Freelance writing is never a static job. The countless subjects to write about, the varied organizations willing to pay you for your work, and the one discipline you need to master makes the freelancing industry a viable and enjoyable career path. But, besides keeping the quality of your writing up, there are things every freelance writer should do. Here are a few of them:
Expand Your Network
Find the time to interact not only with people in your trade, but with various people with unique stories. Taking a stroll and sniffing out (or tasting) trends yourself can give you the topic creation edge other writers simply cannot access by using the Internet. There is also the possibility of making valuable connections that will propel your freelancing career forward.
Learn to Sell
According to PayPerContent, online content writing jobs or any type of published writing for that matter, has sales at the very end of their respective pipeline. This is why persuasion is such a valued skill in writing, and why you should hone yours every chance you get. It doesn’t matter if you are writing a promotional article, an editorial think piece, or a novel. If you fail to convince your readers to pay attention, then all your effort would have been for nothing.
Heed Your Clients’ Requests
While on the topic of sales, it is important to remember that businesses typically know the style or attitude that makes their product or service sell — they just need more of it. As a freelance writer, your job is to help them, but never to make it all about yourself. This is true for any type of publication, but your own blog. Keep the personal crusades in check.
Despite the bittersweet age of automation looming over countless human-performed jobs, freelance writers are fortunately not at any risk. Artificial Intelligence systems are still generations away from learning the nuances of original thought and literary application. But, the takeaway from this non-threat should be that freelance writers are human still. There are many ways to keep your brain pumping out quality content, but maintaining poor health is not one of them.
With the range of opportunities freelance writers have within reach comes a market that is competitive and demanding. Making your work stand out may be difficult at first. But, all it takes is a hunger for learning and improving to establish yourself as an effective all-around writer.