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Choosing the Right Freelance Writing Jobs
Freelance writing jobs can usually take anywhere between a couple of hours to several weeks. For a successful freelance writer, it’s essential to manage their time and plan ahead. Choosing the right tasks is a big part of that.
Long-term tasks provide long-term gains.
Writing a couple of short articles at a competitive payment rate can seem appealing, but the key to real freelance writing success is securing several long-term work opportunities that you can do simultaneously. It ensures that you receive the benefits of a constant workflow that usually comes with full-time occupation while enjoying the added freedom of self-employment.
Keep new jobs flowing in.
As long as you keep in touch with several potential customers at once, you’ll never run out of jobs to do. Even if an employer stops sending you tasks, enough of them will remain for you to continue receiving weekly paychecks as usual.
Declining tasks can be as profitable as completing them.
When you spot several well-paid writing tasks, it can be hard not to get ahead of yourself and only later think about how you’ll manage to find those extra 12 hours in a day to complete all of them.
Learn to say 'no'.
Knowing just what you can and what you can’t manage to do is the true art of freelance writing, but to avoid the aforementioned unpleasant situation, you don’t even have to master it. Whenever freelance jobs are concerned, accepting more than you can do is much more harmful than accepting less.
Once you've said 'yes', there's no going back.
When you agree to complete a project for a freelance employer, it’s not just the money on the line. It’s your name and your reputation. The outcome of even the smallest task can make or break the game for you, so be extremely cautious when doing multiple projects within a very short time frame.
You are the boss (of you).
One of the precious few benefits that freelance writing provides over other types of employment is the ability to choose what work you’ll do. Having realized that, do not settle for less than you are worth.
Low-profile employers and the so-called 'content farms' often accept any kind of writing they can get their hands on for a very low payment, usually less than 1 cent per word. This might seem good enough when you factor in the little time it takes you to write up those lower quality pieces, but you’ll be lucky if you pull off $5 per hour, at best.
Stay clear of half-measures.
Even if you feel like you should take a break from difficult tasks that require hours of research and are ready to plunge into easier assignments, don’t take the bait. If you want to rest, then use the time you have to actually rest. When that's done, go back to real freelance work and real payment.
Know how much you’re worth.
Be patient and set 1 cent per word as your minimum payment if you’ve just begun writing and 2-4 cents when you’ve made a steady progress, maintaining a solid track record of completed assignments.
Strive for better tasks and greater payment.
Setting these limits will push you to improve and be at the top of your game when negotiating a potential new project. Your patience will impact your freelance writing career for the best and can eventually result in a minimum income of $500 a week.
Money means a lot, but certainly not everything.
Doing easier (and less profitable) work is not a good idea. Writing something that’s less boring than your usual product review pieces, however, is a safe bet for continued and enjoyable freelance writing success.
Turn dreams into long-term goals.
If you like writing reviews for movies, don’t avoid tasks that are not related to that, but steadily work your way towards making money from what you really like. If you devote at least 10% of your time to looking for new leads and promoting your review writing skills, for example, you’ll eventually be able to transition all your work into the fields that you actually enjoy writing about.
After all, the best freelance writing jobs are the ones you get loads of cash for, but would do for free anyway.
How about you? Have you been lucky enough to catch any of those?
Share your experience in the comments!