You are just like me – wondering if you are good enough to begin a writing career. You may be contemplating a career change. You may be looking to add some extra income to your current salary. Either way, we are on the journey together. And WE are good enough.
Also, if you are like me, you don’t want to be just good enough. You want to be top-notch. You want to stand out above the crowd and be noticed as the best. I can do that. You can do that. We both can do that. It may take some hard work and grind, but I’m determined to achieve this goal, and I will take you along with me if you’re willing to do the same.
Be confident. Do not let anything or anyone bring you down. You will, almost certainly, hear from others that there is no way you can make a career out of writing. You MOST certainly can. Keep your nose to the grindstone and plug away, my friend. Prove them wrong. As long as you have a basic command of a single language, you can succeed in this business if you put your mind to it.
Don’t let rejection defeat you. You are going to write more pitches for clients that get rejected than those who get accepted, and that’s ok. Celebrate those who have accepted you and move on and learn from those rejections. Rejection doesn’t always mean that you weren’t the best writer for the job. You may have pitched to a client who was simply looking for someone who offers the lowest rate. Don’t lower yourself to a standard of writing for free. Your words are worth gold, my friend. You deserve to be compensated for your skill.
Be prepared to spend your free time writing. If you’re just getting started, this is absolutely necessary. I hate to break it to you, but you might have to say goodbye to Netflix and Sunday Fundays for a while. If you have a passion for writing, as I do, this should not bother you one bit. As writing a piece such as this should feel just as comforting as laying in bed watching the latest Netflix series.
Set your rates appropriately. Do not under-sell yourself just to land a client / project. These types of gigs are not worth your time and effort. Price your rate according to your current salary, and don’t forget to factor in benefits and insurance costs. If you are serious about becoming a full-time freelance writer, you need to make sure you cover yourself with regards to: taxes, health insurance, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, disability, and retirement savings.
Write what you know. This should be pretty self-explanatory, but you are an expert in something. You may not think you have any expertise, but you do. Do you love hunting? Swimming? Penny-saving? You will find that you love to research the topics that interest you. You ARE an expert, even if you don’t have a degree in the field. You can write a stellar article on penny-saving tips for those who live in a rural environment, for example, for a ready and willing client who is looking for YOUR voice.
Brag about yourself. This is difficult, especially for newer writers such as you and myself. We don’t have a lot to brag about and what can we really say? But it is worth it to set up your own website to market yourself. Announce on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter that you are a Freelance Writer. You are! No one is going to laugh at you when you start making money from home and on your own schedule.
Final step – don’t get discouraged. You’ll find yourself lost in a sea of research regarding how to become a freelance writer. You can easily get bogged down and overwhelmed. Simply, start writing. Don’t worry about what this site says or that site recommends (except for yours truly). If you don’t start, you’ll never get anywhere. Be bold. Be brave. Write on.