We all love freelance writing here at the Freelance Writer Academy. After all, it’s led us to lives of flexibility and freedom.
BUT, it’s not always a cake walk and there are some hard realities you need to face if you want to be successful in the long run.
We become writers because we like writing and we want to Write Important Things. However, the writing isn’t always fulfilling. Sometimes you’re writing to SEO and just paying the bills. As a working writer, making money isn’t very glamorous all the time. Sometimes you just need to pay the rent and buy groceries.
Not everyone is going to work out. You’ll be told no. You’ll be let go from jobs. Miranda is considered one of the foremost personal finance writers out there and she still gets told no. It’s hard not to take things personally, but remember that rejection isn’t personal and that there are other clients out there.
You’re going to be asked for revisions. Someone isn’t going to like your style. And, the truth is, you can probably improve. We all cringe at our earlier work. Taking criticism and using it to improve can make you a better writer in the long run. And that’s not nothing. Again, it’s important to learn how to not take things personally.
Over time, freelance writing can be one path to freedom and flexibility in your life. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, especially at the beginning. Acknowledge the realities, persevere, and you’re more likely to reap the benefits.