People who set out to make a full-time income from freelance writing sooner or later become disappointed by the fact that there are just so many writers who are as talented as they are, many of whom are willing to work for dirt cheap prices. If you’re a beginning freelance writer, what you want to do is to take your first baby steps in the right direction. Here are some tips on how you can earn big bucks from freelancing:
1. Save first before you go full time
Freelance writing isn’t for the faint-hearted, and neither is it for people who are just waiting for things to happen. Freelancing is a business and you could spend at least two hours of your day simply marketing yourself and your services (READ: finding writing jobs). Without enough savings, you’ll be desperate for projects, and will most likely jump at the first project that comes to you.
2. Market yourself
Just like any other business, you should get the word out about you and your business. The easiest way to do this is to set up a profile on freelance job exchange websites and start bidding on jobs. Or you can set-up a website and start promoting yourself through article marketing.
Have you heard about the jack-of-all-trades who’s a master of none? We’ll he works as a freelancer too, writing ezine articles here and there, writing web copy every now and then, and when he feels like stretching himself, writes research papers for professors.
Don’t kid yourself into believing that writers can write just about anything. I know I can write articles well, and I write website copy for my own websites. But term papers?! No way. Just like doctors, the specialists among writers are the ones who are earning top dollars in the industry.