How to become a freelance writer in college is creating a lot of buzz among college students. Since I started my freelance writing business over two years ago, several friends, including those in the universities, often ask me what it takes to become a freelance writer.

Why are they asking? Because it is common for college students to go broke. So they want to know how freelancing supports college student. And that is because they need a side hustling job that provides a decent income to help support them until they graduate. However, it is a challenge to find jobs that will pay you well while in college.

That is why finding jobs in freelance writing is the best option. It will enable you to enjoy the benefits of being a freelance writer. But how can a college student become a freelance writer and make money working from home or anywhere? Before we go down this article, let us look at how to get started in freelance writing.

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Starting A Freelance Writing Business While In College

When people keep asking you how to start freelance writing, it makes you understand that they’re clueless on how to get started. The same applies to college students who’re seeking to make extra money to supplement what they have. But how to become a freelance writer in college is not rocket science. It involves a natural process that anyone can apply and be successful.

The first elements you need are a few writing samples in your focus niche. Then create a Paypal account as a payment method, and start pitching clients for work. But in most cases, you may not have written or published any samples to build your portfolio.

So to showcase your writing capabilities, you can use the essay papers you wrote for school projects as samples to show potential clients. Use your essay writing projects to your advantage.

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How to Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online As A College Students

The best way for college students to find freelance writing jobs online is to check out freelance writing gigs for beginners. After all, you are a beginner, so take advantage of freelance writing jobs for beginners and start making money online. Also, look for writing work on freelance writing job boards.

Did you know? Several students who took the freelance writing route later realized that it is a career path they love. Consequently, your period in college is the best time to start building your freelance writer credibility.

How to Become A Freelance Writer While In College

Many are struggling with the processes of how to become a freelance writer. However, we have put together five practical tips that will help you to start freelance writing even as a college student.

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1: Establish Your Experience With What You Know

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Why are some freelance writers successful while others are struggling to make ends meet? It is because the successful writers have a body of knowledge to their advantage. So write about topics you know. But you don’t have to acquire all the know-how to become a successful freelance writer.

You can learn along the way while honing your writing skills. Strangely enough, several editors would not accept your work if you have no experience in writing. And to determine your expertise, they would want to see your published samples.

In this case, the best you can do is choose a few subjects of specialty and write more on them. Usually, when pitching editors, they will tell you to send links to three samples of your work to see if you can deliver quality.

So ask around the college campus, student organizations, and your local newspaper if they have available positions for contributing writers. Be willing to write for free as many of them may be open for free guest contributors. The idea is to help you create samples that will enable you to find freelance work as a college student.

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2: Create A Portfolio to Showcase Your Writing Experience

Now that you have some writing samples, the next step is to put them together in a collection. That is where creating a portfolio comes in handy. With your samples in one place, you can send your portfolio link to interested clients to check out your published work.

It is from there that they will decide if you’re a good fit to work with or not. In light of this, when creating your portfolio, make sure you feature only your best work. It may include college projects that received excellent recommendations or grades.

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3: Plan Your Semester Ahead of Time

As a college student, you already have more than enough assignments to handle. So how do you combine those tasks with online freelance writing jobs? Planning your semester ahead of time is your best bet. It will enable you to have an organized timetable that allows you to focus on what matters most and accomplish your task.

Moreover, since you’d pitching editors and would-be clients, planning will give you enough time to craft irresistible proposals that stands out. Projects that will enable you to find high-paying freelance writing gigs.

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4: To Become a Profitable Freelance Writer, Make Networking A Priority 

Does networking correlate with how to become a freelance writer? Yes, it does! When you start freelancing, networking should be a significant part of your marketing strategy. You never know how many clients your networking community will refer to you. For example, when I started my freelance writing career, I didn’t realize the value of networking.

It was until a friend I’m following on Twitter directed a client to me. In fact, the prospect contacted me and said Mr. Max (name changed to protect my client’s privacy) referred him to me. I ended up working for him. It was after that incident that I began networking like nobody else.

Who should be your networking target? For me, I network with:

  • Content managers
  • Editors
  • Publishers
  • Website owners & Co-founder
  • Bloggers
  • Fellow other freelance writers.

Follow these people across social media and engage with them regularly. Share their posts, comment on their blogs, and interact with them on social media. These activities will make them notice you. And when you send out a pitch, they will recognize you. In fact, they can also help you find remote freelance writing jobs

In this way, they’re more likely to approve your application. Furthermore, I suggest you join social media groups about blogging, content marketing, and freelance writing. They provide networking potentials that can assist you in acquiring new clients.

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5: Start Reaching Out to Potential Clients With Cold Emails

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You have successfully established your expertise with work samples, and created a portfolio to house your published work. You have also plan your semester ahead, which gives you more working space. Moreover, you succeeded in connecting with your target clients, now what?

It is time to start sending out cold emails to find paying clients. Cold emailing is one of the best ways to find high-paying freelance writing jobs online. Notice that clients are not going to walk up to your door asking you to work for them; especially since you’re a beginner.

