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.

Can’t keep up? 7 ways to write quality blogposts always

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It is 7am, your night was awesome. You have forgotten that you slept worriedly the night before. After deciding to take action, you want to serve your readers with fresh articles on a weekly basis. Still basking in the euphoria of the success of your last article, the number of shares you got in the social media was mind-blowing, you have gotten new friends on Facebook, new followers on Twitter and quite some views on LinkedIn. Yes, a writer I am, you tell anyone who cares to listen.

Today, is another day and you have to write, you want to replicate last week’s success, you want to gain new followers, but there is a problem. Yes, you have ran out of ideas, you don’t know what to write about.

The truth is, every writer faces this situation, writing is a lonely and arduous task, but how is it possible to churn out quality articles week in week out. Today, I reveal the secrets of established writers, and how they are able to write articles, that are always interesting, enlightening and factual.

  • Writers Read always: Reading is an activity that established writers do always, they are never tired of it,  hence they are full of ideas. As a writer you must read something out of everything. Good writers are avid readers, because when reading, you get a lot of ideas which shapes your writing always.
  • Make Google thy friend: Google has been around for a while, but most writers have not found it a worthy friend. If you are a writer, and you think you can generate great ideas always without Google, then you need to rethink your strategy. Many a writer are under-utilising the search engine, and have forgotten that it has the best answers to our questions. In fact Google, can give you an insight into what people are searching for, and you can write about it.
  • Learn from the best: There is no industry where there are no authorities. Writing is not an exception, as we have writers who have made names writing and have been doing it for decades. Many writers fail today, because they feel they can be independent. Kallen Diggs puts it this way:

    “There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Accepting the help of others will usually shorten the learning curve in anything you want to pursue in life. It does not make you any less independent.”

    As a writer, you need to visit the authority blogs and websites. Topics written on these blogs can give you ideas of what you’ll write next.

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  • Be a good listener: A good writer must also be a good listener. Listening will let you know what your readers want, how they want it, and why they want to it. Today’s post is a product of a question one of my readers asked last week. Every writer must listen to the readers always, this could be in form of reading their comments, conducting surveys, and asking them what they want etc.
  • Write down ideas: This is natural, and many writers fail to utilize it. Many a times, you could be walking on the street, be in the public bus, or on the train, and an idea on what you can write about comes to mind. Established writers do not joke with this, they jot them down and revisit when it’s time. You should always write down the ideas you have as they come. These ideas if not useful now, will count one day.
  • My niche my Interest: Have you ever asked yourself, what interests you the most? Every writer MUST have an interest, which is referred to as niche. This interest could stem from your course of study, religious/social/cultural affiliations. Your niche is unique to you, and you should develop it. Many established writers/bloggers have gone ahead to build an empire with their niches. Examples of this include: Darren Rowse, Brian Clark and Jon Morrow best known for blogging tips, Seth Godin known for self-development, Zac Johnson known for Affiliate Marketing, Carol Tice and Bamidele Onibalusi known for Freelance Writing. Jeff Goins and Abdullahi Muhammed known for coaching writers. These writers/bloggers have honed their skills in these niches over the years, and they have been writing about them ever since.

On a Final Note:

Writing gives you the voice you crave for. It gives you a right to pen down your thoughts and make an impact in the world. While it’s generally interesting, it could be frustrating at times especially for newbie writers. Knowing these secrets and putting them into practise will ensure that you don’t run out of ideas anytime soon.

Over to you:

As a writer, what are your secrets to writing quality articles always without running out of ideas?