Being a freelance writer sounds like a dream lifestyle to many people.
They think about the upside — “Yeah, working in my PJs, keeping my own hours, and not having a boss. Awesome!”
But most of the people I know who’re focused on those three things end up washing out as freelancers. They never take it seriously, don’t learn about how to run a business, and don’t take the steps needed to get their business going.
Soon, they’re broke and heading back to the day job world.
It takes a lot of work to be a successful freelance writer. And many people don’t even know what work is required.
Those of us who’ve been at this for (cough) decades tend to forget how boggling it can be, when you’ve been an employee all your life, to launch your own solo freelance biz.
Take this aspiring freelance writer, who recently wrote me:
“Basically, I don’t know anything about freelance writing. So, I guess I´d like to learn the basics. What does a freelance writer actually do?
“I know, write. But what about and who for, you know? Thanks!”–Marcia
What does a freelance writer need to do? Here’s my list of the essentials: