10 Step Guide To Setting Up Your Freelance Writing Business For Success (From Day One)

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Freelance writing seems like the ultimate dream come true, doesn’t it?

You get the freedom to work for yourself, write what you want – when you want and choose who you work with.

You have complete control over your life. The only rules are the ones you make.

What could be better than that?

A step-by-step guide to setting up your freelance writing business for success, that’s what.

Before I explain what I mean, let’s talk about what usually happens.

Once you realize how awesome freelancing is, you jump in feet first. You start looking for work… and find clients who aren’t willing to pay more than $5 for 500 words.

For a while, you work long and hard. You’re convinced this is just a rite of passage that you need to cross before finding the really good gigs. Maybe once you have more writing samples,clients will pay more.

Of course, that doesn’t happen. The more you work for low pay, the more you attract low paying work.

It’s as if you’ve hit a glass ceiling you can’t break through.

That’s when you start getting disillusioned. Maybe there just isn’t any better paying work out there. You can’t spend your life working for low pay. You’re already struggling to make ends meet!

You start wishing for a do-over. A step-by-step guide that shows you:

  • what to do to,
  • when to do it and
  • what sequence to do it in.

I know I did.

This is the part where I tell you that you made a fundamental mistake when you started freelancing. That you didn’t stop to think before making the jump. That you saw the shiny, attractive side of being a freelance writer and naively thought that was all there was to it.

But, here what I’m really going to say:

Screw it.

Businesses are built on mistakes. Successful businesses are built on lessons learned from those mistakes.

Which is why, I’ve created this comprehensive guide for setting up your freelance writing business. If you’re just starting out, this is your lucky day.

If you’ve been freelancing for a while, use this guide to learn from your mistakes and make changes to fix whatever’s not working in your business.

Ready? Let’s get started!

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An Open Letter To Budding Freelance Writers Everywhere

Dear budding freelance writer,

When I first came up with the idea of this blog, I almost talked myself out of it.

Another freelancing blog? Kill me already!

Almost every freelancer out there is blogging about freelancing. What could I possibly have to say that hasn’t already been said before?

Then I took James Chartrand’s Damn Fine Words course and used the idea for this blog to do the exercises. It only took the first three lessons for me to figure out that I did have a lot to say.

In fact, it wasn’t what I had to say as much as what I didn’t.

Confused? Let me explain.

Conventional Freelancing Advice No Longer Applies

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Over the years, I’ve followed a LOT of freelancing blogs. Many of them offer excellent advice. But every single one of them says the same thing to freelancers.

Don’t work for low pay. Don’t write for content mills. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t get stuck in a rut.

Don’t, don’t, don’t.

Just don’t.

As a budding freelance writer, I can’t tell you how inadequate that made me feel. I was stuck writing for content mills, couldn’t find better paying work and every successful freelancer I came across was telling me that writing for content mills was killing my career.

Talk about feeling incompetent!

I was convinced I’d never be successful. Thank god, I proved myself wrong, huh?

Which is why I always say:

You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

Do whatever you have to do (as long as it’s ethical).

If that means writing for low pay to get your foot in the door then so be it.

If low paying work is all you can find, then write for low pay.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Everyone Starts From Somewhere

Countless of us started from where you are right now. As long as you use it as a stepping stone, it doesn’t matter how low you start.

Just start, move forward and don’t look back.

But Know This: You Won’t Succeed Unless You’re Ready To Succeed.

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You have the answers right here.

My free report “10 Unexpected Places to Find Freelance Writing Clients” shows you where to find clients  and how to approach them. It even gives you examples of freelancers who successfully used those places to land clients.

The best part? None of these places is a job board, content mill, or bidding site.

But here’s the thing: the report won’t do a thing for you until you decide to take matters in your own hand.

No one will magically do your search for you or reach out to clients on your behalf. You have to do it yourself.

You have to decide to be successful.

And then you have to go out and do whatever you need to do to be successful.

Remember, There’s No Room For Excuses

Don’t waste your breath on excuses. Freelancing is a business. It’s NOT a hobby.

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This isn’t something you do on the side.

Like any other business, it requires discipline and hard work. Every. Single. Day.

It requires you to do things that scare you – like finding clients and pitching them your writing services.

You can’t sit back and think “Oh, I can’t do that” or “I don’t have a portfolio” or “There aren’t any well-paying jobs out there” or even “I don’t earn enough to invest in my business”.

Those are lame-ass excuses and as long as you cling to them, you’ll never succeed.

There’s No Better Time To Succeed As A Freelance Writer Than Now

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With Google getting smarter every day, online (quality) content has never been more in demand . From solopreneurs to Fortune 500 companies – everyone needs content and most of them don’t have the time, knowledge, or skills to write it themselves.

Which is where you come in. You have what all those businesses want – the ability to write quality content. And they’re willing to pay good money for it. You just have to find them.

The good news is you already have 10 places to find freelance writing clients.

So what’s it going to be?

Freelance writing success or remaining stuck (and poor) in a sea of mediocrity?

If you’re at the tipping point where you’ve decided to make a success of your freelance business no matter what – welcome to Freelance Flyer.

Here we treat both your freelancing and writing as a business – and not a hobby!

Looking forward to helping you succeed (and doling out tough love when required).

- Samar Owais

P.S: Don’t forget to download your copy of 10 Unexpected Places to Find Freelance Writing Clients!