Two Essential Tips For Succeeding With Freelance Writing
February 25, 2019
February 25, 2019
Very often, people who practice freelance writing start off with much enthusiasm but end up discouraged with the lack of writing opportunities. Or they become discouraged because they find the work becoming redundant and repetitive or because there are too many distractions at home. Admittedly, these are the most common problems that home-based freelance writers face. However, there are ways on how to surmount these obstacles and gain a more impressive income at the same time.
If you do have a freelance writing gig but you are currently in a rut, here are a few things you might want to consider.
1. Writing opportunities are never lacking, really. There are more and more online and brick-and-mortar businesses seeking qualified writers to write reviews, product descriptions, blogs, travel guides, health topics, beauty topics … and the list goes on and on and on. You may want to sign up for particular websites, both locally and those that have global listings, to see what kind of work you can take on and choose the ones you think you will enjoy working on for a longer duration of time.
If you are just starting, finding the highest paying job is not really advisable, especially if you know that you can not cope with the workload or if the job description is way too much for your current level as a freelance writer. You do have to remember that finding a high-paying freelance writing gig is one thing but finding steady employment with a writing set-up that you are well versed in will yield financial security better in the end.
2. Distractions at home should be curved. Always think of yourself as a professional. If you were at the office, you would need to get there on time and leave at a specific hour. You need to finish your work at the end of the day, which means that you have no time to hang around the water cooler or take an extended lunch break.
This is also true when it comes to home-based jobs. Set a particular time when you should be working and when you should take off for lunch or rest. Make sure that you get as much quality writing jobs done during your work hours. This will help you earn a steady income and is less aggravating to your online employer (s) who may be tired of your late submissions or poor output.
In other words, stop multi-tasking with the TV, the washing machine, and your kids in the next room. Make sure that your family knows when you are working and that they know not to disrupt your working schedule. Try to find a specific room or area of the home that offers the least amount of distraction so that you can concentrate on your work.
If you have to set up your home office in the basement or attic, then do so. This is a far better option than propping your laptop on the kitchen table where other members of the family are bound to walk in on you, look over your should while you work, or start a conversation.