The freelancing industry, particularly for writers, is a competitive job market. Landing your first freelance writing gig is quite an accomplishment, particularly if it’s a result of hard work and diligence on your end. Continue reading for practical and actionable tips to finally getting that first online writing project.
Put together a solid online portfolio.
You do not have to be an award-winning journalist to come up with a solid portfolio. Maximize the Internet’s ability to get yourself published by setting up your own blog or through guest posting. While some clients would consider write-ups from school paper publications, a huge number of prospective employers would like to read how you write online content. After all, your job is to create compelling content for online readers.
Avoid being a generalist and focus on a niche.
Apart from being a competitive, the online writing job market is quite crowded. You need to come up with strategies that will set you apart from the others. Aside from having kick-ass writing skills, consider focusing on a niche so you can stand out from the others. So which topics are you most comfortable and fluent?
If you can come up with a 500-word travel article in 30 minute, you will most likely succeed as a travel writer. Are you a foodie? A bright future in culinary writing may just be around the corner!
Network, network and network!
We hope that we get to emphasize enough the importance of networking by repeating it thrice. The first freelance writing gig won’t come unless you call, email, or ask people about it. However, keep in mind that networking is more effective when strategically implemented.
Do not just use a generic email when asking about writing projects. Tailor each email (or even tweet!) to your contact’s field of expertise. Say you’re asking a yoga instructor about writing gigs, consider highlighting your extensive knowledge on yoga and meditation.
The aforementioned tips are just a basic outline to help you get started. If you still have questions on how to land your first freelance writing gig, hit the comment section!