Yes! You have reached the right space to convert your passion of writing into a career option that pays $3000 monthly.
I am talking about the freelance content writing services.
Maybe you’re skeptical whether it works out or not.
It did. It’s working well for me in the past 2 years. And I am a full-time content marketer helping my clients to grow their businesses.
The best part is you can also do the same — either as part-time or full-time — by following the right strategies.
Starting a Freelance Writing Business: What to Do?
I have recently received some inquiries on Quora asking how to start freelance writing without experience.
One among them was:
How did you start? How did you get your first client? As a noob, can I try this out myself?
Instead of answering all three questions, I would go for one:
Stop judging yourself and start working.
Let me say this clearly.
Everybody who’re so called professionals start from the basics like you do. Of course, they might not have faced the competition like you did, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t break the competition and survive in this industry.
All you need to do is to follow the right strategies.
I am saying this because the demand for freelance content writing is increasing day-by-day. People pay attention to quality contents that bring value to them.
Instead of writing a poor content and ranking it with the help of SEO tactics, I would prefer contents that bring in value and conversions to my clients’ business.
I generally get questions from people who’re hungry for advice, and they’re willing to do anything to make the freelance writing as a career work for them.
Six Steps on How to Make $3000 Monthly from Freelance Writing Business?
#1. Build a Website Portfolio
Although I have started my career through Upwork and fiverr, you shouldn’t do it.
It’s not because you’re a noob and you may not beat the competition.
It’s only because I want you to build a brand of your own and market yourself without the help of such freelance websites.
I know. But it’s practical. Believe me!
When you build your website for freelance business, ensure that you have mentioned your expertise on the preferred niches.
Don’t say you can write about anything. Specialize in one or two niches.
If you’re familiar with how to build a website running on WordPress, I would suggest you in getting one. It should reflect your digital identity including your sample works in the form of 5-6 blog posts that shows your writing style and capability.
In case, if you don’t have any idea on how WordPress works, you should take some time to learn it and create a website of your own. It helps you to deal your website property without the help of a second person. Unlike before, there are many tutorials available out there to assist you in building your freelance business website.
#2. Start Pitching Clients Straight
Here comes the difficult, but interesting part.
Pitching clients for freelance writing service.
You’re ready to go. The only barrier left is to hit the targeted clients and set deals with them to start your first project.
Like I always say, instead of running behind the freelance websites, I would suggest building your own empire by making use of the marketing skills.
Mail/call the right person who have the authority to take decisions. This is a no-brainer; it’s common sense.
To find the clients, be available around the areas where you can get them.
It is absolutely senseless when I read noobs who assume that they can find the clients by simply building a portfolio on one of the freelance websites.
Don’t forget this, though. Freelancing is all about selling yourself to deal with your service, and hence, identifying and networking with people do matter in terms of your growth in the industry.
Just because you have a website wouldn’t help you in getting the conversion you require. Nowadays, websites are common and so your competitors are also following the same strategy. It’s a kind of old method according to me.
Be content-specific. Communicate with them. Set deals.
This will make you visible among the other potential seekers who are doing the exact same thing.
How to Pitch Clients as a Freelance Content Writer with No Experience?
Be genuine. Tell them that you’re a noob. That you wish to build your career as a freelance content writer and you’re seeking for the initial clients.
Don’t worry that they may take it wrong. They wouldn’t.
When the majority approaches them with “so-called experience”, although most of them fake it, approaching your clients genuinely improve your chances of getting hired.
#3. Follow Up
Yes. Follow up on a consistent manner. You shouldn’t appear needy, but they should sense that you’re really interested in working for them as a freelance content writer.
Don’t wait around. Don’t go chasing after the client if they’re not showing up.
Desperation decreases your value as a person in the eyes of the prospect. It also weakens your negotiating leverage.
Tip: When you follow up, ensure that you do it in maximum 2 sentences. Straight to the point. Nobody is going to pay attention to your lengthy explanations, especially when they receive hundreds of proposals like yours every day.
#4. Offer the Best
Once your client is willing to invest some time with you to know the service, the next step is to impress them with your offers.
As you’re a beginner, you can offer high-quality contents for lower rates. Remember, it’s only during the initial set of deals.
If you can impress your client after a certain period, you can quote for the higher price, which they’re willing to pay.
#5. Build Authority
Your authority should be simple, with sterling quality. This is going to be the game changer in your freelance career. It speaks out your brand to more audience who may turn into clients later.
Internet marketers like Seth Godin, Neil Patel, and Brian Dean built the reputation through passionately spreading important ideas that add value to the reader.
Quality content writers create attention online, whether they do it for themselves or for the businesses they deal with. Writers influence behavior and drive people to take action.
The whole point is…
…by the end, a client judges you by the quality of your work.
#6. Pitch. Pitch. Pitch
Never run out of projects.
The more confident and self-assured you are, the more likely people will notice you.
Approach everything in a professional way. And say it with backbone.
Your clients demand people with conviction. You will please those who matter to you.
That’s it. You’re ready to start with your business now.
Final Note: Although you may not get in impressive results at the beginning, keep following the strategies unless and until you make the initial clients. From there on, you can automate your business through referrals.
If you have more questions on taking up freelancing as your full-time career, feel free to ask me either through the comments section below or through the contact form.