If you’re a blogger – or really, anyone who enjoys writing – you’ve probably thought about freelancing at least a couple times. I’m by no means a full-time writer, but I have gotten a good amount of extra money from freelancing. As of now, I work 8-5 during the week plus blogging and freelancing by night. Is it exhausting? Yes. Is it worth it? It will be!
If you want to start freelancing and don’t know where to start, hopefully I can help you out!
1. Just do it. I got my first regular (3-4 articles/week) freelancing gig by literally just sending out a ton of emails. I probably sent 20 emails to local publications, and heard back from one with a yes! You can’t lose anything from trying. It might be exhausting and sometimes discouraging, but sometimes you have to get 20 no’s to find your yes. So just do it. Get a template ready with a little about you and links to your writing samples or your blog and get to sending. Right now. I’ll wait…
2. Submit to online websites. Career Addict and College Humor are just a couple that I’ve used that are great to get started. This is a great reference for sites that accept article submissions. The only hassle is that you’ll write an entire article that could be rejected. But it’s somewhere to get started and build a portfolio.
3. Use freelance websites. Elance and freelancer are great websites which can help you find freelance gigs. You basically complete a profile and then bid on jobs. They’re normally one time jobs and rates can range from $5 into the hundreds. You can find the jobs that fit your expertise from writing to programming.
4. Don’t get discouraged. This is probably the most important tip that I have. It might not be a real TIP, but it’s the most important piece of advice you’ll need. You will get rejected. You will be told that an article isn’t good enough for publication or get edits back.. and that’s ok. It’s making you better. It’s helping you learn what publications want and will help you grow a quality portfolio. Rejection will only make you better, so take what comes your way and don’t give up on your final goal.
In reality, the only thing that’ll help you be successful is determination. You need to just have the confidence to go for it 100%. And if you don’t hear back from someone you’ve reached out to.. follow up again and again. I promise, it works. And if not – you’ll find something else. So go for it and good luck! Hopefully my advice helps.
If you have any tips on freelancing, please share in the comments!
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