All in business of freelancing
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.