You need to go to them using a cold email marketing strategy. It is a simple marketing tactic that lets you email prospects and offers to work for them. Your email will include identifying their pain problems and offer to help solve the issues. If they’re interested in your offer, they will contact you to sign a contract.

*Important* Before you hit the send button, ensure to proofread your emails. Make sure they’re free of spelling and grammatical errors. Otherwise, a client can reason that if there are lots of grammar and spelling errors in your email, that means you cannot deliver high-quality writing service.

These undertakings will help you improve your email open rates. And get responses from your prospects.

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You may like to read: 10 Actionable Steps That Will Instantly Increase Email Open Rate

How to Become a Freelance Writer As a College Student (5 Steps)

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Wrapping Up How to Become a Freelance Writer In College

It is not easy to juggle between a job and your education. But freelance writing offers you the freedom to do just that. The flexibility of freelancing is the primary reason why several college students have chosen to become freelance writers.

Moreover, it also gives you financial freedom, as many of them are happy to find remote freelance writing jobs online with higher income. And as stated earlier, several students who turned to freelance writing have continued after graduation as freelance writers. They love what they’re doing, the freedom, and financial benefits.

College is the best place to start your career to become a freelance writer. Take full advantage of the opportunities you have to learn and make money doing what makes you happy. How to become a freelance writer is not difficult. Apply the tips in this article, and you’re all set.

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Moss Clement

Moss Clement is a freelance writer & blogger. Founder of Moss Media and content manager at Writers Per Hour. He is working closely with B2B marketers - helping​ several startups grow their online presence in the digital marketing space. By delivering highly informative content pieces​, he has assisted small & medium-size businesses to build their online reputation and connect them with their buyer persona. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Amar Kumar · October 5, 2019 at 7:02 am

Hello Moss,

The best way I’ve found for freelance writers to deal with this is to start to take action. Once you’re moving and you’ve got momentum the fear isn’t there anymore.

One of the most important steps from my experience for college guys to pick interested niche to your desire, it will help in putting better effort in primary stage. Thanks, for spreading masterpiece information with us.

With best wishes,

Amar Kumar

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    Moss Clement · October 5, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Amar,

    In all aspects of life, including business, the only thing that can hold many back from taking action is fear of failure. For this reason, many would prefer to remain in their comfort zone. But taking action is the way forward since it enables you to get rid of the fear of leaving your comfort zone. You might even select the best niche market or topic of concentration, and create epics blogs. But fear can still prevent you from hitting the publish button. But as you stated, once you moe aways from that area of discomfort, you get your vibes, and the fear will disappear.
    Thank you for coming by and commenting. I honestly appreciate it.
    PS: I just updated and republish an old blog post and create a link to your site. I also mention you in the post.

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Jeangam Kahmei · September 21, 2019 at 9:55 am

Hey Moss,

Wow!! I wish you’ve written this article 2 years back. But I’m glad I got to read this now. It’s never too late.

Finding jobs in freelance writing is a great option as there are lots of benefits. Online writers have many opportunities these days.

Those who want to be a freelance writer must have qualities like good in grammar, confident and writing skills, etc.

Thanks for sharing your tips.

Cheers,
Jeangam Kahmei

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    Moss Clement · September 21, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Exactly, Jeangam. Freelance writing offers a lot of flexibility which is a good thing for freelance writers and college students who want to become freelance writers. Not only that, but it also helps with finances and other benefits. It’s never too late to start. I appreciate your coming by and commenting.

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Sajid Akhter · September 18, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Hi Moss,

This post is very informative and helpful to all the upcoming writers. You have explained things well, and it will guide budding writers to follow the steps.

Thanks for sharing it.

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    Moss Clement · September 19, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Hi Sajid,

    It is a delight to know that you like the post and finds it informative. How have you been doing anyway?
    Thanks so much for coming by and dding to the discussion.

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Ryan K Biddulph · September 18, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Writing what you know makes sense Moss. When I was a freelancer I never went off topic for a job. Too much time spent researching pulled me away from other income streams, plus it made my job harder. Take on jobs aligned with your knowledge. Excellent post buddy.

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    Moss Clement · September 19, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Hi Ryan,

    That’s the point, my friend. There’s a lot of benefits when one focuses on what he knows. It makes your work easier than imagine.
    Thank you for coming by my friend.

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James McAllister · September 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

Hi Moss,

This post is a great framework to work with and outlines a solid strategy to get started.

One of the most discouraging things for beginners is when they know they want to do something, but they can’t find a clear path to even beginning. It quickly gets overwhelming, and they tend to shy away from taking on this new challenge.

I remember when I was first starting an online business, my primary goal was to be making enough not to have to work a traditional job while in college. Having the extra side income that something like freelancing can provide opens up a lot of opportunities for students, and may even blossom into a full career.

Great article!

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    Moss Clement · September 17, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Hi James,

    You’re right about that. People tend to shy away from new challenges, and students are not left out. If they can’t find an easy way out, they quit. I’m so happy that you like the article.
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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