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The First Five Steps to Take in Becoming a Freelance Writer

Updated on October 31, 2014

I Get Questions

I get tons of questions, and most of the time I can answer them in my weekly series, The Writer’s Mailbag, but occasionally I’ll get a question that requires a detailed answer, and that is what we are dealing with today.

“How does one get started as a freelance writer?”

I’ll leave the young lady’s name out of this because I didn’t ask her for permission, but I am sure she won’t mind me answering the question in a public manner. It’s a question I’m asked at least once a month, so let’s tackle it head on and see if we can’t clear things up a bit.

For clarification, let’s start with a simple definition. A freelance writer is one who writes for pay. I could make that definition much more complicated and detailed, but that’s basically what we are talking about.

The types of jobs available to writers today are seemingly limitless, so I’m not about to tackle that phase of the business in today’s article. Rather, I’m simply going to tell you what I think you need to do before you start applying for writing gigs that pay real money.

Mind you, these suggestions are based on my experience. I’ve been a freelancer for three years now, and I do this full-time and yes, I pay my bills entirely from my freelance earnings. In fact, I was paying my bills from freelance earnings within six months of starting as a freelancer, so obviously I had to be doing something right.

If you’re ready then so am I. By the way, the following steps are in a particular order, so you would do well to follow them in this order.

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Learn How to Write

Step One….

Learn how to write!

I’m sorry, but this is non-negotiable. You might be able to get away with poor grammar on a site like HubPages and still make fifty bucks a month, but that poop won’t fly in the real world of writing. Agents, publishers, editors and other experts who pay writers won’t give you the time of day if you don’t know a participle from your elbow.

Learn how to write.

No, you don’t have to be the reincarnation of Hemingway, but you better be able to write a simple declarative sentence without tripping over dangling modifiers.

Learn how to write.

Is that clear enough?

I am a writer!
I am a writer! | Source

Declare to the World

Step Two….

Declare to the world that you are a freelance writer.

This is important so pay attention. I was a teacher before being a writer, so I have a little experience when it comes to human nature and how we see ourselves….and by extension, how others see us.

This step has everything to do with positive self-image, and how others see us. If you believe you are a freelance writer then you will act like one, and if you act like one, people will take you seriously. Even I had trouble with this step when I first started out, and I’m Mr. Confidence on most days. When someone would ask me what I was doing now that I wasn’t teaching, I would hesitate and then stutter in telling them that I was a writer. Why? Because I had a hard time convincing myself that I was a writer.

Today I can look anyone in the eye and proudly declare that I am a writer, and they believe it. That kind of confidence will go a long way when it is time to start looking for paying jobs, so I want you to go to the bathroom right now, stand in front of the mirror, and say these words: I AM A WRITER! Repeat is as long as it takes for you to believe it.

In other words, I want you to fake it until you make it.

Market Yourself

Step Three….

Begin marketing yourself immediately.

No, you do not need to rent a billboard, but you do need an online presence in the form of a website or a blog. The blog you can do for free. The website might cost you a few bucks, but it is money well-spent.

Do you need an example? You can see my website at www.williamdhollandauthor.com. Please notice what that website name says. It says I am a professional, and that I expect to be taken seriously.

When you go to my website, you will notice it looks professional, and it has samples of my writing for all to see. I am my business and my writing is my product. Repeat that after me: I am my business and my writing is my product. Keep saying it until you believe it, and then you will be ready for the next step in the process.

Start Looking for Work

Step Four….

Now that you are a business, you can start looking for customers. There is work out there, but it won’t come to you. You need to go find it, scramble for it, beg for it, be better than others for it, out-hustle for it, and do the two-steps-forward-one-step-back shuffle for it.

Most jobs that you apply for will ask for a writing sample. No problem. Give them your best and hope. Some will ask you for a bid. Do yourself a favor and don’t give away the farm for mere pennies. Value your work and charge accordingly. And some will ask for your previous bylines. You can’t fake this one. If you don’t have any, then you need to get some.

I’ve written before about how to find these jobs. You can find writing gigs on Craigslist. You can find them online by simply searching for writing jobs. You can get a copy of The Writer’s Market and start sending out query letters to magazines. Heck, you can actually leave your writing studio and go find work downtown at local businesses. The work is out there. It’s up to you to snatch hold of it.

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Build Your Platform

Step Five….

Grab a figurative hammer and saw and begin building your platform.

