Diversification is the key to freelance writing success. Getting established in the market is just part of the game. Once you have your foot in the door, it literally pays to keep pitching, querying and looking for new avenues for profit. The major point to remember is that your goal is to pay the bills. Whether that involves writing or not doesn’t truly matter in the long run.
Establish a Steady Income
Whether this is on job-board sites like Textbroker or MyAms or through E-books and guest posts, you need to have an income to fall back on. Look, the winds of change blow through the Internet on a daily basis, drying up once lucrative rivers of income. Having a fallback plan is essential when working as a freelance writer.
Be Open to Opportunities
You’re a freelance writer to make money, but don’t limit yourself to writing. If you can make money in video or podcasts, do it. Also, look for consulting jobs, website maintenance, forum moderation and the myriad other opportunities available on the Web.
Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
I don’t know how many times I’ve thought to myself, “I can’t do that, I have no idea where to start”. The great thing about making money online is the wealth of knowledge and help available. For example, if you’ve been putting off creating a Blog because you don’t know how, Google it or find a freelancer to help.
Keep On Keeping On
Once you’ve gotten established, don’t just kick-back. Always look for the next opportunity. As I said before, things change on the Web quicker than they do in life. Be sure you’re always pitching, and stay well-read on the ebbs and flows of the Internet. You can’t make money online if you’re caught with your pants down.
Opportunities abound online for the freelance writer. We just have to be open to doing more than just writing.