How To Start Your Career As A Freelance Writer Amidst COVID-19

If you are a small business or employee who is affected by COVID-19 and can’t earn, fear not! Start your career as a freelance content writer and earn some income on the side. Below are some tips to help you:

Find Your Niche

When you are starting your journey as a content writer, it is important to find your niche. In fact, if you read blogs by different content writers almost everyone is going to give you this advice. You know why? Well, because it works!

For example

  • If you are a school teacher then you can write about learning tips.
  • If you are a parent you can write about your kids or maybe how to work from home while taking care of the kids.
  • If you have knowledge about animals, you can narrow down your niche as the pet industry.
  • If you are a nurse or doctor, you can write about health and so much more!

As a beginner, you can try writing for the different niche to figure out what you enjoy.

Write Everyday

It is easy to be distracted by different things. But as a content writer, you have to establish a routine that can help you in writing every day. When you are writing daily, it can become a habit. So in the long run, writing might become natural and you don’t have to think too hard to jot down articles.

Consider the following:

  • Wake up every day even during the quarantine.
  • Make the most of this time.
  • Learn to write better and make sure you are writing every day.
  • Select a certain time of the day during which you can write without distractions.

Brushup Your Grammar Skills

One thing that is really important when you become a content writer is “your writing.” Obviously, you are writing so you should have strong grammar skills. It’s a good idea to take some lessons, and there is tons of information available online.

You can try:

  • Enroll in a grammar course.
  • Hire an editor as they can help you in highlighting your mistakes.
  • You can use different tools to spellcheck or pinpoint grammar mistakes in your work.

Ask For Recommendations

Now, that you have decided to be a content writer it is time to ask for recommendations. Maybe ask a friend or family member to help you find a client. Don’t forget to collect testimonials.

Do the following:

  • You can even work for free to make your portfolio.
  • Collect testimonials for your blog or website.

Find Online Platforms

You can apply for jobs on different platforms. All you have to do is search for the right place. Find out what works best for you.

Try the following:

  • Search freelance writing platforms on Google.
  • Make sure you read the reviews of such platforms.
  • Find out the process of applying before you actually sign up.

Apply For Content Writing Jobs

Apart from the online platforms, you can apply for the content writing jobs at different companies. Check the job boards and search for content writers. There must be some companies searching for a potential candidate.

Try the following:

  • Search for content writing jobs on platforms like Indeed, Glassdoor, etc.
  • You can even try Craigslist but make sure you don’t fall for a scam.
  • As a beginner trust your gut feeling and learn from your experience.

Use Social Media

You can even find jobs on social media platforms. For example, you can join different groups on Facebook that are for freelancers. You might find a potential client searching for a specific skill set that you might have.

Try the following:

  • Search which groups are active for content writers on social media.
  • Join the relevant groups and participate in discussions.
  • Deliver value! People can hire you if they see your potential.

Create A Website or Blog

Now that you have enough samples or have an idea of the business; it’s time to create a website. Make sure you are creating a top-notch writer website that includes the section of Hire Me. Plus, you can also start a blog. If you enjoy writing you can start a blog on writing tips. If you are a passionate learner you can share study tips, and so much more!

Consider the following:

  • Make sure the website you create is professional.
  • You can hire someone to create your website.
  • You can even start a blog to show your writing skills to your potential client.
  • Make sure you have enough samples and testimonials to showcase on your website.

Ask For Help

You can ask for help from other content writers. There are many successful freelance content writers. Some of them are providing free courses, online courses, training, and so much more. If you can afford it, you can get paid training or courses too.

Try this:

  • Search for “famous content writers” on Google.
  • Opt for the top 5 and read their blogs and writing style.
  • Find what is making them so great.

You Can Do This

It is important that you believe in yourself and your skills! In fact, believing is always the first step. Usually, people find it tough to take the first step but when you believe in your skills, you can do it!

The best thing about becoming a content writer is that you don’t need a special degree unless your niche requires a special degree. If you are a parent, you can easily write about kids. As a student, you can write about university life, and so much more! However, initially, you might earn a side income but with experience, you can develop a huge client base. Just make sure you select the perfect niche.

Wrapping It Up

You might be complaining about not having enough time. But now you can take advantage of the current situation in your favor. Rather than feeling sorry about the situation and wasting your time, you can learn something productive. It is important for you to keep in mind that skills payoff. And you can improve your content writing skills. Make sure you are following the above-mentioned tips.

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