Start with your mindset. Yes, I’m serious. There’s a reason why mindset in business is such a hot topic online — it determines your motivation, discipline, perseverance, confidence, performance, and your ability to convince clients that you can offer value for their money.
You need to decide upfront that you can do this if you put in the work. You need to decide that you can write for a decent income (not for peanuts, please). Got it? Good. Now let’s get on with it.
Write down why you want to be a freelance writer. What are the goals you have in mind? Do you want to pay off debt, earn extra income, build a business that will replace your full-time job, or fund a dream project or trip? Whatever the reason, write it down and put it somewhere where you can see it every day.
Next, write down a list of the following:
- Everything you’ve been through in your life, good and bad.
- Topics you are interested in such as those that form part of your current career, your hobbies, books you read, etc.
- Topics you would like to learn more about.
- Describe how you think and ask your friends for their honest feedback on what makes the way you think and communicate so special? You’re going to use the same unique skills to become a freelance writer.
Looking at all of this, what are the areas that overlap? For instance, as a freelance writer myself, the two main niches that interest me are health and wellness, and education. Both are informative, have to do with people, their stories, and things that improve their lives. That’s my sweet spot.
For you, it could be writing about travel, combined with an interest in different cultures and languages, or environmental conservation. Whatever your background, you have an angle to offer that is different from anyone else’s.