I’ve been a member of various online freelance writing communities for close to ten years now. They were especially helpful when I was learning about freelancing. The freelance writing community is so helpful and I learned so much. In return I was eventually able to share what I learned with the members of this community.
Why should you participate in online freelance writing communities?
- Learn about the business of writing – Veteran freelance writers share business tips, tax tips and customer service advice.
- Learn who is hiring – If a person or place is hiring, your fellow freelance writers are more than happy to share.
- Learn who to avoid working for: Scammy people and unsavory types are often discussed on freelance writing forums and blogs.
- Learn tips for getting the gigs: Freelance writers share tips for landing jobs.
- Take a time out – Having a coffee break? There’s lots to talk about.
- Turn others on – When you participate in discussions, folks will want to learn more about you. They’ll be encouraged to visit your blogs or buy your books.
Something I don’t like about certain freelance writing communities is the snippiness that ensues. I don’t understand how places that are supposed to be so helpful and for sharing are also so hostile.
What should you avoid at freelance writing communities:
- Drama – Just steer clear. It’s not worth it.
- Talking about drama: Expressing your disappointment with drama, saying you’re going away to avoid the drama, calling out the people who inflict drama only causes more drama. Just ignore it.
- Know that disagreements aren’t attacks. It’s ok for people to not share the same point of view. As long as they’re respectful there’s no need to take it personally. Report personal attacks to the moderator. Avoid responding. However if it’s a respectful disagreement do your best to turn it into a positive conversation.
- Don’t insist your way is the best way. Share ideas and advice, but superiority complexes don’t fly.
Which are your favorite online freelance writing communities? How do you benefit, and what do you avoid?