Whenever I talk to people that are trying to find writing jobs online, they usually follow up with comments like ” I don’t have a portfolio” or “I don’t know how to pursue my interests in writing”. Because of this, I created a few step by step tips that can help you secure both freelance and online writing gigs. Here are three tips to get you started on the right track:
1) Find Your Passion: Before you begin writing, you should find topics that you are passionate about. Do you enjoy writing about fashion? Traveling? Real life experiences? Once you have narrowed down your passion, you will have a better understanding of what freelance writing gigs you should apply for. Plus, when you enjoy your work, it makes your job that much more exciting.
2) Create A Stellar Portfolio: When people are looking to hire writer’s they want to see experience. A portfolio is your key to finding these freelance jobs. Start out by writing your own essay on a variety of topics. Try to write both short and long articles. One way to do this, is find a few companies that you are interested in, and learn their style of writing. Apply this to your own topic and you can create your own portfolio in a matter of hours. Be sure to sign up for any online article directories, where you can continue your portfolio. Last, but not least, be sure to have your own blog or website. This shows the employer that you are serious about writing. Sending an application for a writing assignment along with “Sorry, I don’t have a portfolio”, is going to get your request deleted faster than you can blink.
3) Don’t Give Up: I hear so many stories where someone applied for a couple of jobs in the writing field and gave up. The key to landing writing assignments both freelance and online, is to apply until you get an answer. You could apply to 10-15 jobs a day for a week if you really tried. If you hear back from a few or all of them…great, you’ve got your work cut out for you!