Do you want to learn the secret to becoming a successful freelancer?
Then you need this one-in-all freelancing guide in 2018.
One of the greatest inventions of our time is the invention of the internet. With the internet come many things that we would have not believed would have been possible.
The internet, more importantly, has made the world global. Now, you don’t necessarily have to see people physically to relate with them.
And while a lot of us are glad about the advantages it has brought to relations between friends and family, especially when there is distance separating them, it has also helped the economic world.
One of the things it has brought about that we are talking about now is freelance jobs. A great example of this is blogging as a job
In the decades passed, before you can do a job to earn money, you either have to be an entrepreneur that owns a business or you are an employee with a physical company, where you to 9 to 5 everyday to register your presence in order to get some work done.
However, the invention of our time has made it possible for people to work freelance and not tied down to a particular organisation while making their money.
It is advantageous to the freelancer because it is not restrictive and they get to determine their own hours.
It is also of benefit to the organisations because they are not tied to all that comes with maintaining an employee.
However, one of the most popular freelance jobs is freelance writing.
Many people, erroneously think writers are broke and do not make a lot of money. Well, that can be true if you do not have the right information at your fingertips.
If it was true that it is not profitable, then many people would not be so interested to go into it.
According to a study conducted by contently.com, most freelancers made a conscious effort to be freelancers. What that tells you is that they wouldn’t have made a conscious decision to be a freelance writing without the benefits that comes with employment, if it was not profitable. And a further survey by contently, shows that 35% of those surveyed makes about and under $20,000 annually compared to the average labour force’s 40%. So clearly, freelance writing is more attractive income-wise.
Writing has so much diversity you will be amazed ... what, with people needing to constantly push out content to drive their brands. They see their limitation and are looking for writers to help with it. That is where freelance writing comes in.
What is Freelance Writing?
What does a freelance writer do? You might ask. It is simple ... just get the meaning of freelance and writer.
Freelance, according to mobile English dictionary means, “selling services to employers without a long-term contract.” Writer, on the other hand, can simply be put as someone who writes, turn words into meaningful pieces, professionally.
When those two terms are combined, then a freelance writer can be described as a writer, who writes professionally for employers without a long-term contract.
That means basically, a freelance writer is not a permanent employee of the employer and there is not binding contract between the two parties. There is just an exchange of service and payment for service rendered.
As mentioned earlier, there are different dimensions to freelance writing and different ways that an employer or an organisation will need a freelance writer.
They include but not limited to blog articles, newspaper articles, proposals, program proposal, advert contents, grant writing, training manual, proofreading or editing, book or product or services review, interviews, transcriptions, translation into another language, freelance journalism and so much more. Some writers do it all and some find their niche(s) and stick with it. It depends on what works and will not affect productivity and quality.
Types of Freelance Writing
The two major types of freelance writing are the full-time and per-time freelance writing,
Full-time freelance writing has to do with doing the job full-time and having no other job except it. A full-time freelance writer wakes up every morning with only the writing job in his or her mind as her only source of income.
The per-time freelance writer on the other hand, usually has a day job and the freelance writing is just a supplementary or side job to bring in other income.
It can be quite tricky determining between full-time and per-time freelancers because generally, they work their own hours.
While a freelancer who has a day job will automatically be restricted by the number of hours he/she can dedicate to freelancing whereas the one without the day job can decide what to dedicate to it.
So, someone with no job can also be called a per-time freelancer if they dedicate more time to maybe house-keeping and dedicate a few to the job. It is tricky.
But what is important is that you can decide to do this with a day job or without. According to Freelance Writing Gigs, a website that provides writing gigs to freelancers, most freelancers are women and that does not come as a surprise because women are usually the ones combining the home front and a job. So naturally, they will be attracted to a source of income that gives them more time for the home front.
How to Get Started as a Freelance Writer
If you are interested in being a freelancer and you have no idea where to start, then this is for you.
One misconception that has seemed to gain ground is how people assume everybody can write and writing is not a serious business. You are just as much a business owner as the restaurant owner downtown. So you need to take your business seriously.
Now to be or launch your career as a freelance writer, there are certain things you should take seriously. In no particular order;
You are on your way to becoming a freelance writer, if you take all these steps. Now being a freelance writer is one thing and being a successful one is another.
How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer
You are obviously in it to win it. Nobody engages in a venture, just to lose. But there are certain tips you need to take to heart in order to become successful as a freelance writer.
5 Famous Freelance Writers
As a freelance writer or aspiring writer, it is necessary to know few famous freelance writers as a way of drawing inspiration from them. Here a few of them, therefore the list is not exhaustive.
Cameron Crowe: The present American director, producer, screenwriter and journalist started as a freelance writer at the age of 13, writing music reviews for The San Diego Door. He met the editor of Rolling Stone on a trip to Los Angeles and started writing freelance for the magazine as well. The 60 year old author of “Fast Times at Ridgement High,” which he wrote when he was just 22, still writes for Rolling Stone frequently.
Joe Hill: Son of authors, Tabitha and Stephen King, the 45 year old is a novelist and comic book writer. He has written many short stories that are published in different magazines, including The High Plains Literary Magazine. Although he was born Joseph King, he decided to use the pen name, Joe Hill, so as to achieve success without the attachment of his father’s name, Stephen King. The writer published his first book, 20th Century Ghosts, which is a collection of short stories, in 2005.
Aline Brosh Mackenna: She is a 50 year old French-born American screenwriter and producer, known for writing The Devil Wears Prada in 2006. After graduating from Harvard, she did freelance writing in New York while seeking for a job in publishing. A script she wrote for a screenwriting class she attended got her an agent, which was the first step into the big break that was to happen about eight years later.
Kevin Sites: He is a freelance journalist born in 1963. The Northwestern University graduate has worked for networks like ABC and CNN before setting out on his own to explore hot zones in the world and document them on his website, Kevin Sites in the Hot Zones. He published his first book, “In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars” in 2007 where he shared his effort to put a human face on global conflict by reporting from every major war zone in one year.
Mariane Pearl: The widow of American Journalist, Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan, she is a freelance journalist born in 1967. She started out as a journalist and became a columnist for a magazine called, Glamour. After her husband was kidnapped and murdered, she published a memoir, “The Mighty Heart,” centred on the circumstances of her husband’s kidnap and murder.
Having a job as a freelance writer can be interesting depending on how you go about it. If you are ready to learn and put the right information to use, you are on your way to becoming a successful freelance writer.