By Gary Dek
So you like to write, and you’ve been hearing so much about people quitting their day jobs and making a living off of freelancing. Why can’t you be one as well? You already know you can write and that you love doing it, so what’s stopping you?
Truth to be told, there’s nothing to stop you from taking the plunge. You can even make the transition slowly – first doing it on the side before ditching your day job. However, what you need to hedge against is that when you do decide to go the freelance writing route, you are equipped to become a successful freelance writer.
Just like any career, there are certain considerations and industry practices that you need to know. Here are some of the best tips to becoming a freelance writer.
Determine if the freelance writing life is right for you.
Freelance writers are often perceived as “living the life”. They answer to no one but themselves, control their time, and work whenever they want to.
To a certain degree, this is accurate but just because you’re a freelancer doesn’t mean you don’t need to be disciplined, organized, and follow a routine. The best freelance writers have very strong self-control. They treat the time between 9 and 5 as their work hours and ignore the plethora of distraction present at home. (more…)
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