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Freelance Writing 101: Build A Successful Writing Career

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Welcome to Freelance Writing 101, a step-by-step beginner's guide to building a successful freelance writing business from scratch.

In my career, I've found myself on both sides of the freelance writing table: I've made a living as a freelance writer, reaching millions of people with my work—but more recently, I've worked as a publisher who hires freelance writers. In this course, I use that experience to lay out a step-by-step roadmap that you can follow to start your business and get your first paid writing gig as soon as possible.


  • Welcome!
  • The Mindset Of A Successful Freelance Writer
  • Freelance Writing Basics: Understanding The Business
  • How Much Money Can You Make As.A Freelance Writer?
  • [Niche] The Importance Of Choosing A Niche
  • [Niche] Choosing A Topic
  • [Niche] Choosing A Content Format
  • [Portfolio] Breaking Out Of The Experience Loop
  • [Portfolio] Why Every Freelance Writer Needs A Blog
  • [Portfolio] Guest Posting The Right Way
  • [Portfolio] How To Reach An Audience And Build Massive Social Proof For Free
  • [Portfolio] How To Gain Real Client Experience As A Beginner
  • [Clients] Where To Find Freelance Writing Clients
  • [Clients] Crafting An Effective Pitch
  • [Clients] Pitching Clients: It's A Numbers Game
  • [Writing] The Importance Of Effective Writing
  • [Writing] How To Write Effective Headlines
  • [Writing] Optimizing Your Tone & Vocabulary
  • [Writing] Maintaining Focus In Your Writing
  • [Writing] How To Write An Effective Call-To-Action
  • [Writing] How Grammatical Errors Can Cripple Your Writing
  • [Writing] How to Become A Better Writer
  • How to Stay Productive As A Freelance Writer
  • Tools Of The Trade
  • How To Handle Client Feedback
  • Wrapping Up

Taught by

Brad Merrill

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