My Best Resources For Freelance Writers

Carol Tice

How to become a freelance writer: My best resources.

Every day, writers email me and ask how to become a freelance writer. Where is the door that you go through where you can start earning a living as a freelance writer?

Well, I’ve created a door.

There’s so much to know when you’re getting started as a freelance writer — how to find and approach clients, what to charge, how to negotiate, and more.

But now that there are nearly 900 posts on the blog, it’s increasingly difficult to find the most useful posts that answer your particular question. Sure, I’ve got those categories in the ‘we talk about’ sidebar, but it’s still a lot of slogging given how many posts there are, and you end up looking at the most recent posts on the subject, not necessarily the best ones.

My best new writer resources in 1 spot

That’s why I’m finally getting my act together and creating resource pages that bring together the very best Make a Living Writing posts of all time on popular topics. The first page is now up, which offers my best resources for new freelance writers:

What resources have I got for you on this page? I’ve stashed links to a dozen of my all-time most useful posts for new freelance writers, for starters.

Then there are a few other super-helpful free and cheap items that are perfect for when you’re just getting started. Plus, this page also links you to the most recent posts aimed at new freelance writers, too.

In other words, it’s a one-stop-shopping spot for learning how to become a freelance writer.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused as a new writer, if you read through scores of posts on a topic. I’m hoping this resource can serve as a primer for launching your freelance writing career.

As you’ll see, there are no dumb questions to ask! This resource page starts at the very beginning and teaches you the lingo, defines the career, and gives you those first steps.

I’ve known for ages that I needed to create topic pages on popular topics, to help you quickly find the best resources for your situation…but it takes a little work to get them in place.

This is the first in a series of resource pages I’m developing on important topics I write about here on the blog. With help from my awesome team, I’ll be creating additional resource pages on blogging, self-publishing, how to move up and earn more as a freelance writer, and more.

What would you like to know about freelance writing? Leave your hot topic here — I’d love your feedback on what other resource pages you’d find useful.

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  1. maria

    Carol thank you so much for all the hard work you put into your blog, I started reading your website last year and have read every single post on your blog twice. It is very generous of you to create this resource page, but I want to tell new writers to put in the effort themselves and go through the entire website, it is worth it.

    • Carol Tice

      Wow, that’s crazy! But you’re not the first one to tell me they read my blog like a novel. 😉

      • Amjad Rais Siddiqui

        i have been exploring for hours, today, about writing. (sorry not using capital letters)i found your site quite positive. ‘impossible’ is just an opinion. everything is in our mind, if i think i can , i can. if i think i cannot , i cannot. in fact, since last four years i have been earning by freelancing. here in local magazines in urdu language. mostly fiction. not satisfied, planning to write in english in order to achieve my financial goal. i know very well that i can do. but will never try randomly, 1st improve my english up to the mark then i will be on the batting crease.
        liked ur sites and its contents. i will read every word written here. thanks.

  2. Emily

    God bless you and your team for the good work you do, Carol!!

  3. Evan Jensen

    One of the first books about writing and freelancing I read almost 20 years ago was “Handbook of Magazine Article Writing.” I scored my first magazine assignment using this book.

    But I wasn’t convinced I knew enough to really make a living as a writer. More freelancing, grad school in journalism, reporter/editor jobs, and more freelancing, and I’m still working on the craft.

    Speaking from experience, everything you need to know to be a successful freelance writer is on this blog and in the Den. Carol has years of experience as a writer and freelancer, and knows the business side of freelancing, something a lot of great writers struggle with.

    If you’re just starting out, or want to be a better freelance writer and business owner, Carol’s resources will help you.

    With help from the blog and Den resources, some of the things I’ve done include: Build my writer’s website, figure out my niche as a health and fitness writer, dump low-pay bid site work for better paying clients, and learn how to market to businesses with LOIs that get better results. Support and accountability by being part of the Den has been really helpful too.

    Thanks, Carol.

    • umroh ramadhan

      nice tips. send me email if you have another like this. thanks.

  4. Lori

    This is wonderful!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together. This email was the bright spot in my day. Thanks again!!

  5. Yermia Riezky

    I see your newsletter in my inbox and it makes me curious. As I opened and read it, wow this is the ultimate guide I need. After 5 years worked as a journalist at a local newspaper company , I start my freelance career. It is not easy to start as not all tips from successful freelancer suited for the other’s path. I hope this guide can help me to break my first gig.

  6. Samson

    Thanks Carol for keeping us posted with the latest on writing.

  7. Susie Rosse

    Thanks!! And Merry Christmas, or happy winter holidays if you don’t celebrate that one.

    • Carol Tice

      Check my Facebook…that would be Chanukah. 😉

      • Susie Rosse

        I have a question: When copywriters write blog posts for businesses, do they write them differently than how a standard freelance writer would? I’ve been researching copywriting and it’s used for advertising and marketing, so how’s that factor into blog posts, like do you write a certain type of post or one that promotes the company directly? Instead of writing about a regular topic…

        • Evan Jensen

          Hi Susie,

          How’s it going? IMO, the best business blogs focus on providing value, teaching people something, giving people new information or a perspective they won’t find elsewhere.

          Direct selling in a blog post? Periodically. Sure, it can work if the blog has established trust and authority with its audience. But a direct selling approach in every blog post, not so much.

        • Carol Tice

          Some would say all blogging IS copywriting…but of the informational variety.

  8. Bruce Navin

    I’ve got thirty years of experience in business, and have come to my calling as a writer by way of fate and necessity.

    For me, the greatest single source of knowledge has been The Freelance Writer’s Den. Carol has built a gold mine for those who are struggling to make a living in writing.

    Just as important is the confidence that comes out of lessons and advice from Carol and the other titans of the writing profession. Even with all of my decades of experience in selling and management, I still need to be reminded of both the basics and of the complicated that I’ve known for a long time.

    The Den is your shelter in this harsh world, and it shows you that there really is a way to prosperity.

    I’m grateful to Carol and all of her partners for the good work that they are doing. The resources project is an improvement over excellence.

    • Carol Tice

      Glad you’ve found the Den so helpful, Bruce!

  9. Elena Hedlund

    Wow, that’s a pretty good guide. A lot of homework to do for me as a starter. But good job. Thanks for it!
    And Happy Chanukah!

  10. Emenike Emmanuel

    Hi Carol,

    Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know it was possible making a living as a writer who do services for people you have never and may never meet in real life. But following l the lessons I found on the internet, including yours has made that dream a reality.

    Now I can believe that it is possible.

  11. Marc

    It is easy to get overwhelmed. I’ve used your advice on blogging and just recently spent time in your self-publishing section. THAT is where I am focusing in 2017.

    Thank you for your articles.

    • Carol Tice

      Good deal, Marc! Glad the resources are helping you.

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