Have You Decided to Become a Freelance Writer?

Freelance writers who are just starting out often start their business the wrong way, and it quickly goes downhill from there. Here are some things to keep in mind before starting your writing business.

1. Don’t Know How To Market Services: When you become a freelance writer, your first responsibility is to acquire and retain clients. Surprised I didn’t say “write”? you should not. Freelancers who successfully market their services can pay the bills and put food on the table. Freelancers who do not often admit defeat and find a job. Don’t be too crazy and start…

2. Doing low paid work: Low paid work is very attractive in the beginning. Maybe you think you need to get involved with this door, or you just don’t have faith in your own abilities. Do not do this! A price that is too low for your services can lead to burnout. Why? This is the result of

3. Book Too Many Clients: Taking on too much work, too soon, can leave you exhausted. This usually happens because of the lowest price. Freelancers who take on too many clients will end up writing around the clock and trying to keep up so they don’t develop…

4. Missed deadlines: When you have to postpone deadlines, your reputation as a service provider is seriously damaged. Clients see you as an expert and when you underestimate the time it takes to complete a project, your professional reputation is damaged. After all, your customers also have deadlines! If you can’t complete the work on time, what impact will it have on their business? The unreliable writer ends…

5. Lost Referral Business: Existing customers are the best source of new customers. While you can always ask your clients to do more work, letting them advertise to their peers is also a brilliant idea. You will get a better paying job and you will not have to spend too much time promoting yourself because you are recommended by a trusted source. On the other hand, don’t develop…

6. Retain Bad Customers: Keeping bad customers can be tempting, especially during times of economic downturn. Whether they are the micro-management type or a dominant negotiator, bad customers will quickly stifle your motivation to keep working. Know when to fire a client – your common sense will thank you. Also try to avoid…

7. Listen to Negative People: When you first started freelancing, people around you may not understand what your goals are, even if you explain it clearly. Most people have never been self-employed, they just know it’s an employee. Anything that challenges (or threatens) the way of life is considered mistrust. Don’t listen to them!

 

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