How to Make It as a Freelance Writer
Freelance writing can be one of the most difficult yet rewarding career paths out there. On the positive side, as a freelancer, you are your own boss. There is no one breathing down your neck or barking commands. You have absolute freedom to work for whom, when and where you want to. That’s something people in other fields of work envy the most about those of us who freelance. However, as your own boss, you have to do all the brute work that usually happens behind the scenes. That means generating your own leads, negotiating prices with clients, and delivering high quality content on time. It’s certainly no walk in the park, but very rewarding if you are persistent. I love freelancing and its a dream I want to help all of you achieve. With that being said, here are a few tips to help you make it as a freelance writer.
1.Write, write and write some more.
As a freelance writer, you can’t really expect clients to be interested in you when you have no work to show them. Even if you haven’t established yourself enough to have published or paid content, you can still write either on a personal blog or other platform. This essentially kills two birds with one stone. You begin establishing a portfolio to show interested clients and you refine your skills as a writer. The more you write, the more you will improve and the greater chances clients will consider you for work.
2. Contact clients…a lot of clients.
Whether you have to cold call, send shameless, self-promoting emails or talk to companies face-to-face, being active about finding clients is an indispensable part of the process. If you don’t have any interested clients, then you don’t have any income. Even the most talented writer in the world won’t succeed in freelance if they don’t reach out to clients for work. It’s the very nature of freelancing that we are at the bottom when we begin. The whole process is about establishing contacts and creating a network that provides you with enough work to sustain the kind of life you desire through freelancing. You have to be bold, consistent and a good salesperson. Make the clients think that you have something to offer them that no one else does, because you do. Your unique writing style can’t be copied or reproduced. Be proud of that.
3. Choose your environment wisely.
Being a freelancer essentially means you are without a fixed work environment. This can be amazing and was one of the main motivating factors which drove me to pursue this career almost 10 years ago. However, with no established working space, it is very easy to become distracted and unproductive. A healthy separation between you work life and social life needs to be established in order to ensure productivity and efficiency. The freedom that comes with being your own boss can quickly lead to laziness if not balanced with the proper responsibilities. Find a work environment that can help facilitate your work flow and make it a habit to do your writing exclusively in that space.