clients might reject your works, and I can go on.

So imagine yourself continuing in this cycle for the next few months, what happens? You will be dejected and frustrated. In fact, you might quit. This is where focus comes in. You should motivate yourself and also be patient too.

I assure you, with focus you will go places in this industry.

  • Be professional:

    “Freelance writing is a business and not a hobby”. This is the mind-set and attitude all beginner freelance writers should have. If you wish to achieve your goals, do not take freelance writing, as a hobby. Professionalism is key, in your dealings with your clients. As a professional:

  • You should ask clients about the specifics of their jobs.
  • You should do the work diligently and on time
  • Respond to emails and queries.
  • You should offer valuable advice to clients.

Of course, professionalism pays in the long run.

  • Consider Guest Posting:

    As a newbie freelance writer, you are not known to potential clients. So what do you do? You write posts targeted at your niche (which I mentioned earlier), for blogs, online publications, magazines etc. I hope you now understand, what guest posting is all about?

Although it might not be easy to get in to top publications at first, but starting with the small publications, will get you there. Guest posting gives you social proof, and with time, you become an authority too.

Do you see yourself as an authority? Consider guest posting.

  • Start a blog:

    Blogging is an underutilised tool by most freelance writers. With a blog, you write consistently about a particular area of interest.

Now what is the purpose of a blog?

  • It gives you a platform.
  • It gives you social proof.
  • It makes you an authority.
  • Your audience are potential clients.
  • It provides a potential income stream for you.

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  • Develop your writing ability:

    So you are a freelance writer, is that all? As a freelance writer, your most important asset is your writing skill and ability. Therefore, you should develop this skill regularly. With a good writing ability, you can take on different writing projects.

When you develop your writing ability, you can diversify your income, and become irresistible to clients. You can learn e-Book writing/ formatting, white papers, content marketing etc. by visiting blogs, reading books, and following websites too.

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  • Increase your online visibility:

    The world today is on the internet, and everything is done on the go. As a freelance writer, you must key into this, and develop your online visibility. The whole world should know what you offer, and how that can change their businesses.

You should be visible on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, About.me, and so on. Likewise, you should be consistent and purposeful with your contents and posts on these platforms.

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  • Diversify your earnings:

    Freelance writing offers you a consistent income if done the right way. With a freelance writing career, you can make a decent income online. But to succeed in the industry, you must diversify your earnings. As a freelance writer, you can go into blogging, affiliate marketing, and other online businesses. With diversified streams of income, you can be sure of decent earnings through various means. If you want to earn more, diversify your earnings.

  • Do it afraid:

    Writers generally are afraid (This includes the experts too). Some of the fears writers have are:

  • Who will read my works?
  • My writings are awful.
  • Everybody writes better than I do.
  • Can I ever make money from writing? and so on.

While some of these fears are true, many writers have gone ahead despite the fears to get to their respective goals. As a freelance writer, these fears are also existent. Some of the fears of freelance writers include:

  • Can I ever get clients?
  • If I ever get clients, can I impress them to accept my works?
  • Will I be able to earn consistently from freelance writing?

Of course, these fears exist but should they scare you from beginning your career as a freelance writer? Hell No.

Rather, they should spur you to take actions and succeed in your chosen career.

So friend, do it afraid and rule the world

On a final note:

Actions separate doers from dreamers. Your freelance writing career in this year, might not have ended on a good note, but that is not the end of the world.

2017, offers you a unique opportunity to make the changes you want, and achieve your dreams. It is not too late to make hay, after all the sun still shines. I wish you success.

Oh! The gift I promised

Well, it’s an e-Book.

The second, I will be sharing on this blog.

N.B: It’s not authored by me, but I have the rights to share it with my audience.

Download: A Motivational Newbie’s Guide to Online Freelance Writing

I assure you, it will spur you to take the right actions for your freelance writing career.

Over to you:

What other things do you think fellow freelance writers should do to achieve success in freelance writing in 2017? Do make your comments below.


Eager to begin your Freelance Writing Career? 5 Things you must know

Has freelancing finally come to stay? What is the statistics of freelancers in the world today?

Now take a look at the following:

According to the Freelancers’ Union, there are 53 million people in the US doing freelance work. 34% of the national workforce! Likewise, people who freelance contribute $715 billion in freelance earning to the economy.

In the UK, it’s revealed that the freelance economy has grown by 14% in the past decade, and there are 1.4 million British freelancers across different sectors of the economy.

According to a report by the Freelance job site Elance, the number of businesses hiring freelance writers online increased by 46% in 2013.

In Europe, freelancing is also soaring. This report titled: “Future Working: The Rise of Europe’s Independent Professionals”, indicates that Freelancers are the fastest growing group in the EU labour market as their numbers have increased by  45% from just under 6.2 million to 8.9 million in 2013.

What do you observe?

The industry is growing and, it’s becoming an acceptable profession. Freelance writing, the backbone of online marketing takes the center stage with about 18% of the freelance jobs online.

These statistics impress many wannabe Freelance writers, who are motivated to start a career of their own. While some started, and along the line, found the career stressful, and called it quits, others are afraid of starting and satisfied with discussing the industry trends without getting engaged.

Whichever group you might belong to:

Listen to this:

Many persons who could have succeeded in the Freelance writing industry are afraid of failure, others who damned the consequence to begin, are doing it the wrong way.

