For some people, writing comes as naturally as speaking. Those people should be freelance writers, right?
Writing is the easy part of the business of freelance writing - it's the business end that causes most freelance writing careers to tank.
How can freelance writing be hard?
Like I said, the writing part is easy. To become a successful freelance writer, though, you've got to do some things you might find difficult.
- You have to market yourself like crazy in the beginning. Don't worry, though - although you always need to market yourself, satisfied clients will do it for you after a while.
- You need to track your freelance writing income and prepare ahead of time (think quarterly) to pay your taxes.
- Keep learning. The 'web, print and other venues change every day - and the old stuff only works for so long. Sure, quality writing is the most important part; however, make sure you're up-to-date on SEO and what print publishers are looking for so you don't miss a beat in your freelance writing career.
- You'll have to (eventually) invest in the business of freelance writing to make it more profitable. You'll need business cards, a website and a blog... and, you'll find, a few other things to help your business grow.
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© Angie Papple Johnston, 2010; if you are reading this anywhere but on FreeFreelanceWritingTips.Blogspot.com or Gather, some pinhead plagiarized it.