These are all great ideas. The problem, which I haven’t heard anyone address, is that all these places want to see a portfolio of your work. If you’re just starting out, it’s not likely you have one. In my case, I did extensive technical and creative writing for my previous company but it was all considered intellectual property for them, thereby preventing me from including it in any personal portfolio of mine. How does one build a portfolio if you already need one to get started?
As a university educated interior designer and with over 10 years very successful experience in high level international recruitment marketing and HR project management as well as over two years intensive online and social media experience I am now offering my work and expertise here on UPWORK. My upbringing as well as my education has been bilingual German/English, I consider myself a native German speaker and absolutely fluent in English. I was working with Fortune 500 companies consulting businesses in the retail, automotive and engineering sectors during my cooperate years as well as small business and start-up entrepreneurs. Quitting my successful cooperate world career two years ago and pursing freelancing full time has given me the freedom to combine my expertise in HR, Recruitment Marketing and Project Management with my strong passion for Social Media Marketing (and a design background is also always helpful in the “pretty” SM marketing world). I am proficient in Microsoft Office and familiar with Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc. In regards to frequently used systems in the social media world I have very good knowledge of squarespace, wix, leadpages, canva.com, picmonkey, mailchimp, filmora/wondershare, microsoft movie maker, webinarjam, zoom, digistore24 as well as scheduling softwares like hootsuite and buffer and course platforms like teachable or udemy. I have created copy for online ads, promotional e-mails, job ads, info brochures, CVs etc. I am experienced in writing appropriate content for blogs, fb ad, job ad, tweets, doing extensive online research as well as in designing attractive visual marketing posts, ebooks or presentations representing your brand as well supporting members in Facebook Groups. Trying to always learn more and to be up-to-date with the latest ideas and trends in the social media world I am strongly following the work of experts like Amy Porterfield, Rick Mulready, Michael A. Stelzner, Jon Morrow, Derek Halpern, Kimra Luna and many more. Services & support I offer include but are not limited to classic Social Media support and VA tasks to translations English/German, copy writing for social media or blog posts, project management, planning and set up recruitment strategies for small business, interview preps, candidate pre-screenings & support during interviews, full recruitment management as well as CV and job ad copy for the German speaking job market. I am pretty flexible with respect to working hours. Deadlines are sacred for me and I will work closely with you always trying to fulfill my client’s expectations. Many people would say that Germans are usually known for being reliable, professional, perfectionists and delivering work on time…and this German here is exactly one of these Germans. :) I do have to say that I also expect the same professional behavior and partnership from my clients. You have questions or queries? You have a business and plan to take it online to the social media world but do not know where to start? You want to get started on THAT project, that you had on your mind for so long but no time to do it all yourself? You are looking for a reliable partner to take care of your small business social media needs but do not want to hire a full time staff member yet? Then contact me NOW and let us get started!

Notice how the second sentence is somehow less exciting (even though it contains a killer lion?) That;s because the active voice emphasizes the action with “the lion attacked.” In the passive voice, the village is the subject. The agent (the lion that performed the action) is only mentioned afterwards using the prepositional phrase “by the lion.” It’s almost an afterthought.


By far this is the best and most informational site I have found thus far, I have trouble trying to narrow down my niche , I also read on another freelance writing blog, that knowing marketing strategies, and things like SEO is needed to be successful. I am pretty good at writing but I don’t know about online, especially for blogs and companies. I mostly like to write fiction story’s and academic papers. I have noticed that the better paying jobs are copywriting, writing or starting a blog and jobs like that. Do your course help to write better, as well as help with narrowing down a niche? Some of the information out here is so confusing. Thank you so much in advance!
I have been interested in writing extensively since a very young age, writing either poetry, novels, short stories etc. Eventually I ended up in the corporate sector writing business plans, marketing plans and various other corporate documents. But freelance writing has been in my blood, just never really had the inspiration to follow this dream of mine. I will apply your guidelines and intend to forge a new career path in freelance writing. I don’t think it would be a problem that I am living in South Africa since the internet has created a global community…
Elna, this was such an incredibly helpful wealth of information for someone (me!) who’s just dipping their toe into the water of freelance writing and hoping to make a full time career out of it. I can’t thank you enough for putting this together. This article is the first time I’ve ever heard of your blog or had the pleasure of reading your work and I’m so impressed and inspired! Honestly, I hope to be as skilled and successful as you one day. Thank you so much for giving back to up and comers like me with this article. Love love love it! Thank you!
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Thank you for sharing this. It gave me a lot of ideas on how to start off. I have always been told that my writing is very good if not excellent. But thats mostly with term papers and things of the sorts. I have also won a couple of essay contests. I have never done freelance before and the only writing samples I have are some short stories, term papers, and research papers I’ve done. I also have some poetry. Do you think I could really blossom at being freelance with the little experience I have?
Una pregunta. Question – does having a college degree give me an advantage and are there any avenues that I can use this to grab higher paying jobs? As I begin to create a portfolio and resume, how can I use my instagram pages to attract clients and jobs? Please take a look and get a feel for what I have to offer (links are in my bio on my rawsalvaje instagram)!
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that writers in general earned a mean yearly salary of $69,130 as of May 2015. However, there was a wide variance in wages among writers. The bottom ten percent of professionals took in $29,230 or less each year, while the top ten percent of these workers made $114,530 or more annually. The BLS reported that technical writers in particular earned a mean wage of $73,350 as of 2014, with most of these professionals making between $41,610 and $112,220 each year.
Thank you for the post! I’m a bit overwhelmed at the wealth of content I am about to scour on your site. Hours of learning, here I come! I received my first two clients a month ago (one from my dad who is a web developer and the other upon referral from my first client). I am serious about gaining more clients and setting out as a full-time writer, but the process of finding new clients has always intimidated me. I am excited to apply your advice. Congratulations, you just won a new “stalker.” 😉
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