Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Start a Freelance Business When You are Broke

I have been waiting for the perfect time to write this post, because I wanted to do as much research as I possibly could about this subject. 

Everyone knows that if you want to start your own business, you need money. 

There is no going around that. The problem that I see many people having is that they start their own business because they want to create an income, but they have very little income to start off with.

Basically, you need money to make money.

When I started working as a writer, I made just enough money to cover my expenses, and a few of my bills. It was not easy, and I had to learn everything the hard way. I was spending money cautiously to get my name "out there", and hoping that my marketing efforts paid off "soon". 

Later on, I started to learn a lot of small tricks in order to make money as a writer, without having to spend a lot of money building my own business. As I slowly built my freelance business, I began to spend money on small things that will slowly set me apart in a crowd. But it took a while to do it. 

So, let me tell you how I did it!

How to Start your Own Business When You are Broke.
Well, that is something that every writer wants to know, and I'm going to tell you what I did when I started my freelance business on a very strict budget. 

As I explained to you before, when I started my freelance business, I was making just enough to make ends meet. I had no long-term clients, just a lot of clients that were paying me peanuts for my work.

I did not have enough money to invest towards my business. I was working in my living room, from my parents computer, and I did not have all of the "technology" you might say that I needed to create a great business. 

Although we need to money to start a business, for things such as:
  • Purchasing a domain name
  • Buying business cards
  • if you are feeling "generous" you can invest in Ads. 
You can also do the majority of marketing on your own, and save money in the process.

If you want to be taken seriously in your business, you have to set up a website, and buy your own domain. Right away. 

It's a MUST!

Blogging Platforms

There are a number of blogging platforms that you can use to start your own business. The two most popular platforms are WordPress and Blogger. I use Blogger because it gives me more flexibility with my work, however, you can also use WordPress if you want to expand your work in the future. 

You can create a free blog in Blogger, and build your website there. This is a simple, and effective way of marketing your brand and services to anyone who stops by your blog. 

The next step will be to purchase your own domain. 

Hosting selection

Buying your own domain, guarantees that when people search for freelance writers, your name, or something close to it, YOUR website will pop up in search engines. 

Buying your own domain will also give you a professional look, and it will help you land more clients in the process.

Today, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg when you purchase your own domain. Bluehost is an affordable, reliable, and simple hosting service to use. It has an amazing customer service. You can add, transfer or purchase a domain and set up your website within minutes. 

You also wont get stuck with surprise chargers in the process, and its quite clear on how to use it. You cant go wrong with this service. 

This is perhaps the part that every blogger hesitates because they want to see some results from their investment. Bottom line is, If you cant invest in this one thing, you probably wont see the results you want. 


I have tried my fair share of marketing techniques. Some with a lot of results, others with not as many results as I wanted. 

One of my Go To techniques when I want to increase my traffic or sales from my blog is simple.

Ready for it? Here it is: I share my work on social networks. 

How do you like it?

Its crazy simple, and it doesn't cost me a dime!

I know bloggers are probably reading this and wondering whats so different about this technique.

The only difference about my technique is that I never stop sharing my work. I "like" my own work on Facebook, I share my work everywhere I can, and I do it through out the entire day. 

This is something that you can do for free, have fun doing and invite others to share your work with your. Simple, effective and guaranteed success.

The way I see it, more than one person is willing to like my work when they see that other people do it too. 

And it WORKS! 

You dont have to spend money on marketing services when you can learn how to do it on your own. 

If you want to build your own blog with amazing results, I HIGHLY recommend 31 days to build a better blog . Its an amazing book, that every blogger must read!

Once you have your blog set up, start working on it. Post often and make sure you interact with your audience. Some of my clients have come straight from people who have followed my blog, and likes what they have read. 

You never know who is reading your work, and who might hire you on the spot. 

If you are a new blogger, I recommend you blog daily. Once your traffic starts to improve, it can be safe to blog two or three times a week.

It all depends on your schedule.

Landing Jobs

Landing jobs does not have to be a headache. There are plenty of places where new freelancers can go to search for jobs, and LAND them. 

There are Job boards, freelance websites, bidding sites and private websites where freelancers have to pay a small fee each month to be able to search for high-paying clients.

Although I am not a big fan of bidding sites, I personally go to This site has been around for a while, and I started working as a writer from this site. I have personally landed a lot of high-paying clients and a handful of long-term clients from this very site. 

Its quick and easy and completely free to use. 

This website has been getting better each year, and I know of a lot of people that have landed a lot of clients from this website. 

This is my Go To Website when I want to search for new clients. Check it out here. 

Now that you have your own website, domain and know where to get jobs, start growing your business!

To your success! 

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