I have been lucky enough to have been working abroad for the last few years. It’s been great and living back in the UK is fantastic too.
However, a slight bump in the road meant that my plans changed overnight, which resulted in me being jobless and not really knowing what to do.
At this crucial crossroad in my life, a good friend suggested I start a freelance writing career. I decided to go for it. It has its ups and downs, but I’d still tell anyone out there that if they are considering it, go for it!
There are hundreds and thousands of tips that can be given to people considering the career. These are my top 3…
1. Have Passion
I am the sort of person that always says, ‘’If you’re going to do something, do it properly and with passion.’’
This 100% applies to starting and sustaining a writing career. Passion produces the best work, but not only that, you’ll be an all round happier person. Nobody wants to slave away at a job they find dull or boring.
Don’t start a career in writing if you’re not actually keen on writing.
2. Take Yourself Seriously
When you begin your writing career, approach it like you would any other job: seriously. Make a professional email to start with and as soon as you can afford it, get yourself a nice webpage where people can contact you and see your work.
Remember that the perks of being your own boss are fantastic (early finishes, days off whenever you want), but don’t slack off too much, especially in the early days.
As well as taking yourself seriously, make sure those surrounding you take you seriously too. For some reason, people tend to think that freelancers do nothing (if only!). Not that one ought to care what people think, just don’t let them make you feel like you’re sat twiddling your thumbs.
3. Do Not Get Disheartened
When you start a writing career, you’ll have to push yourself every single day to eventually build up a reputation and good clientele.
It is hard work, but it is so worth it. It may be extremely disheartening when a client doesn’t reply, chooses someone else, or doesn’t like your pitch. It’s even harder when you really need cash in your pocket.
Keep going at it and in a few years, the moments of doubt will be a memory and you’ll be happy living the freelance dream you always dreamt of!
As I said earlier, there are so many tips that can help you along the way, it wouldn’t be possible to write every one down. Give writing a go and you’ll be able to find out exactly what work for you, as long as you’re passionate, serious and determined about your new career.
Lisa is a freelance writer and tutor from Manchester. She is constantly globetrotting and is currently working on a water sport travel website. Find her on LinkedIn.