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.


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


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


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.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK NOW and let me take you by the hand on the step by step guide to achieve success fast in freelance writing.

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,, 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.