So, you want to be a freelance writer? Or maybe you’re well on your way and looking for ways to increase your income.
One thing’s for sure – when it comes to being a freelance writer, there’s more to it than writing. You need a way to organize your assignments, send invoices to clients, get paid, and boost your skills.
I started freelancing on the side in 2016 and made the jump to making it my full-time gig in 2018. And I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to make a living as a freelance writer.
Here are my favorite resources to help you succeed!
Freelance writer course
If you want to learn from the best, I highly recommend Freelance Writer Academy. Freelance Writer Academy will jump start your freelance writing career and get you started making money, whether you’re looking for a side-hustle or full-blown career.
And here’s the thing… I could have saved myself a lot of trouble and headache if I had bought that course in the first place. If money is tight, start with the beginner course for just $247. It’ll teach you the ropes and help you land your first client (it even comes with a free coaching session!).
I’m a productivity junkie — I love checklists, to-do lists, organization systems, project management tools, and anything that promises to make you more productive. But here’s what I learned the hard way: The system doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re able to keep track of your assignments and due dates to deliver content on time.
That’s why I use Trello. It’s super-simple to set up. I have one board for Client Work and I track all of my client assignments and due dates there. I also have a board for Business — that’s where I keep reminders like when to pay quarterly estimated tax payments and when to send bank statements to my bookkeeper.
To help you get started, I recommend taking the Master Trello for Business course. It comes with board templates and videos to walk you through exactly how to set up and manage your business with Trello.
Client invoicing and money management
Getting paid is the name of the game as a freelance writer. Freshbooks is an easy to use platform that simplifies sending invoices and makes it a cinch for clients to pay you online.
Plus, you can create client estimates, track the time you spend on each project, and manage your business cash flow.
A writer website
You can make-do with a LinkedIn profile for a while, but a dedicated website can help you do two things:
- Gain credibility with potential clients
- Share samples of your work
I use SiteGround. It’s easy to use and comes with everything you need to start your writer website.
Add VA services to increase income potential
Virtual Assistant (VA) work can complement your freelance writing career. Offering VA services can help to stabilize your income and diversify your freelance career.
I took Kayla’s $10kVA course and it was just what I needed to jump-start my work as a virtual assistant. This course walks you through everything you need to add VA services, from deciding what services to offer to figuring out how much to charge.