I haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been busy with a special writing project. But I want to explain how I became a professional freelance writer.
Freelance Writers are Both Self Employed and Unemployed
I wish I had better news for anyone who’s thinking about becoming freelance writer, but I don’t. In this industry, there’s a fine line between being self-employed and unemployed. There’s really no way to know how business will pan out for you from day to day. All you can do is keep writing, keep sharing your work, keep building a list of satisfied clients, and keep gain more experience. Keep on, keeping on! Eventually, all your hard work will pay off.
As a freelance writer, you’ll learn to accept any and every job offer that comes your way. But you don’t have a lot of room to be picky. You can negotiate your price, but be sure not to talk yourself right out of a job. You may even have to market yourself as a creative AND business writer to start gaining experience. Do whatever you have to do to start promoting your brand, which is YOU.
Why Working for a Content Mill is Great Writing Experience
Over the past 25 years, I’ve written poetry, music lyrics, full-length novellas, niche articles, corporate mission statements, legal correspondence, and everything in between. But in 2012, I decided to start writing professionally, while still working a fulltime job.
First, I joined an online content mill, then I applied for every writing job I could find. At first, I received a lot of rejection. But I didn’t let all the rejection get me down. I knew I didn’t have the experience or credentials I needed to vouch for my writing abilities.
So, I decided to prove myself in another way.
I started building a writing portfolio and sharing my work with the world. I started my first blog, Lyrical Gypsy, and I used all the rejection as motivation to promote myself as a brand even more.
I had to teach myself HTML, SEO, WordPress and social media marketing. Then, I read countless blogs and articles about the English language, grammar and punctuation, even though English is my native language.
Then one day, a client on the content mill gave me a chance to prove myself to her as a freelance writer.
For my first professional writing assignment, I wrote an opinionated article for an e-magazine. My client was a college professor, which felt so intimidating. But once I received her positive feedback, I felt over the moon. I haven’t stopped writing since.
My second job was writing an article for an online fashion magazine called, Lone Wolf. I applied for the writing job because I loved the company’s slogan.
“Where fashion meets the philosophy of life.” ~ Lone Wolf Magazine
What Am I Working on Now?
One problem every freelance writer will face is time management.
Currently, I’m working on a few romance novellas for submission to Carina Press. I have two completed novellas: Creative Juices and Partners in Crime, which are currently looking for a publisher, and I’m working on two short, erotic romances right now.
While I’m writing these full-length books, I’m not making any money through freelance work. Occasionally, I have to stop working on the books, which is my passion, and go back to doing freelance work.
I don’t like being creative for pay nearly as much as being creative because I’m creative. But unfortunately, as a freelance writer, there’s no way to guarantee a basic wage, and you’re not immune to paying bills like everyone else.
Today, I write all day – literally all day. Then, I drive for Lyft at night. I also do affiliate marketing by managing five blogs and sometimes, I give tarot card readings for an online esoteric site.
But my point is, I NEVER stopped writing. Even when I’m out on the road driving for Lyft or working in the spiritual advice realm, I’m still writing or studying literature.
Take a look at my Lyft Lady Blog, to read some of the stories from my adventures.
Or, visit my newest blog, Inquiring Minds Unite , which is a social project blended with spirituality.
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