Dear New Freelance Writer,
After more than a decade of freelancing, I occasionally meet new writers who ask for my help getting started in the freelance writing life. And I am happy to do so! When I started out, I spent countless hours reading books and articles, attending webinars and classes, and simply searching the Internet for anything I could find related to freelancing. I also encountered many experienced, kindhearted writers who willingly shared what they knew with me. Inspired by them, I vowed to always do the same. And so I created this page for you, to save you time! Here I’ve gathered together some of the most helpful resources, some paid, some free, that I personally used and found helpful in achieving success in my freelance writing career.
Full disclosure: The links to paid items such as books and courses are affiliate links. What this means is that should you decide to sign up or purchase any of these items, you pay no extra, however I do receive a commission. I wish you all the best in your pursuit of freelance writing success!
Have a great day!
This is a great practical book to get you started in writing for businesses:The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman
Getting Started as a Freelance Writer by Robert Bly (undisputed guru of freelancing for businesses!)
And this is good one for magazine writing: The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success By Linda Formicelli and Diana Burrell
I mention Carol Tice’s blog and Freelance Writer’s Den below. Carol has taken some of her best writer’s training programs, called “Bootcamps,” and turned them into eBooks. I’ve personally taken these Bootcamps and found them invaluable for growing my biz! This one is the Freelance Business Bootcamp.
How to Get Great Freelance Clients by Carol Tice
Step-by-step Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Carol Tice
Jennifer Goforth Gregory’s The Content Marketing Writer Blog is an absolutely wonderful resource. I read her advice regularly, and she even recently published a book that walks you through the process of establishing a successful career as a freelance writer.
Carol Tice’s Make a Living Writing blog is full of actionable advice and great info for new writers!
4-week J-School Journalism Crash Course is an excellent course run by Linda Formicelli and Carol Tice. It gives you the journalism know-how and confidence to land good-paying gigs.
It’s hard to describe how much the Freelance Writers Den has helped me grow my business. When I started out, I tried sticking with purely free resources. I learned the hard way that there’s a reason for the saying “sometimes you have to spend money to make money.” The Den is a paid community, costing $25/month. You can join for just one month or as long as you like. The Den has loads of great “Bootcamps.” These are in-depth trainings in topics such as how to set up your website, land high-paying clients, even how to write the most lucrative writing forms like case studies and white papers. In addition, there are weekly live training events, and a super active forum moderated by helpful experts who are ready and waiting to answer any questions you have, including how much to charge for different projects.
Freelance Success is another great one. This community has an annual $99 fee. You get the benefit of interacting with a very active and very experienced writing community. Plus, you receive a weekly newsletter with in-depth info on high-paying writing jobs.
I suffer from dreaded carpel tunnel and that can quickly put a damper on growing your writing biz. To (hopefully!) avoid surgery, I’m doing PT and invested in Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It. Is. AWESOME! Once again I tried the “free” route of using my computers “speech to text.” (Did you know pretty much all computers have this free option included?!) Anyway, I found Dragon NaturallySpeaking to be MUCH superior. It’s truly amazing how well it works.
I didn’t care for the included headset, so I got this one. It fits much better and works great!