If you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, you want to start off just right. Don’t do what I did and feel your way around. That just wastes time, effort, and money. To help new freelance writers start the way that will benefit them financially, I’m sharing the top tools and services I recommend.
I will point out that all these tools or services I either currently use, have used, or are a version of ones that I’ve used. I don’t recommend anything that I haven’t tried personally or are close versions of ones that I’ve tried personally. After all, we wouldn’t recommend a restaurant we’ve never eaten at, right?
Some of these tools are free. There are others that cost a little bit. Others will be tools or services you want to think about in the future, as they will involve a larger business investment. You want to get them as soon as you can, though, to make money online as a writer.
SiteGround Web Hosting for Your Website
Out of all the web hosting out there, SiteGround is my favorite. I was originally with Eco Web Hosting but there were a few issues during the summer that went on far too long for my liking. I made the switch to SiteGround and I haven’t had a problem since.
In fact, they’ve worked out better for me financially and helped me restore some work life balance. I didn’t have to worry about the process of transferring or wait days for replies to answers or for solutions to be implemented.
Trello for Your Writing Organization
I can’t rave about Trello enough. This is by far my favorite task organization and client working tool. I’m so thankful that two clients introduced me to it last year.
For those who don’t know, Trello is like Pinterest and Evernote put together. It’s excellent for the visually minded people, who need somewhere to add in to-do lists, create a workflow for projects, and organize their work and home lives. We use it in our house to manage our diaries and make sure both of us know which project we’re currently working on – yes, we’re both work at home parents with our own websites.
I’ve shared about Trello so much recently, so I’ll let you check out this Trello review to help you understand more about it. In the coming weeks, I’ll share more about how I personally use it and give you a snap shot into my boards and how they help me manage my tasks, my marketing, and my client work.
But sign up for it. The best thing about Trello is that it’s FREE! Well, there are paid versions but the free version is perfect for new freelance writers.
Get Books Dedicated to Freelance Writing and Being an Entrepreneur
It’s time to start reading to help you become a better writer. There are plenty of blogs out there, but I recommend getting books (or eBooks) that cover the subject.
And don’t just get books on writing and being a freelance writer. You want books on being an entrepreneur within your niche and even books about your preferred niche.
Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro
Will It Fly by Pat Flynn is another book that I highly recommend for those just starting out. It’s written for all entrepreneurs and not just those who want to write or those who work at home.
For the writers, I have to share my own Write Your Way to $1000 Per Month. It’s one of those that will take you through the steps that I took to get to the point where I was earning $1000 per month with my writing income – and now I’m making $4000+
Join the Freelance Writer’s Den for Writer Support
Being a new freelance writer is daunting. You have no idea where to start or what to do. And you just don’t know anyone else who is doing it.
Well, this is where the Freelance Writer’s Den comes in. This is a place full of writers – those who are just starting out and those who have a successful six or seven figure business. There are writers in all niches and at all levels.
This is your place to share your goals, get support with your pitches, learn more about the writing world, and so much more. I loved it in the Freelance Writer’s Den. I’m not there anymore as I’ve moved on from that stage in my career and I’m taking my writing and my business in a different direction but it was the most useful monthly investment I’d ever made.
The first couple of months may be rough but you can scale back on other costs. I scaled by on the books that I bought and other business investments that I made for the first month. I also saved up for a couple of months to make sure the first two months of investment were there. After that I was making back the investment and more through the tips.
It’s one of those that you want to invest in as soon as possible to skyrocket your freelance writing career.
Hire a Writing Mentor to Help Support You
While the Freelance Writer’s Den is good for supporting you initially, you will need to move on from that. There are limitations in a group setting.
The tips and information shared is for the average writer. There are no personal situations or needs taken into account, except for in the monthly goals that you make – and then I found that fell slightly short because it didn’t support the way people pushed themselves with their goals.
When you hire a writing mentor, you get the individual support. I held back from hiring a mentor for a long time, but I wish I didn’t. I should have invested much sooner. And that’s what this expense is. It’s a business investment.
Your writing mentor will be able to work through your business plan and help you set up your personal goals. A good writing mentor will adapt tips to help your personal circumstances and work in with your needs. Great writing mentors can help boost your motivation and productivity.
You don’t need to settle for the first writing mentor you find. My first one was good on a business level but I didn’t connect on a personal level. My second business coach was excellent on both accounts and could help me focus on my goals and what I wanted to achieve, while having a laugh at the same time.
Some writing mentors will offer group sessions, which are powerful for bouncing ideas back and forth. Others are perfect for one-on-one sessions, where the focus is purely on you.
Now that I’m set in my writing and I know how to get to this point, I’m available as a freelance writing mentor for hire. I won’t just help you start making money, but I’ll help you hone your skills and find the perfect clients or writing bases. I’ll be your guide and your motivator.
New Freelance Writers: Choose Your First Writing Tool to Invest In
Now it’s over to you. Which will be your first writing tool to invest in? I know that Trello will likely be the first on your list, since it’s free. I highly recommend that you choose that one.
The SiteGround hosting should be the next. You need that writing website to just start with your business. From there, you need to think about what you want to achieve and how far you want to go. All of these tools new freelance writers need eventually, but think about the first ones that will likely benefit you.
Get in touch if you want to hire a writing mentor. I’m here to make sure you succeed in your writing career.