Scaling The Heights Fast: A Concise Freelance Writing Guide For Beginners

Focus on the Goals, Take Actions, and Make a Living as a Beginner Freelance Writer

The Freelance economy is soaring, and millennials are keying into it. In the United States alone, there are about 53 million people doing freelance work. In the EU labour market, the gig economy (as it’s fondly called) is growing faster. 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.

The reality is that Freelancing has come to stay. Many have accepted it as a job, and the numbers will continue increasing.

Of course, it’s one of the biggest opportunities on the internet.

Freelance writing, an integral part of online business accounts for a large chunk of the gig economy.

Freelance writers fill this void of creating contents for their clients all over the world. They are involved in series of activities such as Web Content creation, guest posting, ghostwriting, lead generation, feature writing, B2B/B2C writing and the list is endless.

As a freelance writer, you rule your world, change the world and make a living writing.

Many people want to delve into this, but don’t know how to start. Many have started, but are afraid of taking the next big step.

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Why is this so?

Many Beginner Freelance Writers still ask these questions:

  • 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?

Are these questions necessary?

Of course, they are. It’s a challenge faced by many (including the experts), but they are able to scale through and are now living a life of their dreams.

The Reality:

The prospect of freelance writing is high, but it takes targeted efforts, careful strategy, and skills to be successful at it.

  • Beginner freelance writers face challenges. No doubt
  • Are these challenges exclusive to freelance writers alone? No
  • Is it possible to scale through these challenges? Yes
  • What can I do to overcome these challenges? That’s the essence of this e-book

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These are the concerns of many beginner freelance writers. They are eager to start this life changing career but are afraid of their own shadows. If you’re one of them, that’s over today. With this e-book, you focus on the how of freelance writing, take calculated and important actions, and make a living as a freelance writer in a short period.

What to expect from the E-book

The e-book is made up of eleven chapters and touches all the basic aspects of freelance writing for a beginner. These include:

  1. Sidestep your fears: Why You Should Start Writing Today?
  2. Taking Actions: The Newbie Writer’s Guide To Success
  3. So You Want To Write? 10 Ways To Get Started
  4. Revealed! The Best And Only Way To Learn Writing
  5. Eager to begin a Freelance Writing Career? 5 Things You Must Know
  6. 10 Successful Tips for Beginner Freelance Writers
  7. Top 10 Challenges of a Beginner Freelance Writer (And How to overcome them)
  8. 7 Daily Productivity Hacks for Freelance Writers
  9. 10 Social Media Productivity Hacks for Freelance Writers
  10. Dealing with Procrastination as a Freelance Writer: A Personal Experience
  11. The Defining Moments of a Beginner Freelance Writer

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What Freelance Writing Experts say about Scaling The Heights Fast:

“If you’re a beginner writer looking to get into freelance writing, give this book a shot! Not only does AbdulGaniy Shehu share practical information to help you overcome your fears, stop being involved in “motion” and actually start taking “action,” he also shares relevant examples and analogies to help drive his points home.”Bamidele Onibalusi |Founder, Writers In Charge|

“This book by AbdulGaniy Shehu is a must read for any newbie freelance writer who wants to get started with their writing career. It’s full of golden nuggets and actionable tips that will take you to greater heights”Aisha Sulaiman |Freelance Writer| Blogger|

“This book by AbdulGaniy Shehu is, no doubt, a valuable addition to the subject of freelance writing. It teaches in lucid terms, the right way to start a successful freelance writing career and how you can put your best foot forward. You can never get tired reading this book because of the rare insights and the practical tips it’s filled with. I therefore urge you to get yourself a copy and read it”Hafiz Akinde |Freelance Blogger| Content Marketer

On A Final Note:

Scaling the Heights Fast is the e-book that will propel you as a beginner from zero to hero in your freelance writing journey.

I’m a Freelance Writer, and contributor to The Huffington Post, Engadget, Tweak Your Biz, Tech Cocktail, and a host of other online platforms. Be rest assured that I know my onions when it comes to freelance writing.

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Freelance Writing: An Undermined Goldmine?

scaling the heights fast announcement

It’s been a while on here. How’s writing and freelance writing, hope you’re finding it interesting?

Well, I have a great news for you today.

Guess what?

