Writing can be a great way to earn money. Whether you are looking for a few extra dollars or a full-time career, freelance writing can be the best job for you. However, you must be prepared for the differences in the amount of orders that are available at different times of the year. There are tactics and strategies that can allow writers to cope with the peak season and maximize their quality and quantity of work. At the heart of these skills are diligence, attitude, and attention to details. When you pay attention to these areas, your business will thrive.
The first aspect, diligence, is important because if your writing career is to be successful, you must decide in advance how much time you wish to devote to it and then invest that time. Diligence also means paying attention to deadlines. When a customer requires a job by a certain date, they have set that date for a reason; you may not think about the final purpose for your paper or article, but often the customer is working with their own deadline. By requesting work from the writer by a specific time, they are assuring that they will in turn be able to meet their personal due dates. Writing jobs also require the writer to be diligent about finding work. You must search out jobs; only after you are established will jobs begin to come to you.
Freelance writing during a hot season
In order to begin to generate this repetitive business, a good writer has to have a good attitude. You may see yourself as ‘self-employed’; however, your customers are your employers. Without customers, you will have no writing business. Pay special attention to every order; treat every order with as much care and attention to detail as you can. When you sit down to write, you should be well-rested, in a positive, quiet environment, and be ready to devote a period of time to your work. It is difficult to have a positive attitude toward your job when you are not at your best.
Your good attitude will also come through when you work and pay close attention to specific details that your customer may request from you. Make sure that all orders that you fill are error-free, grammatically correct, and well-researched. When you complete papers that require outside sources to be cited, be sure that you are using the correct format and style that was requested. It should go without saying that all direct quotes should be properly documented so you are not accidentally passing off another author’s work as your own.
When you follow these three guidelines, you will be able to cope with the flood of orders that will come your way during the busy season. Only accept orders that you can actually expect to fill on time and with good quality. Then, when the season slows down, you still may have customers coming back because you are such a good writer. Be diligent, detail-oriented, and positive and you will have a successful business.