These tips for a successful freelance career are from a working writer, who admits that freelancing can be frustrating and nerve-wracking! If you’re curious about running a freelance business – or want to kick your career up a notch – check out Anna Miller’s four tips for successful writers…
Before her tips, a quip:
“…everything in life is writable if you have the guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath.
Fellow scribes, you are literally surrounded by great article and book ideas…you need only figure out which ideas belong where! And that’s a skill that is honed over time, with practice. To learn more about different writing jobs, read Careers in Writing. And, here’s a guest post that describes four important tips for freelance writers…
Are You Ready for a Writing Career? 4 Tips for Freelancers
Guest Post ~ Anna Miller
I’m one of the lucky writers who earn a living by writing, and although I love my job, there are times when I wish it wasn’t so nerve-wracking! If you want to be a successful professional freelance writer, here are a few things you must know…
1. Writing for money is different from writing for yourself. I became a writer by accident – a friend discovered through my blog that I could write well, and recommended me to a few people who were looking for professional writers. And although I took to the job like a fish to water, there are times when I feel that writing as a profession is a drag when compared to writing for yourself. When writing for yourself, you’re passionate about your craft and subject! If you want a freelance writing career, remember that there will be times when you feel incomplete and unsatisfied. But, as long as you choose your assignments with care, you should overcome those moods.
2. Money and payment discussions are important. Some freelancers earn an hourly rate, while others charge by the article or number of words. An hourly wage takes into account the work associated with re-writes, while a per-word rate can be unfair if you’re asked to redo parts of the assignment (or the whole thing!). It’s best to discuss payment upfront with a client – before you take on a project. And, discuss the mode and method of payment. Don’t short-sell yourself just because you’re out of work. Good writers are not a dime a dozen, so wait for your worth to be recognized and given its fair due!
3. Writer’s block is not always resolved the same way. There will be times when you are lost for words and have trouble writing. Taking a break may help you overcome writer’s block…or, you may have to push through your lack of creativity and plod along until you find your groove. You may find that a change of subject may help jog those creative instincts. When you suffer from writer’s block, it’s not wise to look for the same solution every time. Instead, use your instincts to determine what would help in that particular situation.
4. Procrastination can backfire for writers. Deadlines are sneaky: I’ve been guilty of procrastinating myself! When you write against a deadline, you tend to put things off till the proverbial last minute. This happens especially if you have a few years of experience and are confident of your ability to deliver even in a short period of time. But then, you often forget to factor in Murphy’s Law that says, “if something can go wrong, it will.” You’re likely to come face to face with a personal crisis or emergency just as your deadline is approaching. Because you’ve whiled away your time frivolously instead of focusing on work, you end up either overshooting your deadline or doing a hurried and botched-up job, neither of which increase your credibility as a writer. If you tend to procrastinate, you might find 5 Tips for Ending Your Writing Procrastination helpful.
How’s your freelance writing career coming along – is it limping or sprinting?
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