It’s something I have always dreamt of, I have worked hard for it, and I’m glad it’s coming into fruition.

What could that be? (The Background)

It was in August last year, shortly after my final exams in the University. I stumbled on a goldmine, and dedicated my time to learning about it. Through this Facebook group, I learnt a lot about Freelance writing, how to successfully kick-start a career, and why you should become a freelance writer too.

Immediately I learnt about it, I got to work, and the results so far have been amazing.

It’s been 9 months already, and I cherish the time and efforts I have put in to be well acquainted about this goldmine, and I’m sure you will too

What have I achieved so far in Freelance Writing?

Freelance writing is an undermined goldmine for anyone who still wishes to go places as an online entrepreneur. During my short journey as one, I have gained recognition, and increased my earning potentials in the process.

I’m not there yet, but during this short period, I’ve written articles for online platforms such as The Huffington Post, Engadget, Tweak Your Biz, Tech Cocktail and so on.  Of course, without freelance writing, I would never have dreamt of approaching them in my life. Likewise, I’ve increased my online visibility through my social media profiles such as Twitter and LinkedIn.

Is that all?

Well, it isn’t. Freelance Writing opened my eyes to blogging (Even though I’ve been doing so in the past). In the last few months, I’ve focussed on blogging about Freelance writing, and I’ve received positive feedback from numerous readers on how it’s transformed their lives positively.

Why am I saying all these?

The Freelance economy is soaring, and millennials are keying into it. In the United States alone, there are about 53 million people doing freelance work. In the EU labour market, the gig economy (as it’s fondly called) is growing faster. 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.

The reality is that, Freelancing has come to stay. Many have accepted it as a job, and the numbers will continue increasing.

Freelance writing, an integral part of online business accounts for a large chunk of the gig economy.

Freelance writers fill this void of creating contents for their clients all over the world. They are involved in series of activities such as Web Content creation, guest posting, ghost writing, lead generation, feature writing, B2B/B2C writing and the list is endless.

Don’t just follow the majority

The statistics above buttresses the fact that freelance writing has come to stay. Many persons who have read about this, are eager to delve into it but end up doing it the wrong way. Many beginners are eager to join the industry but don’t know where or how to start. They don’t know what it takes to be successful as a beginner in freelance Writing. At the end of the day, they end up dejected, and quit afterwards.

Of course, this is a fundamental problem, which needs to be addressed urgently.

My Upcoming E-book (An Announcement)

To address this, I’ve created an eBook to answer the basic questions of freelance writing for beginners. The e-book, (Which is a compendium of my blog posts) is for Beginner Freelance Writers, and with it, they will understand the freelance writing industry better, and will achieve success within a short period of time.

What to expect in the E-book

The e-book is fully loaded with information that will propel a beginner freelance writer to success. It’s made up of eleven chapters. With the first four chapters creating a background for writing itself. The remaining seven highlight the major aspects of freelance writing which includes: Successful Tips, Challenges, Productivity tips, and How to make money as a Beginner Freelance Writer, and so on.

So what are you waiting for?

The e-book is my contribution to the advancement of the freelance writing industry. As I stated earlier, I’ve gained a lot from this industry, and I want to take beginners by the hand on the step by step guide to achieve success fast in freelance writing.

The e-book will be available for subscribers to my blog updates on Monday, 15th May 2017. If you wish to be on the waiting list, you can leave a comment here.

Over to you:

What are your expectations about this e-book? You can spread the word about it by sharing it on your social media platforms to your friends, colleagues and family members.

 

The Defining Moments of a Beginner Freelance Writer

Now you are a beginner freelance writer.

Days, Weeks and Months pass by and you can’t figure out what you have achieved so far. You want to go back to the drawing board, but that isn’t an option (After all to you, none exists). You examine the steps you have taken, and confident you have been doing it the right way (But still yet, you haven’t achieved your goals).

You ask yourself some questions:

  • What is freelance writing?
  • Are people earning through freelance writing?
  • If people do, what is wrong with my approach?

The defining moments:

There are defining moments for a beginner freelance writer. These moments will determine how far you will go in the industry or not. They will separate those who understand freelance writing and those who don’t. These are the moments you should watch out for in your career, because it can make or mar you.

So Today, I will examine the five major defining moments of a beginner Freelance Writer, what it means and how you should approach it.

