Freelance Writing 101- Everything You Must Know if you are a Beginner

Freelance Writing Blog Post

This blog post is for you only if you don’t have any knowledge about what Freelance Writing is and how you can earn from it as a profession or as a business.

Are you thinking if it’s another online business scam?

I totally understand if you do because I myself didn’t believe that I can work from home and earn a decent income as a freelance writer at first.

Wanna know how to do it too? Please keep reading because I tried my best to answer everything you need to know first before jumping in to this online career.

I’ve been a full time online freelance writer since 2016 and I know how it feels like to NOT KNOW how to start. Because of all the mistakes I have made, I would recommend that before jumping into something, you should trust in what the experts keep on saying, “invest in yourself.”

What is Online Freelance Writing?

Freelance writing is basically an act of writing an article, content or copy for a client. Your client could be a business owner, an entrepreneur, an agency, or a company. 

You work online from home, a favorite co-working space, café, or even on top of the mountain, the seaside, and inside the airport, as long as you have internet connection.

Freelance writing is not just another employment opportunity. It can be considered as a business because you will be an independent service provider. 

However, if you work for an agency who is in charge of getting clients for you and setting up your rate, then you are still tagged as an employee.

Online freelance writing as a business allows you to control when to work, who to work with, and how much you will charge. You also have the freedom to decide your own niche (your specialization and the industry you want to help).

These are just a few of the advantages of taking freelance writing as a business.

How to Get Paid as a Freelance Writer

Since it is an online business, your clients will pay you via online transactions. 

For example, if you have a Paypal account, your client could send payment through it. To withdraw your money, you need to link it to your bank or debit account. 

Paypal is an online service that most freelancers use to charge invoices and receive payments from their clients. There are other tools or apps you can use such as Transferwise, Payoneer, and others.

Who is Going to Be your Client?

As mentioned earlier, your clients could be a business owner, entrepreneur, ecommerce store owner, professional service provider, etc. 

You can work with local or foreign clients as an online freelance writer.

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How Much Can Your Earn as a Freelance Writer

In the online freelance writing industry, the hourly rate ranges from $4/hr to $30/hr or even more. The recommended rate per word (based on what I read in forums and groups in 2019) for simple written articles is P1/word. So for example, your client requests you to write a 500 word article, then you can charge a minimum fee of P500. 

However, this doesn’t mean to say it’s a fixed rate. You are always free to charge according to the value of your service. 

Copywriters and Academic Writers for example who specialize in their field could demand higher rates. 

If you are a blog post writer with relevant skills such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), you can charge higher too. 

If you are a social media copywriter with other specializations such as Social Media Strategy, you can definitely charge higher also. 

As a freelance writer, it’s crucial to know what you specialize in. 

The more you learn how this business works, the more you know what skills to level up. When you do this, that’s when you feel more confident in positioning yourself as an expert. So, don’t wait until you become confident before you start. 

Start now, get clients, learn how this business or career could benefit you and your client and boost your confidence from your actual experience.

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Where can you start your freelance writing business?

Okay, so now, you may be wondering how and where to start your freelance writing business.

Here are 2 ways to do that:

  •  Start on Social Media or
  • Inside Job Platforms

If you are a beginner in this business, I recommend you start with creating your profile inside an online job site to see who can become your clients and what type of projects are out there for you.

Well, there are a plethora of online job platforms where you can begin.

Here are some:

  • Upwork.com
  • Indeed
  • Guru.com
  • Freelancer.com
  • Onlinejobs.ph

Clients are already hanging out in these platforms so if you are a newbie in online freelance writing, this could be a good place to start. This clients are ready to hire writers or freelancers. All you have left to do is to reach out to them and pitch your service.

You can also get clients from Social Media Platforms like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram. Start by creating a Facebook Page or optimizing your current Facebook Profile.

The good thing about getting clients on social media is you can interact with them in a more personal level. It’s easy for you to build rapport, ask questions, know more about them, and get them into a discovery call. Of course, it’s going to be a hard work but it sure pays off.

Are Freelance Writers Still In Demand Amidst this Pandemic?

Considering the current pandemic situation, some of you might be thinking that it’s difficult to get clients. You might be thinking that businesses are closing and that your skills won’t be needed anymore.

Is this you?

My friend, in times like this, you just need to choose the right target client for your freelance writing business.

Some businesses are failing but some are now thriving. More and more brick and mortar businesses are also adapting to the digital set up.

Examples of profitable industries during this time:

  • Health Industry
    • Sleep Consulting Business
    • Weight Loss Supplements
    • Holistic Mental Business
    • Personal Development
  • Home Schooling / E-learning
  • E-commerce (which products are in demand at this covid-19).
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Reorganize Your Plan

If your current chosen niche belongs to the businesses that are gradually going down these days, you can always change your plans, change your target niche.

As one, I admit that I had been changing niches ever since I started in my freelance writing journey. From receiving general niche like animal care, travel, parenting, health, tech, etc. to niching down to digital marketing and health, and now holistic health.

With regards to specialization, I started as a product description writer, SEO blog post writer, social media copywriter, e-mail copywriter, to now, a website copywriter.

The key is market research, do it regularly because it helps you identify what your clients really need.

What Do You Need to Start a Freelance Writing Business?

We’ve already answered your what, who, how much, and where.

This time, I recommend that you KNOW YOUR “WHY”.

Why do you want to start a freelance writing business?

To be honest, there will always come a time when you will lose a client. If you have your “WHY”, it’s easier for you to shift your mindset whenever you are bombarded with negativity.

Computer or Laptop. When seeking for clients, you might start by using your phone. However, when you already start working, having a laptop or computer makes things easier and more comfortable. Your laptop doesn’t have to be a high end or “bigatin”. As long as it’s working, you are good to start. You can always upgrade your gadgets once your business is already earning.

  1. Internet. This is an online business, therefore, internet connection is a must have. Personally, I used pocket Wi-Fi when I was still hunting for clients. When I’m already getting clients and getting paid for my work, that’s when I acquired my cable internet connection.
  2. Home Office. You don’t necessarily need to have an office space but at least have your own working table. It will help you become more productive and less stressed.
  3. Time. You need to set time you can dedicate to do your market research, hunting for clients, learning more about the business, and leveling up your skills. Your business doesn’t end when you win your first client. You have to plan a strategy to gain consistent clients for your online freelance writing business.
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Conclusion: Starting a Freelance Writing Business

Is starting a freelance writing business or career going to be easy?

No, it’s not going to be.

But you know what? You are blessed if you read this blog post first before you started.

And, my friend, your journey will have more focus if you plan before you start.

Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Timebound) goals today, then break them down into smaller ones so you will have a guide.

When I was starting out, all I wanted to do was earn money.

I did not have a clear direction as to where I wanted to be after doing all the efforts. Luckily, I have a strong reason why I should even if it’s tough.

But, believe me, our WHY’s could motivate us at times but during certain moments when we feel lost, it doesn’t work all the time. Set up goals that are so clear, map them out in your vision boards, be with like-minded people, and always pray for guidance from God.

If you have questions or suggestions on topics for our next blog posts, let me know by sending an email to: charlynjune@gmail.com.

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Charlyn June
Blogger/Web Developer/Content Writer/Mom of 3
Charlyn June helps Filipinos create their own blog and teach them how to monetize it.

On the other hand, she writes for other people's blog for a living. She uses her blog as an online portfolio and has now been a part of several online businesses abroad (Australia, US, and UK). She also creates Wordpress websites for clients and does other Virtual Assistant jobs.

Overall, She is a full-time mom, juggling business, work, and home to the best of her ability.

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