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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.