I know what you’re wondering…
You’re asking yourself how to start a freelance writing business.
And I’m here to help.
You see, starting a writing business isn’t a matter of knowing some keywords, or some writing styles.
It’s a matter of research, of practice, and patience.
Before I started my own writing business, I had to fully document myself on the matter and find out everything there was to find out.
I researched types of writing, how much writers can win on a monthly and annual basis.
If there are any pros of writing and of handling business and if there are any cons.
It’s safe to safe, that I found lots of cons, but also lots of pros.
You see, writing has always been a passion of mine.
I like playing around with words, and I like expressing myself with writing.
I was always an introvert, so, I didn’t like talking that much.
I always loved to listen, and with social media, it became quite easy for me to communicate only in writing.
So, after a lot of practice, and lots of errors and trials, I’ve finally decided to start a freelance writing business.
And, the things I’ve learned on this journey, are things I have never imagined myself knowing.
So, today I decided to start a guide called “how to start a freelance writing business”.
Pros of A Freelance Writing Business
- You can work at any time without sticking to a schedule
- You’re free to work from your own home wearing your own pajamas
- There are so many opportunities on the web
- A lot of types of writing to tackle even as a beginner
- You can work without any diploma
- You can start a freelance writing business for FREE
Cons of A Freelance Writing Business
- Takes time to build a reputation
- Takes time to build a consistent flow of income
- Clients come and go
- Solitary work
- A lot of competition out there
- You have to be organized, good at marketing, and disciplined in order to land jobs and keep them
Types of Freelance Writing
Before you start a freelance writing business, it’s important to figure out which type of writings you want to tackle or if you’re going to tackle them all.
So, here’s a list of the most common types of writing that you’ll come across:
- Copywriting: And it’s the practice of writing copy pages for websites that include the home page, landing page, contact page, service page, and so on. The copywriting usually includes keyword research and writing optimized content in order to help the website rank better on search engines.
- Blog post writing: This writing includes blog posts writing, it can be SEO-friendly, or not SEO-friendly at the same time. Blog post writing is usually very friendly, has a warm tone, and a lot of personality. It’s what helps the company or person feel more human and helps the brand connect better with the clients.
- Journalism: This means you’ll be working for magazines, trade journals, and even newspapers. This type of writing is more professional, it’s very strict and should be fact-checked, free of grammatical errors, and straight to the point. Often times magazines or newspapers will ask for journalism or English degrees for this kind of writing, which is why it’s an industry that isn’t that welcoming.
- Technical writing: This type of writing includes any technical topic that can’t be tackled by non-experts. This can include anything from marketing to web development. Any topic that can’t be tackled by non-professionals and uses its own technical words and jargon, is considered technical writing.
- Medical & Scientific writing: This could be considered technical writing as well as it is only written by professionals who are either scientists, doctors, nurses, or a professional that knows this area of work. The companies and journals that write about medical & science usually only hire people who have degrees in these areas in order to avoid miscommunication and false information.
- Business writing: Business writing is one of the most important businesses out there ( biased because it’s my niche 😊 ) But I’m quite serious. A lot of companies out there want business writings and they’re the one who hires that much. That is why it’s important to be a connoisseur in this area this way you can write compelling articles and pieces of writing.
How To Start A Freelance Writing Business
Find Out Your Niche
It’s quite normal to not be sure about what kinds of niches you want to write for and what kind of writings you’re good at.
I was that way as well.
I didn’t know which niche I liked, and which type of writing I felt good at.
My first freelance writing jobs were in the travel niche and I hated them.
I hated every moment of them and hater everything related to travel because of them.
But, as I find out that there are more niches, and wrote about them, I finally found that I liked the business niche and it’s the one I wanted to write about.
And that’s how it was.
Practice makes perfect.
It’s an idiom that is quite popular and is quite true.
When I first started writing, I sucked, and I apologize for all the clients I worked for AT THAT TIME.
But, as I practised my writing skills more, I slowly evolved.
I started my own blog and used it as a creative outlet that helped me grow as a freelance writer.
This way I slowly found out my writing style and started to make the best out of it.
I kept writing every day, whenever I could, about everything, and my writing kept improving.
The way I write now is much better than how I wrote a month ago, a year ago, and three years ago.
Grow Your Portfolio
As you’re growing and practising, you’ll slowly have better pieces of writings every time.
Every time you write something that you’re proud of, include it in your portfolio.
Every time you publish a new article in a magazine, include it in your portfolio.
Keep including all the pieces you’re proud of in your portfolio until you’re proud enough of your work, and of your improvement.
Keep documenting your progress and you’ll see, that it was all worth it.
Now this step can happen at the same time as the last one.
You can start looking for clients without a portfolio or while you’re developing one.
But the ideal situation would be to grow your portfolio and then look for clients.
Why? Because that way you’ll look more professional and have higher chances of landing jobs.
You still can land jobs without any experience, but they won’t be that great.
Unless if you’re an amazing writer and marketer from the beginning of your journey.
So, it’s all about what your end goal is.
All About How To Start A Freelance Writing Business
If you implement all the steps I mentioned in this how to start a freelance writing business, then you’ll be able to create a very successful one.
It’s going to take some time to see more results and money, but you will see them eventually.
I had to work for three years straight in order to make a full-time living of freelance writing.
You can do it in a shorter time if you’re that dedicated.
It’s all up to you.