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

Jump-Start: Freelance Writing for Beginners. Makealivingwriting.com

If 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 just getting started, it’s easy to think freelance writing for beginners is 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?

There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big and sending a query letter to your favorite glossy consumer magazine or pitching a business that generates billions in revenue. Do it.

Just realize you might need to learn a few things about freelance writing, get some clients, and some writing samples first.

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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4 Top Obstacles Young Writers Face — and How to Beat Them

Young writers make these moves to overcome obstacles. Makealivingwriting.com

When you’re trying to build your freelance business in a sea of young writers and seasoned veterans, there’s a good chance it feels like you’re floundering. I know I did.

When I first started writing, I spent a ton of time worrying, procrastinating, and making excuses for why I couldn’t make a living doing what I loved. I wanted to break free from the corporate world and find success on my own terms.

For the first 6 months, I let my fear of being underqualified hold me back. As one of those young writers, I thought it might take me years to earn well as a freelancer. But I desperately wanted to find a way to speed up success.

I took courses, read freelance blogs like this one, and tried to learn everything I could about being a successful writer. The only problem was that I didn’t know how to get out of my own head and actually do the work.

Today, I make six figures, have a full client list, and teach other young writers how to overcome the same roadblocks I struggled with. As I’ve coached students in my Earn Big as a Young Writer course, I realized that my obstacles were very common.

Here are the top 4 obstacles young writers face (including me), and how to overcome them.

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7 Reasons You Have More Writing Clips Than You Think

More samples Here’s a common lament I hear from freelance writers:

“I don’t have any writing samples! What should I do to get clips for my portfolio?”

Well, wait just a minute there. Because often, when I ask more questions, I find out you’ve got clips.

You just don’t think you have any.

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10 Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners That Give You Great Clips

It’s hard to find good freelance writing jobs for beginners. Especially if the only assignments you ask for are 1,500-word feature articles or $3,000 white papers. While some writers do seem able to go straight for the big score, most …

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Marketing 101 for Freelance Writers #8: How to Find Clients Without Clips

Does freelance writing seem like a closed club, and you can’t find the clubhouse door? One writer told me this week: The biggest problem is you can’t break into magazines unless you already have clips. You can’t get clips without …

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