What started as a part-time activity has finally become an inseparable part of my life. In the beginning, I saw freelance writing as just another medium of making decent money online, but little did I know that it would turn out to be miraculously beneficial for me.
Freelancing is definitely a time-consuming as well as mind-boggling task, but what one gains is much more relevant and indescribable.
Yes, the knowledge that a freelancer gains is definitely beyond any limit. From my own experience, there were issues and stuff I had no clue about.
Things that I didn't knew even existed, technologies that I had never heard of. But once I was offered work regarding different niches, thus began my journey of writing and getting to know the world around me.
So, today I am going to share with you guys the 5 most important lessons that I have learned from my experience as a freelance writer.
1. Hard Work Always Pays Off
Friends, at first it may seem illogical to spend hours in front of the laptop just for a single article. It obviously takes time to get into the flow of writing. Also, what annoyed me was the little amount of money that I was getting for each article.
Going by experience, once your work starts to get noticed and people ask for more and more of the magic you create with words, the amount just gets multiplied with time.
It is a known fact that the more people recognize and like your work, the more you can ask in return. So, there I was thinking about all this and after a while, I no longer had to ask my parents for that extra pocket-money. It seems I had a part-time job in hand and was making little bit of money on my own.
Also, the satisfaction of earning is something that could never be explained in words. With time, you will be able to build a strong and reliable set of clients who will crave for your work.
2. Building the Right Connections
Friends, friends and lots of friends. Social connections are the key towards building connections in this business. You never know where you will find people who are waiting for your services. So, the best way is to join forums, groups and discussions online.
This will help people in recognizing you and to come in terms with the facilities that you offer. Talk about the niches you are good at and also provide sample articles. Once you work for a client and they appreciate your work, assignments will fly in more frequently and with more rewards.
3. Make Your Presence Felt
Research work is definitely one of the key activities in my life as a freelance writer. At times, there may be the need to refer to numerous websites or blogs.
But as a writer, all the power lies in your hands. You have to create that impeccable magic with your words so that people recognise your work.
While copy-paste is a strict no in this field, you have the authority to play with words. There are zillions of word combinations that can be created with the set of 26 alphabets and this magic is what a freelancer has to master in.
4. Protect and Maintain your Reputation
When people give you assignments, they are giving in your hands the reputation as well as brand name of their business or website. It is the sole responsibility of the writer to do justice to them.
Make it a point to complete and deliver all the assignments on time. Be nice to people who are giving you work. It is very important to understand that negative publicity spreads much faster than positive publicity. Offer great work to your clients and you will always be in their good books.
After all, what everyone wants is a reliable service provider. Make yourself stand out among all your competitors. While sticking to your comfort niche is always a great idea, try experimenting in other niches as well. If nothing else, you will have a wider knowledge set in the end.
5. CHARGE enough as it's your TIME you are investing In
As a freelance writer, always ask for what you think you are worth of. If you are someone who freelances in your spare time, never settle for anything low.
Yes, you are putting your lavish hours into writing something and you need to get paid well. Otherwise, what is the point in making that extra effort?
Also, set hourly rates for all your clients so that they will pay you for the exact time that you spend on their masterpiece. In the meantime, make sure to deliver the best of your ability.
One crucial lesson that I have learned from my life as a freelance writer is that proper management of time really kick starts a great career in this field. While client satisfaction is very important, but it is also necessary to find some free time for yourself. After all, great thoughts do take some serious thinking.