Many resources have been published on the topic of turning freelance writing into an ideal, work-at-home (WAH) career.
This article does not propose to repeat the tips for getting started as a freelance writer or for selecting paying markets for your written work.
Writing your way to financial independence concerns the way that you develop your mind and your skills to become a successful freelancer.
The key to successful freelancing is to establish a long-term goal for becoming financially independent.
Consider the example below:
- In five years, I will be able to choose when and where I write and how much I can charge for my written products.
Not everyone works well with goals that include specific timelines or prescriptions for success. If you prefer, you can set your mind to a different kind of goal.
Consider the following example:
- I will become a stay-at-home professional who derives a steady income from freelance writing.
No matter what your goal, you have to keep your focus on the prize. You have to keep writing until you achieve enough prominence in target markets that people keep buying your work. When the demand for your writing outpaces your ability to produce, you will be in a great position to set higher prices and to pick and choose work assignments.
The next step is to begin writing. Test the marketability of your writing in various target markets, including print and Internet markets. You can find many free Internet articles on how to write, how much to charge, where to sell your work, where to find sources and ideas, and so on.
What you need for financial freedom is a dogged commitment to writing at all costs. Think about these sample ideas.
1. Write on weekends, holidays, evenings, and vacations.
2. Write about every topic that interests you as well as topics that are assigned.
3. Bring a notebook with you everywhere so that you can jot down ideas when you are inspired.
4. Read the writings of other leading writers.
5. Improve your own writing.
6. Acquire in-depth knowledge of target markets.
These ideas are common aspects of the freelance writing career. There are many other ideas and habits to emulate. Writing is a lifestyle and a vocation. It is as noble as being a teacher or a nurse. Find out if you are really cut out for this career, and then pursue it single-mindedly. Develop your skills until you become the writer you want to be.
As a future freelance writer, remember there are two crucial ingredients to financial independence — passion and persistence. You can literally write your way to a freelancing career if you use a single-minded determination to achieve your goal. Remember your hard work and quality will eventually set you apart from other writers working toward the same goal of giving up their day job for freelancing from home.
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