Winning your first writing project on Freelancer

Freelance

Winning your first writing project on Freelancer

Freelancing gives us the best of both worlds. You can be self-employed while avoiding the hassle of starting a company or joining the dreaded world of the 9 to 5. As a sole trader on Freelancer, you’re able to make money, from anywhere, at anytime, as long as you can beat out the competition, of course.

The UK now has 2 million freelancers, and that number is set to rise in our hunt for a flexible work-life balance. With such fierce competition, how can you win the Hunger Games of freelancing and work your way to the top?

Freelancing websites

For many, being a freelance writer can be daunting.

“How do I find clients?”

“How do I know how much to charge?”

These kinds of questions plague our minds, but fortunately, in recent years, websites like Freelancer and Problogger have been there to answer our questions. They provide a complete service. They connect you with clients, they show how much your competitors charge for writing services, and they give you global reach, all for a small share of your profits. But as their popularity has grown, so has the competition for writing jobs. This means to win vital jobs on freelancing sites, it’s essential you prepare for battle.

Step one: Fight for experience

The main concern people have when hiring a freelancer is whether you’ll be able to deliver. If you’re new to freelancing, you’ll lose out on projects to more experienced writers. Clients want to be sure they’re making a good investment and those without experience appear to be a risk. The solution? Get experience.

This seems like a Catch-22. How are you supposed to get valuable experience if no one will hire you in order for you to get said experience? The answer is to find that one person who will take a chance on you. As Lady Gaga once (and many more times) said, “There can be 100 people in a room and 99 don’t believe in you but all it takes is one and it changes your whole life…”

You will have to fight for your chance. Try to convince people you’re worth a try. Ask around to see if anyone you know has connections who might take a chance on a struggling writer. You need to graft. But it will ultimately pay off. All of this hard work goes towards making a portfolio that becomes your new badge of honour and shows your clients you are the chosen one. The only one capable of delivering the perfect project.

Step two: The perfect portfolio

There is no point going through the hard work of finding someone to take a chance on you and building a portfolio only to find out it’s not very good. If you’re trying to get ahead as a freelancer, you need to know that you’re skilled at what you do. Otherwise, your clients will leave bad reviews, you won’t get new jobs, and your progress could grind to a halt.

If you have little experience as a freelance writer, know that there is a skill to it. The people who get hired for projects have trained for this, professionally or with years of learning the hard way through trial and error. You need to decide how you plan to improve your writing and keep up with the latest developments in the industry, to ensure you can provide a top-quality service.

So, there are the three things you need to do: get experience, build a portfolio, and become a good writer. If you do all these things, with a little perseverance and an original, enlightening portfolio, the jobs will come rolling in.

If you need a helping hand getting started as a freelance writer, Coster Content Academy will equip aspiring writers with the skills you need to be successful. Whether it’s learning how to write the perfect blog or writing copy for a website, our team can get you there. For more information, give Coster Content a call for a friendly chat on 0161 413 8418.

Alia Coster