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A lot of people complain that freelance writing is a waste of time and effort, because it can take time to get settled into the field and many of the writing jobs available require experience that a beginner simply does not have. This isn’t actually true, and all of the people who make their living from freelance writing were once beginners themselves. Succeeding at freelance writing is simply a matter of finding the right approaches and looking in the right places, and I can help to point you towards some effective approaches.
These are probably the most popular way of finding freelance writing work, but can also be the most disheartening. There are many sites that offer freelance job postings, and these continue to grow in number and size. The popularity of these sites means that there is always a lot of work available, but you are also competing against a large number of other writers.
If you use freelance sites, you need to be prepared for rejection. For every one job you get accepted for, you may get rejected for ten others. There are a few important things to keep in mind.
1. Keep trying
Rejection is hard for anyone to bear, particularly when you are trying to earn money. Don’t feel that a rejection is a reflection of your skills. People want someone that they can trust working for them, and they have no real way of knowing whether or not this is you.
2. Aim for low paying jobs initially
The more a particular job pays, the more picky the person will be about who they hire. If the job you are going for pays low, there will be less people applying for it and the people who do apply will tend to have limited experience.
3. Make your work shine
These low paying jobs are important for building your reputation. If you complete a job fast and well then you will start to get a good reputation on the site. In fact, many of the people that I work for now once hired me on a freelancing site.
Develop a Blog
Blogging has multiple advantages, and provides you with a place to develop your own distinctive voice and to practice your writing style. As more people read your blogs you can become more well-known as a writer, but blogging can sometimes be challenging, particularly when it comes to deciding what you are going to post.
If you want to get hired as a writer, people need to see your work. Your blog will help with this, but not all the way. Blogging is very different than other forms of writing, and if you want to branch off into other forms of writing then you need to prepare samples that you can send out when you need to.
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