Freelance writing is not easy.
Yes, I am being completely serious. It’s a pain, it’s a time-consuming monster, and it’s more difficult than we think it’s going to be, always.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to depress you. If you’re a freelance writer or you’re looking to get into the business, then I wholeheartedly encourage you to keep at it!
Why? Because even though freelance writing is difficult, the flipside is that it’s actually really fun! (Case in point: I am currently writing in my PJs. What other job can you do in your PJs?)
So why am I writing to you about the difficulties of freelance writing? Basically, because I’m tired of all the success stories. I know you’ve heard them. There are many people out there who, despite juggling full-time jobs and children, have started to earn thousands of dollars per month within their first year of freelance writing, all while battling the effects of Global Warming and becoming president of the United States. (I may exaggerate slightly.)
I know I’m not the only freelance writer in the world who reads these stories and thinks, ‘What’s wrong with me? Why is it taking me so long to build up my writing?’
I know everyone’s situation is different, and some people just hit success easier than others. My purpose is not to downplay their success, nor am I jealous of it (well, maybe a little). In fact, many of such stories include practical advice that is really helpful for the beginners in the freelance world.
My purpose in writing this blog is to do a bit of self-examination. After nearly two years of freelance writing, I have gained quite a bit of experience. I’ve learned a lot from other freelancers, from editors, and from my clients. Now, I want to put the things I’ve learned to good use, and move my freelance career to the next level.
In the course of this blog, I’m going to examine different factors in my freelance writing career, including my website, my social media pages (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), my pitches, my job applications, my portfolio, my resume, and even my ultimate goals as a freelance writer.
However, instead of doing this journey solo, I’d like to share it with my followers.
I know firsthand that starting off as a freelance writer can be very difficult. I’m hoping that this blog can be a help to those who are also trying to get their freelance writing careers off the ground. I’m going to go step by step through the process myself, and hopefully those who read this blog will be able to learn some things at the same time as I do!
In the end, success in freelance writing is the product of hard work and persistence. I write for my bread and butter, and I’m not going to give up.
Eventually, with enough sweat and tears, I hope to follow the whole journey of a freelance writer.
Where are you in the freelance writing journey? Let me know in the comments below!