Getting started as a freelance writer can be a bit intimidating. There are dozens of different sites out there which will pay for content, not to mention private clients, bidding sites and writing for yourself. On top of that, you have to manage invoices, consider creating your own website to offer your services, figuring out how to keep track of orders, and much more. People who just wanted to earn some extra cash for writing may thing that it isn’t worth all the hassle.
The important thing for beginners to freelance writing is to try to keep it as simple as possible. Staying organized, and moving one step at a time will allow you to get the basics of what you’re doing down, before moving on to some more advanced freelance writing jobs. These early weeks or months of freelance writing will also (hopefully) get you some good writing jobs to start building your writing skills by writing lots of articles and other content.
What do You Need to Become a Freelance Writer
There are very few requirements for being a freelance writer. You don’t need an advanced degree (though one may help you get higher-paying clients) or a certification or much of anything else. The freelance writing market is largely driven by supply and demand, and there is demand for nearly all types of writing. The following items are what I would consider requirements for freelance writing jobs for beginners:
- Access to a computer with Microsoft Word or another word processing program
- Reliable Internet Connection
- A Willingness to put in the time & effort needed to succeed!
That’s really it. Of course, you’ll need to know how to write, but you can learn that as you go along. Even people who aren’t the best writers can find low paying jobs (not that I recommend this!).
Where to Find Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
While there are virtually endless places to find writing jobs, a beginner will want to choose one or two which they can focus on while they get the hang of it. Personally, I recommend Fiverr and Constant-Content. These aren’t just arbitrary choices, they are two sites I used extensively when I was just getting started as a freelance writer, and I found they were EXTREMELY helpful for ‘learning the ropes’ so to speak.
- Fiverr – I recommend this site because it brings clients right to you in a fast and easy way. I’m writing a detailed report on how to get started with Fiverr, but until then, suffice it to say that Fiverr is more valuable to writers than many people may think. You are not limited to writing 500 words for $5. One gig I often used was $5 for 100 words. That puts the pay at around $.04 per word, which isn’t bad for a freelancer, especially at first. Of course, getting clients at lower rates will come faster, and help you to get the experience you need.
- Constant-Content – Constant-Content.com allows you to choose to write about any topics you’d like. They do recommend popular topics, though you are not limited. They also review each post for spelling, grammar and other things and will provide feedback. This type of review is invaluable to all writers, especially those just starting out. The other benefit of this site is you can charge whatever you want, and if people will pay it, you can make good money. You can read more about constant-content in a detailed post I wrote about it HERE.
Don’t Stop Here
Using the above two mentioned sites are excellent for freelance writing jobs for beginners, but don’t make the mistake of getting stuck here. Too many writers get started on sites like Fiverr, charging only $5 per 500 words, only to get overwhelmed with orders. Once people realize that you are a good writer, charging cheap rates, they will keep ordering. You might like having this money coming in, but it is a HUGE mistake to write for less than you’re worth. A week or two of writing like this can be acceptable, because the real value is the experience you’re getting. After that, however, you need to raise your prices.
Once you start to feel comfortable writing these types of jobs, you need to start expanding to other sites, and working on finding private clients. You can start with a recent series of posts I made on how to find private clients. From there, continue to learn, search for more opportunities and expand your business. Always keep challenging yourself as a writer, and before you know it, you will be making a living.