If you’re just starting out as a freelance writer then you’re probably wondering how to get a freelance writing job with no experience.
Well, you’re in the right place.
When I started freelance writing, landing my first job was very hard.
And I know you relate to it too.
Landing your very first freelance writing job is the hardest part but then the rest is history.
Once you land your first job ever, landing other jobs will be a piece of cake.
So, don’t be discouraged if you haven’t landed a job yet.
I was just like you once! I had no job and no source of income.
And when I finally landed my first job, it was horrible.
I had to work 3 days straight for $12. If only the client was nice though, he was horrible as well!! He wouldn’t even answer my emails.
Such a sad story isn’t it?
But even though my first job was horrendous, it was still a great experience.
It made me learn a lot of things, including, not accepting peanuts for payments.
When you’re just starting out, a lot of people will want to take advantage of your naivety.
They’ll want to pay you peanuts in exchange for experience.
It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you’re a beginner, then you should look out for yourself.
Don’t accept peanuts payments if you don’t want to.
Value your work, and you’ll certainly find a job that suits you.
I’ve learned this the hard way, so, you don’t have to do learn it the same way I did.
So, the question is”how to get a freelance writing job with no experience?”.
And I’m going to answer it now.
How to Get a Freelance Writing Job With No Experience
When I started freelancing, I’ve always pitched myself as a beginner.
And, as shocking as it was for me, it was a revelation as well.
Clients will always prefer hiring an experienced freelancer over a newbie.
I didn’t know this before.
I always thought being good at what I do was enough, but apparently, it wasn’t.
But that shouldn’t stop you from looking for a job!
Experiences are built over time, and no one was born experienced.
That’s why you should always keep pitching. Pitching will help you land a lot of jobs, hence a lot of experience, and finally, you’ll be able to get your dream job.
And it might come sooner than you’ll think!
I know this writer girl who accepted jobs for 12$ just to build up her experience on a certain freelancing platform.
Several months later, after having a killer portfolio, she was able to get the job of her dreams.
She landed a long term job for $4000 a month. Her job got her the newest iPhone and laptop out there, and she’s still working with them until now.
This happened a year ago.
How to Get a Freelance Writing Job With No Experience In 4 Easy Steps:
- Think of a killer bio
- Fill out every section of your profile
- Take tests to prove your competences
- Create a unique proposal for every gig
Think of a Killer Bio
If you’re using a freelancing platform, then this tip is FOR you.
Your bio plays a huge role in getting your first job.
Your bio is like the first impression you give to people, if you suck at it then you probably suck at doing everything else.
Imagine a writer who’s not even good at writing bios?
Would you want to hire that kind of writer?
If you’re not promoting yourself right, do you think anyone will take you seriously?
I don’t think so.
That’s why you need to set up a killer bio before even trying to send any kind of proposal.
When setting up your bio, try to read it from a client’s point of view.
Does it seem convincing? Does it seem dull? Did you like it?
If you’re too subjective in your critiques, give it to a friend, or a stranger even and let them give you their honest opinion of it.
If they like it, then you’re doing a great job promoting your skills.
Now if they don’t, then you need to rethink it and give it more attention to make it sound more convincing.
A bio should reveal what you do, why you do it, and why you’re the best candidate for the job.
If you’re able to answer these questions, then congratulations, you’ve set up the perfect bio.
Fill Out Every Section of Your Profile
There are a lot of jobs platforms out there that require you to set up a profile.
So, this one is valid for people who use those kinds of platforms.
When you send out your proposal to a client, they just don’t read it and be like “Oh this is the guy/girl/them we’ve been looking for all our lives”.
A proposal isn’t enough to land your first gig!
Just like your bio, your profile plays an important role in landing your first job.
If you’ve got empty sections all over your profile then would a client pay attention to your proposal?
I believe not!
So start out by filling out those empty lines one by one in order not to leave a client suspicious of your abilities & skills.
Having an empty section is like forgetting an entire year of your existence.
That’s the same vibe you give to your client.
If they don’t have any knowledge of your studies, experience, and interest..etc, then they won’t be able to come up with a decision.
Make sure to help them out by leaving them no room to question your abilities.
Get them here.
Take Tests to Prove Your Competences
This might seem like an unimportant step that you can simply skip or ignore.
But if you’re just starting out, that means you have no experience, so guess who’ll be the judge of you?
Tests are the secret to landing your first gig even without any experience.
Tests are objective judges that will measure your abilities & competences.
Tests, whether it’s grammar/vocabulary or even syntax ones will judge how good of a writer you are.
When I first started out I took every test that seemed important to define my abilities.
Language tests, writing tests, even translation tests.
Even though the score wasn’t as high as I hoped but they’ve helped a lot of my clients define if I’m the right fit for them or not!
Tests are the main component of the formula of “How to land your first job”.
After I’ve gained a little bit of experience I was no longer in need of them as I had my own portfolio.
My portfolio was strong enough to help me land the jobs I wanted.
So think of them as an irreplaceable evil that you’ve got to support in order to please your future clients.
Create a Unique Proposal for Every Job
This one I could go on forever to talk about.
But listen out!
Avoid copying your proposals and sending them out to different clients!
They’ll know!! Alright?
I made this mistake before and I don’t want you to do the same as me!
It cost me a hell lot of jobs that were just perfect and suitable for me!
Copying proposals is going to give your clients the impression that you don’t care about their job.
Thus you’re not the one for it!
Copying a proposal also makes you seem like a lazy person that no one would want to work with!
So please please please…..
Give every job the time it deserves, read thoroughly the description and what the client asks for.
Don’t just read the title and copy a previous proposal and send it to them!
No no and no!
Make sure you create a unique proposal, with a punch line, a little bit of humor & a lot of thinking.
All About Getting a Freelance Writing Job With No Experience
Freelance writing can be hectic…
It can be tiring…
But most importantly, it’s worth it.
That’s why you should be following all the steps I mentioned above.
Following them will help you land your first gig in a much faster way!
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