You can earn an amazing income from the comfort of your  home if you’re interested in learning how to become a freelance writer 

Just imagine being your own boss and having nearly unlimited income potential coupled with  being able to work from home and not always waking up by 6am to beat the ever busy traffic.

 Instead of slaving away in the modern day prison when you earn fixed salaries and work your ass off it's more advisable to rely on your creative talents – and your rigid work ethic – to build the life of your dreams.

Without an employer to answer to, you’re free to take as much time off as you want.

While that freedom paves the way for countless family vacations, it also makes it easy for you to be a better mom or dad – the type who shows up for parent breakfasts and waits patiently at the bus stop each day.

You’re grateful, but you work hard. Because, no matter what, you cannot fathom working for anyone else again.

Let’s take a look at how you can begin your dream writing career.

Decide what you want to write

The first step to starting up as a  freelance writer is to know the kind of writing you want to do. There are many types of freelance writers:

• Copywriter/web content writer

• Blogger

• Article/features writer

• News writer/journalist

When you are able to decide on the niche you want to specialize on based on, it can help perhaps related to your degree studies, a line of work you’re familiar with, or a specific interest or hobby. This will help you narrow down lines of work and potentially secure yourself better rates of pay. However, it is by no means a necessity.

Set a goal

Key to being a successful freelance writer is knowing what you want to achieve. Being as specific as possible helps you visualise, work towards and realise that dream. However, keep it realistic. Start by making a list of publications you’d like to write for and set progressive targets for each quarter.

Get writing

This is something you should be doing from scratch. Practice makes perfect as the old saying goes, and the more you write the more convincing your voice will be.

Set a schedule so that you don’t find excuses not to write. If you update this every few months and make a concerted effort to write one months’ worth of posts in one weekend, it’ll be more manageable and you will be less likely to quit.

Set up a website

It doesn’t have to be all-singing, all-dancing, but having a web presence is crucial to marketing yourself as a professional that clients should take seriously. You need a contact page, an about page, a testimonials page and, of course, your blog.

You can get started on WordPress or Wix for free, though you will look much more professional to clients if you shell out for a personalised domain and email address. Make sure you have your social media profiles linked to your website as well as sharing buttons on all your pages and content.

Familiarising yourself with SEO isn’t just a good way of getting found online, it’ll also help you in your freelance writing career, especially if you go into copywriting.

Keep a swipe file

Excellent grammar and a natural flair for writing in a compelling way are key attributes to become a successful freelance. If you’re still unsure how you’d approach a job, keep a swipe file.

Keep your eyes and ears open to any content that elicits a response from you (whether good or bad) and be sure to file it away for future reference. If you’re still wondering what to do with it, Copyblogger has some excellent tips on how to use a swipe file effectively.

Take a course

A writing course can give you the basics you need to complement your writing talent and potentially even become accredited (in the case of journalism) in whatever area you wish to become a freelance writer.

Online courses in copy writing would be a great way to give you direction, insight and experience, as well as hone your writing skills. You’ll get into the habit of writing regularly, will pick up tips and techniques, learn where to find clients, plus when you pass you’ll get a diploma to put on your CV.

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