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Looking For Good Online Freelance Writing Jobs: 7 Common Mistakes

I don’t know if our lives are really more complicated than they were in our parents’ and grandparents’ day but it sure seems as though they are. With more and more people yearning to juggle the work/life balance then working as a freelance writer has never seemed more attractive. There is a common perception these days that just about anyone can get into this industry and to a certain degree they are correct in that assessment. There are places that you can go where you can pick up freelance work without very much effort. However, if you are looking for sustainability and work that pay your bills then you are going to have to take steps to try and ensure that you stand out from the crowd.

Here is a list of 7 common mistakes that people make. Whatever you do, try not to fall into this trap!

  1. Underestimating the effort required
  2. Because so many people are doing it then a lot of people underestimate the amount of time and effort that goes into not only searching for work but actually fulfilling client orders too. This then leads to false expectations about earning potential etc.

  3. Not factoring in the loneliness element
  4. The grass is always greener on the other side. When you are tied to an office the thought of freelancing can seem incredibly attractive. However, there are things that you take for granted in an office – like contact with other human beings. Yes, the office nerd might seriously hack you off. However, trust me, working alone is no fun either and can sometimes drive you up the wall.

  5. Overcoming the urge to procrastinate
  6. Procrastination can be lethal when you have a deadline to meet. It is all too tempting to start doing meaningless tasks and delaying starting your work. Trust me, we’ve all been there and it can lead to a major headache!

  7. Failing to meet deadlines
  8. No-one is perfect, and yes, life is always going to get in the way from time to time. Some deadlines are flexible but the general rule of thumb if you want continuous, regular work is that they need to be met.

  9. Not applying for enough work
  10. We all have a “God complex” and most of us think that just by applying for a couple of projects they will immediately fall into our lap. It doesn’t work like that. You have to continually throw your hat into the ring just in order to be able to eat.

  11. Over/underpricing
  12. Underpricing can be just as dangerous as overpricing as you can find yourself stuck in a rut, working every hour God sends from home and yet still not being able to live the life you want. On the other hand overpricing can be a barrier to finding work in the first instance.

  13. Failure to have a designated workspace
  14. I find it strange that a lot of freelancers just don’t give more than a passing thought to where they are actually going to work. Trust me, trying to concentrate while your sister is singing along to the X Factor is not going to cut it. You need to take your freelance career seriously and in order to do that you need space.


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