My freelancing journey has begun, and I have hit the road. I have decided to offer my services as a writer, proofreader and editor. There are scores of freelancers out there offering the same services. How do I make a unique identity there?
I wanted to learn it all. I took a plunge into the hordes of blogs that offered to help. I learnt quite a few tricks too, from many of them.
Once I registered on two potential freelancing sites, the waiting part began. The wait for the first client. The wait for the first dollar to reach my account.
While waiting, I redid my profile many a times, and took many skills tests. I wrote and rewrote many proposals and cover letters. Read, wrote and kept sending proposals. Then, one day, I landed with my first client and then another. It was worth the entire wait.
Are you a freelancer too? A newbie like me? Then I suggest that you read or at least glance through the following blogs, and they are bound to hook you.
These sites presents class ideas and they share other freelancers’ experiences. What to do and what not to, how to write great content, how much to charge, how to negotiate; mostly everything that you as a newbie, might want to know.
Choosing a few best posts from each of these blogs was a daunting task, but a fertile one. It gave me insight, more ideas to further kick start my freelancing career, and it would do the same to you too!
Copyblogger, belongs to Brian Clark and his team. It is one of the most persuasive blogs, which makes you, want to do it. The posts are so precise and eye catching. Almost any information you need as a freelancer, is here. They teach, to create killer content. They give a very big, complete picture.
- 53 Freelancing Mistakes That Are Costing You Clients, Cash, and Credibility
- Ten Timeless Persuasive Writing Techniques
- How to Write Damn Good Sentences
- 7 Ways to Improve Your Writing … Right Now
- 10 Ways to Write Damn Good Copy
2. Men With Pens
The brains behind Men with Pens, belongs to a woman. Yes, James Chartrand is a ‘she’. She is an expert in the field and leads her team. The blog has over 1000 articles that would give plenty of solutions to many of your freelancing problems.
- The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success
- Why some people make money writing and others never will
- The Real Reason Why You Can’t Write
- What Your Copywriting Clients Secretly Think (But Won’t Tell You)
- The Most Powerful Secret to Winning New Clients
3. Daily Writing Tips
An everyday must read blog, which would sure improve your writing skills. No fancy stuff. They are a team of 5 people (4 writers and an editor) all set to clean and polish, our English skills. Complete access to useful information regarding the English language, without which your writing career will not flourish.
- 10 Tips for Better Business Writing
- What’s the Difference Between Writing and Editing?
- 5 Tips About Freelance Work
- Want To Start a Freelance Writing Career?
- Creative Writing 101
4. Passive Panda
Passive Panda belongs to James Clear. James shares strategies, tips and tricks to earn money through freelancing, employment or entrepreneurship. It is more interactive and shares the experiences of other freelancers, showing how they did it.
This is a five part series and is definitely worth your time. If you are ready to part with your email address, they will mail you their eBook.
- How 17 internet experts are really making money online
- The secrets that 23 Internet rock stars use to get more clients
- Tactics from 20 professionals on how to raise your rates and earn more
- 9 common problems freelancers face and what to do about them
- Thoughts from 8 experts on using freelancing to build a business empire
5. Zen Habits
Zen Habits is a great read, anytime. Leo Babauta is out there to motivate you to think better, and see things more clearly. His ‘My Story’ is awe- inspiring. You will get addicted to his style of writing. It might give you many a good ideas for blog posts too.
- Simplify the Internet
- The 7-Step Method to Find Focus for Writing
- How I Tackle a Big Writing Project
- How Creativity Works, & How to Do It
- How to Kill Your Excuses
- Stop Reading About It and Do It
6. Seth Godin
Short and to the point, is how Seth Godin catches your attention. Most of his posts are very small, but influences and lets you to wrack your brains. So many posts and many books from this man, who truly is a genius when it comes to creating ideas.
- In search of meaningful
- Looking for the sure thing
- The first thing you do when you sit down at the computer
- The quickest way to get things done and make change
- Words. Sentences. Paragraphs. Stories.
Suppose, you are thinking of blogging? The Pro blogger, by Darren Rowse will show you how. It is really a place for everything, a blogger needs. The archives give proper categories for all their keywords, and you can easily find what you are looking for.
- Creating Content: The Easy Way
- How to Write Great Blog Content
- Lessons I’ve Learnt about Blogging
- Can You Really Make Money Blogging?
- Blogging for Beginners
8. The Write Life
The Write Life by Alexis Grant and team, writes about almost everything that you want to know about freelancing. They help you shape an idea on how to move forward with your freelancing career. The Write Life focuses on helping us to create, connect and earn.
- Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works
- Freelancing with a Family: How to Balance Your Work and Your Kids
- 5 Details That Will Make or Break Your Freelance Writing Career
- 12 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss
- 15 Blogs That Will Help You Make Money Off Your Writing
9. Write To Done
One of the best blogs for freelancers, especially beginners. Originally, the brainchild of Leo Babauta, the blog is progressing wonderfully under the guidance of Mary Jaksch. Their categories speak volumes of the best topics on writing that they have created. The posts motivate, teach some new skills, and push you in the right direction to master the art of writing.
- 201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity
- The Art (and Science) Behind Neck-Snapping Headlines
- How to Boost Your Writing Confidence so You CAN Hit Publish
- Stuck for Ideas? 20 Quotes Telling You What To Write About
- 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing
The blog that showed me, how to do it all. For everything and anything other than writing, I search here. Mahesh blogs about marketing, tech and everything in between. Minterest has vast resource available for bloggers and freelancers. You can search here for any information that you might need in your freelance career.
- 101 Websites For Anyone And Everyone To Make Money Online
- The Freelance Writer’s Handbook – 61+ Tips, Resources & Guides
- Top 30 Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools
- The Definitive Guide To Writing A Perfectly Optimized Blog Post
- Make Money Writing Articles: Top 25 Sites That Pay Upfront For Your Content
These blogs reminds us time and again, that it is the quality of the content, which matters most. So Read, Write, Repeat!
Take your pick. Follow, until you learn to lead the way.
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