I write a lot of posts on things freelance writers need to do besides writing. When you think about it, we wear many different hats. Writing is a small part of what we have to do on a regular basis if we want to be successful at our jobs.
Here are some of the jobs we need to do well if we hope to make it as a
1. Job Hunt
Freelance writers have to take some time out each day or several times a week to hunt for new opportunities. You might do this by querying magazines or reading the online job ads. In this feast or famine world, it’s a good idea to check the job boards so as not to have slow spots during the month.
2. Customer Service
If looking for work is one of the most important parts of a freelance writer’s job, customer service runs a close second. It’s important our clients are happy with our work. This means good communication with the client, responding to emails and phone calls in a timely manner and following up after each gig.
Even if you’re well versed on a topic, you’ll still need to research. This might mean Googling some info or visiting the library for a more in-depth read. You might want to watch a documentary or interview experts. Research is probably the most time consuming part of the writing process. [Read more…]