Become a Full-time Freelance Writer in 8 Steps

Congratulations! You’ve decided to start the journey to become a full-time freelance writer! *whoop whoop*

This guide lists the basics of how and what you need for your brand along with the tools I use in my business. Your journey will be your own, but these steps are a great place to start.

1.) SET UP YOUR WEBSITE

You need to have a website with your own domain.

There are plenty of CMS services like WordPress, SquareSpace and Wix that can easily get you started, but I highly suggest WordPress because of all the integrations it offers. Be sure to also buy your own domain so you can own your site.

2.) CREATE YOUR PORTFOLIO

Your potential clients will want to see your work, so it’s best to have a portfolio ready for them to review.

Journo Portfolio and Clippings.Me are great online tools that allow you to display your work. Also, keep some writing samples in PDF format handy when they ask for specific examples.

3.) UPDATE YOUR RESUME

Just like any other industry where you show off your experience to score a job, freelancing is no different when it comes to getting clients. When you’re constantly working on new assignments and building your portfolio, it’s smart to keep your resume up-to-date.

4.) UPDATE YOUR LINKEDIN

Same as your resume, keep your LinkedIn profile current. LinkedIn is a hot spot for finding clients, so you want your profile to shine. I’ve had a few clients reach out to me on LinkedIn because of my profile, so whenever I’m finished with a project, I make sure to update it.

5.) SET YOUR PRICES

Now you have potential clients! It’s time to tell them how much you charge. Once you’ve decided on what services you’ll provide, calculate how much they’ll cost. Depending on the project, I’ll work on hourly or set rates. It’s totally up to do on how you want to charge, but I suggest knowing both because, trust, clients will ask.

6.) SET UP PAYMENT METHODS

You want to get paid right? Be sure to set up payment methods for your clients! I use PayPal as my method of choice but there are other options like Square or even through your CMS.

7.) CREATE A CLIENT SEARCH STRATEGY

Starting out, you’re usually going to have to search for clients before they come to you.

Creating a search strategy will not only be beneficial but a little less stressful when you’re trying to get booked. LinkedIn, recruiting agencies and networking are great tactics to find work. Everyone’s strategy will be different, so find the strategy that works best for you.

8.) CREATE GOOD WORK HABITS

You work for yourself now, meaning accountability and discipline are your responsibility. Create a work schedule, use project management tools (Trello has saved my life) and set goals and deadlines in order to keep yourself on track. You’ve made the steps to be a boss, now it’s time to handle business!

You’ll become a full-time freelance writer in no time!

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