How Can I Become A Freelance Writer?

If writing is your passion or it is something that you are very good at, you may want to consider becoming a freelance writer. There are not specific guidelines or certifications or even educational background needed to be a freelance writer. It is not a job that you have to apply for. A freelance writer is an independent contractor that writes articles for companies and individuals for compensation.

How to get started?

The best way to get started as a freelancer is to find a company that connects clients with freelancers. There are a lot of companies out there that can become the middle man for you. These companies receive compensation for connecting freelance writers with clients that need your services. These organizations will allow you to set up a profile and search for the various jobs available out there that you can bid on and get paid to write.

Here are some simple steps to follow:

  • Locate a company that connects freelancers with clients.
  • Read through the information provided to see who pays the fees for service.
  • Set up your profile.
  • Search for jobs that you would be able to write about.
  • Submit your bid and wait for a response

Be aware that this is not always an easy job. I wouldn’t quit your full time job for it right away. It can take a long time to build up enough consistent clients to make a living out of it. Clients usually choose more experienced freelancers so you may have to win some of them over with your price.

It may be best to look for clients who verify their payments. This is a method where the middle man holds the funds until you have completed the work. It is a way to ensure that you will get paid for your services. The funds are usually escrowed into the middle man’s account until you complete the job and ask for the funds to be released upon completion. If there is a discrepancy over payment like the client did not like the work you did, the middle man will do the research and release the funds to the appropriate party.

You will learn more and more about how to charge for your work when you start getting jobs. It all depends on how long it will take you to complete the task and how much you need in order to compensate for that time.