It’s July 2008 as I’m sitting in my room, holding my shiny new Master’s Degree in Computer Science, and making up my mind about staying at the univ to become what the western world calls a Doctor of Science.
Sounds like a life-defining career choice, doesn’t it?
October that year is my first month as a serious scientist, with a room on the top floor of the building (given to me by pure chance, still counts though) and a schedule of lectures that I needed to give (instead of sitting in the back and being bored – my usual).
Fast forward one year later, and it turns out that my initial decision wasn’t life-defining at all… I’m a freelance writer now – a profession that basically has nothing to do with my computer science degree, yet (as it turned out) it gives me freedom to travel Europe, work from anywhere, follow my passions, and be able to support myself without going insane and working 12 hours a day.
The purpose of this short story is to convince you that indeed anyone can become a freelancer at any point in time. No matter if your professional life seems to be pretty much figured out, or if freelancing is your first attempt at having a “job.” Either way it is doable. And here’s how:
In short, this is a complete step-by-step guide on how to build your freelance writing career. In it, you will find info on: how to get started, how to construct your offer, where to find clients, how to convince them to throw a project at you, and finally, how to deliver on your promise and make money along the way.
Why did we create this guide?
If you’ve been researching this whole freelancing thing for any amount of time then you surely know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of blog posts talking about freelance writing this or freelance writing that. But at the same time, there’s but one complete (or close to complete) resource on freelance writing as a real career opportunity. Most people in this space are really left alone on their journey and forced to figure things out themselves.
This is the situation we were in a couple of years ago. And yes, various articles around the web do help, but there’s always this one question in the back of your head whenever you encounter an interesting method or technique: “Should I really be doing this right now or maybe some other thing would be more effective?”
This is exactly why we’ve decided to create this guide, to help everyone solve this mystery. And we really devoted time to making it the ultimate guide on getting freelance writing jobs, not just a bunch of ideas cramped together on a couple of blog pages.
Is this for you?
This is where I should probably give you a nice marketing pitch like: “Have you ever wondered why some people are able to build great careers as freelance writers while others fail to make more than $5 per article?” or “Do you want to leave your crappy job behind for the freelance writing dream?”
But since we’re not after selling a dream here, I’m just going to be plain instead. This guide is for:
- everyone who wants to start a freelance writing career and learn how to exchange their skills and time for real money effectively,
- everyone who wants a structured step-by-step and tested advice from real freelance writers, based on their experience and the real world feedback,
- everyone willing to put in some hard work and dedication into this whole journey (sorry about that, but hey, just being honest, this isn’t any “build a profitable business overnight” -type of scheme).
How to consume this guide?
(Most importantly, this whole guide is free, with no hidden content or premium packages along the way.)
Reading it from start to bottom would be the best approach, but we’ve got some more options for you.
- Each chapter is divided into a number of pages, and each page talks about a single idea/technique/method.
- If you’re feeling confident, you can pick just the sections that interest you the most and pay close attention to the action points presented at the end of every section. They will give you guidance along with a list of the crucial things to do at each step of your freelancing journey.
- Also, each page comes with one main thought and a one-sentence takeaway to give you a bird’s eye view of what’s being discussed.
- Finally, at the end, there’s a handy cut-out-‘n-keep checklist with all the most important action points and details, which you can…well, cut out and keep.