Were you wondering how to become a freelance writer with no experience? Or what does a freelance writer do? Find tips here if you wanted to break into freelance writing too.
- Trust God to show you a way.
- At first, take up small jobs for practice.
- Join freelance websites to find new clients.
- Approach agencies to work on contract.
- Find a mentor.
- Work hard, work smart.
- Be Honest.
Please believe me, when I say I never expected freelance writing as a career option, but here I am, soaring high.
At first, I only wanted “some” job to support my husband. I scoured the newspaper and called up several “work from home” opportunities listed there. Most were insurance related, others were sales. Making sales calls during the day was not a new mother should be doing, I decided.
There had to be another way, but what?
I quit my HR career in Organizational Development to become a full-time parent. This decision was anything but easy. After all, I worked hard for eight years to get to where I was. I was on my way to become an HR manager! Embrace the “good” life. But God had other plans for me.
A one income family did nothing to help our credit card debt .
We decided to have kids in spite of having debts and no bank balance. Shoot me, right?
So I prayed to God to show me a way through this. As I read the Bible (Matthew 25:14-30), I realized God has given all of us talents. We just have to apply them. What was my talent?
Then I edited my prayer and asked God to help me know my talents. I wanted to know how I could use my talents to bring others closer to God.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people ~ Colossians 3:23
After five months of prayers, anticipation, and faith that God was listening to me, God whispered in my heart write.
“You need to tell your story.” He said.
Naturally, I thought God wanted me to write a book on my life, how pregnancy and parenting changed me. How knowing God brought me peace. I also thought, WOW I’ll write the book, sell a million copies and use that money to waddle through life. Ambitious but easy, ey?
I started working on a book, but I stopped after three pages. I wasn’t motivated to move forward. Was my writing good enough?
I needed to learn how to write first.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest ~Matthew 11:28
So I told God how difficult it was to write this book without any training or knowledge.
In between all this, I realized how I loved reading books and an incident from school sprang back to my memory.
My father set a Lord of the Rings (LOTR) book on fire. A book that my classmate Trevor Coelho had kindly lent to me just that day. I took it home and I was just beginning to relish it instead of studying for my civics test. That’s when my father came in, snatched the book from me and wordlessly left my room. My mom said he burnt the book in the alley outside. Ah, happy times.
I never had the courage to read the book or watch the LOTR movie ever since.
Since I forgave my father recently for everything that upset me during my childhood, I gathered up the courage to watch the Lord of the Rings movie. That’s when I realized, maybe I had never told Trevor about what happened.
I got in touch with Trevor through Facebook to apologize for what had happened back then and to let him know that I finally watched the movie.
Trevor, as it turned out, had already established himself as a prolific writer with more than 10 years writing experience in the industry! He works full-time for an agency and is writing his book now too. He also has this great gaming website.
After chatting for a while, he offered to help me with my book. We started working together. Slowly, but surely, he taught me so many things about writing, becoming my mentor.
PRAISE GOD! I believe it was God who answered my prayers through Trevor and the things that trickled later.
The first writing gig
After a couple of months, a dear mommy-friend Sheetal, introduced me to a local writing agency she was connected with. They hired me to write content for them (@Rs.125 for every 700 words) It was equivalent to infamous sweatshops of the third world countries, but I didn’t care. I needed the work for practice.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. ~Proverbs 13:4
When I gathered enough articles for samples, I joined Upwork – A FREELANCE MARKETPLACE COMPANY
Thus began my journey of freelance writing. I had also Trevor backing me up, mentoring me until I was standing on my feet.
Freelance Writing Jobs
I work from home 20 hours a week now. With the help of this website, clients find me on social media and approach me. Old freelance writing clients remember the awesome working relationship we shared in the past and are back for repeat business.
I work at night after the kids go to bed.I get to spend quality time with my children and manage a household during the day. WIN-WIN
A dream come true!
This is the exact kind of opportunity that God can provide in your life if you let Him. All you need to do is just Ask Him and He will do the rest.
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