Freelance writing pros and cons that will help you decide whether it’s the right career path for you

freelance writing pros and cons
freelance writing pros and cons
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Thinking about starting up as a freelance writer?

A new Upwork study showed that 36% of the U.S workforce were freelancing full-time during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020— up 8% from 2019.

It’s little surprise why. More people are realizing that self-employment comes with a lot of perks, like the freedom to work when and where you want. But with that freedom also comes downsides like inconsistent income.

If you’re considering freelancing, consider these pros and cons before making the leap to freelance writing.

Freelance Writing Pros and Cons

Ask yourself these 7 questions before taking the plunge.

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Whether you’ve dipped your toe in freelance writing or you’re an intermediate writer, you may have considered quitting your day job to freelance full-time.

When I started freelance writing, I did it intending to eventually leave my 9 to 5 — and I did. Being my own boss was incredible. I could sleep in, take 90-minute lunches and schedule vacations without needing PTO.

But the initial rush and luster faded when some stark realities kicked in. Learning how to manage your money… Balancing multiple projects. …

Contracts are useful for setting mutual expectations. Here’s how to do it.

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You’ve probably heard of a client horror story or experienced one yourself.

A client refuses to pay because you expected you to read their mind. Or you’re bombarded with endless revisions because the client keeps flip-flopping on what they want.

Unfortunately, you will likely deal with a problem client at some point in your freelance writing career. The good thing, contracts are there to protect you and establish mutual expectations.

Disclaimer: I am not a legal professional and this is…

Learn how to kickstart freelance writing projects with clear expectations.

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Learning how to onboard freelance writing clients helps you drive the conversation and set expectations. With a clear process, you ask the right questions, establish project parameters and minimize future disputes and revisions.

The client doesn’t have to wonder what’s the next step. Instead, they look to you as the professional to guide the project. Keep reading to learn how to how you, a freelance writer, can start onboarding clients.

How to Onboard Freelance Writing Clients

  1. Offer an intake survey
  2. Schedule a call
  3. Send a proposal and quote
  4. Follow up
  5. Finalize the terms with a contract
  6. Get approval on an outline

Step 1: Offer an intake survey.

Before a prospect directly communications…

Tactics for defending your time, energy (and sanity) against clients who keep making requests outside of the agreed-upon scope of work

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“Can we make just a small change here?

If you’ve been freelance writing for a while, you’ve likely heard of this request. Most times, it’s innocent. You may find it a little annoying but you do it anyway. Make the client happy, right?

However, letting scope creep… well, creep in can have a bigger impact than you might think. It sets a bad precedent for clients to tack on more of these small asks without properly compensating you. Small changes accumulate into a series of tweaks over here and fine-tuning over there.

As a freelance writer, your time and labor…

As a freelancer, you need to find the easiest and most time-efficient way to be paid. This practical guide will show you how to bill for client work.

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Invoicing is essential for getting paid as a freelancer.

When I started freelance writing, I didn’t know that. I didn’t have any systems in place — that includes invoicing. So, when a client first asked me to send over my invoice, I panicked.

What’s an invoice? What do I put on it? How do I send it?

I went through that so you don’t have to. :)

What Is An Invoice?

An invoice is a written document that outlines the services…

Create proposals that position your writing services as the cure to your client’s pain points

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You can write impeccable articles and blog posts, but did you learn how to write a freelance writing proposal? Clients are bombarded with generic off-the-shelf proposals — does yours stand out from the crowd?

A well-written proposal can open doors, impress prospects and land paid clients. But knowing where to start — how to structure and write it — can be confusing. Keep reading to learn step-by-step how to craft your freelance writing proposal.

How to Write a Freelance Writing Proposal in 5 Steps

The main sections of your proposal…

A step-by-step guide to making this process (mostly) pain-free

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Once, a freelance writing client returned my work splashed red with revisions. Self-doubt sunk in. Am I even qualified to write for a living? Should I even be charging? I asked myself.

Needless to say, I was devastated.

I eventually realized freelance writing revisions are part of the process. Nobody is perfect — that includes your writing, ever after self-polishing. Here are a few tips for how to handle client revisions in a (mostly) pain-free way.

How to Handle Freelance Writing Revisions

  1. Don’t take it personally.
  2. Review the revisions.
  3. Apply the revisions.
  4. Study your revisions.

1. Don’t take it personally.

Nobody is perfect. Even with the right preparation and training, you…

Unpacking starting rates and pricing structures for beginner freelance writers

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There’s not exactly a guidebook for freelance writing rates. Others can use sites, like Glassdoor, to get an annual salary estimate and be done with it. Freelance writers, on the other hand, need to consider price points, pricing structures and the scope of work.

Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate freelance writer, here are some things to keep in mind when determining how much to charge for freelance writing.

Why Most Beginner Freelance Writers Get Stumped on Pricing

Navigating your prices as a freelance writer presents so many challenges. There are multiple…

How to choose a freelance writing niche that’s both interesting and profitable.

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A viable freelance writing niche ideally meets three criteria: it fits your experience and background, you find it interesting and a large market demand exists.

If you’ve been writing across multiple industries, you may be thinking about specializing in your services and finding a niche. This is often a good move — many business owners and decision-makers want to work with specialists rather than generalists.

However, figuring out how to choose a freelance writing niche is a common struggle, especially among beginner writers. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult or permanent, either. …

Dan Marticio

Freelance writer creating straight-to-the-point content for other writers who want to get paid.

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