Being a freelance content writer isn’t an easy task. The constant instability and the unsurety of payments can take a toll on a person’s mental well being.
I am not saying that every freelance content writer has it like that but when you are starting out as one, chances are that you are bound to face these shortcomings.
For the most part, I had the concept of content writing thrown at my face out of nowhere. I was an internet geek back during the high school days, recharging my phone with those 1GB 2G data packs when I stumbled across this.
But, I never once thought of content writing as a profession. I had this notion that the people who owned these websites were the ones who wrote the content.
But, boy was I wrong.
As I said before, the concept of content writing was thrown around at me all of a sudden. And, I am so glad it was.
If you didn’t read the blog where I talked about how I got into content writing, I would suggest you go and read it first.
That being said, starting out as a freelance content writer with such a lack of knowledge about the niche affected my growth a lot.
I started out content writing as a mode of earning my pocket money and then I transformed the same into my profession.
But, I had a tough time making things work, even before I started seeing this as a possible profession.
What did I do, you ask?
Opened multiple accounts of job portals
Once I started working as a freelance content writer and bagged 1-2 gigs, I was desperate for getting more clients and projects.
I didn’t even realize that not every “client” that I come across is going to be the best around.
I won’t say I have experienced fraud clients but I can definitely say that I was close to that a few times.
It has been four years now since I started writing and I can vouch that you need to rigorously understand the concept behind this before you start out as a content writer.
For me, I made accounts on almost all the job portals. You name one, I possibly had an account registered there.
I was that desperate to find clients because I never knew you could do something you love and get paid for it.
If you ask me, I can assure you that acquiring clients nowadays should be done via the freelance gig portals because those assure you genuine clients. But, the problem with such portals is the fact that there isn’t a stable project assigned to you. It comes in fragments.
So, if you want to go the long way like I did, sign up and register your account on the various online job portals and then start looking for the seekers who have put up freelancing job ads.
I used to do that back in the day when I was working as a freelance content writer.
Write on a paper and then type
Yeah, you won’t believe, right?
But, I actually used to do that and boy, I was so stupid.
I literally had 1200 words work projects assigned to me when I was in college and I literally used to do my proper research for the article, write the entire article on a piece of paper and then type it back on my laptop.
Talk about the level of cringe!
No wonder it took me over 2 days to complete a project. But, even when I was so tired with the entire work burden, I used to enjoy every single moment of it.
With experience, I have learned how to pace up my speed and manage time when it comes to projects so I am able to meet the deadlines.
I still do write down things on the papers before starting out with an article because I feel more secure with my writing that way.
But, nowadays, I just jot down the pointers that I am going to include and not write the entire article down.
What has changed now?
These were two of the most common blunders that I used to do when I first started out as a freelance content writer.
But, over time, I have learned from these shortcomings and have improved my writing style and even the kind of time that I required to write a well-researched article from scratch.
Writing, contrary to popular belief, isn’t easy at all.
Crafting every single word and every single paragraph takes time. So, if you want to establish yourself as a reputed freelance content writer, you need to work around your weaknesses.
Given that your source of income is based around your client’s level of satisfaction, you want to deliver your absolute best without any possible thoughts. It is true that it isn’t the easiest but being a freelance content writer brings variance in your writing that you possibly didn’t even think was possible.