How to Survive As a Freelance Writer

To survive as a freelance writer, you absolutely must pay attention to three things. You need to focus on your money. You have to focus on marketing. Below that, you should focus on delivering quality. Big thoughts. The first two are clearer. But the third certainly needs explanation. In this article, I’ll show you three things you need to do to focus on delivering quality.

1. The first is that you have to make a schedule and live by it.

One of the problems with the freelancing life is that interruptions are part of the game. Customer calls. Foreground telephone. Seller calls. This does not include the usual interruptions of family and life. Writing can be difficult. This is usually something you want to avoid. Pause to give you an excuse not to write.

This is fatal for free writing. One technique to avoid procrastination is to set a specific time of day for your writing…every day…Develop the habit of writing. Get your body used to writing at that specific time of day. If you do this, you will soon find that you no longer shy away from work. Make sure no one interrupts you for anything other than fire or nuclear war.

2. Always deliver what customers want when they need it.

In most companies, the customer is not always right. Over-delivery and under-commitment are always better. But free writing is different. Customers will tell you what they want. An article of 400 to 600 words. A 60 page ebook. A blog post of 250 to 300 words. And this is exactly what you need to deliver. Not 601 words, not 62 pages, not 220 words. You have to deliver exactly what they ask for. And you have to deliver it on the promised day. In a free writing game, the biggest mistake you can make is not fully fulfilling the promise you promised. There is only one acceptable quality: your best.

3. Staying the same doesn’t solve the problem. Sharpen the saw and charge the battery.

Writing is above all a craft. Free writing is a business based on this craft. This is not art. It is important that you continue to improve your process skills. You should always sharpen and polish the saw. There are many ways to do this, such as writing for yourself, taking classes, and doing exercises. Class is important because it can give you feedback on how well you master the subject. If you cannot afford the course and you can get feedback elsewhere, doing exercises is another option.

But writing for yourself is not negotiable. You have to write some works for yourself to recharge yourself. When the client yelled, to teach yourself why you love writing, these words didn’t come and the homework was boring.


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