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HOW TO CURE NEW WRITER SYNDROME IN ONE DAY (A MUST READ FOR ALL NEW WRITERS)

I keep sending writing job alerts to those who are on my Writer's Starter Pack mailing list.

Last week I sent 3 job alerts with almost 8 jobs, spanning from article writing jobs, WordPress jobs and even virtual assistance jobs.

One of the responses I got repeatedly was the question,
"I am a newbie, how can I apply and get these jobs that require experienced writers?"

My answer to that was the same that I usually give. But let me elaborate it a little bit here.

How long will you stay "new"?

You don't have to suffer from "new writer syndrome", weeks after you learnt that there is something called "freelance writing".

If you're totally new, here's what you should do TODAY!

1. WRITE AN ARTICLE

If you're being trained by someone, he can suggest for you some hot topics. If not, just Google "profitable niches", choose one topic and write about it.

2. GET SOMEONE TO CHECK IT OUT

If you're being trained by somoene, your trainer can check it out for you and highlight your strong and weak points then give you editing instructions.

If you don't have a trainer, you can talk to any of your close friends and see if they can help you with that.

Note that some friends don't like it when you keep asking them to do stuff for free.

So, you can still consider posting your article on WriteLearnEarn. Make sure you follow their rules e.g. your article must be unique and not posted anywhere online. They give great feedback on all articles posted there.

You may even end up selling your article there and getting paid! But only if it's up to standard.

But here, it's the feedback you need, so that you can move to the next step.

3. POLISH YOUR SKILLS

Keep polishing your skills so that you always write excellent copy that clients love. Therefore, implement the feedback that your trainer, your friend, or the team at WriteLearnEarn give you.

4. WRITE SOMEWHERE ONLINE

Some clients will ask you for links to your published works.

Your question: "I don't have any published works, what do I do?"

My answer: Publish now!

Be it in HubPages, EzineArticles or even your free WordPress or Blogger blog, just publish something online. Make sure it has your name and bio.

Note that it's best to eventually get published in authority websites like HuffPost, Inc, Entrepreneur etc, so aim to get there someday.

But to avoid excuses, start with the free ones if you have to.

5. MAKE THOSE DOLLARS

The above tips should take you just a few hours to do, especially the writing, asking a friend or trainer to check, and publishing something free online with your name and bio.

No excuses.

Once you're done, you can go and apply for those jobs and earn those dollars.

You'll have your unique, awesome sample, and you'll have your first simple link(s) to your OWN published work(s).

From that you can start looking for jobs through different writing (or freelancing) sites, pitching to clients or applying to those posted here on this group or in my job alerts.

Recently I hired a writer, totally new, who ended up being better than most experienced writers I've worked with.

It all depends on how well you package yourself.

Everything is possible to those who believe and are willing to WORK smart.

Make Google your friend too.

Note that we were all new writers once, but some of us refused to get infected by this disease.

And that, my friend, is the cure to the career-deadly NEW WRITER SYNDROME.

PS. My definition of this disease is those people who are always like "But I'm new, I can't do this or that." They say that even weeks after you've pumped them with info on what works. They never use Google, and they mostly don't want to take action since it's "hard".
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Walter Akolo of FreelancerKenya.com: An interview on how to start a blog in Kenya, get traffic and make money from it | BlogYako.com http://bit.ly/2iicArF
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Thans a lot +Fred Anyona. Much appreciated.
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“Where are all the good Upwork clients?” - Freelance To Win http://bit.ly/2iXKh3d
One of my readers, Curtis, sent me this question: Listened with great interest to your webinar on Upwork. All of your tips are very sound – quite a few I’d never thought of. One topic not addressed is, in my opinion, a major nut to crack. I’ve got over thirty years experience as a copywriter. …
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Read and prepare to be utterly amazed http://bit.ly/2hPB52s
It's not a joke. I'm in a wheelchair, and yet I've traveled the world, started a business, and become a millionaire. Here's the true story of how I did it.
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After I had blogged for a year, I asked my readers if they'd found anything useful on my blog. Here were the responses http://bit.ly/29Tp8no
FreelancerKenya has been online for slightly more than a year. Check out these amazing stories from people who have followed FreelancerKenya tips.
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Researchers have found that about forty percent of the things we worry about never happen. Thirty percent are in the past and can't be helped. Twelve percent involve the affairs of others that are not even our business. Ten percent relate to sickness, real or imagined. That means only eight percent of the things we worry about are even likely to happen!
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Imagine. We can do much more if we worry less.
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Are you on the verge of giving up on freelancing?

