I have never been one to hide the fact that I have no tech skills. In other words, I don’t know much about coding, designing pretty websites, or troubleshooting. So when I decided to try my hand at making money online, opportunities were limited. Since I received my college degree in journalism, I figured that giving online freelance writing a try was a great choice. That was three years ago, and I have yet to look back.
If you do not have technical skills, this does not mean that you have no chance of making money online. Just like design and coding is not for everybody, the same thing holds true for freelance writing. But if you can write solid English that is easy to read, there is a good chance that you can make money as a freelance writer.
Does this all sound good to you? If so, here are some steps for starting a freelance writing career. You may not follow them in the order below, but you will definitely encounter each step somewhere along the path to success.
1. You Cannot Be Everything To Everybody
As a writer, especially a newbie, you want to make sure that you choose a niche or two. This is not to say that you should limit yourself, but you definitely want to focus on a small number of topics. You may be able to write about anything, but this is not what clients want to hear. For instance, you have a much better chance of landing a client in the automotive industry if this is your area of expertise.
2. Reach Out To Any And Every Contact That You Have On Your Email List
Believe it or not, hiring freelance writers is something that a lot of companies, big and small, do on a daily basis. Additionally, individual webmasters are always on the prowl for high quality writers. Once you get the ball rolling by contacting your network, you will have a good chance of landing a few gigs. From there, all you need to do is keep things rolling downhill.
3. Accept Small Jobs If That Is What It Takes To Break Into The Industry
But over time, make sure that you expand your operations into more lucrative markets. Do you think that Google made as much money on day one as they do today? Definitely not. There is nothing wrong with working for cheap as long as you are always pushing to reach the next income plateau.
It may take you a few weeks, a few months, or more than a year to increase your prices. You do not need a timetable, but you do need to keep in mind that you are worth a reasonable fee.
With these tips, you can become a freelance writer, either full or part-time. And remember, you do not need any tech or computer skills to get started!
About the author: Chris Bibey is a full-time freelance writer offering tips and documenting his income at ChrisBlogging.