11/5/2018 0 Comments
I love writing as a hobby and as such, I was never paid for it. It sounds nice getting paid to write though, so my new project will be about just that: How long it takes to land a paying writing gig with no prior experience or Portfolio.
Honestly, I'm a bit nervous about this one. Writing for fun is nice because there is no pressure or client expectations. You write about things you love and all is good. When writing for someone else and asking for payment you are now in a completely different world. The text you produce has value associated with it and your clients will have certain expectations that are coming with it.
What if I'm not good enough for that?
Well, only one way to find out. Getting started!
The biggest mental barrier other than the fear of doing a bad job is about the time it will take to land a paid writing gig. So I will time the whole process from beginning to end and include it in the guide that will complete this experiment.
What system will this project follow?
There are many different paths and possibilities to get paid to write. You can sign up on content mills, pitch to clients, try to land paid guest writing, ghostwriting and many others.
While I think it's possible to land a paid gig without any preparation by just mass pitching, I also think that doing good preparation will not only increase the chances to land a paid writing gig, but it could also result in better pay. With that in mind my plan is as followed:
I will probably also try different content mills to see if they are easier for beginners since they usually pay way less than other clients.
What will be the main problem?
Probably time. The more I think about this project the more I feel that this is not a quick way to earn additional income. There are a lot of people competing for writing jobs and most of them aren't successful.
Other problems are centered around my mindset and the fact that English isn't my native language. Even though I have lived in Ireland for a good 7 years, I still have to learn a lot about the language and how to use it properly.
All in all I'm very excited about this one and I'm looking forward to share my journey with you guys.