I’ve been doing this online freelance writing thang since January, so I’m a baby really. It’s not something I see myself doing in the long-term – uh-uh – I feel there’s a more efficient way of earning a living from my writing; but for now, it’s an income source that I’m super-duper grateful for. In the short time I’ve been doing it, I’ve picked up a couple of lessons/observations along the way:
1) Charging $0.01/word makes me feel like a cheap hooker, so it’s something I just don’t do.
2) The more writing gigs I do, the more I get into the flow of things. I remember my first proper gig – I was excited ‘cos, yes!, I finally got a gig! Then I got a bit scared. But now, familiarity breeds less doubt. Yay!
3) Some clients will love my writing, think I’m brill and ask if they can change their middle name to mine; and some will think I’m, erm, ok. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Does it matter?
4) Lightning won’t strike me down if I increase my rate.
5) Some clients can be really really nice.
6) I’m not a ‘Jill of all trades’. I’m not interested in writing articles about anything (hoodia) and everything (casinos) under the sun. However, I have taken one or two gigs where I thought ‘how the hell am I gonna write 30 articles on that?’ and it’s turned out ok – they turned out to be more interesting than I thought they would be.
7) We’re doing each other a favour – the client is paying me, I’m writing for them. They don’t own me.
8) I’m not scared to lose a potential client when negotiating a fee. I know how far I’m willing to negotiate and if we can’t come to an agreement, I move on. Sometimes they come back, sometimes they don’t.
9) I’ve gotten most (if not all) my gigs via Digital Point. It’s where I started, after all. However, broadening the markets I explore is important. I’m learning that now.
Ok, that’s me done. If you dabble in freelance writing, would be great to hear what you’ve learnt.
Or you can go ahead and keep it to yourself – Grrrr 🙁