I see so many people launch themselves as freelance writers and end up disappointed. They disappear from the scene, they become bitter and nasty, or they get stuck in a rut of low wages and crappy work. They just can’t seem to make it.
Three elements help determine whether a writer has a good chance of making a decent living freelancing. The right combination and in good measure creates a recipe for success. What are these three elements? Let’s see…
Do You Have What It Takes?
It’s sometimes hard to learn that you just don’t have what it takes to make it as a writer. So many sites and blogs will tell you to go for it and that anyone can become a writer. No. Sorry. It’s just not that easy. Writing takes solid skills and a good sense of language intricacies.
The good thing is that writing is a learned skill. Innate talent has something to do with it, sure, but skills get you where you want to be. You can learn to be a better writer than the most talented person who has never penned a page of words.
If reject happens more often than not, take a course, get some education, and improve the skills you have.
Are You a Drama Diva?
If you operate on emotion alone, think your words are true art on paper, and fall into fits of shocked insult at the slightest offense, your attitude will hold you back from getting ahead. People don’t want to deal with drama queens and writers with personal issues, and that goes double for clients.
Freelance writing is a business – make no mistake. You need to have professional, levelheaded calm working for you at all times. With a positive attitude and the confidence of knowing how to deal with people and clients properly, you’ll see a marked improvement in your success.
Don’t know how to deal with people? Take some courses and brush up on social skills or read books on how to change bad behavior into good.
Will You Go The Distance?
So many people give up quickly these days. They don’t have the strength to stick with it, and they’ve trained themselves to feel like a failure at the first sign of any obstacle, no matter how small. One bad gig, one rejected article, one month with no income, and they crumble.
Perseverance and determination are a must to make it as a writer. Instant success isn’t going to fall into your lap. You’ll need to make a name for yourself, build a good reputation and market your services effectively. That takes time, and that means you need to be ready to hang in for the haul.
If you find you don’t have the determination to stick with your plans and follow through to reach your goals, hire a therapist. A therapist can help you work out issues that hold you back and give you strategies that make a difference in just a few weeks.
Not everyone can make it as a writer, but almost everyone can reach success if they truly try. Brush up on your skills, make sure you have a good attitude, work out your personal issues, and overcome the obstacles that hold you back from advancement.
You’ll soon find yourself feeling better, enjoying your life and hey – even earning a decent living doing what you love.