The path to making money on freelance writing
Almost anyone can become a freelance writer. If you can speak English and put together a basic essay you are pretty much qualified to become a freelance writer. But the title of this particular article is all about making money as a freelance writer. Just because you call yourself a freelance writer doesn't necessarily mean that you will make much if any money. There is a path to being successful and there are several steps you need to take in order to join that path.
- You need to improve your skills as a writer.
- You need to know about the world of freelance writing.
- You need to join relevant freelance writing agencies.
- You need to have a plan of attack.
- You need to have a plan B and even a plan C.
The people are who seriously successful in the world of freelance writing are the people who are actually making good money from their craft and are people who have mastered the craft. They are actually good at writing. Now there is more to it than simply being a good freelance writer because finding the right work and knowing have to apply for the right work are also relevant factors. But unless and until you can improve your skills as a writer and get them to as high a level as possible you will struggle to make money as a freelance writer.
You must be aware of how the world of freelance writing operates. You need to know how freelance writers find jobs and apply for jobs. You need to know the going rate for various jobs. You need to know the type of work which is required. You need to simply understand what is going on in today's Internet-based freelance writing world. Take the time to read relevant blogs and articles. Immerse yourself in the world of freelance writing so that you know the ins and outs of the trade.
It is highly unlikely that you will make money as a freelance writer operating by yourself without using an agency. Of course if you are very good and you have been able to obtain employment from good sources and you can keep in touch with these good sources you may find yourself in work and making money. But the vast majority of successful freelance writers need to join a writing agency. Some freelance writers join several agencies. You need to explore the situation and find out what each agency offers and join the ones which are relevant to you and your efforts.
The people who are making money as a freelance writer are those who have a plan. They don't simply get up each morning and think they might do some freelance writing today. They sit down and draw up some goals. This could include the number of jobs they want to find in the next month or six months or twelve months. They could have a goal that they will join a certain number of freelance writing agencies and improve their status within each agency. Nothing happens by chance. Of course you need luck but successful people often say that the harder they work the luckier they get.
And finally you need to be flexible. It's no good drawing up a plan and then hoping that it will work. If it doesn't work then you will need to try another approach. It might mean that you need to improve your writing skills or your writing portfolio or that you need to change agencies. It can be any number of things you can do to make yourself successful and make money as a freelance writer.