What A Freelance Writers Day Really Looks Like

by WorkFromHome on March 8, 2012

Becoming a freelance writer is an aspiration for many. The thought of rising out of bed when you want, making a cup of tea, and writing the most eloquent prose for the remainder of the day is appealing. The Internet has created a demand for freelance writers, making it more appealing to those who want to take that leap into freelancing. However, the old saying goes: “Always look before you leap.”

Becoming a freelance writer entails much more than spending the day writing in the comfort of your home. It is a full time business that must be nurtured and promoted to be successful. Anyone who wishes to become a freelance writer should know what the job entails.

  • Quotes: As a freelance writer you will start your day providing quotes to potential customers. You will need to visit the various freelance job boards, and you will need to respond to any inquiries from your website. This will take place every work day because you will need to keep jobs coming in throughout the year. Quoting is not something that you can do quickly. You must be able to accurately charge for your services or you will find that you are missing out on opportunities because you are bidding too high, or eating rice many times a week because you are bidding too low.
  • Follow -Ups: Following up with clients will have two parts. One the freelance job boards the main reason that you will need to follow up with a client is to receive a review. The review process is often slow. However, reviews of your work are very important for writers, and you need to make sure that the client fulfils their end of the deal by providing a review. The second part of this action will require you to follow up with any potential website clients that have made inquiries on your site and which you have submitted a quote.
  • Financials: Your next duty as a freelance writer will be to look over your financials. Are there any clients that need to be billed? If so, you need to submit your invoices. Are there any past-due accounts? If so, you will need to send out reminders. At this time you should also do any other additional accounting or office work that you must complete to make your business successful.
  • Scheduling: Once you have taken care of your “business” work, you will need to create a schedule of writing projects that you currently have in house. You will also need to schedule in time to promote your website both on and off line. You must make time to promote your business, even if it is only for a few minutes each day.
  • Marketing: Make sure that you market your business first on your list of things to do that day. You must never become complacent when it comes to marketing.
  • Have Lunch: By now it is already lunch time and you should be ready for a break from the computer screen. It is important to get up and walk away from your computer at this time so that when you return you are ready to be creative. Have a good lunch. Walk around for a bit to stretch your legs and increase your circulation. Grab a breath of fresh air outside if it will clear your head. This is always a good time to sneak in a household chore, but don’t get distracted.
  • Research: In most cases, your writing will require research. You will need to devote the first part of your writing time to researching your project and making notes for yourself. You will have to review the client’s requests, and begin to assemble everything you need to create a finished project.
  • Writing. Finally: Not that you have all of your business work done, you can begin to write.

While everyone will have different things occur each day that needs to be accomplished, this is a pretty standard day for a freelance writer. Writing as a profession is not as glamorous as you may think. However, it is not as bad as these steps may have made it sound.

Once you are established into a routine, you will find that the time to be creative comes earlier each day. Once you have become fully established as a freelancer, nearly your entire day will be devoted to writing. It takes time to become established, but the effort is well worth the trouble.

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