After several years of half-heartedly limping along, I have decided to get serious about my freelance writing career, and I have created my freelance writer website. It’s called Simply Results Copy. I have been studying and practicing copywriting long enough to believe that I have the skills needed to deliver results to anyone who is seeking a skilled web copywriter.
When you are looking for writing clients, you’ll find that there are two kinds of people. There are those that highly value writers and know that they couldn’t run their business without you. And there are those that don’t.
Usually online business owners that don’t value writers are inexperienced. They haven’t figured out that professionally written web copy can make or break an online business.
A freelance writer resume is one of the tools you should include in your ready-for-anything toolbox. Yes, I know you are striving for the lifestyle of a freelance writer and you surely don’t want anything that even vaguely resembles a “job”. But some clients, even if what they are offering is to be done on a freelance basis, require a resume. So along with your portfolio, you should have an up-to-date resume which emphasizes your writing skills, experiences and abilities.
What does it take to become a freelance writer? The most important thing you need to know is that becoming a freelance writer requires a ton of hard work. It isn’t a career path for people who expect to coast along. How hard will you have to work? As hard as it takes.
A writing portfolio is absolutely necessary if you are hoping to land freelance writing gigs. New writers sometimes get completely stuck when they think about creating a portfolio. What exactly is a portfolio and what should go into it? How can you put together a writer portfolio if you haven’t landed any writing gigs?
Backing up your files is a necessary part of being a freelance writer. There are a lot of ways you can potentially lose your files if you don’t take precautions, and I confess I’ve already experienced more than one of them. About a year ago, I dropped a laptop computer and destroyed the hard drive. Then in March, I had a house fire and lost several computers and some of my data.
If you’ve decided you want to write, and you’ve decided that you are going to make your living writing for the web, that’s a great first step. Knowing what you want is the first step to making it happen.
But there is a difference between banging out a few articles here or there and pursuing a web writing business that is truly successful.
Many writers hold back from marketing their writing services. There are probably as many reasons writers avoid marketing as there are writers. Some avoid marketing because they think of themselves only as writers – they want to write and nothing else. Other writers are crippled with fear – fear of failure, fear of success, fear that their writing isn’t good enough.
A simple truth is that we are usually good at the things we like to do. ‘So if you like writing enough to think you want to be a paid writer, your writing is probably good enough.