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5. Network

Asides from visiting websites where jobs are listed, as a freelance writer you have a lot to gain by reaching out to other websites owners and writers. The more people you know, the more jobs you learn about, you’ll also get first-hand information and industry secrets.

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To start out as a freelance writer, picking what you want to write about is an obvious first step but this does not necessarily mean you should have a niche pinned down immediately.If you do have a niche especially one you are enthusiastic about, it would save you spending a lot of time on research. Alternatively, you could explore different fields of writing and find what works for you. You can then start toning down gradually, so feel free to combine multiple niches if you like.

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How To Get Started As A Freelance Writer
  1. Decide What To Write
  2. Build A Portfolio
  3. Practice Writing And Pursue Continuous Improvement
  4. Learn The Art Of the Pitch and Start Pitching
  5. Network

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Research on how to pitch- the right way, learn about your potential clients, ensure that you have the right email address and if you can, try to find out who is at the other end, their role in the institution and finally remember to be brief.

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For your next step, you need to have samples of your work ready –a portfolio- to show your potential clients that you really do write and you do it well. Many writers prefer to use a blog as a portfolio; but you can also seek out portfolio sites like clippings and contently or guest posting

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3. Practice Writing and Pursue Continuous Improvement

In other to be a successful writer, you have to be a good one you don’t have to be the best but you must be willing to constantly improve your skills and practice whether you are getting paid or not.

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Writing Niches You Could Focus On As A Freelance Writer

Here I will provide brief explanations on some of the various forms so you can understand what each one is and some of their requirements.

  1. SEO Writing
  2. Copywriting
  3. Technical Writing
  4. B2B Writing
  5. Article Writing

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The "test assignment" trap

There are several reasons why people consider unpaid freelance work. Those new to freelancing may think that they need to build up experience and a portfolio. Even seasoned freelancers sometimes consider doing unpaid work in the hopes of breaking into a niche area.

However, some "test assignments" are borderline scams. It's usually exploitative to expect someone to work for free.

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Finding freelance work

Freelancers may find it a struggle to consistently find online freelance work.

Many people may believe that clients will come to you, but jobs are seldom handed to you on a silver platter. You have to buckle down and work hard to regularly find work in the freelancing world. However, some strategies can make that work a bit easier.

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