Common Freelance Writer Questions Answered

By on August 20, 2020

If you are new to freelance writing, you know that the path to success can feel uneven, confusing, and lonely. To become a successful freelance writer takes grit, determination, and a positive mindset. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers that might give you some useful insight into what the life of a freelance writer is all about, and how to make the most of it. 

Is there a secret to becoming a successful freelance writer?

There are no hacks or magic tricks that can get you to the top of the freelance writing game. Instead, it's all about building a reputation, working hard, delivering projects on time, excellent communication, and learning and improving as you go. 

How do you keep up motivation?

We all have times were we feel demotivated, but the best way to overcome them is to keep writing through the pain! Take breaks, do exercise, and stay healthy and try to find writing jobs that genuinely interest you. But also accept that you probably won't feel a burning passion for writing every single day of your career, but just keep showing up anyway.

How do I pitch without being scared of rejection?

Every successful freelance writer has had their ideas rejected from time to time. It will likely happen to you too. But being rejected doesn't mean that you can't make it as a writer or that your idea was rubbish. You might need to tweak your pitch or try a different angle, but it might just be that your idea wasn't right for that particular publication at that specific time - try again, and you might have better luck next time. 

What if no one takes me seriously?

Take yourself seriously, make yourself proud, and others will do the same. Suppose you act professionally and see your freelance writing career as an important job that you are committed to excelling in. In that case, no one is going to mock you - rather, they will respond accordingly. 

Whats the best place to start?

While you may well have to work your way up, build up a portfolio, and take lower-paid jobs, then you'd like to start with, this isn't the path for every new freelance writer. Utilize your current knowledge, skills, passion, and experience to help land you projects that you love from the get-go. Don't be afraid to reach out to businesses, and to pitch your ideas. Build a good website, craft a great portfolio and you could find success a lot sooner then you expected. 

Can you really make good money?

Absolutely! You have to work hard and put yourself out there, but plenty of work and freelance writing can be tremendously well paid with very low overheads. 

Do I need qualifications to start

While some professional qualifications such as a Journalism or English degree can help impress potential clients and get your foot in the door, you don't need to come with a whole list of qualifications or take expensive courses to be freelance writers. Experience and a good portfolio make a more significant impact, so if you are a college dropout, don't let that put you off.

These frequently asked questions and answers give you some insight and information about what it is like to be a freelance writer - so if this sounds like the job for you, then there shouldn't be anything stopping you! Good luck!

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