What Being Made Redundant Taught Me About Freelancing

The five tips I learnt in 6 weeks.

Two months ago I was made redundant from a job I loved.  Freelancing was the option I thought might save me.  The utter feeling of panic that grips you when you get the news is crippling. It is, in all honesty, a post all on its own. My last wage cheque was the end of August I am now halfway through the month with no agency work forthcoming.

Everything in life is how you sell it. Not to other people but, to yourself as well. After the notice of redundancy, I decided that this was the push I need to go into freelance writing full time. Up until this point I have found spare hours in the day to be a freelancer but, never committed all my time to it.

 

Over the six weeks, I have been trying to make this work here are the five tips I have discovered.

1) Copify is not worth the time it takes.

For many writers this might not apply but, for me, it’s a definite. I don’t think my skills are suitable for content writing. Very rarely on copify, find a blog post that needs writing, it is product descriptions. If you do find a blog they are so obscure most writers would struggle to fulfil the specification. Write three facts about the mating ritual of slugs? I joke but you get the idea.

The ones I have submitted to the site are so critical you need to do several revisions before they are accepted. The original post will be for £3.50 and you take an hour to complete it. You do the math but, it isn’t great.

No matter who you write to make sure you are getting a good hourly rate. Don’t undersell yourself.

2) Get your own domain name.

When I was working full time I invested the money in my own domain name. I am so pleased I did. Without your own domain name, you are unable to have a DA score. (more on that later) The money I invested months ago has paid off now. It wasn’t a fortune either it was only £35 for a year. I used my medium money, investing back in myself.

Whenever you can afford it, spend the money and get your own domain name.

3) Add addition services.

To make my freelancing profitable I have added other services to writing. As an avid book reviewer, I have participated in many blog tours. They are easy to arrange if you have connections with other book reviewers and bloggers which I do. They don’t take a considerable time to set up either. If you are an author, however, they may take the time you do not have. This is where my service comes in. I decided when I set it up that I would only promote books I believed in. I ask any authors that use my service to send me a couple of chapters of their book. It is easier to promote books you believe in.

4) Sponsored Posts

If like me you have seen many bloggers with sponsored content you will think it is easy to get. This is not true, sponsored posts come after hours of work and dedication. Many companies will not offer sponsored posts to anyone without a DA score of 20 or more. For this reason, if your blog is new or hasn’t reached that score then you will not get the jobs.

Build your content when you can to increase your DA score so it is there when you need it.

5) DA Score and SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) How easy is it for a search engine to find your post. This is something I wish I had worked on earlier. The better your SEO the higher your DA score. You can increase your SEO through many techniques.

  • Using keywords in your titles
  • Using key works in the first 160 characters of your post
  • Using appropriate tags

These are a few, there are many posts that will give even more tips.

DA score (Domain Authority Score) This is generated from good posts with good SEO. This score also only applies if you have your own domain name. Hence how important your own domain name is. If you compare your website to another, the one with the highest score will show up on search engines first. You can see why it is so important for sponsored posts. Companies want to hit the most views.

Start using SEO as soon as you begin blogging, this will boost your DA score.

Finally

There have been times in the last six weeks when I have forgotten about the stress of paying the mortgage. I have enjoyed my freelancing. At present, I am not making enough money to do it full time, so I need a 9–5 job. Maybe in the future, I will be granted my wish and be able to work exclusively from home. Nothing about the lifestyle has put me off being a freelancer but, I need to get better at it and make a decent income.

What is your number 1 tip, to make it as a full-time freelancer?

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