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Becoming a freelance writer

Becoming a freelance writer

There might come a time where you want to quit your traditional desk job and move into freelance writing. If you're going to become a freelance writer, you need to write every day, without getting paid for it.

Accept that freelancing is like starting any new job. On day one, you won't do much except for showing up and setting up your work station. Then you'll go through two or three months of training before you have your first basic assignment.

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Job boards are a good start, but that is generally not the best place to build a career.

Starting freelance writing is a slow process. You may start with a gig that pays little. The next company may not like your style, but at least you now have experience. With persistence and consistent ...

Regardless of where you work, you'll do many training courses. Freelance writing is no different, except that you have to take the initiative and find them yourself.

Writing groups and networks are essential to become a better writer and understand freelance writing.

The 2 - 3 months of training is really 4 - 5 months of training.

In this phase, you will write daily, on any platform, to learn how to write and grow your audience. Now is a good time to invest in yourself to help you get better.

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The pros and cons of freelancing

In the world of freelancing, you are your own boss. You can choose when you want to work and pick the projects you want to work on. 

Freelancing is also hard work. You will have no steady paycheck and must manage your finances and workload. You have to source your own clients and risk not g...

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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 s...

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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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