How to Become a Freelance Nurse Writer

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Have you ever wondered how to become a freelance nurse writer? Becoming a freelance nurse writer isn’t a hard task, but do you know where to start?

I’ve been freelance writing for years and many nurses have asked me how I got into the field and how they can become a freelance nurse writer too. As a freelance nurse writer you can work this aside your regular nursing job or you could even take it full-time into your own freelance nurse writing business.

In this video, I will give you the exact steps to get started as a freelance nurse writer!

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Here’s the breakdown if you don’t want to watch the video (but I highly suggest you do!):

What Kind of Experience is Needed to Become a Freelance Nurse Writer?

It surprises most nurses when I tell them they don’t need any writing experience to get started except for a good command of the English language (or whatever language you’re fluent in) and knowing how to put sentences together.

That’s it!

Next up, you’ll need to gather your writing samples so you can start pitching your services to potential clients.

Step 1: Gather Writing Samples

At this point, you may be wondering how you’re going to get writing samples if you’ve never officially “written” for anyone before.

There are three ways you can get writing samples to start your freelance nurse writer business:

  1. Check for existing writing samples. I know this sounds silly if you don’t have any writing experience, but you likely have something you can use. Look at old papers you’ve done for school. Or maybe you wrote the website copy for a friend’s business. Maybe you were the recorder for an HOA meeting and had to take notes. That all counts.
  2. Start your own blog. Way back when I first started ReNusring Edu I had a blog. I used my blog as writing samples when I wanted to use something else besides my book for my portfolio.
  3. Volunteer to guest post on other people’s blogs. Reach out to businesses who may need some updates on their blog and ask if you can write a few blog posts for your portfolio. Blogs are often overlooked by business owners, so anything helps. This is a win-win situation for you and the business owner.

Step 2: Set up Your Writer’s Website

An important aspect of starting your freelance nurse writer business is to set up your writer’s website. I don’t care what anyone else says, you need a website for your writing business.

This doesn’t have to be anything complicated, just a simple 3-page website to get started. You’re going to need the home page, portfolio & services page, and a contact page. Thats’ it!

If you’re not tech-savvy you can create a simple 3-page website on Showit. Showit is the platform I use for my website and it’s super easy to use and update.

Step 3: Finding Clients as a Freelance Nurse Writer

Now’s the time to find clients and get real work!

Start out by networking and telling everybody you know that you’re a freelance nurse writer and are available for work!

Update your social media profiles to include your new role as a freelance nurse writer.

Lastly, you can get clients by directly pitching to them. This involves sending emails to potential clients. You can find clients on traditional job sites like Indeed, Upwork, and Glassdoor.

There’s a certain way to pitch that I teach students in my course, Freelance Writing 101: Write Your Way to Your First 1k.

If you’d like to learn the ins and outs of freelance writing, including pitching, contract, invoicing, and more check out my course Freelance Writing 101: Write Your Way to Your First 1k 

If you’ve already done some writing in the past and would like to consider ghostwriting as a career path check out my course Medical Ghostwriting for Nurses which covers this ultra-lucrative career path.

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