How to Start Freelance Writing When You’re Scared You Don’t Know Enough

Do you feel like you need to learn absolutely everything you can – to truly master the subject – before you can even contemplate starting your business? Do you feel so panicked at the prospect of how much you have to learn, how much stuff you need to get right, that you can’t even take the first step?

We’ve all been there. There’s some fear or anxiety or whatever that holds us back. Take me. I sat on the idea of starting this business for a solid ten months before I actually did anything about it. Before then, I was a pro-dreamer. I read countless books and blogs and forums, and yet I just couldn’t get started.

And it doesn’t end when you finally do get started, either. You will always feel like there is too much to learn, and that you will never get it all down. But hey, guess what?

There will always be more to learn, and that’s a good thing. More to learn = more potential to make more money. So here’s my advice:


You will improve as you go on. There’s absolutely zero need to get everything perfect right off the bat (or ever, for that matter). No one will even be looking at you when you first start out, so who gives a fuck? Now is the perfect time to start experimenting.

So instead of trying to craft the most beautiful website with the most captivating copy, just throw something together – something you can start to generate income with. That’s what I did. I threw my first freelance writing website together in one day. And I started making money from it in the first week.

I’ve come a long way since then, but there’s no way I could have started out with Untamed Writing as it is now. I needed to figure some shit out before I got to this point.

So how about you? If you’re overwhelmed with the gargantuan task you’ve set yourself, take a minute to get things into perspective. What’s your next move?

Is it registering the domain name you kinda think you want? So go register it.
Figuring out what to write about on your blog? Brainstorm a list of ten ideas.
Writing a new blog post? Scribble down a rough outline.
Finding your first clients? Pull together a list of companies to email.

Five years down the line, or even one year, six months – what will you have accomplished? Anything? Or will you still just be poring over books, imagining what could be?