Tips for freelance writers

file5281279373109Freelance writers, particularly those that are new to the profession, can struggle to find work. The freelance industry is not always an easy one to be a part of, but at the same time it can also be hugely rewarding.

 

I’ve been freelance writing for almost four years now, and I can tell you that you need a lot of determination in order to pay the bills, or even just provide yourself with a bit of extra cash. I have a few more tips for you that could also be of help to you, even when you’re struggling.

 

Here are those tips for you now:

 

Always deliver

 

Whatever the deadline is, or whatever instructions your client gives you, always deliver what they are looking for. You’re being paid to write something a specific way, so do as you’re told, and you’re likely to get some good feedback for it.

 

 

Accept ‘Boring’ jobs

 

I’ve done some really dull jobs in my time, and although they were mind-numbingly boring, they helped to pay the bills and build my reputation as a freelance writer. Sometimes you just have to accept any job that’s out there, so start working on it and do the best you can. Write about anything, such as the latest gadgets,vitality works products, or adult content if you’re comfortable writing it. Expand your portfolio and gain that experience.

 

 

Find out what hours work for yourself

 

Some people work best in the mornings and early afternoons, whereas others work better into the evening. This may be trial and error at first, but you will soon find out what works for you. About 4 years ago, I decided to set myself a time table, which included one 15 minute break every hour (My concentration isn’t always the best). But that time table/schedule didn’t work as sometimes I needed to concentrate for more than 45 minutes at a time. Now, I start work at 9am, finish at 3:30pm, and I have a few breaks through-out the day.

 

 

Be prepared to chase payments

 

This may not be something you want to do, but you will have to do it now and again. Some clients will genuinely forget to pay you, others will try to avoid it for whatever reason, while a technical error may result in your invoice not reaching its destination. Whatever the reason, you need to chase payments, as this can help you to make ends meet, or just line your pockets with a little more cash.

 

When you chase someone for payments, be nice, say something like “Hello [Insert name], please can you pay me for the work I did [Insert details]. Nine times out of ten you will get a response. If there is no response, then my advice is to refrain from doing any more work for that client, until they have paid you for the work you have done. Sometimes you may need to tell the client that you will begin the next piece of work, once they have paid you for the last.

Use the above tips to help you advance in your career as a freelance writer. Be prepared to work hard, even in the evenings and at weekends if needs be. But be prepared to have a diverse and hugely rewarding career that most people only dream about.

Tips for writing travel pieces

If you have ever been asked to write a travel piece, you may wonder where you need to start. You may be asked to visit the destination in question, but you may also be asked to write travel pieces about destinations you haven’t visited before.

Trust me, this happens a lot. In the past I have written countless articles about New York City, Miami, and the town of Bath in England. I have never visited any of these places, yet I have written 50+ articles in total. So how did I go about writing them, and how can you make readers of your travel articles believe you’ve been there?

  1. Research – It’s vital that you do as much research as you can, so that you get all of the information right. This may mean that you have to visit a lot of different websites, and even see what people have to say about particular venues.
  2. Write in an easy-to-read style – the easier your article is to read, the better. If you use long words, or you don’t try to add a bit of life to it, people will be able to tell. Write in a friendly tone, and make sure you write like you know what you’re talking about.
  3. If you get the chance to travel to a destination you’re reviewing, make sure you weigh up the pros and cons of the place. Don’t be overly harsh, but don’t be too nice; remember, your article (Depending on where it ends up) could potentially affects someone’s livelihood.
  4. If you have to write reviews about the Top Unusual Places to Stay for example, try to research thoroughly. Look for places that aren’t ‘On the map’, but those that are found in a field or back street somewhere.
  5. Don’t use copyrighted pictures or content. If you have to search for you own, then start searching. You could be fined or prosecuted for this so make sure you stay on the right side of the law.
  6. Be 100% original, don’t copy phrases or text from someone else. The site you’re writing for could be penalized, and your job could even be on the line.

One last and final tip that I have for you is to make sure you know your audience. If for example, you’re writing for the American market, then write in American English. Alternatively, if you’re writing for the British Market, write in British English. Although there are a lot of similarities between various dialects, the way words are spelled could differ. Don’t do guess work, find out who you’re writing for.

As you can see, there are a few things that you need to consider. If you bare all of the above in mind, you’re more likely to write an article that your boss is pleased with.