Life can be crazy I know.

Sometimes you do so much and feel like you're doing nothing. At the same time, people keep sharing their screenshots showing how they're moving fast and earning well.

A young freelancer is now driving YOUR dream car. You try to be happy for them, but your energy just keeps going, going, going....

...and now it's gone.

You just don't feel it any more. You feel like freelancing is not for you. And that's the same time you have money issues, hubby issues, parent issues, bad neighbor issues, baby issues....name it. That bad rain that pours when you don't need it.

Wait!

Before you give up, try the following:

DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS

We always go wrong with this.

You try to be so like Person X that you lose it.

This time around, be yourself. And be very honest with yourself. There can only be one Neil Patel, one Bamidele Onibalusi, one Carole Tice, one Sheeroh Kiarie, one YOU! The world needs to see what YOU have to offer.

ANALYZE YOUR SKILLS

I've done some big writing projects, and have had priviledges to work with many other writers. However, sometimes their writing just doesn't cut it. They can't write.

Some get stuck there, keep doing bad writing jobs. Clients decline, their blogs fail and now they want to give up.

If you can't do something, you can either learn it or do something else. If you can't write, try other skills. There are so many things you can do online.

Don't be afraid to even do something that's never been done locally. I've once talked to a guy who started online writing in Kenya when it was actually non-existent at the time. Now we're all doing it!

Or better yet, you can become a BUSINESSPERSON. This is where you get all information about where to source for clients and get brilliant freelancers to work under you.

That's how many millionaires do it. They don't know much (other than business), so they create the business and hire the pros to work for them. Think about guys like P Diddy who can't rap and Bill Gates who dropped out of college. They still earn from other peoples' talents.

DEVICE AN EXIT PLAN

Let me tell you a story.

Back in 2011, I used to train people for free and hire them. The "training" was just forwarding some few instructions and giving them a paid test. I'd hire and pay those who performed best and from there they'd learn on the job.

A friend called Thomas was one of my great writers. He used to live in a small house in Umoja.

After writing for a while, he realized that he can actually learn web design and earn from it. He became so good in web design and landed a deal to design a website for one of Kenya's top companies.

He's now a web designer earning 6 figures. He's HIRED ME to write for him many times at excellent rates.

See, he persevered with writing, even though it was not his thing. His exit plan was web design for local companies. He's great at it and even has a big office where he meets his clients. He loves his web design, I love my writing.

NEVER GIVE UP ON LIFE

Life doesn't end with freelancing and not everyone was created equal. Sometimes it's us who are not pushing ourselves enough. We're stuck in a copy cat mentality that blinds us from doing what we can do best.

Other times, it's the truth that you need to look for something else. In such cases, just stop and think of a great exit plan to what you want to do next.

With hard work and a lot of personal effort you'll make it. Stop complaining about how the world is bad. Take the initiative to make it a better place.

All the best and tonnes of blessings.
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Interview with GetResponse CEO and founder Simon Grabowski | Chris Cardell http://bit.ly/2iXTGYH
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5 Reasons Why Very Few Bloggers Make Real Money Blogging http://bit.ly/2hVVlRu
I've been able to build a successful blog. I'm able to make enough money blogging to keep me and my wife from doing jobs we hate doing.
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How to earn as a writer using your smartphone http://bit.ly/2iihJnA
Want to manage your freelance writing jobs from your smartphone? Read the secret that no one will ever tell you in your lifetime. Be a better freelancer now
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Simiyu's guest post on my site. Done back in May, 2013 http://bit.ly/2hNWyJZ
Do you want to become a freelance journalist? A good friend of mine has tried it out and shares his experiences.
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