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The Complete Instructions On How To Find Freelancing Writing Jobs

A common mistake that most new writers make is to want to start with very high rates for writing jobs. You should not think that you are getting into a jackpot job. The fact of the matter is that it is not possible to walk straight into the $100 per hour when starting out as a freelancer writer. There is nothing wrong with starting at a rate of $20 per hour. If you get two regular clients paying $20 per hour for a period of 8 hours in a day, you will end up earning over $40,000 per annum. While this may not be enough to pay your bills, it is definitely a good starting point.

There are also many other benefits of starting out at a modest level. These include:

  • You improve your portfolio
  • You get an opportunity to increase your network
  • You can get exposure to your blog
  • You get an opportunity to practice

You should bear in mind that it is always possible to ask for a raise after proving yourself. When you find that a client is not willing to increase your pay, there is always an opportunity to walk away but this should of course be on good terms. You don’t have to work below the ideal rate but there is no reason to be afraid in the short term. When searching for writing gigs, the first thing that you should remember is to find something that will stick. You may need to submit a couple of writing application before landing your first writing job. Once you set up a good template pitch, it will only take a few minutes to submit your application. Some of the things to look out for include:

  • Something that is interesting to you
  • Reputable companies or sites
  • Clients that have worked with writers before
  • Permanent or even semi permanent freelancing sites
  • The rate per hour

What you should avoid

  • People who ask for free trials. If the client is serious about finding someone, they should be ready to offer paid trials
  • A pay that is incentive based
  • Private/nonexistent sites
  • Mass article writing work/SEO/blog networks

Remember that there are plenty of freelancing writing jobs. Therefore, there is no reason for you to start bemoaning the lack of opportunities. All you will need to find as many opportunities as you can and apply to the different opportunities that attract you.

 

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