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Planning Tips For Freelance Writing Jobs: How To Make Time Work For You

Finish What You Have Started—Always

When planning freelancing jobs, what you want to make sure to do is not to take on too much at once. If you cannot get the work done that you have agreed to do, then what happens. You will have an unsatisfied client who possibly will not pay you and then all has been for nothing anyway. This is the last thing that you want to do. You want to always finish any job you have agreed to.

What should you do if you feel you have taken on too much?

Three or four times, I have taken on jobs that I did not know I was not quite equipped to handle until a very vague client finally sent me all the descriptions of the job or the attached files and only then I knew I was in trouble. I felt bad about the situation but I think it is often better to back out of a job than to try to do it for weeks and then the client doesn’t have time to hire anyone else.

What if you apply for six jobs and get six jobs—nothing typically

I have found it is best to only apply for the jobs I can handle—just in case I get them. More than that and you run the risk of getting every single job and then what will you do? There is no way to get that much done on time and done well, and I’m assuming some of those jobs will be of a very high caliber. Then you are in trouble. If you think you can pull a bunch of all nighters – 24 hour binges with no sleep, and still be able to write at a high level—you simply cannot. Adults need sleep and writing consumes a heck of a lot of energy. If I write a lot of papers in one day and take a nap, I sleep and I sleep HARD. Writers must have sleep, rest, and food to keep on churning out copy. You have to take care of yourself.

Don’t fall into the myths of writers

There are a lot of myths that writers never sleep and drink a lot. That is just that, a myth. Writers sleep like crazy—they know they have to.


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