Versatility is one of the best things about being a freelance writer, and while the uncertainty in income may be a foremost concern, the massive earning potential is there. One of them being self-publishing. [Read more…]
As freelance writers, we encounter many different types of assignments; and while some leave no room for creative personal narratives, there are other cases when your stories could be a centerpiece or valuable example for readers.
Personal stories are also a great way to plant a hook at the beginning of a story, something to grab the readers’ interest. When it comes to the sharing personal details, however, there are a few things we need to take into account, particularly the privacy of others who may be involved in our stories. [Read more…]
Being a freelance writer comes with a lot of challenges, including business negotiations and management problems that you may never have considered when you set out on this endeavor. That’s why it’s sometimes wise to turn to other industries for insights on how to handle these technical issues.
Day traders, who are also in business for themselves in a particular way, have a lot to offer freelance writers when it comes to finding assignments and negotiating business. Taking their expertise into account, here are four tips from day traders that can change the way you approach freelance writing. [Read more…]
You’ve been writing for a client for a while, and suddenly, they no longer require your services. It doesn’t matter whether or not it was your fault – it’s still a troubling situation to be in. Take a few deep breaths before you hit the panic switch. It can be hard to remember that losing one client is not losing your entire career, and you should be able to successfully rebound from your loss. Once you’ve calmed down about the loss, it’s time to figure out where you should go from here. [Read more…]
I remember my first ever freelance writing gig as clear as day. That was about 11 years ago, while I still had a 9 to 5 job and working on my thesis. It was an exhilarating experience, for I never thought I could make a decent amount writing on the side. I think that was a defining moment for me. I knew that one day, I would find a way to write full-time.
The universe had a different plan, though. It took me a while to finish that thesis, and I had to find a steady job to live. I stayed in the corporate world for another five years, all the while writing content on the side.
Then I got a break. THE break.
So here I am many years later, finally living that freelance dream. [Read more…]
Every writer has complained about procrastination at some point. I could be wrong, but even the most prolific writers have had to deal with the urge to put things off. If you think about it, there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t make it a habit.
Additionally, there are ways to procrastinate productively. You can read about that in an article I wrote last year.
Believing that procrastination won’t go away – it will keep coming back – I think that it can be beaten if you prepare yourself for it. So, how do you beat writing procrastination?
When you first went freelance you likely heard horror stories about having to wait for months for your work to be published so that you could finally get paid for it. Other freelancers told you all about that time they had to hound a client like crazy to get them to pay for work that had been completed. You were prepared for that. You were prepared for potential clients to convince you that you should work for “exposure,” and to have to work your way up to the big publications and really well-paying work.
What you weren’t prepared for were taxes. [Read more…]
Most everyone does a Christmas countdown, but I don’t know a single person who does one for Tax Day. We might as well do it since there is no escaping paying taxes – unless you want a visit from the IRS.
So, 32 days till that wondrous day: April 18. [Read more…]
Most freelance writers cannot imagine themselves going back to a corporate setting where job stability – and salary – is practically guaranteed. As we found out in our survey, The State of Freelance Writers in 2015 , the main issue that freelance writers face is uncertainty in income.
For sure, all of us have faced this problem at least once. There are those periods when we are flush, but there are times when we just don’t know how we’re going to manage.
During these times, it’s easy to fall prey to desperation and depression, but there are ways to handle things. When you’re in dire financial straits, you can either “give up” or find solutions.
Let’s be positive and choose the latter, shall we? [Read more…]
Everyone wants to make more money, but wishing isn’t going to make it happen. If you want more money, you have to earn it. Unfortunately, as a freelancer, it’s easy to feel like the cards are stacked against you. Since you get paid per assignment, your income is limited to how many assignments you can take on and what type of assignments people give you. Right?
Not exactly. It’s possible to earn more money with your writing, regardless of your current situation, and without necessarily taking on a greater quantity of work. There are three main types of strategies you can use to do this:
- Broaden your skill set to make yourself more valuable.
- Optimize your client base to maximize the number of assignments that pay the best.
- Manage your time so you can do more work without a greater time investment.
Now let’s take a look at each of these categories individually. [Read more…]