How to Make Money Freelance Writing (For Beginners)

For the past eight years I've been
writing for income that means I've built a writing agency called Express writers
I've written two books so you think you can write, and practical kind of strategy
and marketing writing hundreds of blogs to promote myself and my agency creating
top read content on guest publications and interviewing hiring and training
hundreds of writers my most recent accomplishments were speaking live on
stage yes and launching an SEO focused freelance writing course and you can
check out the link for that course in the description it's the truth that I
found out in the last eight years is that writing for income goes far beyond
just knowing how to write well that's the crooks but there's a lot more things
involved so in today's video I'm going to share with you five key factors that
have contributed to my growth with my own self started writing career
including tips on how to get started from the ground up how to market
yourself the skills you need to learn to make a lot more revenue as a writer
marketing tips and more so if you're watching this video and you want to make
writing your side hustle or a full time living opportunity this video is for you
I dropped out of college at 19 years old to pursue my passion which was writing
so I'm in the last eight years this has been my full-time thing if I can make it
happen you can too let's get into it okay so my first tip is gonna be really
simple you need to do a gut check and you need to make sure that you love
writing writing is going to be the crux of what you do if this is your side
hustle full-time online income opportunity so if you don't love writing
you're not gonna love what you do in my experience the best writers come from a
place of loving to write this was true for me I actually wrote a 200 page novel
at age 12 I was filling books with poetry short stories fiction nonfiction
so do a gut check and make sure that writing it's one of your favorite things
some symptoms of this can include writing as a hobby writing to fill your
spare time loving your English classes in high school or college my second tip
if you're serious about this and you want to make this your full-time thing
making a living writing you need a website so if you want to pull in the
best gigs the best clients really commit you need a site I would suggest buying a
domain that either is your name or something that would attract your ideal
audience so my writing agency is Express writers calm and one of the purposes of
starting a site is so you can start writing content on your site today I
still blog up to two or three times a week on our agency blog at the write
blog so your site and your blog needs to become your marketing tool on the write
blog I consistently publish content that attracts our to ideal audience types
which are either freelancers or a group of marketers and agencies the
freelancers buy the courses and books that I offer and the marketers and
agencies are our ideal clients so some of the topics I write on would include
how to build a strong digital content strategy how long should a blog post be
productivity and work-life tips for marketers etc so create a site and start
a blog and begin there my third tip this is a good one are you ready
learn the skills that add a layer of money-making assets to your writing
chops this is huge and it's actually under util
by a lot of online writers especially those that are just getting started so
good writing is the core but on top of that our skill sets that you can build
to market yourself and tell your clients you're able to create more strategic
content that will get them real results online so for example content marketing
is an industry that's currently worth 400 billion dollars and a large part of
the industry is buying content creation or investing in that in some way
businesses are hiring paying and outsourcing their content needs but you
really need to know the skills they're looking for on top of writing so what
are those skills this would include knowing how to build
an online content strategy knowing SEO and how to find great keywords that will
attract their ideal audience knowing how content drives growth in terms of brand
awareness list building audience growth list building email marketing techniques
Facebook ad copy social media character limits and after six years of spending a
lot of time in the consecration industry I built two courses that can really help
freelancers maximize this layer of added skill sets that you can add to the
knowledge of great writing to attract and help your clients in a better way so
you can check those two courses I have out one is a content strategy course
it's very intensive that's a content strategy course calm and the other one
is a simple easy-peasy SEO writing course SEO writing course calm okay
moving on to number four great writing skills will come with time and practice
now here's where my not so fun writing tip is going to come into play a lot of
copywriters will advise you against taking these low-paying jobs you need to
go for that higher rates while that's true I think it's critical at the
beginning to take lower paying jobs really gets no content create a lot of
content and get better and better and better and then charge that price that
you want to go after in all honesty this is how I grew my content writing skills
from less than beginner to in demand blogger and author I wrote
hundreds and hundreds of articles in my first year at anywhere from three to
five cents a word for locksmiths car dealers hardware companies digital
marketers you name it okay let's wrap up with my fifth tip so number five would
be to learn marketing and yes this does tie in to our third tip about adding
those layers of skillsets to your writing abilities that can boost the
revenue of your clients but I specifically mean learn marketing for
you as a writer coming on the scene you're going to have to build your brand
you want to apply marketing techniques that will help you be seen and heard and
get those leads so don't be shy put yourself out there there are so many
ways you can market yourself today one idea would be you could go to
conferences with a business card and start conversations with marketers that
are looking for content you could also grow your business page on Facebook with
videos and really good content you could go to Instagram use writer hashtags look
for clients post quality content you could start a YouTube channel create
videos you could learn how to beat the LinkedIn algorithm and create organic
post that will reach your ideal buyer and don't forget to focus on writing
your own blog and growing your email list so this list is crazy long but
what's really cool is that as you learn these skills and market yourself you'll
be able to create more strategic content for your clients and apply those skills
to how you write for them I would recommend picking one key thing like
building your Facebook page focus on that for a week a month a quarter
however much time you have to devote to writing being your full-time or
part-time thing and then move on to the next thing
I hope these five key tips really helped I focused on practical advice that
really worked for me and I started at a place that was less than beginner I
simply had a love for writing and I pursued that and made a career out of it
so I believe that you can too and if you have any questions let me
know in the comment I'll be happy to get back to you thanks
so much for watching and I hope to see you around so in tonight's video my goal is to
share with you five key factors the hell

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