Whether you prefer journalism, creative fiction, or technical abstracts, having a strong writing ability is vital for a successful career in freelance writing. While working from home comes with its own unique challenges, it can be also be freeing and rewarding. Here are 5 strategies for utilizing your writing prowess for a fulfilling writing career.
Follow a Routine
Writing when inspiration strikes is important but does not always yield results or a monthly paycheck. Train yourself to write and produce content on a schedule. The idea that writing from home is not a serious career is an assumption, not an absolute truth. This is your job. Sleeping until noon and scribbling a few words will not aide in productivity. Start out as if you are going to work in an office setting. Having an overactive nightlife or a lack of inspiration are not excuses for not doing your job.
Build a Portfolio
Starting from scratch can be difficult but there are plenty of opportunities out there for newbie writers. Submit your work to contributor friendly websites. There are also literary magazines that solicit work and may pay you for your entry if it is published. Writing competitions can also yield extra income and a boost your resume.
Establish A Platform
Blogs, social media sites, or a personalized website are twenty-first century tools to marketing your abilities. Upload original and intriguing posts, information on your writing achievements or work history, and remember to include a professional looking photograph. Keep your audience up to date with reminders through Twitter or Facebook.
As an introvert, one of the many benefits of a writing career is isolation. I can disassociate and disconnect from society in a socially acceptable way. Unfortunately, talking to strangers and putting yourself out there is also a part of the job. Networking with other writers, publishers, or editors can mean potential freelance work or job offers. Try joining a writing forum, starting a writing group, or reaching out to others in the same industry through professional social media sites like LinkedIn.
Incorporate Other Skills
After graduating from college, I was just one of the many educated, unemployed millennials in need of a job. With no offers coming in and unpaid internship opportunities on the other side of the United States, I took control of the reins and developed my own literary review. Utilizing my self-starter and editing abilities allowed me to further my publishing experience on my own terms. Past experiences and professional strengths can only be beneficial to your success.