So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and become a freelance writer. Great! Applaud yourself for making a great career decision. Being a freelance writer is rewarding, and you get to do something you love, while creating your own schedule. You get to write pieces and working for companies that you chose to contract with. Before diving in and going on this journey fully. Here are 5 tips that might help you along the way.
1. Make your daily, weekly, or monthly schedule. I cannot stress the importance of making a schedule of your deadlines and other activities. Planning your work ahead of time not only saves you time but saves you headaches. It also helps you with knowing your workload. Which things to tackle first, or to see if you’re overbooked. A schedule is a key component so don’t think you can do this without one.
2. Don’t overwork yourself. While freelancing is a joy, you have to remember not to overwork yourself. You will find yourself at times taking on too many jobs and that could lead to serious burnout. Take on as many jobs as you are able to handle. If you have contracts with certain companies like INSIDER, for example, you will always have an assignment. So it’s okay to cut back if needed.
3. Find small jobs on the side. Sometimes you’ll find yourself not having much work. That’s okay, because all jobs have a slow period. You could always do small jobs on the side to earn some extra cash. Dog walking, babysitting, freelance editing, etc. Don’t think of this a permanent thing; just something to get you by during the slow time.
4. Be aware of scams Sometimes it’s hard to sniff out a scam, but there are usually signs. Don’t do a job without some kind of contract or agreement. Make sure that payment is clear if it applies. If a writing job you’re applying for seems sketchy, then it probably is. Just take precautions, and if you’re unsure ask for advice from a fellow writer.
5. Enjoy every step Sometimes freelancing can be overwhelming, sometimes it can be dull. Sometimes you will be told no and sometimes your pitch will be rejected. Remember to love every step of the way. It’s hard but rewarding because you love writing and having your work out there. Take every no and turn it into a learning experience. Take every hardship and turn it into a positive. Don’t be hard on yourself if you find things not working out, because soon they will.