Your writing platform is your body of work and your efforts in the business so far.

Bylines are huge in the freelance writing game, so start looking for your first byline. Contact small magazines and alternative newspapers and see if you can’t sell an idea to them. Contact any publication, hardcopy or online, that will give you a byline on your article. Once you have a byline you have taken a huge step towards respectability in this business. Makes no difference whether you were published by the Olympia Alternative Lifestyle Gazette or the Des Moines Farm Report, someone paid you for that byline and that is huge for your career.

Then keep building! It becomes much easier after the first paying gig, but be prepared for rejections before that happens, because being rejected is like breathing for a writer.

How many of these steps have you taken?

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Take Those Five Steps And…..

Go forth and conquer the writing world!

Well, okay, maybe you better save conquer for a few years down the road, but at least now you are ready to establish yourself as a player in the writing community.

Are all those steps necessary?

I believe they are, but who am I?

Let me add one more step that should be taken throughout the early stages of your career: never stop learning. Take classes, attend workshops, join writing groups, do whatever it takes to become a better writer.

If you are serious about this, then settle in and get ready for a long haul. It will not be easy. There are literally hundreds of thousands of freelance writers out there, all scrambling for small pieces of the literary pie. You will be starting at the bottom of the pile and how fast you scramble out of that pile is up to your work ethic and your determination.

Good luck!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      It is a process like all other marketing. WHen I was out yesterday making cold calls for holiday gift business I did realize that there is a huge importance in face to face contact. And I think writers would do well going on a campaign of meeting people in the city where they live. Of course a blog and website are necessary. I went out with a friend who is looking for work and she got three good leads by just mentioning she needed a job. And I know you have done this to get your real estate writing and other jobs.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I can't say this enough....face-to-face contact with potential customers is crucial....thanks for sharing your experience...hopefully someone will read your words and actually internalize them. Looking for work really hasn't changed all that much....meet the people!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      More great advice Bill. A lot of writers are asking this question lately so it was great that you wrote an entire hub devoted to how to become a freelance writer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, John. A lot of it is repeat, but for those new writers, I guess the repeat is new. Have a great weekend buddy.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Clear cut, easy to understand.... No-one has an excuse after reading this, bill. Step by step is what many people need. It ends the confusion.

      If someone has this tucked under the arm, they can't go wrong, unless...... they don't go out there and look for work!! How many times does one have to say it?

      Wisdom, advice and experience -that's what we have to listen to. You give it in bucket-loads and anyone's nuts if they don't take heed.

      A wonderful Friday feast for the eyes and brain, bill!

      Have a stupendous weekend!

      Ann

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Always great advice from you Bill and what can I say but thank you always! Have a wonderful Friday and Happy Halloween!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I don't know....the part about going out and looking for work...when did that become such a foreign concept??? I must be old, my friend, because to me, that's automatic.

      Anyway, you can lead that horse to water but....

      Stupendous weekend? I will do my best. Of course, I don't have the Louvre to visit, but I'll give it a try anyway. :)

      Wishing you the same, Ann.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Halloween, Janine. Go have fun and stop commenting. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'll take a Saturday night at Carnival with my children over the Louvre any day! I'm sure you think the same way. :)

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do indeed, Ann! Have a blast!

      bill

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Useful and ill say it again slowly USEFUL Billybuc.... detailed and informative the way the mailman could only do it..:)

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      Caren White 2 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      A year ago, I would have said that you were crazy to say freelancers should go around town and ask for work because last year I was a struggling garden writer with a so-so website. This past January, I received an email from my Master Gardener group looking for speakers for workshops. I volunteered to speak on my specialty (herbs) and was so successful that I changed my career to Garden Writer and Speaker. Now I ask people for paying speaking gigs and get them. When I speak, I do a handout with information relative to my talk and my contact info and website address (my website is improved and monetized) and on my website, I provide a contact link so readers can schedule me for a talk for their garden club or other group. Traffic is up on my website but, as you point out , the most crucial part of my success has been talking to people and ASKING for jobs. Excellent hub. I'm voting it up and sharing it.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Bill for the advice again. Guess I will start checking out the library for the writer's market book and work a bit on my website. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I'll say it slowly....THANK YOU! LOL Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OldRoses, thank you for proving my point. Great success story my friend, and I couldn't be happier for you. Well done...Well done!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You go, Michelle. If you can't find it at the library (it should be there) go online to ebay and pick up a 2014 so you don't have to pay as much for the 2015. Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You've put it in a nutshell, Bill.

