Getting a job in Nigeria is considered difficult; however, in a world where content marketing has become a trend, companies such as magazines, newspapers, and blog owners are in regular need of contents. So, even if you don’t have any prior experience as a writer, you can still get a writing job. What you need to have is the passion for writing and a willingness to succeed.
So, here is how you can get a writing job without a prior experience:
Write a lot:
You need to build yourself as a writer; therefore, you must write a lot and make sure they are polished contents.
Create a niche for yourself:
Have a website or a blog to begin with, and publish lots of your contents on the platform. Also, you can share your contents online and work with feedbacks.
Contact people in the industry:
Make a list of people in the corporate industry, such as entrepreneurs, companies, and start-ups who might be in need of writing services and then contact them as a writer. You may not get a positive response at first, but some of them may be willing to give you a job to do later.
Ask friends and family for work:
Announce to your friends and family members of your status as a writer, and offer them your services. You would be surprised that a lot of them would be willing to give you a writing job.
Use job boards:
There are several job boards online, both free and paid, such as contenta and probloggers, that you can get a job through.
Network with other freelance writers:
Another thing you can do is to talk to other freelance writers for advice on how to get a job and also let them know you are available if they want to pass on any of their work to you.
Stick to your rates:
A lot of freelance writers accept too little an amount for their job, but you need to determine how much you are willing to accept for a job and stick to it.
Ask for a referral:
When you do get a client, after the successful completion of the client’s work, ask the client to refer you to some of his/her friends and family members. You would be amazed at the number of jobs you could get through them.
LinkedIn is a site for professionals, to create a profile (if you don’t already have one) and advertise yourself as a writer and also grow connections of people that can be a potential client to you.
Join Facebook groups:
Join professional groups on Facebook and let the members of the group know that you are a writer. That way, you can get a lot of writing jobs through the forum.
Basically, in order to get a writing job, build yourself as a writer, market yourself effectively and deliver on your job excellently.