3 Things You Need to do to Get Started Freelance Writing

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For many young people today, the income from their day job is simply not enough for them to make ends meet. For others, it may be enough to live on, but it doesn’t provide anything for saving, investing, or paying off debt. And still others may feel restricted by their income and are unable to do fun things like travel, buy a house, and more.

Luckily, side hustles can bring in a lot of income if you go about them in the right way. Freelance writing is one of the most lucrative side hustles I’ve come across in my research and it’s one that I’ve put into practice myself until I was actually able to pursue it and other online ventures as my sole source of income.

Getting started freelance writing isn’t that difficult, especially if you have specialized knowledge in a specific niche. But here are three things you need to do to get started.

Gain Exposure


One of the first things you need to do if you decide to pursue freelancing writing as your side hustle is get your name out there. Starting a blog or building a portfolio website is a great way to get do this. You need to have a landing page for potential clients to check out your work and get to know you a little better. Having a Hire Me page on your blog’s website is also a great way for clients to discover that you’re looking for work without much effort on your part.

Search for Clients


Once you’ve put together a writing portfolio, you need to start looking for your first freelance writing clients. As I said, sometimes clients come to you, but at least in the beginning you will have to look for them.

Job boards and writing services are great ways to start if you have no connections for jobs. You can apply to become a freelance writer with thepensters as well as with many other job boards online. Make sure not to overlook word of mouth – let friends know you’re looking for work as you never know who they’ll know.

Set Your Rates


Setting your rates is one of the absolute hardest parts of getting started as a freelance writer. On one hand, you don’t want to charge too much and scare away potential clients, but at the same time you don’t want to under-value yourself. Under-valuing yourself and your work can have more than one consequence.

It can scare away just as many clients as over-pricing because clients think people who work for that little must not be good, or it can cause you to grow your business to quickly volume-wise. This can lead to burnout and not earning what you need for the time you invest.

While there are lots of side hustle ideas you can try out, one that I’ve had success with and seen other have success with too is freelance writing online. It’s easy to get started and can be a very lucrative way to make some extra money to support whatever financial goals you have for your life.



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I'm the founder of Frugal Rules, a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. I'm passionate about helping people learn from my mistakes so that they can enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. I'm also a freelance writer, and regularly contribute to GoBankingRates, Investopedia, Lending Tree and more.

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