What Should I Know About Freelance Writing

Being a freelance writing can be a great thing, you get to work whenever you want, you’re the boss, and you can work as much or as little as you want as long as you get the work done.  This might sound like a great job for you but there are some things that you have to take into consideration before you start freelance writing.

Things You Should Know

  • You have to be able to work alone, since you are working from home and don’t have co-workers, you are the only one there.  You could go an entire day without taking and working alone can affect your work and your mood.

  • You are the one accountable if something goes wrong with an assignment or if you miss a deadline.

  • You need to have discipline, it’s okay to sleep in sometimes but don’t expect to work all day and half the night to get work done.  You need to set yourself a schedule of when you are going to work and when you are going to have downtime.

  • You do have to deal with clients that have hired you for work.  This means you have to have at least okay commutation skills.  Clients are more likely to hire you if you deliver on time and what they want and are courteous.

  • You have to learn how to negotiate with clients on price and time it will be completed.  You don’t want to take on too much work because a client wants it faster, you have to negotiate a good time for you and the client.

  • Don’t let your emotions get the best of you if you with an upset client or being rejected.  You knew when you decided you wanted to be a writer, that you would have to deal with reject.  If you have an upset client try to defuse the situation because you don’t want to lose a client.  And reject just needs to be brushed off and you need to get up try again.

  • You have to stay up on what is hot right now.  If you stay ahead of what is going on in your industry, you will be better prepared at writing on and finding a niche early will help you find client.

  • You need to have the support of your family and friends before you go into this career.  If you don’t have the support, then the stress level will skyrocket between them and you work will suffer.

  • It’s a good idea to have some savings set up, just in case you don’t get a job right away.  It will be there as a safety net also if you first few jobs don’t pay well as well.