Getting paid to write. Sounds like a dream, right?
I used to be one of those people, who said “there’s no f***ing way anyone is ever going to pay me to write.
Here’s the thing. There are A LOT of horrible writers out there. Like, “I don’t know the difference between their there and they’re” writers.
Somehow, these same people get put in charge of marketing campaigns, creating newsletters, and work in PR for major corporations.
So you better believe, someone who calls themselves a writer can SURE AS HELL make a living writing.
So, you want to write creatively, but need to get paid. Ergo, you have to find clients who need your amazingly crafted writing skills.
First, reach out to people who know your skills. Have friends that own a business? The chances are that they have an email list, or web pages are in dire need of updating.
If you have experience in marketing, SEO, or website optimization, bonus points for you! This makes it SUPER easy to reach out to small businesses that you're passionate about. Pitch them your ideas, writing skills, and marketing background.
Check out Upwork, Indeed, Angel.co and any other forums you may know to find writing work. There are millions of companies that need your help, because, as I said, most people cannot write or communicate well.
Build A Portfolio
So, you've had a few bites. Now, people want to see what you can do.
Having a portfolio ready to show potential clients is very important. They'll want to see the different types of writing you've done, as well as the kinds of topics you've covered.
Don't have a portfolio?
Start a blog. Blogging is a great way to build up your website, establish yourself as a consistent writer and creator, and will help with your visibility. Cover different topics and try to write in a variety of styles - this will make your blog a great place to send your potential clients.
Your First Client
So, you've landed your first client. Way to be!
When building a partnership with your first client, there are a few important things to consider.
- How will you communicate?
- How much content will you be producing for them every week/month?
- What is your rate of pay?
- How will you get paid?
Sign a contract with EVERY CLIENT you work with (before producing any work for them). It may seem like a formality, but many writers make the mistake of trusting clients and then NEVER get paid!