As a writer who has been building her freelance writing career for some time now, I have become aware that there are principles that can be implemented to engender success. In addition to starting my own blogs (The Political Slant and Seven Atlanta), I am learning how to publish eBooks and make use of social media marketing to advertise my content. While these strategies can be effective, they are not the only ones you can employ to build your freelance writing career. Here are three more:
1. Set Goals.
Goal-setting should be an integral aspect of your strategy to attain success as a freelance writer. In discussing why goal setting is important, MindTools suggests that ” Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.” This assessment is accurate and applicable to the world of freelance writing. Rather than simply “winging it” by writing whenever the spirit hits you or engaging in other non-systematic behaviors, you should establish goals that are designed to facilitate the success of your career. Goals will differ from person to person and should be predicated on your knowledge of the company you’re submitting articles to. For example, when I write for Textbroker.com, I generally have a number of articles that I need to write in mind in order to make a certain amount of money each week.
2. Do Research.
You can learn a lot about how to have success in your career as a freelance writer by researching the platforms you’re writing for. I’ll use a personal example here to illustrate this point. As a writer for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, I am interested in building my content and fans such that I can make a full-time income through this venue. At one point, I wondered if this was actually possible. Although some people suggested that one could not earn a full-time living through the platform, I did a little research and discovered that everyone is not of this opinion. For example, in her article “Make a Living with Associated Content: A Part Time or Full Time Income Completely Online,” writer V.L. Hamlin provides readers with a clear, methodical plan that can be implemented to earn about $2,000 a month through Yahoo!. Although her plan is only an approximation, it does offer readers a modifiable framework through which they can begin building full-time income.
Although niche writing can be a very effective way to build a freelance writing career, diversifying can be a very advantageous way to start making money immediately. Why? Because by being able to write about a plethora of topics rather than just one thing, you can increase the likelihood that you’ll have a steady stream of income. This has worked marvelously for me! As an individual with a B.A. in English, I am accustomed to and enjoy writing academic essays and literary books such as my first novel, Erudition. Yet because I didn’t want to work a traditional job or invest in marketing my first novel, I needed to start making immediate income. In attempting to locate places through which I could do this very thing, I found www.textbroker.com . I was then able to quickly set up a profile and start writing on a plethora of topics such as business, technology, marketing, education, diet, health, and more. Because I open myself up to writing about a variety of things both there and here at Yahoo!, I generally have unlimited opportunities to gain income.
Although many people may discourage you from becoming a freelance writer as a result of their belief that it is difficult to make a living, you should not be dissuaded by their opinions if a career in this field is your dream. By implementing the freelance writing tips listed above, you should be able to begin generating revenue and building a name for yourself. Good luck!
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