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Get started freelance writing with our freelance writing tips. Learn how to become a freelance writer by reading our blog posts on creating a freelance pitch, finding jobs for freelance writing beginners and by learning how to create samples for your freelance writer portfolio. Getting started freelance writing begins by finding your freelance writing niche or niches. Once you’ve chosen your freelance writing niche, you can start to build your portfolio by gaining writing jobs or by guest posting on other blogs and websites. Create effective freelance writing pitches and build a services page on your website to let potential clients know that you are available¬†for work. Get started freelance writing.

Where To Find Freelance Writing Jobs

9 places to find freelance writing jobs

If you’re looking for writing work then knowing where exactly to look for opportunities is a massive help. I’ll cover freelancing sites in a future post but this post will focus on platforms specifically for writing. I have mentioned job sites before and that’s definitely one place to look – you’ll find both paid and unpaid opportunities on sites, such as Indeed. However, these are some of my favourite sites and good places to look for writing jobs.

*Be a freelance blogger – not as many jobs as other sites but genuine opportunities and I also highly recommend signing up for Sophie’s emails updates from her blog

*freelancewriting.com jobs – loads of opportunities from various sources including freelance sites.

*morning coffee – same website as the site above but receive an email daily with jobs.

*problogger jobs – some great job vacancies on here for various writing and blogging jobs.

*copify – you need to apply to join this site (its not something I’m signed up to at this moment in time) but you can receive decent pay if you’re successful.

*writerbay – another site you need to apply to before you can start work.

*write words – a few different job opportunities on this site and also writing competitions.

*writethismoment – a paid membership site so I cant comment on the type of jobs available but it may be a site you want to consider.

*academicminds – jobs for academic writers.

 

Free Courses On The Web

Where to find free courses on the web

As the start of a new year dawned, you may have been thinking about learning a new skill, hobby or just considering a new interest. Taking a course can be quite expensive, especially if you’re on a budget. However, there are several free courses on the web. I’ve found a few which may help you to learn something new, develop a skill or may just act as a starting point for further investigation into a paid course.

Alison Courses

Alison provides a range of online courses free of charge. You can claim certificates once you’ve completed a course, however these require a fee. Some courses do have PDF certificates that you can download free of charge.

All courses are free to learn in your own time – there’s no time limit for completion and you can pick from a variety of topics. If you’re a blogger or freelance writer, you may be interested in the following;

Digital photography

Web page development

Adobe photoshop

English writing skills

Google analytics

Social media marketing

Building an online business

Another portal for free online learning is Future Learn whose courses are in partnership with several universities in the UK. These courses have a start and end date and tend to rotate so different courses are on offer at varying times. Some upcoming courses to look out for are;

Preparing for uni

The secret power of brands

How to succeed at writing job applications

How to succeed at interviews

Community journalism: digital and social media

Vision to learn is a British online learning site with a range of free courses. You need to apply to these courses and a certificate/qualification may be offered at the end of the course. Courses include;

Essential IT skills

Business and administration

Equality and diversity

OpenLearn is The Open University’s free online course portal. Here there are a wide range of free materials from OU courses to give you a taster of a subject. A few topics include;

Start writing fiction

Writing what you know

Managing my money

Entrepreneurial behaviour

Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market

Free courses are a great way to boost your CV/resume. Even if you don’t receive a qualification at the end, its still worth mentioning as it shows motivation, a willingness to learn and determination – all good aspects that employer’s look for.

Being Your Own Boss | Why It’s Harder Than You Think

Why being your own boss is harder than you think

Being your own boss has some amazing benefits – you can decide on your own schedule, pick the projects you want to work on and choose the times you work. However, as with everything in life, being your own boss isn’t all plain sailing. A few challenges that you might come across are;

*Not taking a break

*You are the manager/employee/administrator – everything relies on you

*No holiday pay/sick pay

*Taking on too much work

*Not getting enough work

*Sorting out your finances

*Having no one to talk to during the day

*Pressure to constantly push yourself

*Lack of support

However, despite these downsides self employment can be incredibly fulfilling and being your own boss means you get to do exactly what you want. If you’re just starting out in the freelance world then stay tuned for lots of advice and information on what to expect.