If you want to be a successful freelance writer, you need to do one thing:
Prove you’re a good writer.
In the beginning, gaining the trust of prospective clients is your biggest hurdle.
Before someone considers paying you, they need to know you can write.
Which means, you’ve got work to do.
I didn’t plan to become a full-time freelance writer. In the beginning it seemed like a great way to make money while I searched for a more ‘traditional’ job. Spoiler alert: that’s not what happened.
One year ago, I quit my job (on purpose) and became a freelance writer (on accident). I completed my first freelance writing project on 10/15/16, making yesterday my one year anniversary as a full-time freelance writer. Hooray!
Before I put in my two weeks’ notice, I applied and interviewed for several positions. After quitting, I interviewed for a few more positions before relocating and calling it quits on submitting applications. (Except that one position I applied to in May—more out of curiosity than true desire.)
When I was a kid, I thought salespeople were sleazy. All of ’em. I remember getting into an intense argument with one of my childhood friends when she said my Dad worked in sales. How dare she say that?! (FYI: He does. He’s a business owner.)
That was clearly a juvenile understanding of sales (i.e. all salespeople go door-to-door and try to rip people off). As a 25-year-old sole proprietor, I realize that’s a SUPER inaccurate perception. Nonetheless, it still took me a while to recognize that every business owner, freelancer, independent contractor–you name it–is effectively a salesperson. And more importantly, salespeople do not need to be sleazy.
You can be ethical and successful.
Which brings me to my list of 3 challenges. Number one–you guessed it–selling.