Six Essential Resources for New Freelance Writers

If you’re like most of my readers, chances are you’re at the beginning stages of exploring a freelance writing career. Some trepidation is understandable, whether you’re leaving a job you've outgrown, are considering moonlighting or are simply in the exploration stage. Over the years, I've had several back-and-forth conversations with new writers who are nervous about taking on the challenge, and the insights I've gathered from those conversations have helped me to steer my readers in the right direction. Following are six resources that I consider essential for new freelance writers. 

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My Massive List of Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

The go-to list of places to find freelance writing jobs.

I list this particular resource first because exploring these freelance writing jobs can answer a lot of your initial questions. Between my readers here and the new writers that I mentor, I've come to be able to predict what you want to know right off the bat: How much money can I make? What kind of work is available? What will I be writing? My list of freelance writing job sites is a great place to start exploring what exactly is out there when it comes to freelance writing.  More

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A Thorough Listing of Example Freelance Writing Rates

How much should freelance writers charge?.

Since the question of cash money is often the one that will make all the difference to new freelance writers, these examples of writing rates should prove useful to most new writers.  More

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Examples of Resumes

A writing job resume is your first step to getting freelance writing jobs. (c) Stock Xchange

Your resume, or some variation of it, will be the first thing you're asked for once you really dive into this career. Most new writers take on some short term projects to bulk up their experience, and most of those projects ask you for some kind of summary of writing experience. 

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Your Clips and Samples

A clip is a sample of your writing abilities. stock.xchnge

After your resume, you'll often encounter this request: some samples of your work (often called clips). This resource links to some basic information about creating and presenting your clips.  More

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The Book "Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers"

Bookkeeping for Writers, Accounting for Writers
"Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers" by B. Thompson. Courtesy of B. Thompson

This book is short, clear and efficient. Spend an hour or two perusing it, and you'll be on your way to understanding all you need to know about freelance writing business finances.   More

Closing Thoughts

There you have it. With these six resources, you are actually ready to begin your freelance writing career. Now, I'm not saying that this is all there is--definitely not! But if you master these six areas, you're in a good place and have a solid foundation when it comes to your new career!