Dealing with the challenges of being a freelance writer

We want your writing talent to sparkle and we are glad you’ve taken the step to become a better writer by following this blog. However, we have to be real with you; being a freelance writer is challenging especially when you are just starting out. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is always a way to overcome these challenges.

In today’s post, we’ll focus on the challenges every freelance writer faces so you’re not taken unawares. As the week progresses we’ll tell you how to deal with those challenges. Challenges never stop a real writer; they just make a writer more determined to succeed!

Unpredictable pay

Needless to say as a freelance writer there’s nothing like job security. You can kiss it goodbye. You can get a fantastic writing job this month that will cover your bill for the next two months and then nothing comes up next month, or the month  after that.

One way to deal with this is to learn how to budget and plan properly. When you start out, never spend all the money you get from a job. Cultivate the habit of saving and you will be secure when the rainy day comes. And it will surely come.

Finding clients

We know someone must have thought “Why not find new clients to ensure you get at least one writing job every month.” Fantastic suggestion. The problem is finding clients and getting them to give you jobs is not as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment. You must be able to handle the word “no” because you’ll hear it on a few occasions.

The more you write and become known, the more clients will trust you and give you jobs. So look for free platforms where you can contribute and get free publicity in return. Most importantly, be patient.

Dealing with the wait

When we said “be patient”, we meant it. There are seasons of waiting in this journey. From waiting for your work to be featured to waiting for your client to pay up long after you have delivered their work, being a freelancer involves being a master at the waiting game.

To reduce the frustration that waiting may bring, learn to be realistic. Don’t send your work to only one blog or magazine and become sick with worry when you don’t hear back from them in two months. You need to cast your net wider. Send to as many as possible. Look for creative ways of publicizing your work. Never depend 100% on a client cheque because they do disappoint. Always have a back up plan just in case they don’t pay when they are meant to.

Writer’s block

We’ve written some articles about writer’s block. It’s a harsh reality that every writer faces but when you learn how to manage it effectively, it will not stop from being productive.

There you have it. Are there are other challenges you’ve faced as a freelance writer? Share with us and let’s talk about them.

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