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What Should An Average Freelance Writer Know

If you love to write but don’t know how to get paid to do what you love, then you have come to the right place.  Freelance writing is a growing profession for writers; companies find that it is cheaper to pay a freelance writer to write for them contractually then to hire a staff writer.  This is good for you because then there are more jobs out there for you.  When you start out as a freelance writer is can be scary, you will probably feel like a little fish in a big ocean the first few months but don’t give up if this is what you want to do.  Before you go overboard and fail miserably, let me tell you some things you should know about freelance writing.

What You Should Know

  • Don’t Quit Your Day Job:  
  • Freelance writers make the mistake that they can get a great paying job overnight but you can’t, well you might but that is a long shot.  You want to start out doing it on the side, pick up a job here and there until you find the right client that will pay you good enough to quit your job.  The only way you should quit your job right away in the beginning is if you have savings that you can live off of while you are getting your feet wet.  Also you have to take into consideration that you might not like doing it, which means if you quit you job, you can’t go back.

  • Pick Your Niche:  
  • You might be a writer that can write just about anything, like me but it makes better sense to find a niche that you excel at writing and look for jobs that require you to do that.  Your niche should also be a theme on your website or blog as well, this will showcase your talent.

  • Give Yourself Goals:  
  • Sit down and write down or open a word document and write down all of the goals that you want to accomplish.  You can set an hourly rate you want to charge, where you want to be in so many months.  Having this there will help you push yourself to do better.

  • Learn Everything About Freelance Writing:  
  • Read blogs by fellow freelance writers, even follow them.  They know what it is like to be a freelance writer and can tell you the dos and don’ts of the lifestyle.  Also make sure you have a professional website that has your resume, portfolio, and contact information on it.  And invest in business cards, you never know who you might run into or who might visit your site.  


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