 

  1. When to Start?

One of the major moments of every beginner freelance writer is when to start. Many times, it is difficult to figure this out as everything looks so good to be true. You wonder how it is possible for someone to write for others, and get paid for that. You imagine, how easy the steps highlighted for every beginner freelance writer will materialise. You might be confused if you should leave your full-time job to begin the career as a Freelance writer, or you should start part time. You think, imagine and also confused.

What you should do:

As a beginner freelance writer, I will advise you to take actions immediately. Though the end justifies the means; actions separate doers from dreamers. [ctt_author author=”260″ name=”AbdulGaniy Shehu” template=”1″ link=”ELfce” via=”no” ]If you are just reading about freelance writing, and eager to delve into it, Do it now because tomorrow could be too late[/ctt_author]

  1. How to start:

You have read a lot about the different ways people earn through freelance writing (Maybe I have not done that here).

The Options: Content Mills, Freelance Job Websites or the Pitching Method

How they work:

  • Content mills: As the name implies, these are website where different categories of contents are written on, and paid for. What a content mill does is to allow you to write on different aspects, upload it and sell. While it is easy to sell on content mills, you do so at ridiculously low prices. Content mills have made writers worthless, as anybody can go there, write and get paid. The result in the long run, is that you work more and earn less.
  • Freelance Job Websites: These are the bidding sites, where buyers and sellers meet. Here, as a Freelance writer, you register and find the services you can offer. In the same vein, buyers come to do the same. Writers bid for available jobs on the website, and sellers test and pick a freelance writer whom they are satisfied with his service/ price. Bidding websites pay higher than content mills (but some writers have misused it too). The competition is stiff and the interest of writers are rarely protected by the websites.

  • The pitching method: This is another way in which you can make a living as a beginner freelance writer. It involves you to be in charge of the day-to-day activities of your job. Here, it’s your duty to look for clients, pitch them on the services you offer, and charge them too on the acceptable price you want. In fact, you are the boss. This could be a bit confusing for beginners who could ask:
  • How do I find clients?
  • How/ what should I write to them?
  • How will I get the clients’ contacts and the list is endless.

What you should do:

Having examined the major ways in which freelance writing can take.

What’s the best way?

As a beginner Freelance writer, I will advise you to be wary of content mills (it could tempt though), but it’s bad for your career. Freelance bidding websites are good for you as a beginner, but it shouldn’t be your goal. You can gather the necessary experience through this. Make some cash and get clients there too, but don’t stay so long here (It could affect your career in the long run). The pitching method, which seems difficult is the best way to go. This is what I practise and some other Freelance writers such as Carol Tice, Bamidele Onibalusi and Abdullahi Muhammed all do the same too. It could seem difficult but as it is said: “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”.

  1. Where to specialise:

After identifying when and how to start, the next big step is to specialise. In freelance writing and blogging, your area of specialisation is your niche, and I discussed this in my last post. So what do you consider before choosing a niche?

  • Are you passionate about it?
  • Do you have the knowledge of it?
  • Are you experienced in it?
  • Is it relevant to your potential clients?
  • Is it profitable?

Discussing the points raised above:

  • Passion: This is an unnegotiable factor in choosing a niche to specialise in as a beginner freelance writer. You must be passionate about your niche and be ready to write about it anytime, any day and anywhere. A niche which you are passionate about will be easy to research on and write about. In the long run when have more clients and more work to do, the passion will keep you going.

 

  • Knowledge: This is a very important consideration for choosing a niche. Your knowledge about that niche must be all-encompassing. You should be able to write about it with minimal or no research. This could be because you learnt about it while in college, or through self-learning and research. Your clients will expect more from you as a professional, and your in-depth knowledge of your niche will help you a great deal.

 

  • Experience: Experience will help you a lot in choosing a niche. Are you a retired Banker/ Financial analyst? You can take up the finance niche. Were you once a counsellor? You can take up the personal development niche, Have you ever taught in high school, college etc. you can take up the education niche. With the requisite experience, it’s expected that you know a lot about the niche. When clients see you are experienced, they will trust and want to work with you more.

