It has been quite some time now that I have written for several hundred small and medium-scale businesses to make a few quick bucks to supplement my full-time job. But it was only last year that I move to do freelance writing for blogs. And it has been a very interesting journey since then. I now easily make a couple of hundred dollars writing blog posts. Leaving aside the lucrative part of it, let us now discuss how easy it is to become a freelance blog writer and is it really worth it.
If you carefully consider, it takes no more than one to three hours to write a good blog post. But it depends on your speed as well. It takes me around an hour to come up with a good post. I usually write anywhere between 10 and 15 blog posts per week. That means 10 to 15 hours of extra work in addition to my full-time job.
Do it from anywhere anytime: This is the best thing about becoming a freelance blog writer. You can write anytime, either early morning while you sip your coffee or during your lunch hours. Since blog posts require you to express your inner voice, you can even write it while attending a boring conference.
Do not quit your full-time job immediately: I understand your goal is to become a freelance writer. But do not quit your job right away. Take some time to test the waters and sharpen your skillset before you take any drastic step. Do some freelance blogging for a couple of months and develop a relation with the blogs that pay for write-ups. This will also help you get a feel of the flow of work.
Create your own blog: You need to create a blog using free blogging platforms like WordPress or Blogger. There are others as well but these are the two most popular ones. While writing for your own blog, you will be able to sharpen your skills. Writing for a blog isn’t the same as writing for other mediums. You need to prove yourself to the point where people are willing to pay for what you write. But make sure not to fill your blog with mediocre articles. Write articles that will serve as excellent work samples to prospective clients.
Know the worth of your writing: You need to set an hourly rate. Initially, charge a little low than what you feel you are worth. Once you have established a steady flow of clientele, hike your rates and accept jobs only at that rate.
Meet the deadlines you set: Never miss any deadline, this is quite but obvious. Constantly missing deadlines will make you appear unprofessional which may not be great for your career. Your reputation is all that you have to bank on while establishing your freelance blogging career.
Write about stuff that you know: It becomes evident when you write about a topic you are aware of rather than one which you are not too sure of. In some cases, you may come across assignments that will have topics that you are not too well-versed with. Either chose to leave the assignment or research about it like crazy until you have a bank of information to depend on.
Once you thoroughly understand and implement all the tips mentioned above, you would surely be able to seal your future as an excellent freelance blog writer.