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How to Become a Freelance Writer

So, how to become a freelance writer? – money’s good, you can do it from your home, you can choose your employers and decide what kind of people you’d like for your colleagues. But, you need to be aware that being your own boss is a blessing and a curse at the same time; it all depends on you – your monthly income, the amount of job you’re willing to do and your working hours. One month can be very profitable for you, but the very next one may turn out to be a disaster. The list you’re about to see is quite basic but it’ll help you understand how everything works, and determine your responsibilities.

Work on your writing

First and foremost, you need to upgrade your writing skills. If you have no writing experience whatsoever, you need to know that it’s not at all simple. If I were you, I’d start by doing some research – which is exactly what you’ll do every time you get a new project. Find out what kind of subjects are there, and start learning about the forms of text you’ll be dealing with. With these pointers, the only thing left is to write. If you’d like to avoid this part because you consider it just a waste of your time, you’re very wrong – all kinds of texts written for practicing can be used as samples later, when you’re trying to get a new project rewarded.

Form a reliable group

You’ve probably always imagined what would be like if you had a chance to work with your friends – this is the perfect opportunity to try it! There are a couple of things besides writing you could offer, and most of them are simple to master. So, if you have some people willing to learn and try something new, give it a go. But, working with someone from your private life isn’t that easy because you can’t always stay 100% professional, and my advice is to think twice before you get into anything too deep. The best way is having a trial period, and see where it goes.

People you already know aren’t your only choice when it comes to this selection – it’s very easy to get in touch with new people which are willing to offer some kind of cooperation. It’s very important not to be shy or lazy here, because you might be missing a great ally.

Come up with some ground rules

If you decide not to be alone in the whole thing, it’s recommended to establish some ground rules, no matter how flexible your working hours might be. Form some kind of a professional relationship, tend to respect each other and your deadlines, and nothing can come in your way of making some serious money.

Besides ground rules, your future business partners and yourself need to be connected during most hours of the day. Pick out one communicating medium and make a pact that everyone will be available on it. This way, you’ll have undisturbed interaction which is the only healthy way to start any kind of business.

The final group of ground rules should be about your approach to your future clients. Tend to be casually professional, always agree about your offer before you present it and try to be fast with your responses. It’s not a bad idea to have only one person in your team that will be your version of a client manager, so that there’s less room for mistakes.

Take care of your billing

Tracking your money and having a clean insight of all projects you’ve done is very important in this kind of business. There won’t be anyone to write you a check, so you need to take care of everything yourself. Unless you have some experience in this area, it would be great to hire a professional to do this for you. All of your expenses and payments will be neat, and your clients will find you more qualified because of this small but obviously efficient type of effort.

Freelancing in general is profitable, but only if you know how to do it properly. If you manage not to give up the first time a few obstacles come in your way, you’ll be on your way of becoming a professional freelancer. Good luck!

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