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Freelance Writing From a Beginner: Writing For Others

Updated on May 9, 2016

If you have been writing for awhile and you have decided that you want to try your hand at freelancing there is one thing you should know. You are no longer writing for yourself you are writing for others.  While I have been doing this for awhile now (Since May) I still find it very hard writing for others. I am so used to writing for me writing what I want and love and have passion about. I am now given topics to write on that I know nothing about and seriously careless about and wonder why the heck does anyone else. I have also though learned a lot though for I am given topics that I know nothing about and have to research and write a brilliant article on. This can sometimes be very vexing as well as there may not be that much information on say trolley bags.

Word lengths and Formats

Another thing you will encounter in writing for others is you are going to be given a word length and a format which to write the article in. This is not so bad unless the topic is horrible and you have to think up 400 words on rattan storage. Good thing is you do learn what rattan is and become a bit wiser somehow.


In writing for others you will also encounter DEADLINES. They are going to want a certain amount of articles by a certain amount of time and you are going to have to deliver. Being a single mom as well this can be quite difficult cause while I LOVE writing and my job I do have a life. I  I have managed though to make this work and I also like the ideas of deadlines. It seems when under pressure I thrive. I usually get my articles in before the deadline and that shows good business to them, yet it also ends the job a bit quicker if they only have so many articles needed. Then you are stuck again searching for more writing gigs.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

One other thing to know when writing for others well unless you’re extremely lucky the pay is small and this is something to do on the possible side. In writing online I have encountered a lot of would be writers saying they quite their day job to focus on writing more, or to be a full time writer. I cringe a bit when I hear this and I do hope that they were wise and made a nest egg. Even if you do have a nest egg setting up your writing career can take longer than you have in your nest egg. In my case I had lost my day job as I got laid off. I thought this brilliance though as I had unemployment and I could work on building up my writing. While I did just that sadly when my unemployment ran out I was still no where ready. My health has also taken a bad turn which prevented me from going back into the working field of desk jobs, retail and witnessing. Pride got in my way from applying for disability because I did not want to think I was. Life always creeps into my writing world and maybe it happens in your too.  Where you are constantly thwarted your faith and limits tested. Writing is my job and my income but it’s not enough to pay the bills. I say not yet though for I am still going up and building myself up as losing the Internet ever threatens over my horizon. No Internet means no money for my job is online. My Internet company has tried though to work with me but sadly I still am not bringing in enough. The freelance world is ever a fleeting business my friends. I work harder and for less which really doesn’t make sense, and while I am miserable and crying I am also the happiest and content for I am writing….I am a writer it’s what I do.

Check out my other hubs on Freelance Writing from a Beginner

Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelancing But Were Afraid To Ask

Freelance Writing: Inside Look From a Beginner


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    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Glade you found it helpful. More than happy to share.

    • DjBryle profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      This one is very helpful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Your welcome Celine. Happy you found my tips useful. I thought I'd share my writing experiences here and give readers the reality of it all.

    • celinewayne profile image


      8 years ago

      thanks janny for sharing this useful tips on freelance writing.

      i'm sure you are a great writer and on your way to a huge success. GBU!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Happy to see you Rafini. Thank you so much You words touch my heart.

    • Rafini profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      On the positive side, you have experience to show you know what you're doing. Hang in there Janny.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Aww thank you tracykarl so much. Yep Im hanging on think my swedish blood of stubborness refuse to give up. Hahaha. Thanks again.

    • tracykarl99 profile image


      8 years ago from San Francisco

      You are a very talented writer! I hope that you will hang it there ~ it sounds like you will, and your next dream will be realized. So, keep dreaming and keep writing.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you MMMoney for coming by and commenting. Happy you liked it.

    • MMMoney profile image


      8 years ago from Where U Can Make More Money

      very nice hub

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you gramarye I will do just that it better that looking down Hahaha. If you can save do it. Financial people always say to save and I balk at that cause sometimes life doesn't work that way and you can't and need every cent you earn. But I now see it's really wise to do it if you plan on changing careers to freelance writing. Good luck to you.

    • gramarye profile image


      8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Keep your chin up, I'm sure it will work out in the long run. This was a great insight into freelance writing. I am under constant threat of losing my job and this will be my only hope of income, so maybe I should start to build this up before my job goes.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Happy to see you too Mike! As vexing as researching Rattan storage was I did learn it was a plant with whip like leaves that are used in weaving and often used in combination with wicker weaving. I learned something new...not sure how useful it is but its knowledge I did not have before. Hahaha! I'm more like hanging on for dear life but I am hanging. Always a pleasure to see your comments my friend.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Janny! Welcome back. Hadn't seen you here for awhile, presumably because you were researching rattan storage. Rattan???? Good grief?

      I have to admit I'm not getting rich writing these days, but I have been working as an artist as well, and can bounce back and forth between the two. It sounds as if you're hanging in there well, and that's nice.

      Good to see you back here again!


    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      MY blessed Coffee. Thank you for your kind words.I am pressing on with Jesus!

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      8 years ago


      Hang in there and keep writing. It will pay off. Your sunshine is just over the horizon! Press on :)

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Aww my sweet Pamela Thank you! Have my Social security interview today so now they are sending in my case to be determined. *crosses fingers* I am glad you are branching out there and learning new things. You got a talent in writing and its blessing from God I think so we should not waste it. It does take time to build I just started freelancing in may so Im still working on it and I think Im doing good so far. Im hanging on indeed.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Janny, I appreciate your hub on freelance writing. It sounds pretty tough for not a lot of money. I am glad you are hanging in there because I too am disabled and I have had a big learning curve in learning how to promote myself, etc., But it is getting better all the time. I like your writing and think it takes time to build up a good business. Good hub.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      My first commenter! Thank you Slainia so much. I am very happy you liked it and took something from it.

    • Slainia profile image


      8 years ago from Goderich Ontario

      A good message of hope, JannyC, while still being realistic about the pitfalls. I'd be interested in reading about your experiences with the type of things that work and didn't work, too, come to think of it. Nice hub.


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