A Guest Post by Kate Croston
Working as a freelance writer can be very rewarding, but at the same time it can be stressful if you don’t manage your business correctly. By taking the proper steps to manage your freelance writing business, you can enjoy some peace of mind, and you won’t have to worry about where your next paycheck is going to come from. Here are five tips for managing your freelance writing business.
Diversify – One of the best things that you can do is to diversify your sources of writing work. Many freelance writers make the mistake of getting all of their jobs from a single source. While it may provide a short-term financial boost, it can really set you back when that source is no longer available. It is usually better to diversify your work sources so that you can get jobs from more than one place.
Time Limits – When you work as a freelance writer, you only have a limited amount of time that you can work. Give yourself time limits on projects. If you just sit in front of your computer screen all day working on the same job, you probably won’t be very productive overall. If you set a time limit for the project, it will be easier to get the job done quickly. Set a timer and work for a specific amount of time on one thing.
Take Breaks – One of the biggest mistakes that rookie freelance writers make is that they don’t take enough breaks. This isn’t really the type of job that you can sit down and do for eight hours a day consecutively. If you don’t take a break occasionally, your work is going to suffer and you will struggle to provide good content for your customers.
Keep Detailed Records – When managing your freelance writing business, it is important for you to keep detailed records of everything that you do. If you work for just a few big clients, you may not have to keep track of all of the jobs that you do since you’ll get a 1099 form at the end of the year. However, if you are doing lots of different jobs for various clients, you’ll have to track each job on your own. Make a spreadsheet and put information about each job that you do in it.
Set Your Rates – Many freelance writers make the mistake of writing for whatever clients are willing to pay. While it’s nice to be able to work, you shouldn’t sell yourself short. There are plenty of customers out there who will pay more for quality writing.
Overall, working in this type of business can seem a little bit overwhelming when you’re new to it. If you’ll implement some of these strategies, you will be able to enjoy a long career as a freelance writer.
Kate Croston is a freelance writer, holds a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes guest posts for different sites and loves contributing internet service related topics. Questions or comments can be sent to: katecroston.croston09 @ gmail.com.