It can be very fulfilling to work as a freelance writer. There are a lot of advantages in working from home, and if you treat the business well, you can earn so much more than if you were working in a brick and mortar job.
That said, freelance writing is not for everybody. It’s true that anybody can put words to paper (or computer screen), but to earn a living as a writer needs way more than that.
If you’re confident you can make it as a freelancer content writer, here are the top five mistakes to avoid if you want to succeed in this field.
Delivering poor quality work. When clients outsource their writing needs, they expect to get quality work from you thаt іѕ crisp, clear аnd easy tо understand. Make sure you produce original text; never copy and paste! You can do research, of course, but as a professional, you shouldn’t pass off somebody else’s work as your own. That’s a kiss of death for freelance writers. If you want to check your work, buy а Copyscape premium account аnd scan уоur articles bеfоrе delivering them tо thе client.Proofread twice or thrice before submitting it to make sure you get all the mistakes in the articles.
Mіѕѕing deadlines constantly. When setting deadlines, underpromise but overdeliver. This means telling the client you can submit in two weeks and then finish job in one. It need not be said, but deadlines аrе extremely important. Don’t ruin your rep as a freelance writer by constantly missing deadlines. You will certainly lose clients that way!
Charging very low rates and undervaluing yourself. When you charge much lower than the market rate, you are doing yourself a disservice. Clients who pay well won’t take you seriously and will probably pass up your bid. You will only attract bottom-feeding clients who expect the moon and the stars for a few pennies per hour. If you’re a professional, don’t be afraid to charge accordingly!
Accepting too much work. As a freelancer, you have control over your time and workload. Don’t accept too much thinking you can do 80-hour weeks. One reason for freelancing is to make time for your family, or to have a work-life balance. If you constantly accept a lot of jobs, your personal time off can suffer, or the quality of your work will. Either way, it’s a lose-lose situation. Accept only what you can finish comfortably. Raise your rates so that you won’t have to work too many hours a week to meet your target earnings.
Showing unprofessional attitude. If you want to earn a living as a freelance writer, you must treat it as a business; hence you must show professionalism in your work. From your communications to the quality of your work, treat your clients as you would treat a brick and mortar employer.
How about you? Do you have any tips to share with newbies in the freelance writing world?