Good writing is in demand, and there has never been a better time to be a freelance writer. It’s the perfect work-from-anywhere career choice. But, do you really have what it takes to be a successful freelance writer?
Take our quiz…
# Are you a competent writer with an excellent standard of English?
# Do you have a professional outlook with good communication skills?
# Are you organised, focused and able to meet deadlines?
# Do you enjoy working on your own without supervision?
# Can you turn a weak concept into a fully-fledged piece of writing?
# Are you self-disciplined and able to motivate yourself?
# Can you write to meet specific requirements (such as word-count and publisher’s house style)?
# Do you have an area of expertise that you can write about with authority?
# Are you confident in dealing with the business side of writing (such as negotiating terms and rates)?
# Do you know what you need to know about the legalities of being self-employed?
# Are you able to pick yourself up and stay determined after rejection?
# Can you cope with the unpredictable nature of freelance writing (such as no regular salary)?
# Are you able to stay positive and cheerful even when you’re swimming in an ocean of words?
If you answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions, then you have an excellent chance of success as a freelance writer.
If you are hesitant or answered ‘no’, then you probably need to review the situation and consider whether you can overcome any issues or shortfalls.
Freelance writing is a rewarding choice of career, but it isn’t necessarily easy and it’s not for everyone. Ultimately, your success is up to you and how you approach the work.