Credibility as a Freelance Writer

How to Establish Credibility As a Freelance Writer by Annette M Brownlee Elton

(Brian Scott)

So, you want to be a writer. Your talent has given you the courage to try to make a go of a business as a freelance writer. This is a tough field and people needing your services are going to be sure that you can do the job. That requires credibility on your part.

It’s the same old story. It’s a catch-22 actually. We want to hire you to writer for us but you have no experience. But, the only way to get experience is to write for someone, anyone. We didn’t say it would be easy to establish credibility but if you love to write, it will be worth all the effort.

All writing work doesn’t have to be paid in order for you to get a byline. Smaller online magazines and content websites take submissions from new writers who need the experience. You can find out about these sites on writing forums and through advertisements on writing websites. Whether paid or not, you will rejoice the first time you see your name attached to a published work.

Don’t neglect local resources. Newspapers, small town magazines, and other publications do take articles. Come up with an idea for a story and compose a stirring query letter to get them interested.

Several websites on the Internet accept content on whatever subject that you choose. Choose sites like:


These are favorable choices to cut your teeth writing content for the Web. These sites also catalogue all of the pieces of content that you submit so you can access it for a writing portfolio to showcase your work.

When it comes to writing, you never stop learning. With some professions you go to school and learn all you can and then enter the world of work. With writing, there is always something new to find out.

Writing continues to evolve. When writing was restricted to the print media we had no idea that there would be another world in cyberspace in which to make our mark. There are different requirements for copywriting, SEO content, sales letters, fiction, and non-fiction. A writer, who wants to stay on top takes classes, reads books, attends conventions, and learns from others who are well known in the business.

Everything that you do to make your writing better and increase your skill set adds to your credibility. A freelance writer who can do one thing well is an asset to the writing profession. A freelance writer who has multiple skills that they have honed through experience and trial and error is worth even more.

For a writer, there are no small accomplishments. Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your writing. Whether you are paid for that opportunity or not is not as important as the credit. In the long run you will be able to command the price that you are worth based on your past writing experience.

Annette owns two successful writing businesses, AllCustomContent and AMB-Creative, and is the author of an Amazon Bestseller. To learn more about how to start and grow a successful, and profitable, writing business visit or contact her at

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