I won’t go all about defining what a freelance is, or what career is as primer. We all know that.But today, I’d be running you through some hacks and steps for building a firm freelance writing—the one that would be able to pay your bills and a career interface that will enable you make enough money while doing what you love, writing.
I was 19, broke, smart and gifted. I wanted to be happy, I wanted to comfortably do balance the wheel of my wants and needs, I wanted to have beautiful influence of those around. But I couldnn’t. I was still a teenager. My country people, friends would say
“you’re still a teenager, you’re not meant to be all about money, you’re not meant to be career fixated this way, you’re 19 being broke is inevitable”
It was so difficult for me. Fighting this nothingness. The feeling that I was gifted, smart and pretty much adept in writing but I couldn’t fund myself, I couldn’t buy what I want. I couldn’t earn from the only thing I know how to do best. It haunted me for years. Until I stumbled on freelancing/ ghostwriting (I won’t be talking much about ghostwriting now)
I was surfing in the internet that day, then I discovered there are actually clients, big firms, magazines, top blogs out there seeking for writers to provide content for them and they are ready to pay.
Well, a golden opportunity.
So basically, if you’re planning to get a job where you can work from anywhere in the world without working for anyone or tired of being under a boss or sick of the morning rush to workplaces. Then, you should consider freelancing. It’s like a golden piece wrapped in the boxes of rusted iron.
But, be aware, Before you start your freelance business, you need to get very clear on why you want to start freelancing in the first place. Once you have your bigger picture goals in mind, how you utilize your limited amount of time will greatly determine your level of success with freelancing.
There are so many turmoil, hills, bumps on the road to freelance business. I won’t kid you. But since I could, I strongly believe you can too.
Now, exhale, and say; I CAN TOO
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m not broke anymore. The 19 y/o that was lost, confused and naive on how to embark on the voyage of life is now paying his bills, exquisitely funding himself while writing—moon walking on the world of freelancing.
Now, it took me few years for me to figure out these steps that build me a firm freelancing career. So fortunately, I’d be sharing these steps.
It’s no brainier, come ride with me!
1 Define Your Goals
Without clearly defined, easily measurable goals, you’re going to have a very difficult time getting to where you want to go.
- Is freelancing a path to just earning extra income on the side of your day job?
- Do you eventually want to become a full-time freelancer because of the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss?
- Or, are you looking to use freelancing as a stepping stone to eventually achieving a different goal entirely?
Make sure this decision is the right move in your progression toward achieving your bigger picture goals.
- Find a Profitable Niche
Let’s assume you’re a graphic designer by trade, or you’ve at least been building your skills with Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop in your free time.
Clearly, there are a lot of competitors in your industry that’ll be willing to charge much lower rates than you, no matter what you do. There are people from all around the world with lower costs of living that’ll always be willing to accept lesser-paid gigs than you. Get over the idea of trying to compete on price as a freelancer, right now.
Once you’ve made yourself invaluable within your niche, you’ll have a platform by which you can expand your freelance business in any direction you’d like in the future. Rather than stressing about how you’re going to get from step 0 to 100, take freelancing one small step at a time. Progress begets more progress with your side hustle.
Top paying niche in freelancing industry.
2) Crypto currency
4) Digital Marketing
6) Alternative Health
7) Book Writing ( Ghostwriting)
9) Food & Wine
10) Email Writing.
- Set Strategic Prices for Your Services.
I’ve spoken a lot about setting the right prices for your freelance business before you get started. Remember, you need to price yourself based on the value you deliver, not based on what your competitors are charging. Don’t allow anyone else to dictate the terms by which you define your value. That’s not what starting a freelancing business is about.
So, basically. This last step is pivotal, really, really important if you want to build that solid freelance career.
- Build a High-Quality Portfolio Website.
Because I’m such a huge advocate of creating a powerful online presence to support starting a freelance business.
As a starting point, let’s understand what the purpose of having a portfolio website is, in the first place. It’s often the first impression a potential client will have of you, your style, your work, and the past clients (or companies) you’ve worked with in your freelance business. You need to effectively communicate the services you offer, and who they’re for. Beyond that, you need to sell yourself on why you’re the best person for this type of work for the clients you want to work with.
Clients are investing in you, they want to trust you, they want to engage you, they want know if you’re real, they want to seek your online presence and confirm if you’re not a bot or planning to scam. They want to feel you.
Your freelance portfolio needs to do the following, in order to be truly effective at selling your services:
- Communicate your specialty & display examples of your work.
- List your contact information & show off your personality.
- Highlight your relevant skills, education, and accomplishments.
- Display testimonials (even if they’re from coworkers or former bosses when you’re just getting started).
- Have regular updates that show your evolution, new clients, and updated sample work.