Being a freelance writer certainly offers its share of benefits. Working on your own schedule, taking on your clients, making all of the money for your work; these are all obvious benefits to the freelance writing game.
Unfortunately, there are even more downsides to being in the freelance writing world. Clients that don’t pay, not being able to find consistent work and income, and a whole laundry list of other things can make the entire experience an awful one. Here are a few things to consider as a freelance writer.
Have a Blog
Yes, everyone and their mother has a blog, but freelance writers need one as a way to showcase their work for potential clients. It acts as a portfolio of sorts if you are a newer writer and don’t have many or any samples under your belt.
Not only that, it improves your writing. The key to improving as a writer is to work at it every day and having a blog gives you the excuse to write even when you don’t have the clients to keep you busy. It will pay off in the long run.
Focus on Your Goals, Not Setbacks
It can be easy to get stuck on rejections and failures. And in the writing world, there will be plenty. The key is to remember that freelance writing is a business and that a rejection is nothing personal. This will help you maintain your focus and keep you active in the writing world.
When a business doesn’t get back to you about a job, don’t take it personally. Just keep pushing forward and pitching your writing to new potential clients. This is a hit and miss endeavor and keeping your head up is one of the ways that you will stay in the game and find those clients you desire.