Let a professional freelance writer tell you: finding legitimate, decent-paid freelance writing jobs on the internet can be tough, especially if you’re just starting out. There are a lot of people out there looking to get you to work for nothing and even more time wasters! So there are some things the newbie needs to know when they start looking for employment online. Here are just a few things to bear in mind:
In order to be able to demand good prices, you need to have a lot going for you. In other words, you need to have an excellent portfolio and, if possible, references to boot. These things will make it so much easier for you to find work that not only pays well but is the sort of work that you actually enjoy (and isn’t just writing emails for someone who’s looking for a personal secretary). For this reason, before you even start looking and applying for jobs, it is best to gather together all your best examples of work, polish them up and make them presentable. Make sure to include lots of different styles and lengths, so any potential employer can see all the things you are capable of!
A lot of new freelance writers come in and are intimidated by the competition or don’t want to rock the boat. In order to survive, however, sometimes you’re going to have to be a bit brave. Sometimes a potential employer will list a price that you will think is unfair. It may well be unfair, and it worth you applying for the job but asking for more money. It can see cheeky, but the worst that your potential client can say is ‘no’ and not give you the job. The best case scenario, though, of course, is that they look at your portfolio and agree that you’re worth a lot more!
There are plenty of freelance sites online, but many of them are just not as good as the others. You need to be comparing the sorts of jobs you find to all the others and seeing which sites are going to offer you the most variety or the best prices. Ask your friends or fellow writers what the going rates are for 100 words, for example, and make sure that you aren’t being ripped off by certain sites.