Though freelance writing offers you a unique opportunity to showcase your skills and get rewarded, it could discourage and frustrate you if not done with the right mindset.

So today, I will share tips on how you can successfully kick-start your career in the industry, and see yourself smiling at the end of the day


  1. Start anyhow:

    Yes, you read that right. If you desire to succeed in this career, you have to take actions. One of the greatest disservice to yourself and career is to continue waiting for the best time and opportunity. Most at times, these will never come, and at the end of the day you’ll continue in the same cycle. “There’s magic in action”, and you have to take the bold steps whether you think you’re ready for it or not.  N.B: Starting anyhow, doesn’t mean you should offer your services at ridiculous prices, or desperate to do the same. It means despite the challenges you are/ might face, you need to do something immediately. When you start, opportunities will knock at your door, the whole world will recognize and appreciate you for what you do, and with time you will get the desired results.

  2. Branding:

    Has it ever occurred to you that, you are the number one brand for your business? Are you proud to tell people, anywhere and anytime about what you do?

These are steps towards a fulfilling freelance writing career. You need to identify that, this is a career and you must treat it as such. You must identify why you are in the business in the first place, and improve yourself too.

Some of the things you must put in place in this regard include:

– A functional blog/ website

– A captivating profile on various Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc.

– A Facebook page to promote your business and services.

– Offline meetings/ Seminars etc.

With these effectively put in place, you need to reach out to your target audience and have a voice. These platforms should also indicate clearly what you do. You should be proud to tell anyone same too.

3. Social Proof:

The online business is highly populated and it takes a lot of time to get into the hearts of your potential audience. So as a Freelance writer who’s just starting, you need to establish yourself to earn people’s trust.

So what do you do?

You need Social Proof.

Now, you might wonder what the heck this is all about

Read this: Social Proof is the act of having a reputation online in your chosen niche or career.

To simplify this: Quickly run a Google search for your name, and see what pops up in the search results.

What do you see?

Your Facebook profile, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. That’s what the web has about you in its records. Don’t be surprised, some will not display any result at all.


Again do this: Run a search of my name: Abdul Ganiy Shehu, and what do you find?

The result is glaring, isn’t it?

OK, let’s do this too: search for Bamidele Onibalusi, and observe the difference with mine.

The difference as you see it, is what is referred to as Social Proof.

Therefore, if you want to start and eventually succeed in Freelance writing, you need to establish this, and show potential clients they are dealing with a real person.

Now, you might ask, how do you establish Social Proof and become successful at it.

My response: There are quite a lot of ways to achieve this, and I promise to write an eBook explaining this to guide my readers in the coming weeks (So, be on the lookout). But in the meantime, your Website which I’m sure you already have in place, or plan to have can serve that purpose.

4. Consistency:

When it comes to any Online/ Offline business, this matters a lot, and goes a long way to distinguish doers from dreamers.

If you think of starting your Freelance writing career, you should be ready to be consistent.

It’s consistency that makes you committed to your blog and post regular updates.

It’s consistency that makes you follow up on clients despite repeated failures.

It’s what makes you follow up on different social media platforms, interacting with clients.

With consistency, you are sure to achieve your goals with Freelance writing.

One inspirational story, I wish to share with you about this, is that of one of my mentors in writing.

Within 3 years, he was consistent and focused with what he does, and today he earns six figures (In dollars), annually from Freelance writing.

Are you surprised?

OK, how did he achieve that?

This young man, as an undergraduate founded a website to announce essay contests and also share tips on writing with fellow writers in his country.

He did this consistently, till he discovered the goldmine in Affiliate marketing, which he quickly keyed into, organizing e-courses for his audience.

He never called it quits, until he found out that he can earn more through Freelance writing, which he started by founding another website for this purpose.

Today the rest is history, he’s been published on various international platforms such as Jewish Journal, Huffington Post, Business, Entrepreneur magazine, Inc., Forbes and a host of others.

The truth is that, he couldn’t have achieved all these without been consistent and persistent. Of course, he’s faced challenges, but today he’s a success, and a story worthy of sharing with you.

You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

5. The Distinguishing Factor:

As a Freelance writer, you need to distinguish yourself from others to succeed. You should bring in that x-factor that will make you stand out, and become the writer of first choice.

If you can effectively do this, then your road to stardom in the industry is nothing but close.

Jon Morrow of SmartBlogger is known for his long articles, and he does it so perfectly. Bamidele Onibalusi of Writers in Charge is also known for this, though he does it in a unique way and style.

Carol Tice of Make a living writing, curated the idea of paying freelance writers who get published on her blog, and that aids the contents on her platform greatly.

Other writers are doing different things to succeed in this regard.

That Distinguishing Factor will make you stand out and stand the taste of time too.

On a Final note:

The year 2016 is coming to an end, but it’s not too late to make a hay, afterall the sun still shines. 2017 is by the corner, and Freelance writing will continue serving the interests of many in as much as online marketing and business are concerned.

Don’t you think it’s time to sidestep your fears, and grab this opportunity?

Are you still afraid of taking that bold step of becoming the next big Freelance writer, the world has been waiting for?

On my part, as you prepare to start this journey, I am ready to cheer you to glory, offering you the necessary assistance and advice needed to succeed free of charge.

What are your fears about Freelance Writing? Are you ready to begin today?

If Yes? Do indicate your interest in the comment box below, and we’ll take it up from there.