No Experience? No Problem! 4 Steps To Start Freelancing
The hardest part about becoming a freelancer is finding that first client because they question everyone will ask you is do you have any experience? If you don’t getting a freelance job in writing or anything can be incredibly difficult because clients want someone who is proven and has work to show them. Freelancing is like becoming an artist and you have to start by building a portfolio.
Don’t be scared though, sometimes these jobs can be great and many quality news publications don’t pay. Writers who accept these type of jobs realize that getting your name out there and gaining experience is sometimes more important than payment.
You are going to get rejected when you first start out so you have to be comfortable with putting yourself out there and hearing no. If you start building your portfolio by doing free work for people eventually you will build your skillset and it will pay off. A way to do that is to put your name out there and use oDesk or Elance to gain your footing.
About Shaun Archer Tatum Shaun works in corporate finance in New York City. He has done financial consulting for several start-ups and has worked at several Fortune 500 companies. He has contributed several finance/investing articles on Seeking Alpha which have been published on Yahoo! Finance.