Starting off as a Freelance Content Writer

Well, a guy like me has a bit of an advantage on this, as I have been actively blogging for over two years now. That’s a lot of writing. As my blog is about travel, I write on that subject and project that I am an expert in that niche. As a freelance content writer, there is a lot of work on the net that you can get through the various content mills like Contently, ClearVoice, Contentmart and Skyword. Content mills are an easy source of freelance writing work, but they pay shit and have huge writer turn around. So I would do some work for them to get exposure but would not use content mills as a long-term strategy. It is no fun getting paid ten cents per word for your work.

You could also pitch for work on Fiverr or other such sites. However, I must warn you, the work that you will get will pay peanuts. I mean this is 30 paise per word kind of work and it’s of very low quality, not good enough to have a good portfolio. What’s more, there is no client interaction and you are just a paid typist for these mills. It might look a great way to get work but it’s not the kind of work you would be flashing to clients on your blog.

So I suggest a better approach as a freelance writer. Before you start looking and pitching for work on the net, zero in on a niche. Read up, explore and gain knowledge on your targeted niche that you will write on and then become an expert on it. You should look at narrow and very specialised niches to get the right target client. It could be IT services, oceanography or blockchain technology. Always define a niche and choose a narrow niche. Now pitch to client specifically to that niche and target them with proposals and emails. Send out tons of personalised mails to these clients and pitch for work. Also, highlight and advertise your writing niche on your blog with relative blog posts.

Try to write many guest posts on your niche through targeting niche blogs that require that kind of content that will give you added credibility as a freelance writer.

LinkedIn is a great platform to use in order to pitch for work. You can directly send mails to clients. Now that you have a clear target and focus, pitch directly to the client and give samples of your work. Do not be disappointed if you get rejected. There could be many factors for that. Don’t get personal or hurt if you are rejected. Just go and do some more pitching until you get work and then deliver on time.

So define a narrow niche and became an expert on it. Then choose your target clients who are relevant to your niche and pitch to them aggressively with your sample work. Persistence and mediation will get you rewards.

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