Freelance writing might seem like the easiest job around. How hard can it be sitting at the computer pounding out words with a keyboard? It might seem easy, if you know proper grammar and can adapt to various writing styles. The schedule might be a little grueling and you’ll need to be able to provide yourself with a good atmosphere in which to work from. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you embark on the freelance writing journey.
1. How much time can I devote?
How much time you have to devote during the day/week will determine whether you can keep up with deadlines at content providers, with private clients or with sponsors. You should take the time to make yourself a time schedule to see how many hours you are available. Timing is everything in the writing department. You need to be able to test, research and write quickly.
2. Do I like writing?
If you do not like writing but want to just do it for the money, you might want to look for something else to do when trying to work from home. I have been a member of various writing and work from home forums for years. Statistics are not if your favor if you don’t enjoy writing. Many experience burnout easy, and quickly.
3. Is writing long-term or short-term?
If you are taking up some writing gigs because you want to get your foot in the door with freelance writing and you plan on sticking around for a while, getting set up on some revenue sharing sites for passive income might be ideal for you. If you’re a non-writer just looking to make a few dollars writing on the Internet, you’ll need to find a place that has a quick turnaround for pay. If you are a writer in it for the long haul, these sites can also provide you with a benefit. I have a writing channel on Examiner that is a spin of this website. I also have a healthy food channel to spin YUM eating. These types of sites are just one more outlet to get your name out there, especially if you are trying to start your own blog.
4. Can I handle criticism?
If you are someone with thick skin, Internet writing (blogging, content sites) will work out fine for you. Remember everyone has an opinion and they will comment on your piece if comments are open. You will also have editors speaking their minds. If you are overly sensitive, a freelance writing or blogging career may not be for you.
What are some other things you should ask yourself before starting a blog?