Useful Advice To Help You Become A Well-Paid Freelance Writer
Freelance careers seem to offer a dream: The dream of having total control over your time and work schedule while being paid well. As a freelance writer, you can decide the amount of work you want to do. You can choose from a vast variety of projects the one that you really like. This dream of having control and choice can become a reality, but only partially. You still have to be accountable to clients, so you are not really your own boss. You still have to be highly organized to meet deadlines, so you are not actually controlling your schedule. The amount and quality of work you do depends on many factors, some of them not under your control. This means that you will be doing at least some writing against your will, for purely economic reasons.
This does not translate into disenchantment if your hopes and plans are realistic. Freelance writing can be a part-time or fulltime career. Try your hand at it before quitting your day job! If you have a passion for writing and some command over English language composition, you can succeed doing freelance work. Something that needs to be kept in mind is that freelance writing is not a highly paid job for everyone all the time. Your earnings will be determined by the quality of your writing, your credentials, and your record of accomplishment. Now, supposing that your writing is excellent and your credentials immaculate, you still are an unproven entity! You will be paid peanuts while you are building that record of accomplishment.
Here is some advice to help you become a well-paid freelance writer:
- Be a good writer: You must be pretty sure about your writing skills, but do not be your own judge. Get your writing evaluated by friends and family for honest feedback. Better still, read your work like a third person. Your friends and family, for all their good intentions, may not be able to deliver criticism.
- Skills development: Even if you write amazingly well, you need practice to polish your skills. Keep writing! Write guest posts, reviews, articles etc. and publish these on free platforms to gain experience and visibility.
- Be organized: You have to be highly organized to remain consistently reliable for your clients. Learn to schedule your tasks and manage your time. You will be paid better once your reliability is established.
- Narrow the field: Specialists and technical writers with credentials are paid better than generalists. Focus most of your writing on something you have credentials in. Do it even if you enjoy writing about dogs better than political science that you have a degree in!