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Starting out as a freelance writer can be daunting, especially if you're used to working with the same group of colleagues in a comfortable, full-time position.

There are benefits to going freelance, including more flexible working hours and writing about what you are really passionate about.

However finding work can be tough, explains freelance writer Elna Cain in a recent blog post, noting that when she started out, she "made pennies".

Check out her six ways to find work as a beginner freelance writer, ranging from using your website to expertly showcase what you offer, to creating a strong LinkedIn profile that will be perfect for cold pitching.

Not sure where to pitch? Here is a list of guidelines from 24 news organisations, explaining the type of stories they look for, what writers should include in their email pitch, and the contact details of editors across various sections.

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