Being a freelance writer is tough, but that doesn’t mean you get to put any excuses you want for missing deadlines or not being able to deliver the expected quality.
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I don’t have time to write professionally
Well, if you don’t think you have the time to go into freelance writing right now, then you will never have the time. We all have to start somewhere and we all start at the bottom. If you can take out 1-2 hours everyday in your schedule then you definitely have time to start writing.
2. I don’t have a portfolio
You don’t need to have a professionally done portfolio when you are just starting your journey as a freelance writer. Start by putting together your favourite clippings from your blog. Then guest post on some blogs, and voila! You have your portfolio.
3. I don’t have the right degree
Writing doesn’t need a degree, it needs passion. Of course, it can be a great advantage to have a degree in creative writing, but honestly, in the freelance writing business, it all comes down to how talented and efficient you are.
4. I will only write what I want to write
Freelance writing involves working with clients and creating content for them. If all you want to do is write whatever you want to write, then you are just a writer and not a freelance writer.
You might want to start by pitching your own topics to magazines and websites, and may be start on your own book. The money won’t be as quick and stable as freelance writing, but its better to stay away from this field if you cannot write what a client wants you to.
5. I could be a writer, but I don’t like deadlines
No writer likes deadlines. But there are deadlines to make sure the machinery works well. When you send your piece to the editor, the buck does not stop there. Your article is edited, proofread, there are graphics designed for it, and finally adjustments made before it goes to publishing. There are a lot of people involved in the process, and when you miss deadlines, others have to change their schedule accordingly.
Missing deadlines is downright unprofessional and if you often notice yourself doing that, then you seriously need to sharpen your time management skills.
6. I have to work for free to get better opportunities
No, you don’t. To get better opportunities in freelance writing, you only need to do give your very best and there is no need to work for free. All you have to do is, look for jobs in the right place.
7. I can’t charge high because I won’t find any clients
Just like there are different types of freelance writers around the world, there are also different types of clients. Every client comes with a different budget.
Your job isn’t to provide freelance writing services to just about any client who knocks your door, your job is to work with clients who can pay for what you are worth.
8. I am not ready to pay for my own website
Getting your own author website is an investment for your freelance writing career and not an extra expense.
With your website, you get a more professional touch and clients know you are serious about what you do. It also gives you an opportunity to upload your entire portfolio online and share it with a simple link. No editor has the time to open a zip file and go through Microsoft Word docs.
9. My priority is my current job
If your priority is your current job, then why are you dreaming about freelance writing? To get an easy way out? Well, if you are only diving into freelance writing because you hate your current job, then let me be the first one to tell you – That’s not the way things work.
Get into freelance writing if you love writing and want to become a full-time freelance writer. And for that, you have to make freelance writing your priority.
10. There is no money in writing
There is a lot of money in freelance writing. If you aren’t getting any money, that is probably because you aren’t looking in the right places. Change the platforms you look for freelance writing jobs and if you are new, apply for atleast 10-15 jobs everyday
Are you a freelance writer who makes excuses, too?