Building Up a Portfolio:
It's actually impossible to find clients without being able to show them examples of your previous work.
So – before you even think about approaching your first paying clients you're going to need to build up a small portfolio.
Do not worry – it's pretty easy to do and I'm going to show you right now exactly what I would do …
Ever heard of the Warrior Forum?
If you're involved with anything to do with internet marketing then there is a pretty good chance that you have because it is the largest forum of its type.
Essentially the Warrior Forum (warriorforum.com) is an online community full of internet marketers. They gather there to talk about internet marketing, share ideas and find other people to work with.
These are exactly the type of people who can be your clients – and the forum also provides the opportunity to build up an instant portfolio in a matter of hours.
So – what I suggest that you do is post up a message on the forum offering to write people one article for free … The best place to post your 'advert' is in the Warrior For Hire section:
Make it doubly clear that you are offering this for FREE and make it a condition of the offer that they must provide you with a testimonial afterwards.
I would also probably limit the offer to (say) the first 10 people who respond to your ad, so that you do not end up writing too much for free.
It will cost you $ 20 to post your ad – but do this and I almost guarantee that you will find 10 people in a matter of hours.
"Hang on a minute … I've got to write 10 articles and it's going to cost ME $ 20 ???"
Listen. I know that writing for free is not ideal and it will probably take you the best part of a day to write those 10 articles – but you simply MUST have a portfolio and client feedback before you can approach paying clients and expect them to hire you .
Do what I suggest above, then paste those articles into a Word document along with what people said about your writing. PDF it and dadaaaaaaaaah !! You have an instant portfolio.
Actually – there is another reason for doing this … It's the perfect way to find your first paying clients!
If people were happy with your writing, there's a decent chance that they regularly work with freelancers and may want to hire you to write more content for them – only this time they're pay.
Get it right and it's possible to find several long-term clients just from doing this alone.
Alternately, you could just approach other marketers and ask them if they are interested in you writing them a free article.
I suppose you do not actually HAVE to approach any clients if you do not want to. You could simply sit down at your computer, write some good quality content and then stick that up as your portfolio.
The disadvantage of that course is that you will not be getting any testimonials and obviously it is not going to lead to any future work.
But whatever you decide, you must create a portfolio. Do what you have to do to build one up and then move on.
One of the most popular ways of finding clients is to register yourself on one of the many freelancing websites.
Let's take a look at some of the more popular websites you can join …
Most freelancing sites will not charge you to join. They earn their money by charging a fee to their client and by retaining a percentage of your rates / bid price and the Clients fee price.
Be wary of any site that requests you for a membership fee to join, or insists that you purchase their products.
Pricing Your Services:
Do not fall into the trap of "if you set a low hourly rate you'll get more work." The idea of becoming a Ghostwriter is to get away from the 9-5 job, not to enslave yourself at your computer for 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Where's the fun in that?
Smart full time freelancer writers can gross $ 35,000 and up, with more established writers reaching well into the $ 100,000 range or above.
If you are not sure what to charge then take a few minutes to figure it out.
What is the minimum wage of your country? (You should at least be charging that.)
What does your 9-5 job pay you? Price in any benefits you receive too, things like paid holidays, medical insurance, retirement benefits.
You also need to factor in the time you are going to have to spend looking for work too. No one is going to pay you for that, you need to make sure that this is entered into your calculations too.
Fortunately, with ghostwriting you do not need too many fancy or expensive software programs. Open Office which is free is sufficient for typing in and then creating PDF documents for eBooks or reports.
Here is the math …
$ 35,000 target figure / 46 = $ 760 week / 5 = the equivalent of $ 152 per 8 hour working day = $ 19.02 per hour.
Be very careful that you do not price your services too low. As the saying goes, "any fool can work for nothing". So do not let that be you.
Top Tip For Getting Your First Few Clients – Advertise Yourself On The Warrior Forum At a Low Price …
Stick up a Warrior Special Offer on there and offer to write for around $ 1 per 100 words – and I pretty much guarantee that you will be inundated with clients.
If you enjoy writing there's plenty of money to be made as a ghostwriter. Just be warned though – it is hard work and it's not for everyone. If you do not do the work, you will not get paid. It's as simple as that.
The key to long-term success as a ghostwriter is consistently delivering the results that your clients want and expect. This means delivering good quality writing – and delivering it on time.
Remember that your key to getting started is building up an initial portfolio – and then advertising yourself at a low price. From there, you can find long-term clients and begin to increase your prices as you become more established.
If you're ready to give this a go then get out there and just do it! For the right person, ghostwriting provides a great opportunity to start a real home based business and the chance to earn plenty of money from doing something you enjoy.
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