Take this picture for a moment and imagine you’re the main character: a messy, but an adorable desktop, a steaming coffee and a scrawled notebook next to it, a joyful pen and a vase of flowers blurred in the background – and a smiling face behind the glasses. That is your face, of course, and the title of the picture sounds like this: “I love my work #freelancing”. Yes, it looks great. Yes, it’ll have a thousand likes and shares in the next few hours, but is it really that great? What do you do after posting the picture? Do you honestly love freelancing that much? Can you afford the life you always wanted by writing from home? A few questions you definitely need an answer for, before launching into an adventure within this attractive, but arduous field.
Making money from writing at home takes time and patience, in the first place, and you really need to take it seriously – you may not have a stressful boss, but you sure have (or may have, in the nearest future) a couple of demanding clients. Here are some useful pieces of advice you can use to transform the picture into a reality and make some good money out of it.
First of all, before deciding freelance writing is the path you want to walk on, try to foresee the financial part. Of course, you love to go the gym, go out every Saturday night and spend money on expensive make-up (or whatever hobby you may have), but how much are you willing to give up to go on freelancing? It’s most probable that you won’t be able to support yourself the way you might have on a 9-to-5 job for quite a while. Make sure that you know what this change actually means. It may sound a lot of fun, but the beginning is always difficult, and there’s no exaggeration here. Until you meet your clients, establish a profitable relationship with them and build an efficient timetable, it may take several weeks or even months.
Keep in mind that the payment system is different from client to client – you may go for more than 30 days with no cash. All in all, make sure you have a clear picture of the entire “freelancing” game, for it is more than often a rough one and, as mentioned before, it takes time. Time to accommodate, time to mold, time to make money and live on high standards (yes, this involves buying that makeup kit you’ve always wanted or raising your family for that matter).
There’s no shame in asking a client if he or she needs a writer. Introduce yourself to people who may be of interest to your freelance writing career – editors, writers, social media experts, journalists, etc. If you have a background in the field, working at a news agency or as an editor, for instance, this is a huge plus. Dare to ask questions, speak to your former colleagues, make friends, try social media, be active on every freelance platform you know – the hare starts when a man least expects it, a Romanian saying especially true in this field. So start networking!
It may sound redundant, but in this industry, it is vital to keep a professional attitude towards your clients. If you constantly skip the deadline or you don’t meet up some specific requirements, this will eventually translate into a breakup that will hurt your wallet. So commit to your job and do it on time – one satisfied customer means money on time and good references for future projects. You’ll need an ongoing stream of clients if you want to earn money from this business.
Short projects can bring a stable income monthly, this is why it is important to pay attention to the freelance writing job lists. It’s easy to neglect this aspect once you’re committed to bigger strategies, but don’t narrow your vision. Always check the writing communities you’re involved in and give some credit to any opportunity that might appeal you.