Three years ago, I left a stable corporate job to become a full time freelance writer. Back then, I had my doubts and fears. It felt like I was jumping into the unknown and heaven knows where it will lead me. Still, the appeal of working from home while taking care of your family was enough for me to face my decision bravely and without regret.
As a writer, it’s second nature for you to want to write, right?
Well, it may come as a shock to you (and others) that you don’t always like to write. These are days when watching a Walking Dead marathon makes more sense than writing an article that’s long been assigned to you.
It’s not writer’s block. You know what to write, but you can’t seem to put your butt in the chair to do the work.
Steven Pressfield, in his book The War of Art, calls this The Resistance. It takes on many forms and it is your eternal enemy should you let it enter your mind space.
So what do you do when you’re in a writing slump?
If you’ve been freelance writing for a while, then you now know that it’s so hard to get great clients. So hard, in fact, that we have to battle through a sea of more qualified writers to get them.
It’s even harder when you get picked. Now you have to prove to them that they made the right choice. Not only do you have to write, you have to write well and build a great working relationship with your client.
A happy client is always a good thing. It means your hard work was worth it, and there is a possibility that you’ll be working with them again.
So how do you keep a client happy? Here are seven ways.
Let me guess: you don’t have a writer website.
You’d like to have one, but you don’t know how to do it or where to start, so you keep on putting it off.
Well, there’s a problem with that approach. Unless you hire someone, your writer website isn’t going to build itself.
You would have to do it at one point, so why not start now? It’s not as hard or as expensive as you think. You can build a writer website you can be proud of even if you’re not a tech person or you don’t have a lot of money.
Ready to learn?
One of the biggest challenges for any new freelance writer is knowing how to find work.
You’ve probably spent hours on the internet searching for job ads, and hours more answering them.
At the rate you’re going, you’d think you’ll be booked with gigs by now.
The truth is, getting gigs may not be as easy as that.
There’s no magic formula to succeeding at freelance writing — especially when you’re just starting out. There are a ton of advice out there and it can get pretty overwhelming.
The good news is, you don’t have to have a degree in journalism, or years of experience in writing to get paid writing gigs. All you need is your writing talent, a way to market that talent, and guidance from successful freelance writers at the top of their game.
Ready to do the work?
Do you remember your first job interview?
It may have been awkward, nerve-wracking and tough — but it was worth it when you got the job.
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with you becoming a freelance writer. After all, the point of going freelance is to be your own boss, right?
Of course. You will be your own boss.
Just like a boss, you decide whether an employee is right for a position. That’s why you need to conduct an interview — with yourself.
Second place is not everyone’s favorite spot. In some cases, it’s worse than being at the bottom. It’s that “almost, but not quite” status that’s hard to accept for most people.
Being second, third or even fourth best can be a good thing, if you consider its positive effects rather than the negative.
I’m a big fan of technology. In my years of writing about it, I’ve come to realize one thing: there’s no app for everything.
No matter how advanced we have become and how efficient and easy life is with a push of a button, there are no shortcuts to living life the way it’s meant to be lived.