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How to expand your Freelance Career

Updated on March 11, 2012

Part 1

Starting a freelance career is not easy, but it can be done if the writer puts enough time and patience into the job. One of the most important things that any person can actually do before they start their freelance career, is set up a back up plan just in case their writing does not take off as planned.

Being a freelancer takes a lot of work. Many writers, are fortunate enough to settle into their new schedule and work the hours that they need in order to get paid well. Others, are not as fortunate and they end up hitting so many dead ends, that they wonder if they can make it in this field at all.

One of the things that new and already established writers can do in order to take their freelance career more seriously, or to the next level, is set up their goals, and write down a plan. This may not seem as much for many, but when you come and think about it, it will help.

In order to take your freelance career seriously and to the next level, the writer needs to write down their own goals, both financially and career wise and work hard on them. It really does matter if your goal is to make a million dollars by the time you are 30 or 50, all that it matters is that you work towards your goals. Another thing that writers can do in order to take their freelance career to the next level, is to have small goals along the way.

Freelancing can be a hard job, there are a lot of things that writers have to deal with, including rejections, some even try to get out of content mills to find more ways to make money, but in reality, these choices can make any writer a substantial amount of money at the end.

Once a person has set their goals, and thought of what they want to change, and what they want to accomplish, then the next part is the easiest: Just do the work! Look for new ways to make your goals and dreams come true, and look for ways to make sure that even your small goals come true. Many writers find themselves reaching their bigger goals a lot faster than when they reach their smaller goals.

How does this help?

Believe it or not, most people find it that when they have a lot of short term goals to accomplish, they like to surprise themselves and accomplish bigger goals instead. This works and it can help others surrounding you, make goals of their own!

Have fun writing!

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      Maximizer 5 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      Definitely some great advice here Jessi. Thanks for writing this!

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      writing4action 5 years ago

      You could make this hib better, add more images, more BOLD, more videos, and more links. It works like math.

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      Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Thank you for reading! I'm glad that this helped you! I hope you do get started on that blog! It will help you a lot!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Nice article Jessi 10! Glad you are writing here on hub:) I think I am still learning at a turtles rate but thinking about starting a blog. Thanks for the tips!!

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      Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      Emma: You are right on that comment. It does take a lot to start a freelance career, but it is possible.

      Ghaelach: No Problem, im just now beginning to update my Hubs. I have been published in magazines, and I can tell you, Its a lot of hard work. However, it is not impossible. There are many newbies in this business, but what you have to remember is that not all of them will have the same goals as you, and not all of them will advance the way you are. So, dont think that there is a lot of competition. Just a lot of writers in this business.

      Hope this helps!

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Hi Jessi.

      Your hub has been out a while and some how i seem to have missed it. A mistake on my part, sorry.

      Very informative. once you have all your goals sorted out then comes the problem of getting in with these mag's, news papers or just businesses that need a write-up article. It's very hard for newbies as there are hundreds of freelancers with the knowledge and experience. What are your thoughts on this side of freelancing??

      UP/I/U

      Take care Jessi and have a nice day.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I am still at the start of my freelance career, mainly as I have a day job. But back up plans are a sensible idea for anyone, especially as it's quite risky. Being motivated, serious and realistic will help a freelancer go far.

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA

      This is very true! Thank you both so much for reading! And Birdiegirl, the small goal is true! This is how I've been able to expand my freelance business. First came my blog, then followers, then came writing sites, then bidding sites. Now here I am!

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      chelle 6 years ago from Manila, PH

      I don't want to think about dead-ends...just back-up plans.Thanks for the reminders.

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      Birdiegirl 6 years ago

      It's sound advice to look to small goals to pave the way for larger achievements.