      One mistake I've made is learning too much and not implementing as I go. Well, not entirely. I've got my website up, blog, etc, but sometimes you spend so much time sitting in on webinars, workshops and so on that you lose confidence because you begin to think you still have a lot to learn. I read some good advice from Carol Tice the other day who addressed this situation in her blog. Learn something and implement it. Learn something else and implement that. If you're on a continuous learning curve you'll never jump off and put what you've learned to practice. She also recommended to start unsubscribing to the newsletters that no longer apply or you'll spend all you time reading rather than writing and marketing.

      I found myself falling into the trap. The more I learned the more insecure I became. I started to doubt myself. That was a huge step back for me because the one thing I had when I chose this path, was confidence in myself as a writer.

      Ties in with your two steps forward, one step back shuffle, huh?

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very good information and steps to becoming a freelance writer. You are direct and suscinct. This is so helpful to anyone wanting to get started in freelance writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think we all dance that dance from time to time. I keep telling people who ask that this is not easy. Making it as a freelancer...really making it...is tough work, and most of us are flying blind. But the smart ones learn, and you are smart...and talented...so carry on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Suzette. I don't know how else to be other than direct and succinct. :) Have a great weekend!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Step two. It's a biggie. If one cannot be confident in their writing, then how will others? I am still hesitant to say the word "writer", but love your words of wisdom, "I want you to fake it until you make it." Thanks, Bill.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am still working on 1. Another year or so, and I might give it a try.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Again, the writing = business issue surfaces. Actually, all of these steps can apply to anyone in any industry.

      Have to admit that I'm working on Step 2 for a new service segment I'm developing for my business. The "I'm a ___" doesn't yet roll off the tongue as easily as what I've said for years and years. It does take mental focus and practice!

      Happy Halloween!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Klidstone...keep standing in front of that mirror and saying those words. :) And thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I look forward to it, Eric. In the meantime, practice, practice, and more practice.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Great Bill. I learned so much from you. I only took 3 of the 5 steps. Thanks!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You are my hero!!!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, looking on the bright side, you only have two more steps to take. :) Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, my first react is you need to aim a little higher. LOL Thank you for the kind words, and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Halloween, Heidi. I suspect you'll be spitting out those words with ease soon.

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      Sally 2 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Thanks for writing this! Great advice!

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Great advice as always, Bill. I need to add a few planks to my platform, I think. Happy Halloween.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Sallyrose...thank you and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, personally I think you are doing just fine. You are way ahead of the byline game, and that's a huge step in the right direction.

      Thank you my friend and enjoy your weekend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Awesome tips. I vacillate between calling myself an audiobook producer and a writer. Deep down, I know I need to claim one or the other in order to be ultimately successful. I'm leaning toward grabbing the mirror and claiming, "I am a writer."

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Voted interesting and useful. Thank's again for all you do to help hubbers succeed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you are whatever you say you are, and you're damn good at it. :) Thank you and I hope your weekend is blessed, as I'm sure it will be.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby. Hope and Mercy meet on Tuesday....your reward for being so faithful. :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Helpful advice, as always! The "declare yourself to the world" part is especially true. I hesitate to call myself a freelance writer at times. In my mind, I'm just a lame writer (with a good sense of humor) who has been lucky so far. Sometimes we have to market to ourselves first!

      Now, I am off to visit my mirror for a pep-talk. Then I will go hunt for some magazines to annoy!

      After I share your article, of course!

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Thanks for this. You make serious stuff so simple to take in. Step by step is clearly the way forward.

      Graham.

