All in business of freelancing
We've all heard that content is king. Nearly every business has a website and in order to creep up the Google rankings content needs to be updated regularly. Blog posts are an ideal way of doing that and many companies are looking for freelance writers and copywriters to pen their posts and other content, such as newsletters or EDMs. So what do you need to put in a proposal to give yourself the best chance of landing a content writing gig?
You know that saying about how you make your own luck? Well, it turns out it's true. And it's not through vision boards or manifesting (although I do know people who swear by them), but by applying a few principles that have been scientifically proven. I know this all sounds a bit woo-woo, so let me explain how freelance writers can enhance their luck (and how it's worked for me).
Here’s the thing. There is one simple factor behind almost every successful freelancer. I’m yet to meet a freelance writer (or any freelance professional) whose business is thriving, who doesn’t have this thing. It’s not a tool or a qualification. It’s a quality. A characteristic. Something that you can hone and tune. Do you know what it is?
What does it look like to be a full time freelance writer? I documented the ins and outs of my last week of work for this post - and it's less 4-hour work week and more 40-hour work week (minus a few hours). But despite the seemingly regular 'office hours', freelancing is anything but regular.
When I started freelance writing, I was doing it as a side hustle. I was working two days a week as a social worker and also completing my PhD. Feature writing for magazines and newspapers was fun and thrilling, but until the start of this year I never looked at it like it was a business. Now I’m a full time freelance writer and I am so proud of my micro-enterprise. I get such a sense of satisfaction when I see articles published with my byline and the money (eventually!) land in my bank account.