When I tell people I’m a freelance writer, they always look at me a little blankly, as if I just told them I’ve joined the circus. To most, writing does not seem like a viable career. It seems like something somebody does, while living out of a crappy apartment, eating takeout every night, struggling to get by, while pumping out the next “great American novel” (thank you Hollywood for that stereotype).
For me, this has never been the case.
Primarily I write content for ecommerce shops, brands, and startups. If a company needs blog posts to help with their marketing strategy, or they’re looking to increase their SEO through keywords, I’m their girl.
How I Got Started Freelance Writing
To put it simply: getting started with freelance writing was not easy. (keep reading because I’m going to tell you how it can be much easier for you)
I was at a place in my life where I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise. I felt confused, overwhelmed, and pressured to make use of my education and find the dream job (sound familiar?). While this wasn’t a great feeling, it is one hundred percent what pushed me to get to where I am today. I knew I needed to find something that would allow me to work remotely. I couldn’t bear the thought of getting stuck in a job that I dreaded everyday, that held me back, or made me feel uncomfortable.
This is when I discovered Upwork.
Why I use Upwork for FreelanceWriting Jobs
I solely and exclusively use Upwork to get all my writing jobs. Many people view Upwork as a platform that only offers low paying jobs for large amounts of work. For me, this has never been the case, or at least I’ve been able to hustle hard enough to make it not the case.
In truth, Upwork has been my knight in shining armour.
But the fact that I’m sitting outside, writing on my laptop, at 10am on a Wednesday morning, with my dogs at my feet, in a pair of cotton shorts and a t-shirt, is all due to my discovery of this platform.
Why You Should Use Upwork Too
Let me make this clear to you, though: I am not special. If I can make this work, you absolutely can too. When I was desperately searching for my remote working situation, I had someone cheering me on, telling me I could find something. I believe it was that encouragement that kept pushing me forward to keep searching, to not give up. Sometimes it still blows my mind that I actually found it, so now I want to pass that encouragement on to you.
I want all of you people out there looking for writing jobs (or any type of remote working situation) to know that you can find it. You can make it work. Trust me, companies and small business owners are looking for writers. Content marketing is in demand, and if you can write, you can get these jobs. Upwork will allow you to find these jobs, rather than having to search yourself or waste time marketing yourself as writer. When I first started making money as a writer, I didn’t even have a blog. I created this blog solely because I wanted to connect with more people, but it was never necessary.
There’s no special talent you have to have to work remotely. All you have to realize is that this is simply a new way to work, a different type of working situation than what is considered traditional. There are still obligations, deadlines, and pressures to deliver. You’ll have to work harder than ever to find, secure, and keep the clients that you do get. But, when you can work for yourself on your own terms, it’s all worth it.
How To Become a Freelance Writer
If you’re looking to become a freelance writer and want to make money online, while having the freedom to travel and work whenever and wherever you want, I have something for you.
I’ve released my first ever ebook, detailing the exact strategy I’ve used to start my career as a freelance writer. And oh yes, I share all the tips: how I write proposals, what I look for in clients, how I’ve crafted my portfolio, and so much more.
While the ebook does not detail a get rich fast scheme, it does tell you how you can make money online using your writing voice.
If this sounds interesting to you, give it a peek and see what you think. If it can help just one of you become a freelance writer, I’ll be happy 🙂