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Very useful Sir Bill :) You are a blessing to me :) God bless you more and more!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sharkye! I know quite a few writers who have problems with this....there seems to be that self-doubt inflicting most of us. Good luck in front of that mirror, and thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Graham. I was taught a long time ago to follow the KISS method...keep it simple, stupid. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RD, thank you so much. Your book keeps me company and provides me with a touch of beauty when I need it.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well-advised hub and all five are still approaching many writers. Confidence and a solid platform plays an important role. Your helpful points do make a difference to writers in a good way.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is great Bill. Five steps, very clear and concise. I think everyone here at hubpages should give this a read. You really have laid out exactly what one must do to be successful as a freelance writer. You continue to show us the path to success. Now it's up to us to pay attention and follow. Have a great weekend.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for all of the advice. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Useful information and guide into the world of writing with key points stated so clearly. Your hubs are very useful and informative, thank you for sharing all your knowledge, voted way up.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      When I was in high school my algebra teacher would write KISS on my papers. He would also articulate it clearly in front of the class, "Iris, Keep it Simple Stupid!" Ummm, yeah, he wasn't so great. But, I still tell myself to KISS-Keep it Simple, Sassy! You did just that and with just enough sass to make it stick. Thanks as always for not complicating things.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. It you are right, that I am making a difference, then I am a happy writer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, when the time comes, you will be ready my friend. Thank you and Happy Sunday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always my pleasure, Social thoughts...I appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I'm just freely passing on what was freely given to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, saying it in class to a student...umm, not so great. Saying it to myself as a reminder....effective. :) Happy Sunday my talented friend.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Question about step #1, do we have to learn to write? :) Excellent tips! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill,

      I continue to learn valuable information from you on how to become a better writer. I am grateful for the knowledge you share and how these words of wisdom come to me like an answer to prayer.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Linda, in all seriousness, I'm beginning to think it isn't required to make money these days.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you so much my dear friend. I'm just giving back...pay it forward as I know you will.

      love,

      bill

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Billybuc - This is such a helpful article to newcomers. A lot of people take the first couple of steps and forget that they need to market themselves and the things they write. They need to have accounts on Twitter and Pinterest, they need to have an author page on Facebook, they need share their work at every opportunity. It's amazing what all of this can do for you!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Self confidence is a commodity that is often hard to come by. I have my mirror ready but know it's going to take time. I'm sure many people feel the same way so this hub is a good kick in the butt to get things started.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the statements that you emphasized repeated. That is what I should do. Repeat to myself that I am a writer. I just laugh off my writing as not really a serious involvement. And yet I enjoy spending time on it and money, too. Maybe, it is okay to just enjoy it as a hobby, as an engagement.

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      Shasta Matova 2 years ago from USA

      Another kick in the pants when I needed it. Well done. I am a writer. Now I just need to get out there and write!

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      Brittany Doherty 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Some great tips here! Thanks for helping with a useful hub! :) Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deborah for sharing your thoughts. I happen to agree with everything you wrote, so no need for me to repeat it. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, always a gentle kick in the butt...a kick with love. :) Thank you my friend. You are a very good writer...keep that in mind.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      aesta, if you enjoy what you are doing then there is no need to do more. Above all else, a writer must enjoy writing. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, you are not only a writer, but you are a very good writer. Remember that my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, brittpinkie. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      Great tip for beginners

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Rasta. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Helpful stuff. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you David. I appreciate it.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      billybuc, your steps inspire me. I've taken a few of the steps, but not all of them, and now I think I actually have a guideline, thanks to you. I've bookmarked this so I can refer to it as I need it. Thanks so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, you are very welcome. I'm glad you found this useful...now...good luck!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks billybuc, in today's world I could use a little luck! :-D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I second that, Nancy!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom as a writer with us, Bill!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very well explained, necessary steps to become a successful freelance writer. Marketing is something, I still need to learn a lot.

      Thanks for sharing your experience and expertise!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, vkwok. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, marketing is something we all have to work at. :) Thank you!

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      Charu Bhatnagar 2 years ago from India

      Wonderful guide, explained beautifully. Thank You so much for sharing this much useful hub with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, Charu Bhatnagar...thank you!

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      Jamie Jensen 2 years ago from Chicago

      Love this! These steps are definitely do-able. I like your "fake it til you make it" line and agree that giving yourself that confidence by saying, I AM A WRITER is crucial. Thanks for the tips! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cupcakes, you are very welcome. Yes indeed these are doable, and you have the talent to succeed. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great advice, as always, but I do beg to differ in one area. Work CAN come looking for you. I was recently asked to do a blog for another local lake… next week I shall offer what I can do, and what I'd like to have in return.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it can, Deb....this was aimed more at the beginners who don't have your experience or expertise, but you are right and I thank you.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I really like your point in step 3, professionalism. I can't imagine anyone taking someone seriously if they aren't professional. That goes for any job, anywhere. I've said it here before, I regret not using my name when I started on Hubpages because, it would have been easier to show examples of my work if I did. Really useful article for people wanting to be freelance writers.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you and me both. I don't know what I was thinking when I typed in billybuc, but I know it hurt me with my career. Oh well, nothing can be done about it now. Thanks for making me feel not so alone. :)

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