I’ve always wanted to be a freelance writer, but I found myself asking that age-old question “what niche could I write in?”
So I started exploring micro-niches — topics that are very narrowly focused but related to larger niches. That exploration led me to launch The Hirsutism Hub about a health condition where abnormal body hair grows on women, usually associated with more well-known conditions like diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and obesity.
My site launched in 2011. Today, it averages more than 20,000 viewers monthly and has been mentioned in New York Magazine, Yahoo Style, and Women’s Health. It’s also given me the credibility to write about health topics for other sites and brings in some monthly side income.
Here’s how a micro-niche can work for you:
Love them or hate them, queries are one of the most important marketing tools for any freelancer who wants to write for magazines. And the skills you learn from writing a good query letter also help business writers and copywriters pitch their potential clients.
If you’ve been sending queries off into space and never getting a reply, you may think it’s impossible to break into new magazines. But it’s not true! Editors are always looking for new talent.
To help you learn to write a query letter that will get you the gig, we’ve pulled together a collection of five of our best posts on pitching:
UpWork.com is one of my favorite places to find long-term, higher-paying freelance writing clients. Crazy, right? The site (the new combined brand that’s the result of the oDesk-Elance merger) really is one of the best places to go if you…
It seemed like a dream come true.
I landed a high-paying blogging gig on a popular software blog. I knew that the clients I wanted read this site, so they’d see my name there and come to me with gigs.
In my mind, this was the break I was looking for to make it big as a business writer. I felt like I’d finally made it as a professional freelance writer.
But it didn’t take me long to figure out it wasn’t the absolute dream job. The editor was nasty. Here’s how I handled it — and how it helped me in the long run:
Across the conference table, two business owners sat staring at me, as I explained why they needed to hire me as their writer.
I discussed what they needed — social media, blog articles, employee profiles — and to my newbie surprise, they bought it. All of it. They stood up, shook my hand and eagerly requested a proposal.
I shook their hands, smiled, and nearly collapsed into a puddle of anxiety after I left the room.
This was my first experience with a potential business client, and I had no clue how I’d move forward.
What do I charge? What do I put in my proposal? What do I do next?
Luckily, I had resources, and I put them to work. Here’s what I did to secure my first business client and first big freelance job — at a great pay rate:
This spring, I set a goal to double my freelance income over the next year.
I immediately ran smack into my first challenge: finding time to market to new clients while still delivering great work for my current clients.
I had to take a hard look at how I spend my time and decide what I could postpone or farm out over the next three to six months, in order to ramp up my marketing and grow my freelance writing career.
It wasn’t going to be easy — I’m a single, self-employed mom to a homeschooled teen and tween. I was doubtful I would find much time to free up. But I did — a whopping 70 hours per month.
Here’s how I got more productive: