This article is the first chapter from my book, Make Money As A Freelance Writer.
And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. –Meister Eckhart
When you begin an adventure, you’re filled with hope. The future holds promise. Your excitement gives you momentum. You’re ready to take on the world. This is the magic of a new beginning.
You’re reading this because you’re searching for a beginning. You dream about earning a living as a writer.
Perhaps you need a flexible career that allows you to stay home with your kids. Or you want to earn money as you travel the world. Maybe you long to quit your nine to five job.
Whatever your reasons, you want to make money doing something you love—writing.
Everyone’s journey is different. It’s possible you’ve always enjoyed writing, yet never thought you could make money from your passion. Or perhaps you’re like me. You discovered a love for writing by accident.
I enjoyed writing as a kid, but the school system in the U.K. forces students to specialize early. I picked the sciences. And soon my time was taken up with experiments, equations, and methods. There was no space left for writing.
Then something happened. I was home with a new baby, searching for ways to occupy my mind while earning some money. I attended an online conference for writers and came away inspired.
Four months later, I’d written and published my first book. Then I wrote another one. I enjoyed writing so much, I started to freelance. I found clients who were willing to pay me to write.
At last, I’d discovered a way to pay the bills while doing something I loved.
Freelance Writing Challenges
My journey wasn’t simple. I encountered many challenges along the way. Some of these I overcame and some I learned to live with.
As you contemplate starting a career as a freelance writer, you probably share some of my concerns.
You don’t know how to get started or how much to charge.
You’re afraid of failing. You don’t want to tell friends and family that you followed your dreams for nothing.
You’re scared of rejection. You ask yourself, what if you can’t find clients? What if your clients hate your work?
I’ve faced all of these fears and more. But I’ve learned that if you want something enough, you can get past your doubts.
How to Start Your Freelance Writing Business
I learned everything I needed to know from my friend, Gina Horkey.
I first met Gina when I took her Freelance Writing Course. I was impressed by how quickly she’d found success in her career. Just six months after starting, Gina was earning over $4,000 per month.
I decided that I would learn from Gina and try freelance writing for myself. I took her course and followed the process she taught. It’s the same system we describe in this book.
In my third month, I earned $1,100 while staying home with two young children. I had little free time for writing. Between diapers and naps, I could barely spare an hour per day for my new business.
I can’t predict how long it will take you to earn your first $1,000. It depends on how much time you commit to the process. But what I do know is this—if I can do it, so can you.
This book is not for experienced writers who are further along in their career. It’s also not for people who aren’t prepared to follow the steps and do the work.
However, if you’re one hundred percent committed to starting a freelance writing business, then this book is for you.
The Seven Steps to Start Your Freelance Business
So, how does this book work?
We’ve organized it into a series of sequential steps. We’ve done this so that you know exactly what to do and when to do it.
Gina wrote the middle chapters and I wrote the opening and closing chapters. You’ll notice a change of writing style from one chapter to the next. We’re two different people with very different styles. We think that’s a good thing, since you get to benefit from both of our experiences!
The steps to start your freelance writing business are:
- Step 1: Pick your writing niche(s)
- Step 2: Gather writing samples
- Step 3: Create a portfolio
- Step 4: Source jobs
- Step 5: Start pitching
- Step 6: Land your first client
- Step 7: Earn your first $1,000
In each chapter, we explain what to do and how to do it. We include concrete action items for you to follow. If you consistently take action, then you will see results. It may take 30 days or it may take 90 days. But you will earn $1,000 as a freelance writer.
There is demand for your writing skills. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 the median wage for freelance writers was $60,250. The top 10 percent earned over $114,530. Given that one in four writers work part-time, this is a healthy living for someone doing work that they love.
Now it’s your turn. Read the book and face your fears. Then take the first step to start your freelance writing business.
Remember, you’re not alone. We and hundreds of other writers have already taken these steps and are living our dream. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Start today.
If you’d like to read the full book, you can check it out on Amazon below.