Becoming A Freelance Writer: 5 Things You Didn't Know About A Freelance Career
For many writers, a career as a freelancer is a dream come true. To many aspiring writers, it looks like a very attractive way to get established in the highly competitive world of journalism. It is true that freelancing is a potential path to a satisfying, meaningful job that may even pay the bills. However, not everyone is aware of everything that may be involved.
If you decide to embark on a career as a freelance writer, here are five things to remember:
The Buck Stops With You
Many people are content to hate their boss, and some people want to be the boss. You have chosen the latter if you have taken on a career in freelance writing. This has benefits in the sense that you can work when, and where you want. You can take on as many, or as few projects as you wish.
It also means that there are no paychecks until you go out and hunt down assignments. It's your responsibility to get your work in on time, and as specified by your client. Computer crash? Fix it. Customer won't pay? Rewrite their work until they will, or head out to break some bones on your own!
A Freelancer Is Also An Accountant
Freelance work may be unpredictable and the income somewhat unreliable. However, you are working and earning money. You know what that means? That's right! You are responsible for paying taxes, contributing to the national pension fund, paying employment insurance premiums and all that other fun stuff.
Don't forget this, or play dumb should the Internal Revenue Service show up on your doorstep asking uncomfortable questions. Learn the rules, and play by them, the same as everyone else.
A Freelancer Is Responsible For Branding Themselves
Who do you want to be, and what do you want to write? You'll have to decide and then build a brand around yourself. This can include creating your own website, blog, business cards and so on. Network to make connections with possible clients, and others engaged in freelance writing, website building, translation and other professions. Referrals can be a powerful tool to help you increase your earning potential.
A Disorganized Freelancer Is A Dead Freelancer
Keep yourself organized, and if you haven't yet learned to multitask and micromanage, now is the time to do so! You have no manager or boss to push you to do what needs to be done. Your income will not be automatic, consistent or guaranteed. You may have to chase down the money you are owed.
Every Freelancer Gets Discouraged Sometimes!
And you will too. It's all part and parcel of the freelance package! Never let it get you down, things always improve eventually, and bigger and better jobs await.