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The 8-Step Guide to Starting a Freelance Writing Business

Starting out as a freelance writer can be confusing and overwhelming. There are so many options and there’s no traditional path to follow meaning you’re on your own to figure out  the right first step. But the truth is that first step doesn’t need to be as complicated as it seems. You just need to take one action that gets your business off the starting line and moving in the right direction, giving you a little momentum. Here are eight of the simplest first steps you can take right now to start your freelance writing business and finally get the ball rolling. 1. Sign up for a free WordPress blog and publish a short post The simplest and easiest step you can take to start today is to create a blog and publish a post about a topic you care about. This doesn’t cost any money – you can sign up for free — and a simple 300 to 500 word post is enough to get started. Don’t get caught up in the self talk that says it needs to be a perfect blog post, or that you need a professional site. All of that comes later. You just need to start. 2. Generate three ideas for niches you’d like to write about Knowing which freelance writing jobs to apply for is difficult. Job boards and freelancing sites are filled with hundreds of posts and the high amount can leave you suffering from choice paralysis. Having so many options that you take none. That’s where choosing a niche (or niches) can help you out. It allows you to filter out the jobs that don’t apply to you and focus on the ones that do. Here’s a quick exercises to help you do this: Set a timer for 60 minutes. Take a look at where you spend your time and where you spend your money. Do you invest lots of hours each week doing a particular activity? Or, do you spend a consistent amount of money on a particular non-essential area of your life? Then, with whatever time you have remaining,…

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