7 Tips for Launching a Freelance Writing Career

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I’ve only been freelancing full-time a little over a year, but I’m already making a decent living. If current trends continue, in 2021 I should match or even overtake my salary from my last full-time job.

So I’m successful, even if it doesn’t always feel like it while I’m continually marketing myself, juggling existing clients and projects with new ones, and trying to identify the right digital tools. I get asked for advice regularly, so here are my top tips.

  1. Have a financial plan for the first year. I got a severance package from my job when I was laid off and had my own savings, which mean I could pay my bills and didn’t have to freak out about money for a while. I realize this is a privileged position to be in. If you don’t have a cushion, start socking money away. Some people freelance part-time for a while both to save up and to get a head-start on building a client base. If you have a partner or someone else you can lean on, that helps.

That’s the quick version of how to get started. I’ve found freelancing anxiety-provoking, exhilarating, frustrating, exciting, fulfilling, frightening, and freeing. I’ve worked harder than I ever did at almost any job, but I don’t mind because it’s on my own behalf. If you’re ready to face your fears and create a plan to survive the first year, I encourage you to go for it.

Writer with deep thoughts on writing. Content creation, strategy, and crack editorial skills, all in one package. http://www.heatherkenny.com.

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