Ask Ritika – Your Questions, My Answers
By Ritika Tiwari / March 18, 2016 / Comments: 2
Over the past one month, I got a lot of emails from you guys asking for advice and suggestions about how to take your freelance writing career forward. I realized most of the questions were pretty similar. So, I decided to make a section out of it. This way I can reach more people who are looking for similar advice.
I will be making this a monthly feature so if you have some other questions about freelance writing or just writing in general, you can fill up this form and I will try to answer it in next month’s post. Also, if the questions are too many, I might also consider a weekly post. Let’s see.
Here are the questions, I have removed all the personal information to keep the privacy intact of my readers.
I ventured into freelance writing after a stint of around 10 years as a financial journalist. I have uploaded my details on outsourcing portals such as elance and odesk (now, upwork), but have been unable to get any editing/writing assignments through the online route. All that I have managed to do is to get small offline assignments from known clients.
I would love to tap the online/internet route for editing and writing projects–do let me know how i can go about it.
Getting your first set of online clients can be a very difficult task. While offline clients only look at your experience and portfolio, online clients also check your social media following. That is why, it is very important to have your own blog where you do the actual writing and make sure you are present on all social media platforms. I got a lot of clients online just because they liked my personal blog.
Also, tapping clients on Upwork and similar portals is tough and highly competitive. Even if you do, you shouldn’t keep this as your main source of income. Here is a post I did about getting started on Upwork.
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