Freelance Writing Careers

As a writer, you may have read stories about writers who work from home and jealously earn a six-figure salary, and wonder, “Why can’t I be? I don’t have to be good enough to make that kind of money.” you say, anyone can build a very successful freelance writing career and earn a six figure salary without leaving home.

The key is diversification and flexibility. You must be able to diversify your talents and be flexible enough to apply them to different sub-fields in the broader category of writing. While your passion may be writing novels, you still need to put food on the table while writing a novel. Pursuing what you are most passionate about is still important, but if you are flexible enough to apply your talents in more profitable areas, you can freely pursue your ultimate dream. Do you have enough flexibility and enthusiasm to use your talents in other areas where you can earn a lot of money?

There are endless opportunities in the profitable areas you can pursue in your writing career. By properly setting up a network and doing marketing yourself, you can write blogs, e-books, ghostwriting, copywriting, resume writing, etc. for free. Companies always need talented writers to write copy for their website, external communication (such as press releases) and even internal communication. While many companies use in-house employees to perform these tasks, in most cases for employees who have no writing experience other than the work being done for the company, this is just a side job. Your job is to teach them how to outsource these tasks to professional writers so that they can get more results from their communication work.

There are two challenges that writers most often face, and I have solutions for both. The first is that most writers are not naturally good at accounting and business management. I have chosen to outsource my back office functions to a company called MBO Partners, which handles contracts, invoices and collections. They also act as a record employer, meaning I get a W-2 at the end of the year, which simplifies my tax administration process. I still control my business,​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The second challenge that freelance writers most often face is the ability to market our own services. Usually writers are more introverted, and most of us don’t want to be complacent. Thanks to the Internet, there is no need to interact face-to-face with potential customers to bring in new customers. There are many indirect methods of attracting customers, and these methods are very effective, although it is still helpful to refine our sales skills and make the occasional call. You should also take the initiative to suggest possible work. Give ideas and solutions to your potential customers; don’t just send an email that says, “Hi, I’m a freelance writer, do you have any stationery needs?” Be sure to research potential customers and consider how the products offered can improve their business. This is the message you need to convey when you contact customers.

I discovered that every freelancer or independent consultant should have an online presence. Websites are much cheaper than before, and if you’re tech savvy, you can even create your own. As a writer, you also need to have a blog. This is a great opportunity to showcase your writing skills and provide you with a relaxing place where potential clients can get to know your style. It is also important to use the internet to connect to the internet. There are a large number of social networking sites that allow you to create a profile to explain your business and services. Participate, discuss and make connections. Giving free advice is the best way to position yourself as an expert in a particular field, and it’s also the best way for clients to find you effortlessly.

While all of this may take time, it’s easy to see that anyone who is willing to diversify their skills and invest time and energy into effective marketing strategies can build a solid customer base, which will bring them significant benefits while working.


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