Starting as a freelance writer is not as easy as it sounds. In order to become a freelance writer, you need to have business expertise, not just writing skills. That means besides getting out there and locking contract, you need to be organized as well as be self-motivated.
This transition may seem very difficult to master, particularly when there is no one else (colleagues or friends) who can guide you, but with these 7 tips, you will be always be on the ‘right’ track.
Therefore, if you were just starting out to make your living writing, consider these 7 tips that makes freelancing career as easy as it sounds.
7 Tips That Makes Freelancing Career as Easy as It Sounds:
1. Find Your Personal (Own) Space
Most people think that freelance writers spend their time on the couch, sipping coffee, and in front of the TV.
But, you will notice that their motivation is tied to their physical surroundings.
It is very important to create a “personal space” where work happens, not a space where loafing happens with little bit of work sprinkled here and there.
Fortunately for some freelance writers, setting up a home office is not a big deal so that they can they can feel and focus on their work. However, if that is not an option for you, you can always find a ‘suitable place’ near your home.
For example, if you live in a BIGGER city, there are libraries that offer you ample room and an environment to help develop your focus. Other alternatives are public parks, coffee shops, and community centers.
If you are setting up a personal workspace in a coffee shop, remember that you will need to give them your business – i.e. buy something at least couple of hours, if not every hour. If you cannot afford to do this, you must NOT set up a workspace in a coffee shop – it is that clear and simple.
2. Create a Daily Writing Schedule
Just like creating your own working space, you need to develop a daily freelance writing schedule.
Many writers find it easier to work in time blocks – wake up and write for 3 hours; exercise and do errands for 2 hours; come back and work for another 3 to 4 hours; eat their dinner and perform other nightly activities; get things done for 2 hours before sleep.
Others like to work full-time though, from 8am to 5pm.
Of course, your freelance writing strategies and schedules may vary depending upon what you are working on, nonetheless, it is important to create a system that holds you accountable, every day.
3. Buy Things you will need
You need to be as practical while spending as you would while saving. Recognizing what tools and equipment you require is very important to your success as a freelance writer. Ensure you have a high-speed working computer. Usually, most freelance writers use laptops these days so that they can work from various sites.
Freelance writing are often last-minute – a business’s new site may require content suddenly, or someone may require their press release edited, and other may require a product review(s) for their affiliate marketing site.
It would be wise to invest in a Smartphone so that you can pursue every freelance writing opportunity that knocks at your door.
4. Know Others in Your Industry
Networking is important to become self-employed, as you require people in your industry to know that you could be respected for your work and carve a name for yourself. But don’t limit networking with only writers.
Graphic designers, for example, are awesome people to be-friend with. If you recommend them to your employers, they will also recommend you to theirs.
In addition, working along with designers will give you experience that will make you a great asset for future projects.
Employers understand that they will receive a well-constructed and cohesive project when writers and graphic designers are involved.
6. Update Your Invoices in Real Time
As a freelance writer, it is very important to log your time accurately. Lagging behind tasks leads you to make mistakes, losing you tons of money.
That means, if you spent 10 minutes researching an article, you should bill that 10 minutes too. (There are several FREE apps in Smartphone to assist you to log your time and create invoice in the process.)
7. Look at Your Writing … One More Time
Finally, before you send the content to your employer, make sure that your work does not contain mistakes. You do not need to be a brain sergeant or obsessive with your work, but you at least need to be cautious about editing.
Make this your “rule of thumb”: never send anything to your employer without reviewing it 3 to 4 times. Not only your polished work helps you build trust, but it will also help you become a better writer.
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