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Freelance Writing for Beginners: 8 Jump-Start Tips to Get Clients

Jump-Start: Freelance Writing for Beginners. Makealivingwriting.comIf you’ve just stepped into the “freelance writing for beginners” adventure, you’re probably wondering where to find all the action.

You know…clients in your niche ready and willing to pay you money for writing articles, blog posts, case studies, white papers…anything really. Right?

Here’s the thing when you’re new at this…Freelance writing for beginners can feel kind of like stepping into total darkness without a flashlight, flaming torch, or even a tiny wooden match to light the way.

Where do you go and what should you do to find freelance writing clients?

It’s kind of like Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride uttering the words: “I need you to guide my sword, please.”

You need a little help. You’re willing to do the work, even chase down the Six-Fingered Man if you have to. But you need to know where to look.

Wondering how to jump-start your freelance writing career and get clients? Check out these tips to shine some light on how it’s done:

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Find Emails (and See if Yours Got Read): 8 Tools for Writers

Tools to Help Writers Find Emails. Makealivingwriting.comFind emails…when you’ve got the perfect story idea for a magazine or want to reach out to a marketing director, you need their email address.

That single piece of information is your lifeline to success if you want to pitch prospects, land assignments, and make a living writing.

Your first stop should always be the magazine masthead or the company website to find emails. But that doesn’t always pan out.

So do you throw in the towel, shake your fist at the sky, and spend the afternoon crying about how hard it is to find emails?

Stop. Right. There. Skip the pity party and follow Carol’s advice: “Take the attitude that you are an unstoppable force of nature, and you won’t give up…”

If you want to find emails for editors, marketing directors, or sources, you can. Wondering if your pitch email got read? There’s a way to find that out, too.

Check out these tools you can use as a freelance writer to dig up contact info and find emails:

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Blog for Money: The Genius Pitch That Got One Writer $500 Per Post

Blog for Money Like a Genius. Makealivingwriting.comWondering how to blog for money and make a living writing?

Maybe you’re pitching businesses and magazines to blog for money, but you never hear back.

Or maybe your pitch to blog for money is good enough to get a response, but you keep getting rejected.

Been there, done that? It’s happened to me a lot.

The catastrophic-thinking part of your brain tries to tell you: “There’s no way in a million years they’re going to hire you. Don’t even bother trying.”

But the truth is, if you do your part to craft a well-written pitch to a prospect, that’s almost never the case.

Don’t give up that easy. You’re smarter than that. That prospect could be your next freelance writing client worth thousands of dollars.

Before you totally write off a prospect that rejected your pitch to blog for money, or gave you the “not-now-maybe-later” answer, take a minute to try and understand why. Follow up. Ask a few more questions.

Here’s how I turned a not-so-sure-prospect into a gig that pays $500 per blog post.

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Pitch Accepted: The Newbie Strategy That Landed a Major Magazine Assignment

Get a major magazine assignment with no experience. Makealivingwriting.com

Can you land a freelance magazine assignment without any clips?

If you’re new to freelancing and don’t have a lot of writing experience, it’s easy to think you can’t.

But it’s just not true.

A couple years ago, I started at ground zero. I was pitching local newspapers and charity organizations. And I wasn’t getting anywhere. Not even low-paying gigs or pro bono work.

How was I ever going to land a magazine assignment without any clips?

Fortunately, Carol set me straight. “You need to learn how to pitch successfully,” she said.

Instead of chasing dead-end clients, I decided to go big and pitch a major magazine — the kind of magazine that has a massive readership, millions in ad revenue, and a freelance budget that pays pro rates.

And it worked. Pitch accepted.

Want to know how I did it? Here’s how you can land a major magazine assignment without any clips or experience.

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How to Be a Freelance Writer: The Mindset Manifesto

Mindset Manifesto: How to Be a Freelance Writer. Makealivingwriting.comMany would-be freelance writers ask me what the first step should be in their journey. Many struggling mid-career writers also wonder what they may be doing wrong. If you’ve wondered how to be a freelance writer who earns well at it, my answer is: It all begins with what’s between your ears.

The mindset of an independent, self-employed, home-based business owner — yes, that’s what you are! — is worlds apart from the mentality you need to survive a corporate job.

Freelance writing is a head game, no doubt. If you can’t psych yourself up to market your services, or if one rejection crushes you, you’re unlikely to have enough good-paying clients to sustain a nice freelance lifestyle.

What are the important attitudes to adopt, as a freelance writer? Here’s my 10-point mindset manifesto (check out the infographic version below, that you can download and save):

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Writing Business Basics for Expats: 4 First-Class Tips for Freelancers

First-Class Writing Business Tips for Expats. Makealivingwriting.comCan you build a writing business while you travel the world?

Do you daydream about lounging on a white-sand beach in tropical Southeast Asia as you type away on your computer, chat with clients, and make money writing?

Or maybe your writer’s paradise is in South America, Europe, or some other far-off destination outside the U.S.

That kind of writing business might sound like an impossible dream. But it’s not.

I’ve been a freelance writer for more than four years. I’ve lived in Germany, Russia, and India, and freelanced while traveling to 11 other countries. It’s an ah-mazing way to be a freelance writer.

But get off the plane in Tokyo, Madrid, or Buenos Aries, and you’ll quickly realize Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right when she said: “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Take your freelance writing business overseas as an expat, and you’ll need to know a few things to make it work. If you could make a living writing from anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Buckle your seatbelts, I’m going to show you how to make it happen. Check out these first-class tips for expat freelancers:

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