There are numerous people who want to become freelance writers. The truth is, there are good writers and there are great writers. For the most part, a lot of readers appreciate reading an article that is energetic, well-researched, clear and yet simple to understand.
How can someone who wants to become a freelance writer achieve that? You start by learning; learning how to write well.
Every job, be it writing, transcribing, designing, coding and so on, has specific demands which the client requires. In the case of article writing, you don’t simply grab a topic, jot down a couple of words and submit it to the client.
You have to learn this craft. From grammar to punctuation, to formatting and more.
I have seen excellent writers who are unable to earn much out of their skill. Others seemingly survive, but never make any serious headway, professionally. Additionally, there are great writers who would love to earn more but they are simply unaware of where to find work online opportunities.
All of these traps can be attributed to lack of a clear map, or, better put, lack of training.
And that’s where Walter comes in. Walter Akolo, who has been a freelance writer since 2011, (a contributor to the Huffington Post. Also named as one of the five fastest rising entrepreneurs in Kenya) has created an awesome freelancing writing course designed to help you become a pro writer.
Instead of jumping from one blog to another, or from one forum to another looking for freelance writing advice, you can enroll in his course where he will lay it all out for you.
There are hundreds of writers who have benefitted from the course and are now top-rated freelancers.
Summarily, Walter’s freelance writing course will:
- Guide you on how to write the best content for clients.
- Show you how to set up payment and working accounts.
- Direct you to where and how you can get the best clients, and
- Show you how to make passive income by writing eBooks, amongst other multiple expert tips.
Free Writing Course
The first part of the course is absolutely free and is subdivided into three parts.
The first part provides you with an overview of how a good article is formatted. Walter also talks about keywords, different forms of articles, basic terminology used in article writing and how to improve your researching skills.
The second part is aimed at protecting you from scammers. Walter will show you how to choose the best sites to work for, and how to spot legit clients.
In the final part of the freebie, Walter shows you how you can receive payments. In this part, Walter talks, at length, about the major forms of payment such as Skrill, Payoneer and PayPal.
After this informative introduction, you can proceed to the second part of the course.
This is where the meaty part begins. This part is not free; you need to pay $20 for full access.
This will allow you to access the full course, and open a direct channel of communication with Walter. You’ll also get tons of helpful material which includes videos.
Above all, Walter will provide one-on-one assistance for a period of 30 days.
What exactly does this second part entail?
Every freelancing task has a standardized format of presentation which needs to be followed. In this section, Walter takes you through every stage of composing good articles.
First off, he talks about the title of an article (also called the headline) This is a key determinant of whether your reader will want to read the rest of the article or not.
He shares tips on how long the title should be, how to use catchy words that will attract the reader, and how to ensure the title summarizes the whole article, ie, gives a clue on what the article is about.
Most articles are driven or are based on what we call keywords. A keyword is used to decide what the article will be about.
As such, a client might just give you a keyword, or several keywords and ask you to write an article based on them. How do you go about it? Where do you place the keywords? All of this tips are in this freelance writing course.
Next, Walter delves into the introduction part of the article. If you lose your reader in the introduction part, it is likely that they will not be motivated to read the rest of the article.
He gives tips on how you can introduce the reader to the subject matter of the article without giving everything away. The details, in form of informative content, are presented in the body of the article.
The final part of an article is the conclusion. In this part, you sum up the content of the body and end the article with what is called a “call to action.” How do you write a powerful conclusion? Walter shares those tips in his course.
Social Media Clients
Are you aware that social sites such as Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and the rest can be used for finding work? With the knowledge shared by Walter in this course, you can start making money as a freelancer via social media. All the tips are shared is in his course.
The course will focus on how to get clients on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Creative freelancers who understand that freelancing is a business take advantage of all opportunities. In this course, Walter shares his thoughts and tips on this under utilized way of marketing yourself – cold-pitching.
Blogging is another context in the freelancing world with unlimited earning capabilities. You can make money by writing for others, or, better still, write for self. The latter is less popular but has the highest earning potential, compared to writing for others.
In this course, you will learn how to create a blog that will showcase your expertise in article writing and attract high paying clients to you.
The beauty of writing is that you don’t have to actively do it to earn money online. You can also write virtual books (eBooks) and sell them online. We call this passive income.
However, not all content published online will always sell. That’s why Walter put together this chapter to guide you on how to write the perfect eBooks that will sell easily. What’s more, he shows you where to market them!
Converting Your Freelance Writing Into a Thriving Business
At some point, you might or will need to take your writing career a notch higher. One of the best ways to do this is by outsourcing. However, this is a skill to be learned in and of itself. This course gives you step-by-step directions on how to do it.
At the end of the course, I found very interesting and helpful tips that make article writing both fun and productive, such as, how to deal with difficult clients, how to handle tough writing topics and so much more.
One of the best things about Walter’s course is that you can track how far you have gone with the course. For instance, you can see that you have covered 6 out of 20 chapters. In this way, you can assess your progress and also plan out your time.
The other thing is that, unlike other courses where after purchasing a course, the content is sent to you robotically, Walter’s course includes assignments. This way, any areas of weakness will be revisited to ensure you get maximum benefits from the study.
At the end of the course, you will get a summary of expert tips to help you further your freelancing career. Finally, at the cost of only $20, Walter Akolo’s freelance writing course is an absolute steal!