Losing a job can be difficult. You feel awful, you feel worthless, and you struggle to find a job in order to keep paying your bills.

It always seems as if there are more people looking for jobs than there are actual jobs, and no matter how qualified you are for a position, there’s no guarantee that you’re going to land a job you want.

If you ever find yourself unemployed, you don’t have to worry about landing the job you want. Instead, you have the ability to create one, and that can be much more beneficial than a full-time job working for someone else.

If you’re good at writing, you can easily try your hand at being a freelance writer. The following seven tips will help you to kick-start your new career as a freelance writer.

1. Decide what type of freelance writer you want to be.

There are different niches of writing, and in order to become a freelance writer, you need to determine what type of writer you want to be. For example, are you looking to be a ghostwriter on books or other publications? Would you rather write blogs? Or do you prefer writing marketing copy? There are needs for all of these writers, and it’s important to know what type of writer you want to be in order to start looking for work and promoting yourself.

2. Join writing groups and associations.

It’s good to have some credentials to back up your writing abilities, so look for writing groups and associations to join. There are plenty of groups on LinkedIn that can provide a good community for you to learn tips about writing (or even working as a freelancer), and there are plenty of groups that can provide great networking opportunities. Look into the Professional Writer’s Association and The American Society of Journalists and Authors.

3. Create a portfolio.

No client is going to hire you if you can’t provide samples of your work. It’s important to create a profile of writing jobs you have done. You can create a printed version of your portfolio to show off at meetings, or you can create an online profile and share links with potential clients. Keep in mind that you may have to take on some free (or very cheap) jobs in order to build your portfolio.

4. Market yourself.

Use the power of the Internet and start marketing yourself and your writing services. Let your friends and family know about your freelance endeavors through email, text messages or even social media. Share links to work you’ve done on social media too in order to spark some interest, and be sure to create a LinkedIn profile too that highlights your skills. You can even create an ad on Craigslist in order to generate interest in your services. The more you can put yourself out there, the more clients you can potentially land.

5. Reach out to companies in need of writers.

Many companies, especially marketing companies, hire freelance writers all the time. Send your resume and portfolio to companies in your area that you know would benefit from a freelance writer and ask them to consider you for their next opening. This way, you’re marketing yourself directly to companies you want to work with, which can help you get your foot in the door and start your freelance writing career.

6. Join job placement agencies.

There are job placement agencies out there that are dedicated to help freelancers find work. Find these types of businesses in your community and register with them. There’s no guarantee they’ll find you a job, but it won’t hurt your career getting yourself into their database and taking on the jobs they provide. Sometimes, they may even help you land a full-time writing job.

7. Take on small jobs.

Before you land huge clients or large projects, you may need to start by accepting smaller gigs. There are plenty of websites that offer freelance writing jobs, and you can create accounts for free and find smaller writing jobs that you can add to your portfolio. Some of these gigs may not pay very well, but over time, you’ll be able to add to your portfolio and increase your skills, giving you the opportunity to land bigger projects and better jobs.

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Ella Lyons is a freelance writer and small business consultant from the Midwest. Ella provides valuable tips and resources to help with home office organization and freelancing success.