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.

  • Tiamiyu Taofeek

    Awesome! In fact, I’m so inspired by this post of yours. …a quitter never wins they say. Kudos.

    • I hope the inspiration spurs you to begin a career in Freelance writing moving forward. Of course, a quitter never wins. In any way, Do it afraid!

      • James A Camren

        Thank you for the inspiration I needed.

  • Susie Turcotte

    Wonderful, insightful article. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    I am trying to connect with you on Linkedin,but am unable to because I cannot check off any of the boxes (“friends,” “colleagues,” “classmates,” etc.).

    Please connect with me if you are interested in doing so.

    In the meantime, best wishes to you for a joyous new year!

    ~Susie Turcotte

    • OK Susie. I’ll check you out, and do the needful.
      Really appreciate that you found the article wonderful and insightful..
      Thanks a bunch

  • Enjoyed your article. I have much of what you had mentioned, a Twitter, and Blog, and one can find me on a Google search. However, some how I have a tough time finding, or evening getting things in motion to live a writer’s freelance life. Any help you can offer, please, I am all eyes and ears.

    • Julio, thanks for your comment. Really appreciate that you found my article useful.

      Now to your comment:
      Of course, having a blog (Which I’ve gone through) is the right step in the right direction.
      Secondly, a Twitter handle if well utilised plays an important role too.

      To the difficulties you’re facing, many writers do (especially when it comes to getting clients), but that doesn’t mean you won’t get any eventually.

      My advice:
      1. Work more on your social proof
      2. Your niche (which I discussed in my latest blog post), should be a well thought one
      3. I noticed your blog is not self hosted. I’ll advise you do this as soon as possible, to make you look more professional.

      Hope I was able to answer your questions.

      If there are any more, do not hesitate to let me know.

      Cheers

  • OK noted Sandra.
    Thanks for your interest. Will get in touch with you as things unfold.

  • hassan kuno

    nice article ,i enjoyed reading it and am inspired.I do want to become a great freelancer and i hope you be my mentor.

    • Great hearing that from You. Your inspiration is indeed a cheering news, and I hope you follow it up with actions.
      Check the blog updates regularly for this and many more.
      Do not forget to subscribe for the blog updates and many more

  • Yes, I am eager to begin in earnest.

  • Hii…..thnx for inspiration.
    I’m pursuing copywriting course from American Writers and Artist Inc. and also have my own website http://www.pvresumes.com.
    2. I have chosen Copywriting for Travel Companies as my niche.
    3. I’m planning to launch my own blogging site.
    4. I send emails detailing my writing services to at least 15 prospectives daily.
    5. I read extensively on my niche.

    Pls. suggest what more I can do to brand myself and get clients. You can see my writing samples on LINKEDIN too.

    • Hi Sanjeev, I must really commend you for the bold steps, you have taken thus far. It’s really commendable.
      I jave visited your writer website and peruse it too, let me tell you this: You are doing the right thing in the right direction.
      As regards, what you have highlighted above, what I think you need to do more to be on top of your freelancing career include:
      1. Start your blog in earnest, it helps to sharpen your writing skill and showcase you as a serious freelance writer
      2. Consider guest posts: That’s by writing for high authority blogs in your niche. This for sure gives you a wider reach, and with it you can get in touch with more potential clients.

      Once again, you have really done a commendable job, am glad to have inspired you.

  • I’m definitely ready to start! You answered most of my questions and make me feel the inspired all over again. I keep saying i don’t have time, what i realize is i have just enough, which i normally use for resting! Persistence and success come with action…hope I’m able to write about my success story in 2017, instead of talking about how I’d love to become a successful freelance writer!

    • Hi Muriel,
      I’m glad that the post inspired you to take actions.
      Most times we can give excuses for not doing many things.
      But it’s the actions that we take that matters.
      I’ll be glad to read your success story.
      Go for the best buddy

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