 

  • Relevance: In choosing a niche, you should be sure that, it’s relevant to your potential clients and audience. You should know that, what is relevant in a particular market isn’t the same with the other. Take for instance, topics of interest to the US market, won’t be the same for the UK market. Therefore, you must study your market, identify the relevance of your niche there before settling for one.

 

  • Profitability: You are in freelance writing to make profits. This is because, it is the profit you make that can foot your bills, take care of your family and so on. Therefore, you should be on the lookout for profitable niches that enable you to get well paying clients always.

 

What you should do:

Before choosing a niche, you must examine all the points raised, as any mistake made here could be fatal and threatening to your career.

  1. A Blog, A Writer Website or What?

As a freelance writer who have went through the pitching method as explained. A blog or a writer website is important to you. So what’s it all about, and how will it aid your career.

  • Blog: A blog is an online platform where a writer expresses his opinion and provides solutions to issues in his niche. As a freelance writer, a blog is an avenue to show your expertise and establish authority too.

So how relevant is a blog to a freelance writer?

  1. It provides a platform for you to speak to the world
  2. It helps in sharpening your writing skills
  3. It gives you the opportunity to show and sell your products
  4. It aids in establishing yourself as a Professional. And lots more.
  • Writer Website: A writer website is your online office as a Freelance writer. It is through this website you can get in touch with clients all over the world. Display your portfolio, testimonials, the clients you have worked with and so on. You can also embed a contact/ billing form where they can get in touch with you with their various projects. Clients get to know more about you through this website.

As a beginner freelance writer which of them do you need?

A freelance writer needs both a blog and a writer website. This is because with a blog, you can showcase your expertise to the world, and people will recognise you. And with a writer website, you are making your business more professional. Taking Winsome Writer as an example, it’s both a Blog and a Writer Website. Writers In Charge of Bamidele Onibalusi is both a blog and a Writer Website, OxygenMat by Abdullahi Muhammed is both a blog and a Writer Website. Though, you can have a different blog and writer website, like Carol Tice who operates her blog at Make A Living Writing, and a Writer Website too.

What you should do:

As a Beginner Freelance Writer, you should identify how important these two platforms are to your career, make a wise choice today by keying into them. If you need more help on setting up your blog or writer website, get in touch with me.

  1. Getting your first client:

    This is the moment that defines your Freelance writing career. Experts in Freelance writing have opined that getting the first client is the most challenging and difficult task for a Freelance Writer. This is because, as a beginner, the industry is still strange to you, the clients will be skeptical about working with you. But as soon as you get the first client, then you can welcome yourself into the industry.

What the first client does for you:

  • It gives you the motivation that you are on the right track
  • It gives you a reassurance that your efforts have not been in vain
  • It gives you the opportunity to earn your first few dollars from writing
  • It provides an opportunity for you to show the clients, your writing prowess.

As a beginner Freelance Writer, what should you expect from your first client?

  • More work: You should expect your first client to offer more projects for you to work on, if he is satisfied with your writing
  • Earning: At first, the pay might not be as high as you wanted, but you shouldn’t settle for less because you are desperate for your first client
  • Testimonial: If you have done the first project for your first client, you should expect a testimonial from him/ her. With a testimonial, you can include this on your website as a proof of projects you have executed in the past.

What you should do:

As a beginner freelance writer, getting your first client is the most defining moment of your career, it can make or mar you. With your first client, it heralds you into the world of Freelance writing. So prepare well for this day and put in your best to make sure that you deliver a quality project on time.

On a Final note:

Every career has its defining moments. A beginner freelance writer, should be watchful of all these moments. If you can handle them well, and take the necessary steps, it would go a long way to determine what you would achieve. If you joke with them, and take them with levity it will not only mar you, but make you detest freelance writing forever. It is never too late to take the bold step today.

Over to you:

As a beginner freelance writer, what has been your defining moments? Are you satisfied with your actions and inactions during these moments? Do make your submissions in the comment box.

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.

[ctt template=”1″ link=”AIk0w” via=”no” ]I strongly recommend that you start a blog as a freelance writer (though it’s not compulsory). Start a blog and build a name in the industry[/ctt].

  • 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.

[ctt template=”4″ link=”eWfA_” via=”no” ]Develop your writing ability on a daily basis, and you will be better off for it[/ctt]

  • 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.

