Every new writer who plans to work as a freelancer believes that there is nothing to it; it is assumed that you can just write whatever and whenever you want and get paid for it. That is not how freelance writing works.
Like every other profession, working from home as a freelance writer also requires you to follow a few rules. The difference is, you can, for the most part, set your own rules but eventually, you have to listen what your client wants.
To help all the beginners, this article will talk about a few things about home-based freelance writing you probably did not know.
You need to have a plan
Yes, freelance work makes you your own boss but you still need to have a plan. You cannot just open your laptop and start bashing keys. You need to have a strategy and your writing should have some focus.
If you want to start a blog you need a strategy; from the layout of your blog to which niche you choose to write about, everything has to be planned in advance. You have to see your strengths and weaknesses and then plan your content accordingly
If you want to write for someone else, you have to see if you have the necessary skills to handle the kind of work the client offers. You cannot take every job and then expect to figure it out later. These things have to be pre-planned; so, you should only take tasks that will allow you to give the best possible results.
You need to have discipline
As a freelance writer, you need to follow a plan and that can only come with discipline. You will need to have a schedule and deadlines and find motivation and discipline to follow them.
Yes, you work from home but your clients will still expect professionalism from you. If you do not have that, you will eventually damage your reputation, which will make it difficult for you to build a client network and work.
You need to have a proper payment plan
One of the biggest mistakes made by freelancers is that they take the job first and then think about the payment process later; this is wrong!
Before you start a project you should see if there is a workable payment plan in place; if you took the job through a website does that website offer direct bank transfers; if your client lives in a different country can he send direct payments, if not then which channel will you use to get paid?
Payment method has to be discussed before you agree to take the project.
You need to have a proper communication process
You need to have a proper plan and process to document your communication with clients. Since this would be the only record of the contractor-client communication; therefore, it has to be maintained properly.
Always, keep a separate email address for your freelance work; this will not only add a degree of professionalism but will also allow you to maintain a work history with your client.
You need to build a network
Even as a home-based writer you need to have contacts. Having a network is very important in getting regular work. As a freelancer, you will have to find your own clients, there is no marketing team doing that for you; therefore, you need to have a good working relationship with your clients who may refer you to other possible clients. This is how you build a network.
It is smart to stay in touch with all your clients, even when you are not working with them. Do not hesitate to drop an occasional email or greetings.
Getting paid well takes time
Some freelancers do get lucky and land big contracts right from the start; however, not everyone can get it. If you are just starting you will have to be patient and may need to start small. Once you prove yourself and build a network you will get paid better and the money will start to come regularly.
You cannot make home-based freelance writing your primary source of income right from the start.
Job sites do help
There are a few websites such as www.upwork.com, www.freelance.com that actually help you start your freelance career and find clients. It is best to become a member of these sites and find work using these platforms.