Freelance 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:
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.