There are a million cliches about getting started. They usually revolve around that all-important first step. The first step to a new relationship. The first step to a new hobby. The first step to a new life.

In the coming series of articles I’m going to show you how to take your first baby steps to starting out as a brand-new freelance writer. You can call it a side hustle, a gig, a career, or a hobby, but at the end of the process you’ll have a freelance writing client all your own. And we’ll take it from there.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”


Starting this new adventure won’t require you to spend any money. I’m not trying to sell you a course, or a series of motivational videos, or anything else for that matter. What I’m asking you to do is click that Follow button down below and join me in explaining how anyone with a talent for the written word can capture their first writing client.

The 72-Hour First Client Challenge

first writing client

Here’s how we’re going to do it. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to post one article each day for three days explaining how to wrangle your first client on a popular freelancing website called Upwork. It won’t cost you any money, you won’t need to sign up for any sketchy services, and you’ll only need an hour per day. So, I guess this should actually be called the 3-Hour First Client Challenge.

Why Bother?

Why bother with this challenge? Why bother trying to become a freelance writer? For me it was out of necessity. When my wife and I moved to Bermuda I could no longer practice law and needed to find a new profession. I didn’t expect online content writing to be as lucrative as it’s been but I was very pleasantly surprised what I’ve been able to do over the last three months.

A screen capture from my Upwork profile

You’ll probably have a different reason. Maybe it’s money. Maybe it’s passion, or boredom, or a desire for a new hobby.

You can be assured that this journey won’t leave you out-of-pocket for crazy startup expenses, nor will it impose upon your free time. Freelance writing is something you can spend as little time on as you choose.

You should also feel comfortable that, as long as you regularly write English at your job or during the day on a regular basis, you’re probably a good enough writer to make it in the content writing game. You don’t need to be a wordsmith or an artist. You just need a solid command of the English language to make this work. Plus, you can always get better as you go along.

Click “Follow” or “Subscribe” To Get Started

So, how about it? Would you like to get started? Click the Follow or Subscribe button down below or to the right to be notified when my first post goes up in 24 hours. You won’t be sorry. Your first paying client is just around the corner.


  1. I’m really excited for this. All my clients are from my personal relation which pay me peanuts. And I haven’t got anything at all from my upwork profile. 😍😍

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