Freelance writing. Is this a career path that you're thinking about jumping into? If so, you should first realize that even though making the jump is the first step, the fall down can be quite bumpy (as well as tickle your stomach a time or two) before you land on solid ground.
Unfortunately, for some of you, there is no solid ground to land on. Although writing skills can be practiced and mastered over time, there's one thing that always remains true about successful freelance writers: you either are one or you aren't.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that establishing a successful freelance writing career takes time!
I freelanced for 1.4 cents a word for nearly 3 1/2 years before I landed a gig that now pays me about $750 a week. 3 1/2 years was a long time, but it was during those years that I was able to get a feel for what freelance writing was. I learned how to deal with clients and how to properly network with both clients and other freelancers.
Was writing for peanuts (pennies) for 3 1/2 years worth the wait? Most definitely! But it should be noted that I was blessed enough to be at a point in my life where working 20 hours for $200 a week was feasible and paid the bills. I know that not everyone can survive on $200 a week, and I couldn't have had it not been for my husband making the money that he did.
I wrote a blog post earlier for a client about the mindset of a boxer. This is exactly what you need to have if you want to be successful as a freelance writer.
You must persevere through those days when there is no work (it's on these days that you need to be marketing yourself), you must have the courage to take on an assignment that you're not quite sure about, and you must find what motivates you.
And as any true writer will tell you, it's not the money that primarily motivates you to write. Instead, it's your passion for writing!
Writing is what I love to do, and I am very blessed that I have found clients who are willing to pay me for the content that I produce for them.
My hope is to expand my clientele as well as my writing skills and, hopefully, keep living this dream that I've been living for the past several years. Don't get me wrong, this dream is not perfect. I most definitely have difficult days just like everyone else, but for the most part, being a freelance writer is more than I could have ever hoped for.
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