I often get asked about how difficult or easy is it to make a living through writing. And I always say the same thing – if you have the passion for writing in your heart, it will never be too difficult. But, if you are only in this for the money then you will never get where you want to be.
Freelance writing business is competitive, there is always someone who is ready to offer cheaper rates than you, and that is why you need to focus on quality and keep your head up high.
Here are 6 things freelance writers need to do to make a living through it-
1. Never ending belief
There will always be people trying everything in their will to criticize you and make you feel like you don’t deserve to be a writer at all. Believe in yourself and never let anything people say get to you. There will always be a million reasons for you to stop but only one to keep going, focus on it.
It is important to regularly seek out clients and follow up through emails. Just writing content is not enough, you should be good at pitching stories to the editors too. There are many places you can search for freelance writing vacancies. Here are some to get you started –
3. Keep a fixed price
Never let a client decide a price for you (Unless they are ready to pay way higher than your asking price). I would suggest letting the client tell you his budget first. This way if he’s offering higher than your number, you can take it up and if his budget is way too low than you expected, just let it go.
4. Putting all your energy and focus
Do not take this for granted because if you do, you will never be able to take that jump from a part time writer to a full time writer. Always give your best and never deliver a content which does not showcase the kind of quality you offer.
Deadlines can be pushy but that does not mean you should compromise on quality. If you feel at any point that the deadline won’t be enough to do your article the justice it needs, then let the client know and take some extra time.
5. Proof reading till the article looks spotless
The big difference between rookie writers and experienced writers is that the latter proofread their articles until it looks absolutely perfect. Whereas, rookie writers are either too lazy or too confident about their work.
6. Social media presence
Having a good following on social media can definitely affect a client’s decision to say ‘yes’. A better following means more people see the content you write and more people notice your content writing skills. I have personally had many clients directly approach me through Twitter and Linkedin.
So my dear freelance writers, are you ready to make a living writing ?