Do you want to be a freelance writer?! I have been freelancing for more than four years as a side gig and consistently make over $1,000 per month. You can see my income reports here! I have FT job, two toddler little girls, another girl on the way, a husband and a big house I take care of. I love my life and love having extra spending money each month!
There are many ways to get your foot in the door when it comes to freelancing. I first recommend you start your own blog to develop contacts, guest post and use your blog as writing samples for when you apply for freelance writing positions or work for a content mill (like Demand Media) to get your feet wet. Content mills usually will hire inexperienced writers because they typically pay less than most other clients, so it’s a good place to start and gain experience. You can pitch article ideas to print and online magazines. You can search websites like oDesk or Elance and so on and so forth.
My Freelance Story
When I got pregnant with our first child, my husband and I knew that I was going to be a stay-at-home mom. I also knew that I wanted to try to break into the world of freelance writing. What started off small (around $200 per month) has grown into a part-time income ($1500-$1800 per month), and once my two kids start school I hope to grow my income even more through freelancing.
How to Be a Freelance Writer
Freelancing writing is a career just like any other. You have to have a resume, a network and a background in your field. If you want to be a doctor, you can’t just “be” a doctor. You have to go through all the necessary training first. Freelance writing is the same.
I’m going to be completely honest and recommend you do two things if you want to break into freelance writing: First, you have to start a blog and use it as your portfolio. I didn’t break into personal finance freelance writing until I created the frugal millionaire. If you want to write on parenting, start a mommy blog. If you love food and nutrition, start a site on that. It will give you credibility in your chosen area. It will also give you a landing page to use as your resume or portfolio. This is especially important for brand new freelancers.
Second, I recommend you take a course on freelance writing. There is so much to know and learn – everything from creating emails to pitching cold clients to determining your rates to landing high-paying, consistent gigs. Gina Horkey, who’s a freelance writer, a blogger and a virtual assistant, started her own freelancing business last year and currently makes more than $10,000 per month. If there is anyone who knows her stuff, it’s Gina. Oh – and she also has two toddlers at home and worked full-time at the beginning! Gina has created a course for new freelancers called 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.
Gina’s course will walk you through the steps to becoming a freelance writer. There is no better way to break into the field than through her course, trust me on this!!
If you’ve been daydreaming about quitting your 9-5, spending more time with your kids, making extra money on the side, or even possibly making enough money so you and your spouse can stay home, invest in Gina’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. Head on over and take a look!!
Why do you want to be a freelance writer? What questions do you have for me?