March 10, 2019 0 Comments Freelance writing

Easy Steps to Build Your Portfolio

Are you a new writer, with no experience to show off? Or maybe you want to dip your toes into a new niche? It may be simpler than you imagine to build your portfolio to prospective clients. One of my main struggles as an aspiring journalist was acquiring a good collection of texts. Today the fabulous world of the internet makes it amazingly simple to start. Read on for some easy steps to build a portfolio today.

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Type up some samples in Word

It is so simple it didn’t occur to me until years later – type up 2-3 samples in your chosen niche and save them as PDF. You don’t need to get them published anywhere, as the main point is to show off your writing skills. This approach is also great if you want entry into a new writing niche, but don’t know where to start.

Write guest posts

Guest posts are a great way to get experience and build your experience, as well as establishing your authority within a particular subject matter. You can search for your “niche + guest” post to find sites that accept contributions. Also, you may consider the following websites:

  • Huffington Post
  • Medium
  • MindBodyGreen
  • Bustle

More easy steps to build a portfolio

Once you figure out your niche, it will become easier to find magazines for publications. Travelade, for example, is an excellent place to start if you are an aspiring travel writer wanting to expand your portfolio. They do not pay for contributions; however, you get paid a certain amount for every booking that happens through your article. You also get $100 the first time a writer you have referred, makes gets a booking through their wanderguides again.

Start a blog

My personal opinion is that every writer should have a blog. It is a great way to ensure potential clients find you while building your credibility at the same time. Blogs are also part of my easy steps to build a portfolio. You can even earn an additional income stream by using your blog, such as affiliate marketing, sell printable, dropship items of interest to your niche, etc.

If you need a place to start, I strongly recommend the courses at Adventures in Blogging. I have enrolled in the course Traffic Transformation myself. The author shares 21 strategies she used to increase her monthly traffic from 17k to 400k+ in 10 months – in easy and completely do-able steps. You will also find a free, kickass mini-course here that boosted my site immediately: Traffic & Monetization Mini Challange.

By using my advice, you should be able to create a writers portfolio in no time. Best of luck and please feel free to leave a message in the comments – I would love to hear how it goes!

Remember to check out my free mini-guide for even more advice on how to get started today.


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