One of the biggest concerns of full timers who hit the road is how they will pay their expenses. Most of us are not independently wealthy so if we want to eat, we have to find a way to earn money. Fortunately for me, I have a job I can do anywhere: I’m a freelance writer.
I meet a lot of people who tell me that they would love to make their living writing – and it is a pretty awesome career. However, it does take a lot of self-discipline and hard work. You have to seek out job opportunities, apply for them, then actually complete them. I am sad to say that very rarely will jobs find you.
Get a website.
Not only is a website a good way for prospective clients to find you, it is also a great place to park your portfolio and resume as well as showcase yourself. I use GoDaddy, but there are plenty of hosting companies you can go with. I just like GoDaddy because they have such awesome customer service and a super easy site building platform.
I have a live feed for one of my blogs on my site, a bio, my port (portfolio), and information on the books I have written. It also links to my social media so visitors can connect with me there. Simple is best and if you are just starting out you probably want to go with a home page, bio, contact, and port. You don’t have to put everything you’ve ever written on there, just the best stuff.
Put together some samples.
Most of the pieces that you do for clients, save those that give you a byline, cannot be used as samples. It violates your client’s confidentiality – especially if it is a ghostwritten piece. If you have a good rapport with a client you might ask if you can use the stuff you wrote for them, but it is usually best to just sit down and write a few 300 to 400 word articles on your own. Make sure they are very polished and error free before showing them. A writer who submits error laden samples is not likely to get much work. They just look sloppy and like they don’t care.
Gather your resources.
There are some great resources out there – FREE resources. The sites below have tons of resources and several lists of jobs, submission guides, publications accepting work, and writing contests:
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