Being an expert freelance writer, I receive dozens of emails from People with journalism degrees and fresh graduates trying to get their breakthrough in this industry.
I found myself at the same crossroads a few years back, but thanks to encouragement from my friends and some from myself, I started the journey of becoming a full-time freelance writer. And now, after three years of non-stop grind, I can say my decision was right.
Instead of working for someone else, I worked for my happiness in my pajamas and a loose tee. But there is a flip side too. Let me explain it:
The truth about earning as a Freelancer
As far as earning is concerned, you do have a high chance of hitting good numbers. But don’t expect these numbers to stay the same. Some months you will earn a fortune, and in some, you will be left staring at your email for new work to arrive.
The key to freelance writing is consistency. It would help if you kept working on your skill and new projects. To make things clear, we have explained some points that you should consider before taking freelance writing as a full-time career option.
1. Get Formal Training
Even though you don’t need any formal education to start your freelance career, we still recommend you get proper training. This could be under the tutelage of other content writers as well.
Or, if you want to pursue it professionally, you can opt into any given degree or course in your nearby university. However, that could be a lengthy and costly process. Looking at the current pandemic situation, we recommend you enroll in any reputable online course.
Another option can be opting for a full-time staff job. It would create a perfect environment for you to learn a new skill.
2. Start Pitching
The number one rule of becoming a freelance writer is that you have to become a fearless pitcher. No matter which platform you select, you have to pitch your services so that the other person won’t be able to deny it.
Initially, this process would take some time. However, once your work starts getting published, your client flow will increase significantly. Showcasing is also a significant part of pitching.
Yep, content writers have to do networking as well. To start with, connect with other freelance writers on various platforms. This will be your biggest asset going forward. Also, keep your prospects in your communication loop by sharing your work with them.
4. Get Paid
Sounds simple, right? However, this is often the biggest hurdle for any freelance writer. Being the expert, we suggest you create a documented invoice (Like PayPal) to keep the payment process safe and straightforward.
5. Expect the Unexpected
Doing freelance work as your full-time job is like swimming in open waters. You don’t know which tide will take you to the coast. You can hope for the best and keep swimming. At last, I would love to say that being a Freelance writer is not at all. Just keep up the excellent work, and things will be fine for you.