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Best Freelance Writing Tips for Beginners

Kshitiz Gaur has used a lot of ways of earning money online like freelance writing, naming contests, answering questions, and blogging.


Do I Really Need Freelance Writing Tips?

I still remember how happy I was when I got my first client as a new freelance writer who had nothing to prove his worth. To be honest with you, it was easier to get started as a freelance writer back then because a lot of people weren't aware about this rewarding job and the various advantages it offered.

Now freelance writing has not only become competitive, but the clients have started to look for freelance writers that are professional and possess exceptional writing and SEO skills.

I worked as a freelance writer for 5 years, so I know how you can succeed as a freelance writer and get those 5 star reviews from your clients. It would be wise to learn from my experience and avoid the mistakes that I did.

In this article, I am going to share all of the best freelance writing tips that a beginner can use to become a successful freelance writer.

1. Start Small

At the start of your freelance writing career, you won't have any reviews or past projects to attract the big clients. Therefore, I advise you to do something that I did, which was starting small. Just look for a client who wants one or two well-written articles and work your hardest to satisfy him or her.

You have to do this for your first few jobs so that you can create a portfolio and get positive reviews to reinforce your writing prowess. There is no reason to rush into it and try to make those big bucks in your first month. You will get your chance. Be patient and keep working on it.

2. Bid Right

I have already written about bidding on freelancing websites specifically Upwork. The short-version is that you just have to be smart while bidding and always ask for a fair price. I learned this really late because I was charging a lot less than I could in the beginning of my freelancing career. So you should never be afraid to ask for what you deserve and avoid working with clients who don't want to pay you a fair price.

3. Invest in Yourself

If you can find the time to do courses and get certificates, it will help you improve your content and credibility. Investing in courses and books is something that will give you an edge over other freelance writers and give you a great return on your investment.

4. Learn SEO

Search engine optimization is about giving the right signals to the search engines so that they rank your article for a particular term. It not very hard to learn if you put in consistent efforts.

My advice is to write for people first and then for the search engines because the content that people like is also preferred by the search engines. I think Neil Patel's blog is a good place to start learning about SEO.

5. Blog

You must start a blog or website to showcase your skills and look like a professional freelancer. You can use your blog to experiment with various ideas and also generate some income.

The blog needs to be on a topic that you are passionate about so that you can deliver your best content and impress any potential clients. It could be anything like fixing cars, taking care of pet fishes, video games, etc. You can also add a hire me section in your blog.

6. Edit on Your Own

Unless you are working with an editor or a big client who already has an editor, you will need to know how to edit your content on your own. I know that editing can be boring and time consuming, but your article won't be impressive if it contains a lot of errors and the flow is not natural.

I recommend spending at least 15 minutes or so in learning new grammar rules or words daily. This trick will get you results in a matter of months, and you will see the improvement in your content.

7. Master Content Writing

I don't expect you to be one of the best content writers when you start, but you need to master content writing if you want to satisfy the demanding clients. You can read my article about content writing tips that will help you in becoming an outstanding content writer.

The best advice that I have for you is to write daily and adjust your content according to what the client wants.

Even the best content writing advice can get you so far, you will have to work hard and go the rest of the way on your own.

8. Manage Your Time

I know that it is tempting to get that one extra client so that you can earn more. The problem is that you don't really know how long writing an article can take in a lot of cases. So it is always nice to have some free time for work that takes longer than expected.

A lot of freelance writers who take more clients than they should end up being overworked, and the quality of their content also suffers. Just remember that sometimes less is more.

You should have a fixed time slot for writing because you can't meet deadlines if you only write when you feel like it.

9. Become a Niche Writer

When I worked as a freelance writer, I specialized in writing reviews of online money making programs, investing apps, MLM companies, scams, etc. It was easier for me to attract clients that wanted reviews because I was already familiar with writing reviews on almost anything.

The mistake that I made here is that my niche wasn't specific because I was writing reviews on almost anything. My advice for you is that you should focus on something specific like writing reviews of financial apps. This way you will be able to attract those clients that need an experienced writer in that particular niche.

Having your niche is good, but a freelance writer should always be flexible enough to work on projects outside his niche if they are interesting.

10. Communicate

I was always honest with my clients and gave them advice that could help them in improving their rankings and making more money. If you have anything to say, you should never be afraid to say it. Communication is the key to solving a lot of problems and misunderstandings.

If you have plans to go somewhere and won't be able to work, you should let the client know well in advance. Always be a good communicator and reply quickly during work hours.

11. Don't go Full-Time Yet

After you have gained enough experience and feel confident that you can manage freelance writing full-time, then you can go full-time. I can't say how long it will take for you to be ready because it depends on your starting level and your learning capabilities.

Freelance writing is all about adapting quickly and thinking on the fly, so people who think fast will always be decent freelance writers.

I recommend taking around 3 to 6 months to establish yourself and learn the basics before considering going full-time.

12. Always Hit The Deadlines

When I used to work as a freelance writer, I only missed one or two deadlines in a year. It is true that I only worked part-time and therefore had less work to manage. Still, hitting deadlines wasn't easy because sometimes it takes a lot of time to write, and unforeseeable circumstances often lead to issues.

Clients will always respect you if they know that they can rely on your words. If your actions don't match with your words, your freelance writing career will suffer.

13. Embrace Feedback

It is not easy to accept the fact that the client is not happy with your work or wants a lot of changes. However, this will allow you to grow as a writer.

A professional should never take the feedback personally and work on improving.

In fact, I encourage you to demand feedback from the client if you aren't getting any. I used to bother my clients a lot about feedback and always tried to adjust my content according to their feedback.

14. Nobody's Perfect

It is easy to get lost trying to write the most amazing article that the world has ever seen. The problem is that you can't take this approach for every article that you write. A good freelance writer always writes according to how much he is getting paid and the expectations of the client.

I am not saying that you shouldn't exceed the expectations of the client and amaze him or her with your content. However, you can't write your best content if you are just getting paid $10 per article. Of course, it should be free from mistakes and flow naturally, but you need to avoid wasting your entire day in writing just one article.

15. Master The Mental Game

A lot of new freelancers just get excited by making some money working online. They don't really think about going further and being one of the top guys or girls in the business. You can't get to the top with a weak mindset, so you need to develop a strong mindset and write down the goals that you want to achieve.

If you want to earn a thousand dollars per month through part-time freelance writing, the first step is to believe that you can actually do it and make a step-by-step action plan for doing it.

This is an unpredictable business with new challenges every single day, so you need to have the right mindset to tackle those challenges and manage clients with different demands.

16. Choose Projects Wisely

A lot of rookie freelance writers don't worry about the client history or the requirements of the project and just choose the projects based on how much they can earn. This is a big mistake that can ruin your profile on freelancing websites or waste your time if you just work independently.

When I used to work on Upwork, I tried to apply to projects where the client had a good history of hiring on the platform.The worst client experiences I had were with clients who were completely new to the platform.

There is no point in applying for projects where the client is new because some of them don't know what to expect and how to deal with the freelancers.

Realize That Tips Can Only Get You so Far

If you go to the gym or have basic bodybuilding knowledge, you should know that your diet is more important than supplements. Freelancing tips are just like supplements because they can help you get better results, but it all depends on how you apply them.

Reading one tip and applying it is better than reading ten tips and applying none. Therefore, it is your responsibility to use these freelance writing tips to get the best results.

I hope you learned something new today. Your thoughts are welcome in the comments section below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Kshitiz Gaur


Kshitiz Gaur (author) from Jhalawar on April 04, 2021:

Thank you, Umesh.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 04, 2021:

Nice points.

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