By Candice Larson
These days, an eight to five, full-time job often pays too little to cover our financial needs. There can be times when we run short on our money and have to borrow from our friends or family or take out personal loans that we could do without. But there are ways to increase your income.
One way is to do freelance writing while doing your full-time job. You can work at home or anywhere as long as you have a laptop and internet connection. At first, it would be challenging to juggle two jobs at the same time but it would be worth it in the long run and you could be flexible with the amount of writing you did.
There are many freelance writing opportunities, but the competition is really tight. What you need to do to break into freelance writing is build a portfolio of your writing work.
So, how do you start to become a freelance writer?
1) Start to create your writing portfolio
This is a must because you can’t apply for a freelance writing job unless you can give clients samples of your work. It is important that you future clients have evidence of how good you are. Remember that you are marketing yourself and one way to do it is to show your best written work. You can start doing this by writing for article directories like Ehow, Ezine and Helium. These are authority sites when it comes to information sharing and they have some excellent writers.
2) Begin creating your personal blog
By blogging, you can market your written work for free. You can attract readers and this will eventually lead to interaction. When applying for freelance writing work, you can direct clients to your personal blog. Having a blog could also create a source of income, especially if you are attracting a large audience. You can do this by applying for a Google Adsense account and putting Google ads on your site. Always make sure that you have enough followers and the content of the blog is updated and maintained.
3) Use the power of social media
Social media is an excellent way to building your freelance network. You can utilize this by sharing your writing on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Pinterest and other popular websites. These sites can help you gain readers and potential freelance jobs as well. Make sure that you are always active and visible.
4) Apply for sites that offer content
Once you have built your portfolio and are visible on social media sites, you can now apply to content provider websites that actually pay for good quality content. Again, you need to have written samples to submit in order to be accepted as a regular writer for these websites.
5) Find your perfect niche
Writing can be a tedious job if you are not interested in what you are writing about. What you should do is find a content provider website that publishes articles in your field of interest. If you’re into photography, then find a site that is looking for photography writers or if you like dining out, look for websites that want restaurant reviews. The key here is that it will be easier for you to produce good quality content if you love what you write about.
Remember that you need to produce good quality written works to be able to sustain your needs and become a regular writer.
If you have any other good tips for helping people find freelance writing work, please leave a comment below.
About the author:
Candice is a lifestyle enthusiast. She currently juggles her time between work and graduate studies. Her stress relief is writing.