As for writing courses, I don’t think it’s necessary. Instead I would do more of a freelance writing business course like mine or others. Write Your Way to Your First $1k helps you with getting your business up and some writing tips for blogging. This blog also has some great resources for writing: https://elnacain.com/blog/improve-samples-new-freelance-writer/ and https://elnacain.com/blog/writing-mistakes/

Hi Elna, I just bumped into this post when I was just beginning to give up because finding freelance writing tasks that pay well has been the hardest task. I have been stuck with content mills for the longest time (I started freelance writing sometime in 2011), I have written tonnes of articles for very little pay usually $7 for 500 words. I look forward to revitalizing my writing career with ideas you shared. I’m taking up the challenge to find better paying gigs.
I noticed that you suggested creating health content for a client. I am a retired medical practitioner with a secondary degree and experience in areas related to public health and safety. I believe I could be helpful by writing content for, or at least editing for, medical science or public health entities. I’m willing to cold-pitch but don’t know where to find these. I’m not even sure of whether cold- pitching is best for the sciences or public service. Please advise?
Ehsan is a multi talented freelancer skilled in different areas, such as: > Software Development. > Software Testing. > Software Requirement Analysis. > Data Entry. > Research. > Web Research. > Academic Writing. > Technical Writing. > Traveling Blog and Magazine Writing. > Administrative support. > Call Center Support. > Telesales and Telemarketing. > IT and Networking. > Microsoft Tools (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, Project, Access). > Google Tools (Mail, Drive, Sheets, Forms). Ehsan formerly worked with Sonali Polaris Financial Technology Limited, a joint venture software company of Polaris Financial Technology Limited from India and the largest public bank in Bangladesh Sonali Bank Limited (SBL). The key responsibility of this role was to develop and test the core banking solution of Sonali Bank Limited using J2EE and Oracle DB. His team was awarded GEM Award for developing Any Branch Banking (ABB) of the SBL. At the later stage of his employment with the company, he was placed at the testing department for his expertise with testing, to effectively perform the test operations on the system. His employment also includes working as Junior Developer at Codes and Frames, Assistant Network Administrator at Independent University, Bangladesh and Call Center Agent at Syntax Solutions with the responsibility of telesales and telemarketing. Having a very good academic and technical writing skills, he has completed a number of projects in his academic and professional career and documented the works in a resourceful manner. His documentation and writing works include but not limited to Project Management, Software Engineering, Requirement Analysis, Report Writing on Academic Thesis etc. Skills in three different languages, English, Russian and Bengali make Ehsan a quality translator. He also possesses fluent conversational skills in Urdu and Hindi languages. Being a graduate in Computer Science, as parts of academic courses, he completed a number of projects using C++, SQL, MATLAB, HTML, PHP. He also has knowledge on Javascript, CSS, Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Project. Ehsan is always ready to serve his clients with all his expertise, experience and skills in a verity of fields and will be glad to deliver the best quality tasks to make the clients happy.
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?
Thanks so much and I’m happy to hear you figured out why you weren’t succeed at freelance writing 🙂 As for your question, web design companies wouldn’t give you a list; you would collaborate with them. Usually the are contracted to do a site with site content and if their staff writer is too busy or not there, they may hire it out. That’s where you come into play!
Fantastic article! I’ll definitely add this one to my bookmarks! Although I’m not exactly “new” to freelance writing, I have decided to make this year “my year.” My year to get off the job platform sites like Upwork. My year to make more money from freelancing, my year to pitch to clients – both locally and nationally. My year to be more successful than I have in the past. Many of the tips you shared in this post were several of the ones that I had already planned to do this year to ramp up my business. But, you’ve also added several others that I hadn’t considered! Thanks for the great, informative post!
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Thank you so much for replying, Elna! Thank you for all of the information you provide on here. Your advice and posts have given me a lot to work with during this time of dead ends instead of beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to get more work. I’m at the point where I am down to one job while the other is communicating less and less with me so it’s making me nervous. Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing this resource!
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I read a lot of blog post about freelance writing but yours is the most helpful. Thank you a lot for your help. I have a bit of a problem. I would be happy if you tell me if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So I have a masters degree in creative writing and I have a pretty good portfolio but the problem is, it is not in english. I am Bulgarian and I wonder if that would be a problem for the blogs and online magazines out there. I would be really happy if you share your opinion on the matter.
I’ve been rigorously studying freelancing for a while now (I plan on getting started after school ends in the first week of April) and I have to say your bog has been very helpful, especially this post. I thought cold mailing and job boards were the only places to find freelance writing job, and that it would be quite tough finding a job given the competition, but after going through this list, I think finding a job would be easier. If you're writing or rewriting anything for your site Instant Article Wizard will help you.
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