The Life Of A Freelance Writer: What Is It Really Like?
So you want to be a freelance writer do you? Wonderful! Exhilarating! Busy! Challenging! Lucrative! Stressful! Fun! There are so many possible words to describe what it is like to be a freelance writer. Luckily for you, I am a freelance writer and I can tell you all about it!
This is my life...
The first thing I do each morning is check both my email and sites that I work on for any new jobs that have come in during my two hours sleep ( some nights I get more!). My clients come from all over the globe so it takes a bit of creativity to get the time zones down. I need to make sure that any incoming work will not interfere with current deadlines that I have. Most regular clients are fine if I tell them I will be unable to begin their new project for a day or two because of my current workload.
I have plenty of jobs every day of the week. I very rarely actively look for additional work unless it is very high paying. The clients that I have pay very well for the work that I do. What more could you want? I have a home office I work from (in my pyjamas) and I do not work by the clock. If I get up at 6 am, I start at 6 am. If I get to sleep in a little bit, I start whenever I get up.
Getting jobs in the beginning was a bit difficult. This is where the stress part comes in. Will they hire me? Why didn't they hire me? Once you begin to build a reputation and a portfolio you will get more jobs than you lose.
What I do
I take an idea and create spun wizardry on the pages with it. Some days this is easier than others. You will get topics that are downright boring. They still require that you put your all into them. Whether I am writing content, eBooks, articles, or anything else, it gets my full attention. Something else that is bound to happen - You will turn in what you believe to be the best writing ever - and the client hates it! It happens to everyone. Just remember that you will never be able to please everyone.
I love my job! I write about any number of different things during the day. Doing research is something that I enjoy so I am being paid to learn on a daily basis. Unfortunately, words do not always flow smoothly from the brain to the keyboard. Every writer will get blocked occasionally. I learned to keep all of my hair by getting up and walking away. Give yourself 30 minutes and then come back to it. Often, just that little break is all you need.
- Be confident
- Don't let a bad review get you down
- Have fun
- Learn from your mistakes