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As a freelancer writer, you are completely responsible for your own earnings. You have to be the salesman, the marketing director, the writer, the editor/proofreader, and sometimes even the publisher. It’s up to you to seek out new positions and potential clients, because if you don’t, there won’t be any work for you to do.

Of course, despite your best efforts and hard work, there will be times when you just don’t have any interested clients. Maybe you just finished a big project and didn’t have time to look for other work. Maybe you got sick and couldn’t work or promote yourself for a few weeks. Maybe the market is just slow. Whatever the reason, it’s a dangerous position to find yourself in. You have to be prepared. Read More

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There are bloggers that write because they love something, and bloggers that write because they hate something. Some people blog because it earns them money, and some blog just to vent. But it’s also a great way to promote yourself as a freelance writer.

Many people today think that blogging is either a waste of time or over-rated. But it’s actually a great way to build up a reputation as a writer.

In order to land clients for your freelance writing skills, you need to have a gallery of work. You have to show them your ability and style for them to decide if you’re a good fit. Your blog is a chance for buyers to see samples of your writing before they hire you. When you write for your blog, you write about a topic you pick while simultaneously building your writing portfolio.

There are plenty of writers who blog just to practice their writing skills, but they don’t realize that it’s also a way to get more work and to build their network of writers and potential clients. You’ll gain a lot more attention from potential clients with a fresh, interesting, and grammatically correct blog than you will as just a writer with a website.

Use your blog to show everyone what you can do and what your writing is all about. In addition to showing off your writing, it’s good practice. Your writing will improve the more you work at it.

So don’t believe those who say that blogging is a waste of your time. Freelance writers should see blogging as a chance to improve their career.

The biggest three mistakes freelance writers make can be easily avoided once you know what those mistakes are. I’m about to tell you what they are so you can be among the writers who don’t make those mistakes.

The world of freelance writing contains two types of people. The first type is enthusiastic about writing, makes money from it, and overall just loves being a writer. This writer likely has a long and successful career ahead of him due to the demand for high-quality writers.

The second type of writer is more depressed about his writing and nervous about his future. This type of writer doesn’t know why he writes or whether he should be writing at all. In fact, he doesn’t spend much time writing at all because he spends too much time worrying about it.

Here are three biggest mistakes in freelance writing that you have to avoid.

First Mistake: Not Writing Enough

Most of the problems that freelance writers deal with stem from failing to write enough.

How do you know when you’ve written enough?

That really depends on the amount of time you devote to writing. If you have only 15 minutes in your day that you can spend on writing, then try to write a page every day. If you have an hour, you should try to write four or five pages. If you have an hour in your day that you could spend writing, and don’t use it to produce four pages, you’re make one of the three biggest mistakes in freelance writing.

Mistake Two: Not Submitting Your Work

Freelance writers write in order to sell their work. If you have half-finished pieces (or worse, finished articles) sitting around on your computer, figure out why. Is that because writing is just your hobby? If that’s what you want, that’s okay. Enjoy your writing. But in that case, you aren’t a freelance writer, you’re a hobbyist.

But if you want to be a freelance writer and make money from your writing, selling has to be as much a part of your day as writing. Try to sell something every single day. Failing to sell is the second biggest mistake of freelance writing.

Mistake Three: Not Marketing Your Skills

This is linked to the second mistake. If you aren’t promoting and marketing your skills and work, you won’t sell anything. There are endless opportunities to promote your writing. There’s advertising, press releases, cold and warm sales calls, and more.

Not selling your skills is as big a mistake as not selling your work itself. Promoting and marketing are vital. Failing to do these things is the final biggest mistake in freelance writing.

Those three mistakes, again, were failing to write enough, failing to submit your work, and failing to market yourself to clients. If you avoid making these mistakes, you’ll become an enthusiastic and successful freelance writer in no time.

There are many reasons people decide to go into freelance writing. Perhaps you have recently graduated college with a degree in English, Journalism, or Creative Writing and are struggling to find a permanent position in your field. Maybe you’ve lost a job and are trying to make some extra money while unemployed. Or perhaps you are a parent and you’d like to make some money from home without the need for childcare. Whatever your reasoning, it is possible to make a sustainable living through freelance writing. However, you need to have the right skills and the right mindset if you are going to be successful in this venture.

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