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The No-Nonsense Guide For New Freelance Writers

Updated on March 19, 2015

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To take the leap of faith and make your writing known to the world can often result in discourage to continue your pursuit. New freelance writers are always searching for guidance and can fall victim to content mills and spams, making misuse of their potential. A no-nonsense, to-the-point guide will make any new freelance writer eager to start tapping away at the keyboard!

Before you start networking as a freelance writer, you have to build a portfolio for potential clients to see samples of your previous writing pieces. Write a blog on Wordpress.com or Blog.com, showcasing your writing niche. A very good place to start networking is on LinkedIn, where you can meet writing recruiters, writers such as yourself and join groups with valuable information such as Let’s Talk About Writing or The Freelance Writers Team. Make sure that you complete your LinkedIn profile in order for potential clients to see exactly what it is that you offer.

Create a website, showcasing your work and offering your services as a writer. Websites can be created on 121hub.com or wix.com. When you have created your site, use a link to your website when emailing potential clients inquiring about available writing jobs. It is essential that you keep you website, including your LinkedIn profile, up to date and informative.

Do not fall victim to content mills. Content mills are websites that pay you a minuscule amount for hard earned money. It is more beneficial to build trust with individual clients or companies such as Writer’s Weekly or Funds For Writers. That gives you a better chance of receiving work from happy clients in the future, thus making a positive impact on your status as a freelance writer.

Make sure to stay informed of current writing rates in different areas such as India and America. Do not overcharge or undercharge your clients. Do not expect to start making money in the first month. Writing is all about one’s niche. Do not write about something you do not know about, just to send an article off to the client and expect to be paid for that. Remember, clients do not always pay in hard cash. It is a good idea to ask clients for a referral if they stipulate that they can’t pay the writer, which improves your portfolio.

Do not get discouraged if you are rejected by a potential client. There is always room for improvement upon your current writing piece. If a client asks you to write about a specific topic, research it thoroughly in order to deliver a polished and informative writing piece. The more effort you put into your writing, the more fruit you will pick at the end of the day. To write, you have to be focused and dedicated at what you do.

As Mark Twian says, “Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.” To write is easy, but to make a penny with your writing is a whole new talent on its own.

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      Ansie 2 years ago from Paulpietersburg, South Africa

      You make a very good point there Glenn! Thank you!

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      You make some interesting points about marketing one's writing. Although social networks can be useful, I prefer the idea of making a personal writers site. I maintain my own site where I break down all my various categories to make it easier for my readers to narrow in on topics of interest. I find this necessary for anyone who writes articles in several unrelated categories.

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      Ansie 2 years ago from Paulpietersburg, South Africa

      Thanks Mel!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I love that quote by Mark Twain. I learned a lot from this hub and I will bookmark it for future use.

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      Ansie 2 years ago from Paulpietersburg, South Africa

      Thank you Julie!

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      I appreciate the practical and helpful tips in this article. As a quote collector, I enjoyed the Mark Twain quote at the end of this article. Good luck with your future writings.

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      Ansie 2 years ago from Paulpietersburg, South Africa

      Thank you so much! I would like to make freelance writing my primary work. I am very passionate about writing and would like to help those who do the same as I. I have found Hubpages not too long ago and am still learning the ropes such as how to get my adsence account approved and all that.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You make some interesting points in your tips. Sounds like you are an experienced writer. Welcome to the fold.