[ctt template=”1″ link=”6cGbD” via=”no” ]Online visibility is the order of the day in businesses, and you should utilise it judiciously[/ctt]

  • 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.

Dealing with Procrastination as a Writer: A Personal Experience

Today makes it 42 days I posted a new article on this blog. For the past one month, I stopped my freelance writing activities which has affected my blog updates too. I must confess it was a hell of a time, an unforgettable experience and moment of deep reflection worth sharing with you.

What happened?

Shortly before my convocation ceremony (Which came up last month), a friend invited me over to carry out a particular task that will last for some weeks. This, I agreed to reluctantly and together we carried out this task for two weeks. While this task lasted, I wrote nothing either on my blog or elsewhere. Of course, my writing career suffered a huge setback.

As if that was not enough:

Before commencing the task with my friend, my laptop’s battery got damaged so I can only use it with electricity! And immediately I finished the task, I became so reluctant to pick up my pen. I wasn’t eager anymore to type on my computer, and each day passes by and I assured myself I will write the next day.

The monster called Procrastination

Procrastination, which means postponing, or setting aside a task you ought to execute today for another day is a monster. Truly the killer of dreams and an effectual way to stop pursuing a particular cause. When you procrastinate you become so lazy, you develop a psychological apathy towards the task at hand, and most times dread ever going back to it.

Procrastination for a writer: My Personal Experience

Procrastination affects writing just like any other profession. In fact, that of a writer is more visible, more damaging and easy. During the last few weeks, procrastination made me lost my writing  voice. It made writing so difficult, and I dreaded ever putting anything down to write. My writing became so disrupted that the only consolation I put up for myself is that I will write tomorrow. In fact, I wondered if I could ever be able to write again. That is what procrastination does for a writer. It makes you lose your self-confidence, you seize to believe in yourself and abilities, and instead of been a writer you become a waiter.

Dealing with Procrastination as a Writer

Though Procrastination affected my writing career, I learnt some lessons especially on how to handle it. This is to prevent a re-occurrence and make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes as mine.

Here are 5 ways to deal with procrastination as a writer:

  • Understand the phenomenon:

    The first step to dealing with procrastination is to understand the phenomenon and how it works. Always have it in mind that it creeps into your career unknowingly, and always difficult to know that you have procrastinated. It gives you a sense of confidence that nothing will happen if you fail to write today. As a writer, when you have this feeling, you should understand that it’s nothing but procrastination and then act fast.

 

  • Make it a duty to write daily:

    This is an advice that top players in the writing industry tell fellow writers to heed. When you write daily, you achieve many things which include:

  1. You remain in a right state of mind to write (This is because writing deals with your state of mind)
  2. You remain less bothered about what to post
  3. You have a large pool of ready articles to choose.

So handle procrastination and make writing daily important. With a daily writing time table, you will have defeated it by a large percentage.

  • Make writing a top priority always:

    You cannot write daily if you don’t make the act of writing an important aspect of your life. What should always come to your mind always is writing. You think, dream and feel writing. It’s only when writing becomes a top priority that you won’t think of anything else than to write. In reality, you execute other tasks as well but practically writing remains top most in your heart. With this mind-set, you won’t see yourself procrastinating a writing task for another time or day.

 

  • Make reading a habit:

    Good writers are avid readers, and avid readers never run out of writing ideas always. To deal with procrastination, make it a habit to read always.

  • Read novels as much as you can.
  • Read about writing and its different techniques.
  • Read about the challenges faced by writers and how they overcome them.
  • Read blog posts of fellow writers, top players in the writing industry, mentors, etc.

All these and many more, ensures that you are on top of your game always. You will write as much as you can, and many more.

  • Think about your audience:

    Thinking about your audience is an effective way to handle procrastination. As a writer, your audience are the most important aspect of your career. Not only do they read what you write, they wait for it, and put them into practice. Now imagine the scenario whereby an audience that have been waiting so long for your write-up get disappointed. Devastating isn’t it? You might as well lose a sizeable number of them if this persists for long. The internet is so populated, and you need fresh contents always to stay on top of the game. As a writer, when you think about the audience, you will never procrastinate and will want to satisfy them always.

