So, you’re thinking about starting a freelance writing carer, you’ve thought about it, and you’re sure of your decision.
No more working for an ungrateful boss or working from 9 am to 5 pm, it’s time to set your own schedule, and choose your own clients.
Freelance writing was the best decision I made. I can work wearing my own pajamas and without moving from my bed.
Although it was very hard to find clients at first, now I can make a sustainable income each month without leaving my house.
If you’re wondering if this step is worth it, then let me assure you, it is!
It’s quite normal to feel stressed and feel scared to make this step, but it’s okay! I was scared as well.
I started freelance writing when I was just a student and was trying to save money to buy my husband a gift!
I have never thought that it would become my main source of income one day.
What To Know Before You Start Freelance Writing
In your first and second of my freelance writing, you’re going to work for some ungrateful clients, for some rude ones, and for ones that will make you question everything you do.
Some clients will not like your work and will rip it apart.
Some clients will say you’re not PROFESSIONAL and that your writing SUCKS.
Some clients will ask for several re-writes before they feel satisfied.
And some will ignore your messages countless of times before they finally decide to answer.
But guess what, it’s okay! Not everything will appreciate your skills, and not everyone will like your writing, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a good writer! It just means you’re human.
You should also know something before you start freelance writing…It’s going to take you some time before you land your first job.
It’s going to take you some time before you start making some real income.
It’s going to take you countless pitches and countless proposals to land jobs, and it’s okay.
It’ll all be worth it.
So, if you’re having some trouble to stay positive as a new freelance writer, here are my main tips to do it.
How To Stay Positive As A New Freelance Writer
I struggled A LOT when I started freelance writing, but I started growing and finally learned how to stay positive through all the struggles.
If I did it, then so can you. So, here’s how to to it.
1.Trust The Process
The best thing you can do to stay positive in your freelance writing is to trust the process.
When you’re a new freelance writer, it’s going to take you some time before you start making money and before you start writing at a professional level.
But, the most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s completely normal.
Every writer was where you are, and all new writers feel the same way you do.
It took me about one month before I actually landed my first writing job. AND IT SUCKED. BIG TIME.
And I was going to lose hope.
If my first job sucked that much, that must mean that all the jobs that are awaiting me will suck as well.
That’s the first thought that crossed my mind.
But I didn’t.
I ended up trusting the process and pitching harder & harder until I was able to land long-term clients that I actually LOVE.
Those kinds of clients will be the reason why you’ll continue freelance writing even in dark times.
So, trust the process. Believe in it, and you’ll see that in a few months, you’ll end up landing clients that you’ll actually enjoy.
2. Believe In Yourself
If you’re a new freelance writer, then that means you’re adventuring in some niches that you’ve never written in before.
When I first started writing, I thought travel was my main niche and it’s where I clicked.
It only took me a couple of months to finally realize that travel wasn’t made for me.
I hated every blog post and article I’ve ever written in the travel niche.
Every minute felt like an hour.
So, I started adventuring in new niches and reading hundreds of article to finally find out what I actually like.
And guess what it is? Blogging.
I love everything blogging-related including writing, SEO, marketing, and so on.
I started learning about blogging, SEO, and marketing and that’s when I finally decided I was a B2B marketing writer and an SEO writer.
I believed in myself even when I hated writing those travel pieces, and that helped me find the niche I actually like and become an expert in it.
I didn’t become an expert in a month or two, it was a long process that drove me here, and that’s why my first advice was to trust the process.
So, do you see now why it’s important to stay positive?
In your first couple of months, you’ll find it hard to find the niche you like.
You’ll write a little bit in every niche out there until you find the one you like.
And after finding the one you like, you’ll have to stick to it and become an expert in it.
That’s the only way you can make a sustainable income.
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3. Be Honest
Honesty is very important. When starting your freelance writing career, you’ll come across some really high-paying gigs and some really great clients, but you’ll see that they’re asking for EXPERIENCE.
And while it might be very tempting to lie your way to get the job and get paid some real money, it’s not worth it.
You’ll come to know that starting your career with lies, will only make you drown and will make you collect negative reviews and testimonials.
As good as the money is, testimonials and reviews are more important.
They either make you or break you.
If all you do is keep hearing & collecting negative reviews, then you’ll find it hard to continue freelancing, that is why you’ll have to be honest with yourself.
By being honest, you’ll be able to attract jobs to your liking, and that will help you develop your skills slowly.
So, make sure you never lie!
Now all you have to do is learn more things about freelance writing to know where you’re getting yourself into.
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