Why does a freelance writer career attract more and more potentially self-employed people?
Of course, no-boss alternative makes anyone excited at first. But when you face the necessity to manage own time and no fixed wage you expect to get at the end of each month, a freelance writing perspective fades in less than a few months.
However, any profession has its pros and cons and I want to share a few secrets of my personal freelance writing experience which I hope you’ll make your cons.
1) Find other sources of Freelance Income
Starting my adult life, I tried various types of part-time jobs from a waitress to a private ESL tutor. And to stay afloat I had to work as a tutor and a blogger at the same time. I mean afloat enough to pay my rent and uni debt.
I do not say you should combine jobs and develop various skills but at least find another source of income to ensure your budget stability. However, before switching to another field of expertise, I do recommend you to master at least one profession and show some good results in it.
When you become a PRO at something, you gain more confidence to try other fields. For instance, if you know how to write and persuade a customer with a well-thought editorial article, you can share your writing methodology and tools with other novice writers.
You can become an instructor and guide them to write their first slogans, articles etc.
2) Promote an Affiliate Product
A freelance writer cannot function as a machine and generate two well-researched articles (at least 3000 words) each day. Which is why an affiliate program can become your perfect tool to generate income from even a two-year-old article.
Of course, it must drive traffic to the website and lead the target audience to actual purchases. When a blogger assigns to promote an affiliate product in his articles and blog posts, he gets commissions for mentioning of the product in a blog and can get from 2% to 80% from purchases depending on the product itself. But in this case, you have to know the product, be a consumer who can bring his objective to the reader and drive purchases of a product.
There’s a good point in publishing your own book if you have the large audience on your blog and can share some useful data or guidelines with them. No doubt, it can take you a half or a full year to craft such a book.
Besides this, you should consider the fact that there are hundreds of blogs and books of other authors. That’s why you must work on the uniqueness of a topic or its aspect. Your recommendations should refer to your own experience.
And your topic must satisfy your audience needs and help them solve their problems on the way to their own self-publishing stage. Use an appropriate style and fill your book with vivid and funny examples from your own freelance practice.
If you are still in the preparatory stage, I do advise you to look at some samples of exemplary writing. At college, I used this tried and tested database called Eduplace. It had all types of large academic works, such as dissertations and thesis papers with different styles. You can also study one of Carol Tice and Laura Spencer’s eBooks as a sample. I’ve read “How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger?” and found a dozen of helpful tips for my own blog posts.
After you write your eBook, place it on any digital store you choose, such as Amazon, Lulu, Nookpress etc. You can also check out this helpful article about self-publishing milestones “Writing your first book? How to avoid self-publishing regrets”.
4) Give Side Projects a Try
Now, if you’ve made this huge loop having written your own book, you can seriously think of starting a profitable side project such as an e-commerce site.
On the other hand, you can set up your own store and then describe all your failures and successes in an eBook. Whatever step you choose to diversify your income, it can bring the good results only if you actually help your audience solve their problems. I mean a freelance writer who knows how to search information and finds it on the other freelancer’s website will see no value in buying your EBook.
If you decide to create your own e-commerce website, make an effort to choose the niche that matches to your audience preferences and interests. And as soon as you make a detailed business plan for your e-store and budget, you will need these special tools E-Commerce Online Store Builders.
Don’t rush to start your business until you complete all organizational steps such as registering a domain name, choosing an e-commerce platform, getting through legal regulations specific to your country,state etc.
5) Create an Educational Course
The reason I put this source of income at the end of my article, was because I was a tutor in the past. And what I learnt from my colleagues’ failures is that not everyone can teach and share knowledge or expertise that effectively.
Of course, an online educational course has no resemblance to a face-to-face interaction but it takes twice as much time to create such a course. I think Coursera is a perfect platform to follow its methodology and approach to providing students with information, helping them master various skills through a set of interactive tests.