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The Freelance Writer’s Handbook

If you’re good at writing then you can become a freelance writer and make money out of it. But if you’re totally new to freelancing then you may be confused about where to start and that’s the reason why I’m writing this blog post. My goal is to organize some of the best resources for freelance writers to help you kick-start your freelance writing career or to make you a better writer and make more money out of it.

Freelance Writing For Beginners

Here I’m featuring some blog posts that I find useful for beginners or those willing to work as freelance writers. They’re written by some of the best full-time freelance writers out there who are making over $5,000 a month from writing alone.

  1. How To Get Your First Freelance Writing Client (How I Did It) | Leaving Work Behind
  2. 53 Freelancing Mistakes That Are Costing You Clients, Cash And Credibility | Copyblogger
  3. What To Look For In A Professional Content Writer | Copyblogger

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Freelance Writing Tips

I’ve split the writing tips into different categories so as to make it more organized. It’s all about how some of the best freelancers started their writing business, how they’re getting clients, tips to become a better writer and make more money.

How They Started & How Well They’re Doing

It’s about how some of the most popular freelance writers started small and then made it a five-figure business. You can actually learn a lot from the failures and success stories of other people in your industry. For instance, read the story of James Chartrand about how she (yes, she) changed her name and tripled her income.

Taking a man’s name opened up a new world. It helped me earn double and triple the income of my true name, with the same work and service.

No hassles. Higher acceptance. And gratifying respect for my talents and round-the-clock work ethic.

Business opportunities fell into my lap. People asked for my advice, and they thanked me for it, too.

  1. A Blend of Hard Work, Annoyance, & Gratification! | TheRodinhoods
  2. My Journey Into Internet Marketing | Medium
  3. How Writing 1000 Words A Day Changed My Life | Medium

Tips To Become A Better Writer & Make More Money

If you’re a freelancer or even a consultant then it’s very important to have a blog so that you can showcase your skills. If you don’t have a blog then it should definitely be one of your top priority. Why? Because your blog is your personal brand, it makes you a better writer and brings instant credibility. The following resources will help you to become a better writer.

  1. Freelancing: 2 Years, $230,000+ and 9 Big Lessons Later | Joel Klettke
  2. How Writing 1,000 Words A Day Changed My Life | Medium
  3. Freelance Blogging: What I Would Do If I Had To Start Again
  4. Freelancing 101: When to Say ‘No’ | Design Shack
  5. How I Increased My Freelance Blogging Rate from $50 to $150 | | Leaving Work Behind
  6. From Zero To $4k Per Month: How I Pitch And Land Clients | | Leaving Work Behind
  7. How to Earn $250 Per Hour As A Freelance Writer | Copyblogger
  8. The Difference Between Good Writers & Bad Writers | Goins, Writer

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SEO Writing Tips

Today, content marketing is more important than ever! So it’s more likely that your clients will ask you write search engine friendly content so you’ve to make sure that you’re delivering search engine optimized content (especially if you’re a freelance blogger). The following resources shows you how to make your blog posts more search friendly.

Copywriting Tips

Copywriting is all about writing content to sell a product or service. It’s the art of writing a copy that sells your product or service by convincing your potential customers. Your copywriting skills are as important as SEO writing especially when you’re pitching bigger brands.

  1. 10 Things You Can Learn From Bad Copy | KISSmetrics

Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is all about writing a blog post on another person’s blog. In guest blogging, you write a guest post for another blog or someone else writes an article for your blog usually for free. When you become an experienced freelance blogger you can expand your portfolio by offering guest blogging services. So apart from writing content you’re going to offer placement as well on authority blogs.

Read: Over 30 Reliable Blogs That Pay $50+ For Your Guest Posts | Minterest

Writing And Publishing E-books

If you’re a freelance writer with a lot of experience then think about converting your blog posts and resources into e-books or podcasts, or membership programs. Out of that I guess writing and selling your own e-books is the best option for starters. Visit the blog of any professional blogger or freelance writer and you’ll see that they’re selling their own digital products – like e-books, webinars, podcasts, etc. It may be free or paid but what’s interesting is that 80% of the content is already published as blog posts. So basically it’s about presenting existing blog posts in a more organized and user friendly way so that beginners will find it more useful.

  1. 23 Steps To Launching A Kindle eBook That Makes Over $100 A Day

Freelance Writing Jobs

Think about the following marketplaces for freelancers as the starting point to make your first $100 as a freelance writer. I can’t say which one is the best but it’s going to work for you.

Think Big. Start Small. Scale Fast.

  1. Upwork
  2. ProBlogger Job Board

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Tools You Can Use

As you probably know the web has a lot of tools to increase your productivity and to organize your life. As a freelance writer you’re going to need a variety of tools so I’ve featured all of them as separate lists.

  1. 30 Google Chrome SEO Extensions For Bloggers | Minterest
  2. 101 Productivity Tools (Free & Premium) | Minterest
  3. 101 Social Media Tools (Free & Premium) | Minterest
  4. 101 Internet Marketing Tools (Free & Premium) | Minterest
  5. 101 SEO Tools (Free & Premium) | Minterest

Must Read Blogs For Freelance Writers

You can learn a lot from other freelance writers out there and here I’m listing some of my favorite freelance blogs for freelance writers. Apart from tips and ideas they tell you how they started their full-time freelance writing business and how well they’re doing. There are a lot of other popular blogs by freelance writers but I’m not including any of them as I believe that they are more useful for bloggers and not freelance writers. But I have listed all of them in my favorite tech and marketing blogs.

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Have I missed any useful resources for freelance writers? If so, let me know as a comment below and I’ll be glad to feature it.

Happy Freelancing! :)

First Published: April, 2014; Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2018.

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Mahesh Mohan

Hey there, I’m Mahesh (@maheshone) — Your friendly neighborhood blogger and an organic marketing evangelist. I write about tech, marketing, and everything in between that truly excites me.

Outside of that, I’m equally passionate about the financial markets, and also spend A LOT of time doing random things.

Also, the Chief Everything Officer (@Infirn Labs). Say hi: [email protected]

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Mahesh Mohan

Hey there, I’m Mahesh (@maheshone) — Your friendly neighborhood blogger and an organic marketing evangelist. I write about tech, marketing, and everything in between that truly excites me.

Outside of that, I’m equally passionate about the financial markets, and also spend A LOT of time doing random things.

Also, the Chief Everything Officer (@Infirn Labs). Say hi: [email protected]


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