In previous posts, we covered a few of the essential qualities and tips new freelance writers needs to know and possess in order to be successful. These included:
- Writing skills
- Self-editing skills
- Quick turnaround
- Job satisfaction
- Don’t be too proud to ask for help
- Constantly build your portfolio
- Make finding new clients a priority
- Determine a niche and perfect it
- Don’t expect overnight success
In this post, we’ll talk about a few more things that new freelance writers need to incorporate into their practices and philosophies as they embark on the journey to become established, profitable writers.
Successful blogger and freelance writer Carol Tice offered this advice:
- Forget about qualifications
- Find a mentor(s)
- Write your way into a niche
- Don’t be scared!
- Stay focused
As a freelancer, any other qualifications besides experience and ability simply don’t matter. In Tice’s words, “If you can get the story and tell it so we want to read it, you’re in.” No one will hire you for a gig solely because you have a master’s degree, and a master’s degree alone isn’t going to make you feel qualified. Remember that and keep writing, because practice and experience is going to be what gives you the edge in the end.
Find a Mentor
When you make knowledgeable connections, exploit them—in the best way possible! Tap into their expertise, ask questions, and be precocious. It’s the aspiring writer that seeks out and absorbs knowledge that makes it to the finish line.
Write Your Way Into a Niche
If you’re writing what you enjoy, you’re not only expanding on your expertise in that area, but you’re building your portfolio that proves your expertise to prospective clients. Build a strong case for yourself by backing up your experience with previously published work.
Don’t Be Scared!
Tice gives some funny advice: “Think of something scarier than writing an article, and it’ll be a breeze by comparison!” For example, you could be waiting tables instead, so cozy up in front of your computer and do what you love—write! Don’t allow the scope of the assignment daunt you either; just do it and chalk up the results (whether positive or negative) to experience. All experience is positive depending on your perspective.
Maintain focus on what you love to do and time will fly. As it passes, your experience will grow. Also,stay organized! As you take on more and more gigs, you’ll need to be in order to be successful.
Any comments on what you’ve done to pave your way as a freelance writer?
Tice, Carol. “The Advice I Wish I’d Had as a New Freelance Writer.”http://www.makealivingwriting.com/best-advice-for-new-freelance-writers/. (January 26, 2015.)