Speaking of the current scenario in 2019, it is almost a cakewalk to find freelance writing jobs for beginners. But, if you’re looking for authentic jobs that challenge your shortcomings and nudge you to push your comfort zone, you need to put in a little more effort.
Here are a few ways that I have tried and tested while I was on my way to becoming one of the few reliable freelance writers myself. These are pretty useful and effective as well. let’s have a look, shall we?
1.Interact on Facebook groups:
My very first client came to me through a Facebook group dedicated to bringing together writers and clients. Of course, they didn’t fall into my lap. Instead, I had to keep hunting and cold pitching until I found them.
But here’s the deal: Facebook groups are quite a gold mine for freelance writing jobs for beginners. There are potential clients everywhere looking for writers who can pitch great content for their websites and write reviews for their products.
In addition to that, there is absolutely no dearth for freelance writing jobs for beginners given the multiple potential opportunities online.
2. Use LinkedIn:
LinkedIn is, perhaps, the best place on the internet to showcase your writing skills. Not only can you land clients from writing companies but you can also use your profile to write articles too.
This way, your potential clients will have clear access to pieces of content under your name so that they can get a gist of your writing skills.
Just remember to fill out your details correctly, mention the skills you possess and the niches you excel in, and you’ll soon be on your way to writing professionally for respective companies.
3. Fiverr, why not?
Personally speaking, Fiverr is the best place for me as far as freelance writing jobs for beginners is concerned. I’ve tried my hand at Freelancer, Upwork, iWrite and similar spaces, but nothing works as well as Fiver does.
Sure it takes up a good chunk of your income too, 20% to be precise, but gives you immense opportunities in return for this comparitively small investment. You can use Fiverr as a beginner and also as a professional as your only source of income.
I have dedicated an entire blog post as to how you can make your own mark on Fiverr that will not only have you rising up the ranks but also improve your demand as a writer in your niche.
4. Start a blog:
Now that is easier said than done, but is one of the best ways to go about it. You needn’t have an expensively-made fancy website with tons of options to choose from. Just get yourself a simple blog that is easy to navigate. You may need to pay for good hosting, but that’s all.
The intention behind this is two-fold. A, it helps you create a space to put forth your writing skills. You can then use your blog to have your potential clients give your writing a thought.
And B, a blog gives you an amazing reason to practice your writing and SEO skills. If done well, you can write interesting articles on any topic you excel in. And, who knows, with the correct SEO techniques, you might even start making a little money on the side!
5. Guest posts work better than you think:
When you’re just starting out with searching freelance writing jobs for beginners, it is important that you build a robust following. Do everything in your power to draw attention to yourself and your skills. One of the most tried and tested method of doing so is to start guest posting on other websites.
Now this may be tough at first, but with the right method of cold pitching you can get pretty decent chances of taking a hit.
Most importantly, choose websites that are similar to your niche so that you can write good articles. Don’t forget to ask them to link to your social media page or blog so that readers and potential clients can contact you.
6. Have a social media page:
This goes without saying. You’re missing out on huge deals if you aren’t active on social media sites, namely Facebook and Instagram. Make sure you have an active page wherein you keep posting updates of your writing assignments.
Many people who are on the hunt for good writers for writing jobs online majorly look up to social media to know their whereabouts. If you’re into creative writing, having an Instagram and Facebook page surely gives you a huge opportunity to try and test your writing skills.
7. Write on Quora:
Quora is one of the few places on the internet where good writing with a creative, humorous, and sarcastic blend is appreciated greatly. Readers all over the world rely upon Quora to read about for eye-opening and life-changing experiences from people themselves.
Likewise, it is one of the most excellent places where freelance writers can not just polish and upgrade their writing skills, but also increase their chances of landing better clients.
What’s more, you can even explore different genres and see what works for you. Feedback from your readers will help you grow stronger and better than never before.
8. Develop a strong pitch:
Without having an impressive pitch, chances are that you won’t be taken seriously, especially when cold pitching for freelance writing jobs for beginners.
- Have a professional-looking email. A ‘email@example.com’ is always better than ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
- Use formal tone in your email.
- Never forget to provide samples of your work or your blog link or guest posts, if any.
- Mention that you’re willing to write an example essay of around 100-200 words so that they can judge your writing style better.
- Instead of saying that you can write on any topic under the sun, narrow down your expertise to 1-2 niches. For instance, a health and wellness writer or a tech writer sounds more authentic and reliable than a writer who can cover all topics.
- However, make sure you mention your niche clearly and strongly in your pitch so that there is no room for any doubt. On second thoughts, you may add that you’re willing to write on other topics too, but the mentioned-niche is where your expertise lies.
Summing it up:
Ideally speaking, finding freelance writing jobs for beginners isn’t as tough as it seems. But the trick here is to be consistent. You never know where your next client is lying in wait for you.
Having said that, leave no stone unturned in looking for writing jobs online. In fact, take up any sort of writing job that you can in the beginning, and build your way from up there.
Remember that hard work, coupled with smart work, eventually pays off. So keep your hunt on and, very soon, you’ll have landed your very first client in the world of freelance writing!