On a Final Note:

Procrastination is real, and it’s a cog in the wheel of a writer’s progress. The surprising thing is that it creeps unknowingly into a writer’s career, and if not taken care of, will cause a huge damage to it. As a writer, you should always be ready for setbacks, disappointments and so on in your career. These weigh you down and makes you want to think that procrastination is the next thing for you. But with the practical steps highlighted above, you will overcome procrastination and be in charge of your writing career. Well, I have learnt my lessons and I am back for good.

Over to You

As a writer, have you ever experienced procrastination? What are the steps you have taken to overcome it successfully? Make your submissions in the comment box.

7 Daily Productivity Hacks for Freelance Writers

As a freelance writer, your day is a busy one. You have to write articles for your blog (If you have one), you need to deliver clients’ work on time, social media campaign is also on the standby, you need to guest post, improve your social proof, and so on.

But the truth is that, you have just 24 hours to take these actions. You’re overwhelmed, you complain, in fact you regret the day you joined the freelance writing world. Today, that is over. With these daily productivity hacks, your day as a freelance writer will never be the same again.

Let’s go:

  1. The earlier the better:

    You need to start writing early as a freelance writer. Writing earlier in the day gives you the best output always. Research has shown that, creativity peaks in the morning, as the creative connections in our brains are most active then. The early morning is the ideal time for you to generate new thoughts and ideas. If you wish to be more creative daily as a freelance writer, you need to consider this. Wake up early, and start writing

  2. Set out a roadmap:

    A roadmap gives you a breakdown of what to write in an article. This could be breaking your write-up, into the drafting, first, second and the redrafting stages. Without a roadmap, your writing will not flow, thus slowing down your productivity. In fact, you tend to be doing everything at a time. You’re writing, jotting down points, editing (All at the same time!). With a clear writing roadmap, you know what to write, how to write, where and when to write. Remember, he who fails to plan, plans to fail.

  3. Just write:

    As easy as this seems, it is the most difficult task for freelance writers (Yours sincerely, inclusive). Admit it, it is difficult for you to write, and just focus on writing alone. You want to multitask (Social media campaigns, Research, and pitching clients etc.) at the same time. A 2009 Unanimous Stanford University research found out that people who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits. They’re basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks. If you want to surcharge your daily productivity as a freelance writer, ditch other activities when writing, and just write.

  4. You’re good, be better:

    Have you noticed that your writing speed determines the number of words you write daily? As a freelance writer, you need to up your typing skills, if you want a productive day. While you might have all the great ideas in your head, if you suck at typing, it will affect your output. You need consistent practice using the right tools to become better at this. If your typing is approximately 30 words per minute presently, you need to work harder on it to boost your productivity. Typing improves your productivity, be better at it.

  5. Take breaks:

    Writing is a lonely and arduous task. Imagine yourself sitting down all day in front of the computer, and doing nothing but writing/typing. In some hours, you will be worked out, and might be experiencing eye strains. When this happens, the best thing to do is to take breaks. Walk away from your computer, go play with your buddies around, your kids/wife (if you do have), take snacks to freshen up and go back to work. According to Fast Company, breaks must be prioritised at work because it keep us from getting bored, help us retain information and re-evaluate our goals. Take a break while writing, it aids productivity.

  6. Adequate sleep aids a lot:

    Sleep deprivation is something you need to look into if you want to remain productive as a freelance writer. The National Sleep Foundation in 2015, recommends an average of 7-8 hours of sleep per day for an adult. You need to ask yourself, how much sleep do I take daily? Arianna Huffington in her book, The Sleep Revolution opines that we are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, which has profound consequences – on our health, job performance, relationships and happiness. Sleep adequately and you will transform your freelance writing career one night at a time.

  7. Prayer:

    Prayer, it is said is the key. It helps create a focus in you for the day, and aids your productivity a lot. While this depends on your religion, do not forget to pray before you get your day started. With prayer, you are able to overcome mental blocks that could hinder your progress during the day. The grace of God cannot be over-emphasised too. So pray, and figure out how it will aid your productivity.

There you have it

Your daily productivity matters a lot as a freelance writer. When you fail in this, your freelance writing career is adversely affected. With these hacks, you will see how your productivity as a freelance writer will increase too. Don’t just go through them, take actions and quadruple your productivity.

Over to You

Which of these productivity hacks, do you use the most, and what experience do you have with them? Do make your submissions in the comment box below.