Freelance writing is an online business that has allowed most people to work either part-time or full-time at their schedule, time and where they want. Getting paid to write is no longer a dream these days, It’s a reality and many people are making money online from it. In this article, I will show you how to start freelance writing in Kenya and make money online from it.
What is Freelance Writing?
In simple terms, freelance writing is working for hire to write something for someone else. A freelance writer is one who works at their basis and gets paid to write for several clients or companies. As a freelance writer, you’ll write blog posts, articles, print magazines, online newspapers and other publications.
A freelance writer can work for several clients. For example, you can be hired by different companies to write blog posts, email newsletters, content on their site, news site articles, E-commerce descriptions for their products, ebooks, reports and many more.
How to Start Freelance Writing in Kenya
Here are the four steps of starting a freelance writing job in Kenya.
Start by Creating a Portfolio
Having your portfolio is very critical for a freelance writer. Your portfolio should include examples of your recent writings. This will help people know why they would want to hire you to write for them.
Portfolio of recent writings could be in pdf files or online by having your own blog/website which you will send the link or file to potential clients.
Create a Profile at Freelancing Websites
There is a variety of freelancing websites you can choose from. Some of them are free to register and some require a registration fee for you to set up your profile. These freelancing websites can help connect you to potential clients worldwide for writing jobs.
Examples of freelancing websites that most Kenyans have earned from are Fiverr, Upwork, Iwriters, Freelancer, Guru and People per hour. All you need to do is sign up and create a profile in these freelancing websites and don’t forget to include your portfolio in your profile.
Your profile should also include your area of expertise, any accomplishments you have made as a writer, training or certifications you have.
Begin Submitting Proposals for Writing Jobs
This is the next step after creating your portfolio and a profile at Freelancing Websites. When you first start freelance writing, you won’t be recognized and don’t expect clients to look for you. You are the one to start submitting proposals to potential clients for writing jobs. This can be done through your social media accounts by joining writing communities and groups. In these groups and communities, you’ll find people looking for writers and you are also allowed to send your proposals for writing jobs. By doing this you can get some writing jobs.
After writing some articles and your clients are happy with your work, you can ask them to leave a review on your profile at freelance websites. This can help you get more clients without looking for them because with time your profile will be highly rated.
Create your Blog
This is one of the best things a freelance writer should consider having. First of all, you can monetize your blog and earn extra income from it. By having a blog, you’ll have so much content to show your clients and you can also reach more clients through your blog.
You can decide to have a blog on the niche you are interested in writing as a freelancer to showcase your expertise and this can attract more potential high paying clients. The best thing about these clients is that they look for you and you start your job right away, no need to show your portfolio.
You might be wondering how to start a blog, you don’t need to worry about it as I had written a guide on how to start a blog.
Using these guides can help you get started with freelance writing but this is not the end of it, try reading and researching more in it. I recommend resources from freelancerkenya.com, they also have free writers pack to get you started.
The demand for freelance writers is constantly increasing and you can always get a part-time or full-time writing job if you are skilled. I guarantee you that this guide and all the resources I have linked to will help you start with freelance writing. When you get discouraged remember that all great writers started at a point similar to yours and have grown to become great writers.
If you have writing skills and are interested in earning online as a freelance writer take the next step to start writing, you will polish your skills and get better later