Freelance Writing: An Inside Look from a beginnger

Ever wondered what freelance writing is really like? Wonder no longer as we take an inside look from a beginners point of view. That beginner is well me! I Noted that I have mentioned I have freelanced before, but that was a long time ago and I had left writing behind me for good I thought, but you can’t keep true love down. Writing is seriously my love. In that I started at the bottom once again even though I had a few credentials under my belt.

Day in the Life of this Writer

Being writer can be a bit hectic. As much as we say writing is our life it really is not our life TOTALLY. I am also a mom so I can not neglect that duty. So its Monday and you got a tantrum kid cause mommy cant play, toss in mommy is starting to break out in hives and have swollen lips, mix it with its Monday and the article is due Tuesday and its enough to make your head spin! Being that I am semi professional I handle it all in stride and pulled through delivering my article on time! You do what you gotta do mmmhmm!

Writing for Me, Writing for Others

This is another big difference when freelancing. No longer are you writing for you on things you like and want to share. You are writing for someone else on topics they want. You have to write in the style that THEY want. For that is what they are paying you for. This was a bit hard to adjust to being that I have been writing for me for a long time now. No longer do I work for my own deadlines I am now working for someone else’s. I have to capture their vision yet still put my stamp and twist on it to make it something no others have seen.

Going on a New Venture

In that being said I have amazingly found work! I am currently writing for two clients now so this has taken up most my time. So my writing and commenting here on Hub Pages may start to dwindle a bit, if it has not already. I still will try to keep up and read all my favorite Hubber’s, but it has been a bit hard to keep up as my work load is starting to pick up. The more I do the more they send me and with deadlines. I like deadlines so it only makes me better.

Secret Freelancing Tips You May Not Find Anywhere Else

I end this with the top five secret tips on freelancing that you may not of heard.

1. Make sure you are ready then just jump in

2. Know what kind of writer you are

3. Toss the humble modesty at the door. Just like any job you apply for you have to sell yourself and show why you are the best and should be picked for the position.

4. Believe in yourself and know what you want. As in my previous hub on freelancing some of the job requests the impossible. Do not be afraid to set your standards and regulations as a writer you will be surprised how respected it is and how compromises can happen.

5. Never stop learning.

Thanks to all, write on!

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Very positive suggestions. Thank you.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Thanks Janny for the tips and insight. Glad you got that article in on time and I hope you were able to a=do a long ahhhh afterwards,

be blessed

CS


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

Useful hub, thanks!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Vladimir


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Yes I was coffee I did actually go Ahhh. Love you all here at hubpages will miss you all but I will trying an keep following my fave hubbers and you know who you are. If I miss anyone So sorry!

@daisyjae I am happy you found it useful Thank you so much.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Nice, Janny! It's nice to see you've picked up some work doing something you enjoy so very much. I'm hoping to be in the same boat again soon. Like you, it has been awhile for me, as well. I have voted your hub up and rated it awesome.

Mike


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ramkkasturi 6 years ago from India

Quite interesting. Thanks for sharing


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

How well I recall the frantic writing to meet deadlines when I was first starting out! I took on WAY too much, but I did it! I wasn't paid what I was worth back then. However, I gained essential experience while learning to gauge myself. My favorite tip is the one about setting standards and regulations. Amen to that!


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Good luck to you Janny. May you be successful and prosperous. Lynda


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Your the best Mike Thank you so much. Yes get back on the boat! Wish you luck as well.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Glad you found it interesting Ramkkasturi. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

SEO IT! Thank you for reading and commenting. So true what you said that is why I have not taken on anymore that just the two jobs right now. They send me enough work to keep me busy so I am good. Glad you like the standards and regulation tip I think that is important. If we have sell ourselves to prove we are good enough for the position I think we should price ourselves as equally as well.

@Lynda: Humblely honored Lynda thank you very much for all you have written and helped me on just by being you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Janny, Thank you for some very good information. I have thought about trying freelance but what I've seen on line doesn't see to pay very well and I wonder if I can meet the deadlines. It sounds like you are doing well so I'm glad to know this is working for you. Thanks for this information.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Welcome Pamela, and thank you. You are right in that they do not charge much so that is where my tip on setting your standards and regulations come into play. I bravely say I charge $5.00 per article I do not even think that is enough but that is what I say. Then you compromise and negotiate. Never knew so much went into freelancing.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Janny I love the reminder 'to never stop learning' That to me is one of the reasons I write to learn as much as I can - there is so much in this world to learn so you don't get left behind.


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Jannyc, way to go lady. It sounds like you have your priority straight. Great tips.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

@billyaustin: Aww thanks billy. It is so vital to never stop learning.

@DynamicS: Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy you liked the tips. They from a begginner of course who is learning along the way.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Your great!! I just love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great tips! Blessings!!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Blessings to you too drpastorcarlotta. Thank you so much for reading and liking!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Janny, WELL DONE! yeah!! I wish I had the confidence to try that. maybe one day, but I will still try and have a go at looking at what is out there. good luck with all your new work. Nell


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Aww Thank you Nell! I shall take the luck! Really need it after what happened last week.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Great hub, Janny. You always come with good information about writing. And most of your hub gave us motivation and new spirit, including this one. Two thumbs up for you and I rate this. Peace:)


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Dearest Janny...

Wondrous hub, my dear!Very good tips, straight to the point, but above all: It is so openly honest and practical that it cannot be ignored if you want to become a respected writer. Loved it, my dear Janny! Best of luck and blessings.

Rated up, useful and Stumbled

Warmest hugs and infinite heavenly blessings,

Al


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I've began writing for quite awhile now, but I still consider myself a beginner. My experience as a "freelance writer" pales in comparison with great writers like you. I'm inspired tremendously by this hub. Thanks!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

I am happy to of inspired. That is a goal in my writing is to touch people with my word for the better. Thank you deeply for your kind words. Keep on writing Lita!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the useful info. I definitely have to take your advice seriously!

Love and peace

Tony


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mod2vint 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great Hub Thanks for writing it!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Tony happy to be useful!

Mod2vint thank you for stopping by.


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MMMoney 6 years ago from Where U Can Make More Money

useful info for all hubbers


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you MMMoney!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

JannyC, it wonderful to hear you found some work doing what you do so well. Congrats, and all the very best


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Lovely to hear from you Duchess. Thank you so much!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

I keep saying the same thing, only you have done it 1000 times better, just kleep writing just keep writing. You will see success. I know it.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Aww thank you Rebecca! I say Amen to that. Oh and Update I am currently writing for 3 clients AND I got asked to write for a new online magazine for women!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

hurray for you keep it up!


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Slainia 6 years ago from Goderich Ontario

Well, definitely worth the read. I'm probably going to try and check out some more of your hubs on this tonight.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Wow "worth the read" definitely words a writer longs to hear. Thank you wow!

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