Although I used to find my attempts to build a freelance writing career immensely frustrating, my experiences in the field have taught me how to have a reputable level of success in this vocational sector. And as I continue working, I grow more and more cognizant of road blocks that will preclude freelance writers from gaining the commercial and cultural acclaim that often results in a professional and personal sense of satisfaction. Here are three roadblocks that can slow your freelance writing career down:
1. You’re On Too Many Platforms.
As many online writers know, there are numerous platforms that we can write on in order to gain income and get published. Some of them include Yahoo!, Textbroker, Helium, Demand Studios, and more. And while you may find it advantageous to learn more about each one of these venues in order to determine whether it is economically and creatively viable for you, joining all of them is oftentimes a recipe for disaster. This is the case because each platform has its own culture as well as rules and regulations that must be followed in order to attain success. When you bounce around from one platform to another, you are not taking the time to learn the ropes of an individual platform. This can result in a lack of publications and stagnation in your income.
2. You’re Not Following Instructions.
Every publishing platform I’ve written for has a formula for success, or “instructions.” With Yahoo, the formula includes doing things such as taking the free courses offered in the academy, publishing high quality and highly stylistic content that oftentimes include anecdotes, and promoting one’s work through various channels such as social media. People who follow all of these instructions tend to gain the page views and upfront payment that constitute economic success. When you do not follow this type of formula for success, you will likely have challenges generating the income you want.
3. You’re Inflexible.
Oftentimes, the factor that precludes freelance writers from experiencing success in the field is a lack of flexibility. This lack of flexibility can take many forms, but includes things like an unwillingness to learn new skills or write about topics that one is unfamiliar with. This type of inflexibility can be a major roadblock that precludes you from getting competitive assignments with high pay that will attain the high level of visibility that can help you earn and retain a reputable fanbase. (Please note that inflexibility can also include an unwillingness to venture out and do writing projects that are independent of a traditional employer. Oftentimes branching out by writing a blog is a good way to start generating income and/or expressing yourself creatively. I started two blogs-The Political Slant and Seven Atlanta-a while back. Each of these blogs has enabled me to expand my audience and think in new ways.)
If you are interested in pursuing a career in the field of freelance writing, you should note that it can be one of the most personally and professionally rewarding experiences you ever have. In spite of the rewards that result from becoming a freelance writer, however, there are several roadblocks that can preclude you from attaining the success you desire. By recognizing what these roadblocks are and avoiding them, you can begin to build the successful career you desire. Good luck!
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