How to Start Freelance Writing – 5 Biggest Questions Answered
By Ritika Tiwari / October 24, 2016 / Comments: 1
So, you have decided to become a freelance writer, but with that decision comes several questions about freelance writing.
Let’s just be honest – starting out isn’t easy for any of us, especially when we are trying to become a freelance content writer. We doubt our writing skills so much, that focusing on anything else seems almost impossible.
1. How do I start freelance writing with absolutely no prior experience?
You have to remember that everyone starts at the very bottom.
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Even if you are new to freelance writing, you must have some writing samples that you did in the past. Create a blog to showcase all your previous writing samples.
You could offer clients free work to create more samples (Though, I detest writers working for free. You can also just offer discounted rates.)
Last month, I wrote a long piece on how you can create a professional looking portfolio when you are just starting out, and add them to free portfolio sites.
2. Are the freelance writing jobs online even legit?
There is no denying that there are definitely a lot of fake clients out there .
But the good news is, there are a number of well-paying freelance writing jobs available online, and all you have to do is look in the right place.
While dealing with new clients, always make sure you draft out a freelance writing contract and ask for an upfront payment as well.
In my experience, I have seen many ‘legit’ looking clients turn out to be fake. So, it’s always safe to keep your ground covered.
3. Is it possible to make a full time career as a freelance content writer?
Of course it is, but if you are hoping to make a career as a freelance content writer, then you cannot be charging low rates and working like it’s a part-time option for you.
If you really want to be a writer, you have to take it seriously and make sure you are really giving it your everything. That means no excuses for not doing great work, and no missing deadlines.
4. What do I charge for freelance writing projects?
One of the most common questions that writers ask me is – What should be my per word rate for freelance writing work?
Well, neither me nor anyone else can decide your rates for you. Start by analysing how much time it takes for you to write an article, and then charge accordingly. Also, do not charge less just because other writers are charging less.
Yes, there are writers who charge atrociously less, but that is just because they don’t believe in themselves. If you believe in yourself and you writing talent, charge what is right.
5. What if the client is pushing me to deliver more than what was agreed upon?
Okay, repeat after me – I shall never work with a client without a freelance writing contract (tweet)
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Discuss all the terms with your client, from the start to the end. Then draw up a freelance writing contract, add all those terms, and make sure your client signs and seals it.
After that, if a client asks for more than what was agreed upon, simply remind him that it is not in the contract.
Just tell your client, that:
Although X work was not in the contract, I can do it, but I will charge X extra price for it.
Freelance writing can seem confusing when you are just starting out. But the best thing you can do is dive into it and take every new job as a new experience.