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Three Steps to Make a Killing as a Freelancer

SixfigureFreelancerWe all know that being a freelance writer is an unpredictable career, filled with many monetary ups and downs. Although writing isn’t typically considered a six-figure career, it most definitely can be.

Our latest Mediabistro feature highlights three steps freelancers should take in order to earn a major paycheck this year. The first (and some would argue, most important) step: plan in advance.

The key to an effective income earning strategy, says Kelly James-Enger, a 17-year veteran freelancer, is to focus efforts on what you can control and to stop stressing about what you can’t. “You can’t control how many assignments you get, but you can control how many pitches you’ll send out each week,” she said. “Even if you haven’t seen those [pitches] turn into [an assignment], you know that you’ve met [your] goals. And there’s plenty of research that shows that meeting goals makes you more confident and spurs you on to meet more goals.”

For more tips, read: How to Become a Six-Figure Freelancer.

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Mediabistro Course Freelancing 101

Manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Starting August 18, freelancing experts will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your own schedule and managing clients. Register before 7/16 and get $50 OFF with early bird pricing. Register now!

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How To Hone Your Specialty As A Freelance Writer

specializingHaving a specialty as writer is a huge advantage in the cutthroat world of freelancing. It can help distinguish you from you peers and create new work opportunities for you to showcase your skills.

Establishing your expertise is key to developing your reputation. It’s also important to make sure the community is aware of your work. Veteran freelancers agree that in order to do that, networking with other writers is key:

Getting your name and face out into the world can be intimidating, but you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do it. Start by having your byline out there, Rae Francoeur operater of the New Arts Collaborative suggests. Also, consider writer’s conferences, book expos and blog conventions. Camilla McLaughlin, a real estate writer, connects with local editors and homeowners and attends trade shows to keep her finger on the pulse of real estate.

To hear more tips on how to enhance your writing career, including when you should decline a gig, read: Growing Your Writing Career By Becoming A Specialist.

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Freelancing vs. Full Time: Which Should You Choose?

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Becoming a freelancer is a brave transition for any professional. It involves leaving a stable job and routine and creating something entirely new on your own.

There are plenty of downsides to freelancing: You have no set routine, it can be lonely and your financial situation is in a constant state of flux.

But if you like the idea of being in control and getting out there to grab clients yourself, then maybe a freelance career is right for you. Plus, there’s the emotional satisfaction of a job well done:

It’s true there can be a lot of stress related to running your own business (rush jobs, late payments, etc.), but to me there’s nothing like the self-satisfaction it can bring. I once wrote a piece on health issues for adults ages 60+. It was real information, not just “Five Ways to Prevent Back Sprain.” One of the topics was on PTSD in older veterans. After the work was published, a widow called me in tears. She told me her husband, a vet, had changed and become violent in the last years of his life. At least now she understood why. Wow!

Fore more on the freelance life and advice from veteran freelancers, read: Pros and Cons of Life as a Freelancer.

– Aneya Fernando

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How To Balance Your Freelancing Life With Your Personal Life

There are a myriad of reasons people choose to freelance. Although it can a be a difficult and often isolating profession, some writers prefer it to the monotony of office work. Gossiping colleagues, an unfair boss, a tediously long commute: all understandable complaints of working a 9-to-5.

But the downsides of freelancing are just as overwhelming: no benefits to speak of, an unconventional schedule and the difficult task of separating your home and work life (when they are arguably one in the same). In the latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance writer shares her experience of the challenges:

One of my favorite books is by Marcia Golub, and for all of its chapters on the distractions of working from home, it’s ironically titled, I’d Rather Be Writing. We often choose to become freelance writers because we’re invigorated by the idea of doing what we love all day long, only to realize that, as Golub puts it:

No sooner would I sit down to write than I’d find myself going into the kitchen to brew coffee or defrost something for dinner. I’d force myself to get back to my desk and sit there, splitting my ends or examining my eyelids in the mirror. I’d put the mirror away and the phone would ring. With a theatrical sigh of impatience (knowing full well how delighted I really was at the interruption), I’d answer and get into a long conversation about skin cancer with a friend who was trying to put off something she was supposed to be doing.

When there’s no boss hovering over your shoulder, and you can’t get that vision of the overflowing laundry basket out of your head, and you don’t really have any immediate deadlines, it’s difficult to stay on task.

To hear how she overcame the challenges, read Balancing Your Freelance Life with Your Personal Life

Aneya Fernando

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7 Mistakes Every Freelancer Should Avoid

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Humility is a virtue that shouldn’t be forgotten at any stage, in any profession — including freelance writing.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, veteran freelancers talk about mistakes they made and learned from:

Assuming you’re so brilliant that readers will just fall into your lap.

“Magnum opus to ‘filler article about diaper rash’ writing is 100 percent reader driven,” said editor and writer Suzann Ledbetter Ellingsworth. She reminds new writers that even when professionals speak about how they really only “write for themselves,” they’re usually saying it at a promotional event, with the intention of selling their writing. Truly successful writers write with their audience in mind: Their readers’ needs and wants always come first.

For more veteran tips on navigating the freelance world, read 7 Mistakes Every Freelance Writer Should Avoid.

Sherry Yuan

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Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Freelancing

rookie freelancingFreelance writing: a quick and easy way to write about whatever you want, for whoever you want — all from the comfort of your own home.

If you think the statement above is accurate, prepare yourself for a big shock. Like any job, freelancing has both its pros and cons. In the latest Mediabistro feature, we talk to veteran freelancers to find out how they manage the trials of the freelancing life:

The worst thing you can do, in my opinion, is send a sloppy pitch letter or poorly edited piece to your dream publication. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t challenge yourself to pitch venerated publications, especially if you’re very familiar with what they publish. But it’s much easier to build your body of work, get some help editing your pitch or story and then submit to The New Yorker than to fire off a submission at two in the morning on a wine-induced whim. Create a strong first impression rather than spending time and energy recovering from a bad one.

For more researching tips and organizing ideas, read The Rookie Guide to Freelancing.
Sherry Yuan

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6 Tips for Landing Repeat Writing Assignments

As Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, once said, “One of the challenges for all freelancers, though, is it can be feast or famine.” Sometimes you could be raking in the assignments; at others, editors could be strangely silent when you want to hear from them the most.

In the latest Mediabistro feature, magazine veterans give tips on how to foster your relationships with editors to keep the assignments, and the paychecks, rolling in.

Read more in 6 Tips for Landing Repeat Writing Assignments.

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