I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how my career has evolved from blogging and writing to becoming a serious work at home business. I don’t only write for a few clients here and there anymore. I own a full fledged blog network featuring several writers. In addition, I have clients who send me on business trips to promote their product or brand. This is no mere part time writing gig anymore.
Even if I wasn’t looking to take my career to this whole other level, freelance writers SHOULD look at freelancing as a work at home business. To approach it the wrong way could mean the difference between a few gigs here and there and a successful freelance writing career. Try looking at work with a business frame of mind. Instead of saying “I’m a freelance writer” say, “I have a freelance writing business.” Which do you think commands higher rates and more respect?
Some things to consider:
- Do you want to stay as a sole proprietor, or consider becoming an Inc. or LLC? ( a little more on these in an upcoming post).
- The way you approach the job application process and take on clients can make a very big difference if you apply as a business as opposed to a person.
- If you negotiate pay as someone with a work at home business as opposed to someone who is looking to write while the baby is sleeping, you’ll be taken more seriously and that means a better pay rate.
- Look into some free or inexpensive customer service programs for tips for a repeat clients.
- There are tax advantages to running a small business.
- Consider liability issues. Perhaps it’s better to be an LLC instead of a Sole Proprietor?
Freelance writing isn’t only writing. It’s a business. Do yourself a favor and research all aspects of your business. It can save you money, aggrevation and ensure you’re receiving the money and respect you deserve.
This post sponsored by Demand Studios.