I gave up on freelance writing more times than I would care to admit. The number one reason was and always has been that I have to take care of my child. Just when I get the best writing gigs I can ever hope for, things at home start to go ugly. So I had to throw my hands up in the air and go back to being a full-time parent.
The popularity of freelancing and working from home has gone up in the past few years. Burned out office employees and parents who want to spend more time with their kids may find freelancing a welcome change. The idea of working out of the kitchen table while doing whatever else on your spare time is golden.
What new freelancers don’t often know — and won’t know until they’re weeks into freelancing — is that it takes a while to build a clientele. Scoping out clients may be easy; getting the job is a bit more challenging.
On average, it takes me six hours a week searching job ads and researching new publications to pitch. That’s valuable time that could have been spent for writing, research or just taking a break. During these ‘marketing’ hours, I came across a web service called Contena. If you’re a pro writer wondering if there’s a way to cut down your marketing efforts in half, then read on.
Landing your first paid writing gig might be the first biggest challenge to you as a new freelance writer. It will take hard work and determination, but once you do get the job, the joy you feel will be worth it.
So how do you get paid for writing? Some successful freelance writers will tell you that it happened by accident, while some may say that it took them months to get their first client.
If you’re thinking about going full time with freelance writing, then you need to know there are some things to consider. While it’s great that you’re ready to jump into the unknown, it’s not a bad idea to have a sober reality check for a minute. Making the shift to a freelance career can be a huge change — one that you may not be prepared for even if you think you are.
If I had to start over, I’d have made this list first and made sure they’re set before I quit my day job. Today, I’m hoping it will help you make a better start at freelance writing than I did. I promise you, it’s worth the effort.
If you’ve been freelance writing for some time now, you know that it’s a challenge to live comfortably with a variable income. How many times have you stayed up at night wondering how you’re going to get by until the next paycheck comes? Probably far too many times.
If only your client paid you more. If only you had more time to write (and get paid more). If only your pitches didn’t get rejected. If only. These thoughts never fail to cross my mind when money is slowly dwindling away from my bank account. And rightfully so, because every freelance writer should always think about a better way to earn.